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How to have fresh breath on National Kissing Day

Today (July 6th) is National Kissing Day which is now celebrating its 22nd year after being launched by Denplan in 1995

However, those hoping for a romantic encounter today may need to check their breath if they want to have any chance of a kiss.

Clearly your chances of love could be at risk if you go in for a kiss if your date takes a dislike to your breath. So what can be done?

Here are some tips:

1. Make sure your oral hygiene is good. First and foremost your current oral health has a huge impact on the freshness of your mouth. Bacteria can build up in the mouth and release unpleasant gases, so make sure you’re removing plaque- the white sticky deposit that collects on your teeth- by brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day. You also need to clean between your teeth every day to remove plaque and food particles as these will start to smell as food breaks down. Visit your dentist and hygienist regularly and follow their instructions for cleaning your teeth and gums. Gum disease and other infections in the mouth can cause very bad breath, so regular dental visits are vital to keep on top of things.

2.Food and drink

Avoiding strong-smelling food will help to keep your breath fresh. These include onions, garlic, and spices, and drinks such as coffee and alcohol. It’s also worth noting that crash-diets, not eating enough, and low carbohydrate diets can cause bad breath because your body starts to break down body fat to feed itself, which produces chemicals called ketones that can be smelt on your breath.

3.Smoking

Smoking stays on your breath a long time as well as your hair and clothes. It also increases your risk of gum disease, which is another potential cause of bad breath.

4. Staying fresh on your date

Feeling a bit nervous before an important date? Staying hydrated is important for fresh breath, as a dry mouth and lack of saliva, which can sometimes be caused by nerves, can cause bad breath. Drink plenty of water. Sugar-free chewing gum and mints will increase your saliva flow and give you extra confidence before and during your date.

This advice was issued by Denplan to mark National Kissing Day’s 20th anniversary.

Why not visit the hygienists page of our website to see our two videos demonstrating how to clean and floss your teeth correctly.

 

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Help your child stop thumb sucking!

Are you looking for an effective way to stop your child thumb sucking?

This very common habit can be a difficult one to break and can lead to youngsters needing complex orthodontic treatment if not stopped in time.

Moreton Dental Care dentist Dr Lucy Benbow has found a solution- the Thumbsie”.

The Thumbsie is a thumb sucking glove that your child can wear in bed at night or at any other time when thumb sucking is an issue, such as when they are tired, travelling in the car or watching TV.

The glove comes in a range of brightly-coloured fabrics that youngsters would be delighted to choose from.

Dr Benbow says her daughter, aged seven, has worn the glove at night for three months now but right from the start it stopped her sucking her thumb while she was asleep.

“It’s a fantastically simple idea and has really worked for us, said Dr Benbow, a mother of two.

The British Orthodontic Association says thumb sucking can permanently affect the position of the adult teeth, and that beyond the age of seven when the adult teeth start to appear, self correction is less likely to occur.

If a a thumb sucking habit is not stopped in time, it can cause a vertical gap to develop between the front teeth which can make biting certain foods difficult, upper front teeth may protrude and the upper jaw may narrow, causing the back teeth not to meet in the correct position.

The association says thumb sucking is very common in youngsters and can start as early as three months.  One in eight children are still sucking their thumbs or fingers between the ages of 7 and 11.

For more information visit the thumbs website www.thumbsie.co.uk. The company sells thumb guards and finger guards.

 

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A resolution you can keep

Some simple oral health resolutions you can stick to.

Each year many of us set resolutions with the best intention of sticking to them; yet come February we’ve already started to veer off-track, and by March our endeavours are completely forgotten. 

That’s why this year we’ve put together some simple oral health resolutions you can stick to, that will not only help to keep your teeth and gums healthy, but may also boost your confidence and improve your general well being. 

For a New Year’s resolution to be proud of, take your pick from the list below:  

  • I will remember to clean between my teeth every day 

Whether you choose floss or an inter-dental brush, cleaning between your teeth can be easy, and helps to remove bacteria that can cause tooth decay. 

  • I will spit after brushing and not rinse with water 

Rinsing your mouth with water after brushing removes the fluoride coating left by toothpaste, which if left can protect your teeth for hours after you brush. 

  • I will only eat sugary snacks at meal times 

If you’re going to eat something sugary, do so after a main meal to reduce the amount of time damaging acids remain in your mouth throughout the day. 

  • I will swap fizzy drinks with water 

Acids found in fizzy drinks can soften your tooth enamel, which, once lost will not regenerate. Replace them with water which helps to remove particles of food left in your mouth and keeps your hydrated. 

  • I will make regular visits to see my dental team 

If you can’t remember the last time you saw your dental team, chances are it’s time to visit them again! Regular visits will help to stop problems before they start, and give you the best chance of avoiding costly, invasive dental treatment in the future.

 

Taken from Denplan's MyTeeth blog

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Twenty years at Moreton Dental Care for Dr Tam Haque

Congratulations are pouring in for our delightful dentist Dr Tam Haque as he celebrates his 20th anniversary at Moreton Dental Care.

And he was overwhelmed when staff threw a surprise party for him at the practice to mark the occasion.

“Unbelievable! “ said Tam who joined Moreton Dental Care as a vocational trainee in 1996 after qualifying as a dentist at Sheffield University.

Tam is much loved and respected by his dental colleagues, dental nurses and patients alike, as the many comments on Facebook attest.

One dentist wrote: “What a fabulous achievement and a wonderful surprise. Clearly you are part of an amazing team that think a lot of you.”

A dental nurse added: “Congratulations to one of the most lovely dentists I’ve nursed for in 17 years.”

Many patients and friends also added their hearty congratulations.

Principal dentist Dr Paul Sherrard described Tam as an “incredible man, fabulous dentist and much loved by the whole team.”

Tam gave his sincere thanks to Paul and all the staff for the party and his anniversary presents. “Thanks to Paul Sherrard and everyone for the amazing surprise 20th anniversary party, and for the incredible gifts!” he said.

Tam was joined at the party by his wife Huma and their two children.

Huma said: “Thank you Paul and Anne for all the love , support and being there for us for the past two decades.

Tam was brought up in Liverpool and attended the city's Bluecoat School before winning a place at Sheffield University. While working at Moreton Dental Care he has continued his studies, gaining further qualifications in endodontics and orthodontics. He has also gained the MJDF and the MFGPD- both post-graduate dental qualifications awarded by the Royal College of Surgeons.

 

 

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Wirral dentist slams criticism of flossing.

Dr Paul Sherrard has hit out at reports today that flossing does not work.

He says in his 30 years working as a dentist he sees patients on a daily basis who are benefiting from flossing.

“Every day we see evidence of less bleeding of gums and pocketing (spacing between gum and tooth which indicates gum disease) in patients who floss.

“We even have patients who floss some teeth but not others for whatever reason, and it is the unflossed teeth which are showing signs of disease and will therefore be lost more quickly” said Dr Sherrard.

He explains that just examining and smelling the length of floss after use shows it has had some benefit- it can have a foul-smelling odour after being used to remove debris between teeth.

Dr Sherrard was hitting out at recent studies which claim there is weak evidence that flossing is effective in plaque removal and in reducing gingival (gum) inflammation.

In Britain the NHS recommends flossing, but the US government has recently removed advice to floss from its dietary guidelines, despite recommending the practice for almost 40 years.

But the US government did concede that the effectiveness of flossing over a long period had not been thoroughly investigated.

Dr Sherrard says flossing has particularly significant benefits for people more prone to gum disease, such as diabetics, smokers and implant patients, but stressed that patients must learn to floss correctly for it to be effective.

“That is why at Moreton Dental Care we remind every patient of the importance of flossing and demonstrate clearly how to do it,” added Dr Sherrard.

The British Dental Association states on its patient website that flossing helps “in the battle against tooth decay and gum disease”.

 

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