Mar 18, 2015

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A Beautiful Smile Shouldn’t Cost You Your Personal Safety

Our smile is one of the first things people notice about us. Most people associate beautiful teeth with success and attractiveness, so a bright and healthy smile can help a person make a positive first impression. Discoloured and stained teeth, on the other hand, are considered a sign of old age and bad habits. dental-technician-80684_640

So it is no surprise that according to UK’s Health and Social Care Information Centre, a rising number of adults in Britain are taking a turn in the dentist’s chair. People are more and more willing to undergo cosmetic dentistry in order to straighten, lighten or repair teeth. While common aesthetic procedures include veneers, crowns and bridges, it is tooth whitening treatments that are, by far, the most popular.

Daily habits like smoking, drinking too much coffee, tea or red wine, as well the natural process of aging, can stain our teeth and make them appear yellow and discoloured. Professional tooth whitening treatments use a bleaching process that is able to remove not just the surface stains, but darker ones as well, and restore a smile’s natural beauty and brightness. The treatment is, in most cases, completed within three to four weeks, while the effects can last up to three years.

The popularity of tooth whitening, however, has led to an increase of incidents in the UK where unlicensed individuals are performing such treatments, putting public health at risk. The process of lightening the colour of teeth usually involves the application of a hydrogen peroxide solution which, if not administered properly by a trained professional, could lead to teeth and gum damage or even cause severe caustic injuries. Because of this danger, only registered dental professionals are legally allowed to carry the procedure.

What is even more troubling is that dangerous tooth whitening products are sold directly to consumers on the Internet. According to European laws, the products that are available to the public must contain a limit of 0.1 percent hydrogen peroxide. Yet, there have been a number of occasions in the UK where whitening gels with as much as 5.9 percent hydrogen peroxide were found to be marketed directly to unsuspecting consumers.

In most cases, it is low prices that lure people into trying rogue tooth whitening techniques. Many people are worried that a treatment performed by a professional will be costly. Yet many dental clinics like the Dovetail cosmetic dental clinic Newcastle offer interest-free credit which allows the cost to be spread out over many months. Contacting the clinic for a free assessment is a great way to answer any questions about the prices of treatments.

Personal safety must always come first. Anyone interested in undergoing a tooth whitening procedure must first seek the advice of registered professionals. They will be able to determine what type of treatment is best, and will carry it out without any risk to the patient’s safety. Gaining a beautiful smile should pose absolutely no danger to personal health.

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Feb 23, 2015

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Teach Your Kids Oral Hygiene

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Many parents believe that tooth decay also in kids is caused by too much sugar or acid in their diet. This is partly correct because another part of the equation is how often children eat or drink sugary or acidic food. Early childhood caries is very preventable and it is not only the parents that must take charge of this but also the children themselves. It’s important that starting at a young age, children are taught oral hygiene.

If you’re a parent asking how to teach their kids how to take good care of their teeth, you’re not alone. Read on for tips and strategies for preventing dental caries in children and fun activities that you can do to them the importance of oral hygiene at a young age.

  1. As mentioned earlier, the frequency of having sugar or acid in kid’s diets contribute to tooth decay in children. To prevent this, only give your children food that contains sugar and/or acid during mealtimes. During snacks feed your children fresh vegetables and fruits.
  2. As you introduce your baby to solid food, never sweeten whatever you feed them. Also, remember that many processed food even those made for babies does contain high amounts of sugar. As much as possible, you the parent must prepare unprocessed food for your babies.
  3. If you give your kids fruit juices or colas in between meals, stop. Instead, substitute this with milk or plain water.
  4. When buying food for your children, try to read the ingredients to check the number of sugar in the food. In general, food ingredients that end in “ose” mean sugar. Examples are sucrose, glucose, and fructose.
  5. Thorough brushing at night before bedtime is a must and this is something that should be taught at a young age.
  6. Visit a dentist regularly. Make your children realize that regular oral checkups are an important part of having healthy teeth. It is important that you choose a friendly and fun dentist you and they can trust otherwise it will become hard for you to convince your children to see this person.

Fun Activities For Teaching Children Oral Hygiene

You can start teaching your kids how to brush their teeth when they reach three years of age. Because they’re young and their minds cannot yet grasp the science behind this, try to break down the concept into kiddie levels. While you’re at it, make it a fun and memorable activity for them.

There are many fun activities that you can do with your kids that can also double as oral hygiene education.

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Painting Activity

Prepare yellow pieces of paper, some white paint and paintbrush. Cut the yellow pieces of paper into tooth shapes with your children (you can also teach them safety with scissors in this activity). Explain to your children how the teeth become yellow when they don’t brush their teeth. Then show them using the white paint how brushing their teeth makes them all white again.

Egg Activity

Prepare a hard-boiled egg and vinegar in a glass. The egg represents the teeth while the vinegar represents acidic food. Ask your children to discuss the purpose of the egg’s shell. Discuss to them using their language how the shell acts as a barrier that protects what is inside the egg. Before placing the egg inside the jar, ask your children what might happen to the egg.

After two days allow your children to check the egg themselves and have them describe to you what happened to it. Explain that this will happen to their teeth if they don’t brush their teeth properly.

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