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Posted on in Awards
If in doubt, check it out.

“If in doubt, check it out” is the message of Mouth Cancer Action campaigners  aiming to raise awareness of the disease which sees more than 8,000 new cases diagnosed each year in the UK.

At Moreton Dental Care we are supporting the Blue Ribbon Appeal by selling blue ribbon badges (just £1 each) this month- Mouth Cancer Action Month.

The appeal wants to spread the word about mouth cancer and severely reduce the number of lives lost to the disease every year.  

The number of cases has risen by 49% in the past 10 years. Spotting it early leads to a much better chance of beating it- the survival rate is nine out of ten with early diagnosis.

Sadly, far too many mouth cancers are still not spotted early enough.

During Mouth Cancer Action Month we are encouraging everybody to be “mouthaware” and pay close attention to what’s going on inside the mouth.

Most importantly, if you notice anything out of the ordinary, it is essential that you tell your dentist or doctor immediately.  Our dentists are looking for signs of mouth cancer at every check-up.

What you should be looking for:

.mouth ulcers that don’t heal within three weeks,

.red or white patches in the mouth, unusual lumps or swelling in the mouth head or neck.

Look at your cheeks, gums, lips, tongue and tonsils.

Also check the roof of your mouth, as well as your head and neck.

Over the past 12 months, money raised through the Blue Ribbon Appeal has helped to directly support to more than 350,000 people online, over the phone, by email and by printed information, who sought advice about mouth cancer.

For more information throughout Mouth Cancer Action Month, please visit http://spr.ly/61811zrzJ. Source: http://spr.ly/61811zrzJ

#MouthCancerAction

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Make Mine A Water

 Our smiles are the window to our wider state of health and wellbeing. The drinks we choose can impact our dental health.

Children in particular should be encouraged to drink water to help embed healthy hydration habits from an early age, as well as older people who have a tendency to have reduced saliva production.

These are some of the many reasons why we're promoting the benefits of drinking water in our "drink up, keep healthy" summer campaign this week.

Here are some tips from the British Dental Health Foundation and the National Hydration Council to support dental health.

1. Drinking water is a good way to hydrate without exposing teeth to sugars.

2. Children should be encouraged to drink water from an early age to develop a taste for water.  Milk is also a good choice for children as it is a useful source of nutrients, especially B vitamins and calcium.

3. Older people who have a tendency to have reduced saliva production should be encouraged to drink water regularly.

4. Teeth should be brushed regularly last thing at night and at least one other occasion in the day, with a fluoride toothpaste.

5. Night time tooth brushing is especially important as saliva production slows down through the night.

6. Rinsing the mouth with water in between meals may help to remove food debris which could otherwise contribute to dental decay.

 

Posted on in Awards
Dental emergencies on holiday

With school holidays for most set to start tomorrow, just a reminder for our Denplan patients about help for dental emergencies while on your summer break.

Dental emergencies can be extremely stressful and cause a lot of pain.  If you do have one, you should call Moreton Dental Care and make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible.  If you're away from home or can't get to MDC, follow these Denplan guidelines.

If you would like advice about what to do in a dental emergency, or you need help finding a dentist in the UK, give Denplan's Emergency Helpline Team a call on 0800 844 999. They are available to assist you at any time and can help you decide upon the best course of action in an emergency. If you are abroad you can also call our Emergency Helpline Team, they can let you know what kind of treatment you are covered for and offer you advice. Just phone +44 1962 844 999 at any time. 

This is what to do if you are at home, away on holiday in the UK or abroad.

1. Patients less than 40 miles from home.

Call Moreton Dental Care. If MDC is closed or unable to see you, we have an answerphone message with a number for you to ring in an emergency. If you are unable to get hold of anyone from MDC, ring the Denplan emergency helpline on 0800 844 999 at any time.

2. Patients more than 40 miles from home.

You can visit any other dentist for advice or temporary emergency treatment up to your policy limits.  If you need help locating a dentist, phone the emergency helpline 0800 844 999 who will help to find an appointment.  Keep receipts and send in the claim form to Simplyhealth Professionals for reimbursement up to policy limits. You can find a claim form on www.denplan.co.uk/claimforms.

3.Patients abroad.

You can see any dentist in an emergency and are covered for necessary temporary emergency treatment up to your policy limits.  Denplan does not have registered dentists overseas so it recommends that you ask your hotel concierge, tour operator representative or any family, friends or colleagues for a recommended dentist in the area.

If you need help or advice ring Denplan's 24-hour worldwide emergency helpline on +44 1962 844 999. Ensure you keep the receipt for your temporary treatment to claim back when you return. You can find a Denplan claim form on www.denplan.co.uk/claimforms.

This is for patients who have chosen Denplan's supplementary insurance cover.

 

 

 

Posted on in Charity
Uganda Medical Mission 2019

Dr Paul Sherrard is set to make his fifth charity mission to Uganda this summer to provide greatly-needed dental care. He will be part of a team of medical professionals visiting remote communities without access to medical or dental treatment. They will take all their equipment with them to set up temporary clinics in the villages which have no electricity or running water. It is highly likely that the villagers will have never seen a dentist before.

Another team member will be Dr Sherrard’s son Edward who recently qualified as a dentist and now works in Newcastle.

Much of the dentistry on the two-week trip will be extracting teeth to relieve toothache. Dr Sherrard has extracted hundreds and hundreds of teeth on his four previous trips, but the team also give advice on diet and oral health, as well as leaving supplies of toothbrushes and toothpaste. A major cause of tooth decay in the Southern Uganda region they visit is grazing on sugar cane, an important local crop.

On previous trips the medical team have travelled for up to four hours by minibus each day along rough roads and mud tracks to reach the remote communities. Once the team had arrived and set up their clinic the villagers were happy to wait for hours to be seen. Dr Sherrard would work closely with an interpreter to explain the treatment needed.

The missions have been organised through the Wirral-based Rock of Joy Trust, a Christian charity which runs three schools in Uganda and offers care and sustainable support to their communities. To donate to the charity follow the link: https://www.give.net/PSherrard.

Current sustainable initiatives include solar cookers, planting coffee (a high yield crop) and working on the ecology of the Nile, one of the world’s most polluted rivers. Every other year the trust takes a group of 30 teenagers from Heswall Youth Fellowship to spend three weeks working at the schools.

Sadi Dr Sherrard: “The mission is always a hugely worthwhile experience. I have never seen such poverty and poor living conditions, and yet we see so many happy, smiling faces and have been able to help a lot of people in a short space of time.”

Dr Sherrard greatly appreciates the huge support he has received from patients and colleagues at Moreton Dental Care, as well as other local dentists, who have made generous donations to support his charity work.

Laura Hill, a dental nurse at MDC, was a member of the team on Dr Sherrard’s second trip.

Posted on in Awards
National Award Finalist

Congratulations to Dr Paul Sherrard on reaching the finals of the Aesthetic Dentistry Awards 2019.

Dr Sherrard was nominated for his highly skilled work to transform the smile of a nervous patient.

The patient was thrilled with the results which she described as life-changing and is now happy to smile again after years of dental misery.  

This year's competition winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony in London in two month's time.

Dr Sherrard won an Aesthetic Dentistry Award in 2016 for his work to provide implant-retained dentures for a pensioner who had been unable to eat wearing dentures. She had resorted to a liquid diet and her weight had plummeted to five stone.

Said Dr Sherrard:"I'm delighted to have got so far in the competition.  None of it would have been possible without the support of the wonderful team working with me at Moreton Dental Care."

Posted on in Treatments
Composite bonding is just the job for Sharon Hayes

A Moreton Dental Care patient's life has been transformed by cosmetic dentistry.

Sharon Hayes gives a big grin as she explains how her new-found confidence has enabled her to smile again and has even helped her secure a new job.

Sharon, 47, a book-keeper, was so embarrassed about the gaps in her front teeth when she arrived at Moreton Dental Care she couldn't smile.

She was lacking in confidence and was particularly worried about having photos taken at her forthcoming wedding.

MDC dentist Dr Jon Bankes was able to change all that with composite bonding- a technique that would dramatically improve the appearance of her front teeth.

Composite bonding, also known as composite veneers, is a cosmetic solution for small gaps between teeth, chips and worn edges, and can produce incredible results.

The dentist uses a putty-like material called dental composite to alter the shape of the teeth. It is designed to match the shade of natural teeth and can be moulded to eradicate small irregularities, creating straighter teeth and usually greatly enhancing the patient's smile.  Once the composite has been applied it is set with a curing light.

Composite bonding is quicker, cheaper and a far more conservative treatment than porcelain veneers which require the teeth to be cut down before the veneers can be fitted.

Sharon is now learning how to smile again, is looking forward to her wedding next year and has a new job.

A delighted Sharon said: "The treatment has given me great confidence.  I've even secured a new job whereas in the past I was really struggling with interviews. Now I'm looking forward to my pending wedding and my photographs. I'm really delighted."

Sharon can be seen talking about her treatment on MDC's youtube channel at https://youtu.be/fy9FAN1k8CM

Posted on in Events
All Smiles For The Under 12s

It's smiles all round at Wirral Schools FA after landing a new sponsorship deal for its latest team.

Moreton Dental Care has agreed to back the under 12s squad which has just played its first league match.

MDC's backing will go towards running costs for the young players who have been selected from teams across the borough.

The 17-strong team which trains at Bebington High School, will wear shirts bearing the practice logo.

The squad played its first match in the under 13s North West Trophy last night, coming back from 5-1 down to draw against Ellesmere Port School Boys.

MDC principal Dr Paul Sherrard agreed to the sponsorship deal because of the many benefits sport offers young people, particularly for their physical andmental wellbeing, and to support the local community.

Said Dr Sherrard:We're delighted to be sponsoring the boys and wish them the best of luck in their matches this season."

Another contributing factor was that midfielders Joe Collins and Ben Furlong are both regulars at Moreton Dental Care.

Posted on in Patients
Dental Check by 1

Young Madison Rae was very calm and relaxed when she popped into Moreton Dental Care for her second check-up with the dentist.

The delightful 17-month-old sat on mum Carla’s knee while Dr Paul Sherrard had a look in her mouth and gave advice to Carla about how best to clean and look after her daughter’s teeth.

Carla has brought Madison along with her to appointments from a very early age to ensure she got used to visiting the practice and meeting the dentist.

This is exactly the advice being given out by the British Association of Paediatric Dentistry in a bid to stop the rot in children’s teeth.

The society says that for too long parents have wrongly believed that primary school age is the time to make your child’s first dental appointment.

It stresses the correct advice is to take them to the dentist as soon as their first teeth come through, or by the age of one at the latest.

Its campaign Dental Check by One reinforces this message and has been launched in a bid to stem the rising number of youngsters aged only two and three needing to have teeth taken out under general anaesthetic.

The society says it is vital that parents get key advice from the dentist about how to care for their children’s teeth correctly, including cleaning and dietary advice, and that youngsters can familiarise themselves with the practice and have a positive experience.

The society’s leaflet A Practical Guide to Children’s Teeth has clear advice on the care of children’s teeth from birth to adulthood.

“It’s a real help to get children into a good habit of healthy eating and drinking and cleaning from an early age,” said Dr Sherrard.

“The earlier we can connect and speak to a child and its parents the better. It also takes away the fear and makes the visit pleasant for the children.  As well as explaining how to clean teeth we also give mum or dad advice about drinks, snacks and cleaning.”

 

https://www.bspd.co.uk/Portals/0/A%20practical%20guide%20to%20children's%20teeth%20Nov%202016.pdf

 

Posted on in Events
How to sparkle like Markle

Everyone will agree Meghan Markle has a gorgeous smile- so healthy and bright- but how did she achieve it? How can we ‘Sparkle With Markle’?

Dentists speculate as to whether she has had braces, veneers or some other cosmetic treatment, or whether she was born lucky with lovely straight teeth.

Two things we can be pretty sure about is that she’s had her teeth whitened and that she looks after her teeth very well indeed.

And for those reasons MDC felt there was never a better time to highlight the benefits of tooth whitening, and of Denplan.

The popularity of tooth whitening continues to soar- it’s in demand for that special occasion, such as a wedding, a special party, a holiday, or a job interview, or if you just want to boost the appearance of your teeth. Whiter teeth can brighten your smile, making you look younger and feel more confident.

Anyone booking in for tooth whitening at MDC from now until June 30th will have the chance to win a whitening top-up worth £56.  We will have a draw of names in early July.

Any Denplan patients visiting the hygienist this week will receive a wedding-themed goody bag, and all our current Denplan patients are being entered into our wedding-themed draw. Prizes include a luxury Owen Drew candle similar to the one he created as the Royal couple’s wedding gift, and a bottle of Nyetimber English sparkling wine from West Sussex which is being tipped as the tipple of choice for Saturday’s nuptials.

A Denplan care plan is an easy way to spread the cost of routine dental care. The main emphasis is on prevention, helping patients to keep their teeth in excellent condition and avoid any surprises. Patients signing up for our Denplan Essentials plan pay £14.55 a month which per year covers the cost of two private dental exams, two hygiene visits, all necessary x-rays and 20% of most other private treatment required, as well as preventive dental advice.

Welcome to Cath as the practice expands its key hygiene services

A warm welcome to our new hygienist Cath Evens who will be helping to deliver our key hygienist services at Moreton Dental Care.

Cath, 32, from Eastham, expands our hygienists’ team to three, highlighting the importance the practice places on oral hygiene.

Good oral health is the cornerstone of good dentistry- it’s great to have sparkling white teeth, but it is also essential to have healthy gums. This is not only for good general health and wellbeing, but also to ensure a successful long-lasting result for people who have undergone complex dentistry such as having crowns and dental implants fitted.

Cath was a dental nurse for eight years before qualifying as a hygienist in 2016.  In her free time Cath enjoys being with her large family- she is one of six and has 10 nieces and nephews.  She also enjoys walking and going to music festivals.   

We are delighted to welcome Cath who is working two days a week at MDC.

Cath started working here last summer to help cover Steph Farrell’s maternity leave, taking up the offer to become a permanent team member  at New Year.

Patients can book an appointment directly with the hygienist- they do not have to see the dentist first.  We recommend having a hygiene appointment every six months, although some patients may benefit from more frequent visits.

The Hygienist Services page on our website www.moretondental.co.uk has more information, including videos demonstrating correct toothbrushing and flossing methods.

Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, can affect your whole body. In recent years studies have shown that many health problems can be aggravated by poor oral hygiene, including stroke, respiratory infections, heart disease, diabetes and preterm or low birthweight babies.

Ben smiles again after getting rid of ill-fitting dentures

A breakfast cereal taster and self-confessed ‘dentist’s nightmare’ has had his life transformed with dental implants.

Ben McDavitt blames the wear and tear on his teeth on having a very sweet tooth and on his job of 30 years as a taster of high-sugar breakfast cereals.

As his teeth decayed he went from fillings to crowns to dentures which left him miserable, unable to smile and unable to eat his favourite foods. Ben could not tolerate his traditional dentures and wanted the less bulky, tighter, more comfortable and more retentive option of implant-supported dentures.

Finally Ben, from Wallasey, consulted his brother, a dentist in Scotland, about the possibility of dental implants as a better option than traditional dentures.  His brother agreed, did some research and came up with Dr Paul Sherrard’s name as the dentist to go to for treatment in the Wirral area.

Dr Sherrard recommended  upper and lower implant-retained dentures, secured by placing six implants.   Ben agreed and began the treatment process.  

Nine months later Ben can’t stop smiling with his new teeth and says they have ‘revolutionised’ his life.

“I’m absolutely delighted with the outcome. I haven’t been able to smile for a few years but now you can’t stop me smiling. People tell me how happy I look and that I look younger,’ said Ben.

Work friends have started calling him ‘the posh boy’ because his appearance has improved so much and because he can now pronounce words properly again.

His new teeth are also helping him at work because the implant-retained upper denture has no palate so he is able to taste food much better than previously.

The new teeth also mean Ben can now enjoy one of his favourite foods again-corn on the cob- something he had been unable to tackle wearing traditional dentures.

Picture: Ben with implant team members Stacey Collins, Laura Hill and Dr Paul Sherrard

 

Posted on in Treatments
Live longer with a healthier smile

Have you hit the gym, cut the calories and given up the booze to kick start your healthy new year?

But did you remember to put a visit to the hygienist on your to-do list too?

People with poor oral health are more likely to suffer from other diseases, and unfortunately as we age we are more likely to have gum disease.

Fifty percent of the over 45s suffer from gum disease which has links to other conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and even dementia. 

But there is plenty you can do to tackle it and get a healthy smile at the same time.

Regular visits to the hygienist will ensure the removal of plaque from your teeth as well as provide you with advice on the best way to care for your teeth at home.

The hygienist will also show you how to use floss and interdental brushes correctly to remove the hard-to-reach plaque between your teeth.

Plaque is a sticky, colourless film of bacteria and sugars that constantly forms on our teeth and is the main cause of cavities and gum disease.

Our hygienists are are also able to advise on dental implant hygiene and maintenance. Our website Moreton Dental Care has more information about our Hygienist Services, including video demonstrations showing correct brushing and flossing techniques.

Contact our reception team on 0151 677 2917 to make an appointment with one of our hygienists.

 

 

Cutting out booze in January will benefit your mouth as well as your pocket!

If you're cutting back on alcohol for the New Year, or even taking part in Dry January, you'll probably be looking forward to feeling healthier in yourself and having a few more pennies in your pocket! But did you know that your oral health will thank you too?

Cutting back on booze will give you a more sparkling smile, give you a fresher feeling in your mouth, lower your risk of tooth decay and gum disease, and lower your risk of mouth cancer. Dr Henry Clover, Chief Dental Health Officer at Simplyhealth, explains why:

Enjoy a more sparkling smile this January

•There are many ways in which alcohol consumption can affect the colour of your teeth. If red wine is your usual tipple, you’ll be familiar with the magenta tinge that sneakily stains your teeth after a couple of glasses. For the self-conscious, this is not a desirable look, and can be pretty hard to avoid according to Henry Clover, Chief Dental Officer at Simplyhealth: “Tooth enamel isn’t perfectly smooth, and it’s common over time for micro fractures to appear, into which pigments from dark-coloured alcohol - such as red wine – can settle into. Staining is very common and the only way to reduce the effect is to limit your intake of red wine, drink plenty of water, and keep up a good brushing and flossing routine. Many types of alcohol, including prosecco and other wines, are also acidic which can erode the tooth enamel, revealing the darker dentine layer underneath if drunk frequently. Adjusting your alcohol habits, alongside a good oral health routine, can help to keep your smile sparkling.”  

Enjoy a fresher-feeling mouth

     .Have you ever woken up after a big night out and felt as though your mouth has been replaced by an arid desert? Alcohol has a diuretic effect on your body, meaning that you can quickly lose water and become dehydrated, according to Henry. “Saliva production is reduced when we’re dehydrated, resulting in an uncomfortable dry mouth, thirst, and bad breath to name just a few effects. Reduced saliva also means you’re at an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease. By cutting back on alcohol, you’ll notice a difference in how fresh your mouth feels.”

Lower your risk of tooth decay and gum disease


“Alongside the aforementioned issues with reduced saliva flow and tooth decay, many alcoholic drinks are sugary and acidic, which can increase your chances of developing cavities and enamel erosion,” says Henry. “Your snacking habits often change after drinking alcohol, meaning you’re much more likely to nibble on unhealthy snacks under the influence, which is another major cause of tooth decay. Studies have also shown that excessive alcohol consumption can aggravate existing gum disease, and can also make you less likely to keep on top of your oral hygiene, such as regular brushing and flossing. Reducing your alcohol consumption can make a real difference to your oral health.”

Lower your risk of mouth cancer

According to Henry, people who regularly drink alcohol to excess are at an increased risk of mouth cancer and adjusting your habits will reap the benefits. “Cutting back on alcohol in January alone might not seem to make much of a difference to your mouth cancer risk in the short-term, but studies have shown that taking part in Dry January makes you more likely to adjust your drinking habits going forward, which will help to reduce your risk of developing the disease in the long-term,” he says. 

According to a recent survey conducted by the Oral Health Foundation and Simplyhealth , awareness of the links between alcohol and mouth cancer are low amongst UK adults. The survey discovered that just under half of UK adults (45%) don’t realise alcohol is linked to an increased risk of mouth cancer and, worryingly, only a third (30%) said they would reduce their alcohol consumption knowing that it put them at an increased risk of mouth cancer. “With cases of mouth cancer rising by a third in the last decade, it’s very important that people are aware of the risks that increase their chances of developing the disease,” says Henry. “By adopting a healthier attitude towards alcohol consumption in the long-term, your mouth will thank you.”

So, with so many oral health and overall health benefits of taking part Dry January, raise your cup of tea and drink to good health this 2018.

To find out more about taking part in Dry January or how you can make positive changes to your alcohol habits, visit the Alcohol Concern website. 

 

Posted on in Patients
Daniel’s exciting visit to the dentist.

Young Daniel McGee was so excited to be visiting the dentist he had his photo taken in the surgery chair to show his friends.

The happy six-year-old also hoped the photo would allay any fears his chums might have about going to the dentist.

Mum Hayley explained how the idea for the photo came about after Daniel’s friends had been concerned about him when he told them where he was going.

She said: "Daniel was telling his friends he was going to the dentist and they said they were worried about him. We thought it would be good for the other children to see Daniel sitting happily in the dental chair enjoying himself.  He took his favourite cuddly toys along with him and was delighted to meet the staff and see the big X-ray machine that I’d been in. He had a very exciting visit."

"I’ve taken Daniel to the dentist from a very early age to get him used to it and he’s always been happy to go.   I think this is a wonderful practice anyway but Daniel was excited about this visit because it was the first time he’d been here.  The staff thought it was a very good idea that he’d brought his toys with him," added Hayley.

Dr John Bankes. a dentist at Moreton Dental Care, said: "A lot of children can be nervous about visiting the dentist but this shows there is no need to be.  It is certainly a good idea for parents to bring their children along from as young an age as possible to get them used to coming here."

Posted on in Awards
Sincere thanks for mission support

Dr Paul Sherrard offers a big thank you to everyone who supported his charity trip to Africa this summer.

Paul, principal dentist at Moreton Dental Care, and his son Edward, a 5th year dental student at Newcastle University, spent two weeks working with a medical mission visiting remote communities in Uganda where villagers would not normally have access to healthcare.

Their services were in huge demand- the pair extracted more than 1,000 teeth during the fortnight, thus relieving the toothache of hundreds of adults and children, as well as giving oral hygiene instruction and diet advice.

They took with them all the dental equipment they needed to set up temporary surgeries in the rural villages which had no electricity or running water. These were often in wooden huts using whatever tables and chairs were available for operating

Paul said it was a joy to be able to help the hundreds of Ugandans he met. "It was very humbling being able to help such gracious people who have so little and were totally unable to access dental or medical treatment in normal circumstances," he added.

The trip was organised with the Rock of Joy Trust (rockofjoy.co.uk) which was established to support schools and communities in Uganda after initial visits from Heswall medics and church members in 2007.

Since then volunteers from Wirral have returned annually to work towards their goals of establishing clean water supplies, building new schools, sponsoring teachers and attending to the medical needs of the communities.

Paul is grateful to patients and friends who generously responded to his appeal to made donations to Rock of Joy before the trip. The £500 he raised helped buy 900 life-saving mosquito nets which were put up in the homes of Ugandan families by members of Heswall Youth Fellowship who also went on the trip to volunteer in the charity's three schools.

Other Wirral dental practices also donated equipment for Paul and Edward to use while on the trip.

It is the fourth time Paul has made the trip, each time working alongside a team of Ugandan and British doctors and nurses aiming to promote sustainable healthcare in these far-flung communities.

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.

 

Posted on in Charity
Spreading smiles around Moreton

Starting today it’s National Smile Month and already we’ve been out and about in Moreton spreading the word about healthy smiles.

Over the next few weeks we will be getting businesses, community groups and individuals to join in our Smileathon by posing with Smilies. They will be entered in the national photo competition #MySmileySelfie competition, the best one winning tickets to a local comedy club.

Look out for the photos on our Facebook page Moreton Dental Care. They will also be uploaded to social media using #MySmileySelfie and #smileathon.

The aim of National Smile Month is to get more people to realise that maintaining a good oral health routine is quite simple, and, by getting the basics right, we can avoid most oral health problems and the pain and discomfort that comes with them.

“We urge everybody to adopt three relatively simple steps in order to look after your oral health,” says Dr Nigel Carter, CEO of the Oral Health Foundation, the charity running the campaign.

“By brushing our teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day with a fluoride toothpaste, cutting down on sugary foods and drinks and visiting the dentist regularly, as often as they recommend, we can develop and maintain great oral health.

“It’s also important to remember that poor oral health is not just about toothache and decay. It has a much wider impact on general bodily health than you may think. Research over the past decade has revealed growing evidence linking poor oral health to serious health conditions, which account for many more days off work.”

In recent years, poor oral health has been proven to have very close links to such diseases like heart disease, diabetes, problems during pregnancy and dementia.

Dr Carter says: “National Smile Month is all about re-engaging the nation about the importance of a healthy mouth and the benefits our smile can have.”

The campaigns organiser, the Oral Health Foundation, along with Platinum Sponsors Oral-B, with further support from Wrigley’s Extra, POLO® Sugar Free, Philips and Regenerate, are looking to take their important messages of oral health to more people than ever in an effort to let people take control of their own oral health.

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Father and son plan charity dental trip

Dr Paul Sherrard is set to make his fourth charity trip to rural East Africa this summer, this time working with his son Edward, to offer dental care to impoverished communities.

The pair will be travelling many miles along poor roads and dirt tracks into the Ugandan bush to set up temporary surgeries in villages with no running water or electricity and where the inhabitants would not normally have access to medical or dental treatment. 

Edward, a fourth year dental student at Newcastle University, and his dad expect to find a huge need for help- on a previous visit Paul extracted more than 1,000 teeth in two weeks to relieve toothache. They are also hoping to provide oral hygiene instruction and give out hundreds of toothbrushes. Two of the main causes of the villagers' tooth decay is grazing on sugar cane and the increasing availability of sugary drinks.

Edward and Paul will be working alongside a team of British and Ugandan doctors and nurses aiming to promote sustainable healthcare in these far flung communities.

The trip has been organised with the Rock of Joy Trust (rockofjoy.co.uk) which was established to support schools and communities in Uganda after initial visits from Heswall medics and churchgoers in 2007.

Since then volunteers from the UK have returned annually to work towards their goals of establishing clean water supplies, building new schools, sponsoring teachers and attending to the medical needs of the community.

The volunteers on this trip will include 30 teenagers from Heswall Youth Fellowship, some of whom will assist the medical team, while the rest will run fun clubs, sports sessions and lessons in the three Christian schools supported by the trust. The youngsters will have spent a year training and preparing for the trip.

Paul and Edward will be taking all their dental equipment with them in two suitcases, and are also hoping to raise funds to buy mosquito nets for villagers- a simple but effective way to provide protection from malaria.

Said Paul: "It is always a privilege to be part of the trip, and I always feel humbled by the team spirit and sincere kindness shown to us by the Ugandan people we meet."

 

 

 

 

 

 

World Oral Health Day- a reminder about how long you should spend brushing your teeth each day.

In aid of World Oral Health Day today the UK's leading dental charity, the Oral Health Foundation, have looked at just how long we spend brushing our teeth during our lives with some amazing findings. 

The charity has discovered that, with the UK's average life expectancy currently standing at 81.5 years, if a person brushes their teeth for two minutes twice a day over the course of their life it would equate to 118,990 minutes - the equivalent of 1,983.16 hours or slightly more than 82 days.

In the sporting areana the charity have worked out that you could play more than 1,322 football matches or 1,487 rugby matches, or even sit through 16 five-day cricket test matches.

They also found that you could watch all of the current 60 episodes of Game of Thrones a whopping 33 times each, or the whole run of 236 episodes of Friends 22.9 times or even the whole Lord of the Rings trilogy a huge 192.8 times.

By releasing these statistics, the charity is hoping to draw attention to just how important our oral health is and make people realise how much time they should be dedicating to looking after their mouths.

Dr Nigel Carter said: "From experience, in reality we know that a lot of people do not always spend two minutes twice a day, every day, brushing their teeth. But our message is simple, you should be!

"The health of our mouth is so incredibly vital, from eating, drinking, speaking and even breathing a problem with our oral health can seriously impact our quality of life and by making sure we spend a relatively small amount of time looking after it every day we can have a big impact on our health.

"World Oral Health Day is an excellent opportunity for people to find out a little bit more about looking after their oral health and I encourage everybody to think about how important their mouths are and consider if they are doing enough to look after theirs."

The Oral Health Foundation want to draw attention to the shocking statistic that more than 40,000 children have had teeth removed under general anaesthetic in hospitals within the last year alone due to tooth decay. 

They are hoping that by making people more aware of what we need to do to look after our oral health we can help to reverse this shameful statistic. 

The charity is determined to get people to understand that almost every single one of these cases is entirely preventable, and that by following three simple rules of oral health they can make a huge difference: Brush your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day, with a fluoride toothpaste, cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks, visit the dentist regularly, as often as they recommend. 

Bizzare Dental Facts

  • The enamel on the top surface on your tooth is the hardest part of your entire body.
  • In the first adult dental health survey in 1968 over one third of the population (37%) had no natural teeth - it is now about 6% of adults.
  • More than one in ten (14%) of people find cleaning the toilet more appealing than flossing every day.
  • The average person produces over 5,000 gallons of saliva in a lifetime - that's enough to fill 78 bathtubs.
  • Our ‘smile comes top of the things we first notice when meeting a new person.
  • A toothbrush came top of the list of things we could not do without when we go on holiday.
  • If we only had five minutes to get ready in the morning, one in twenty would skip brushing our teeth.

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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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