• Sugar free gums are not all the same

    Sugar free gums are not all the same

    17 October 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Chewing sugar free gum is a great way to stimulate saliva and avoid tooth decay but be careful which one you chew.

    Steer clear of the sugar free gums that are lemon, lime or fruit-flavoured.
    They often contain foods acids such as Citric Acid #330.

    Frequent consumption or prolonged contact of acids leads to dental erosion or acid wear.

    Bottom line — check the ingredients list and if in doubt, go for the minty sugar free varieties.

  • Good news & bad news

    Good news & bad news

    10 October 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    There’s a new product on supermarket shelves: tiny bottles of fruit-flavoured water enhancer or flavour drops.

    They’re sugar-free liquid concentrates which you squirt into water and are handy to carry so you can customize your water whenever you like.

    The bad news is that the ingredients list shows that they contain acids including Citric Acid #330 which is especially bad for teeth.

    Sipping an acidic drink all day will slowly dissolve and soften the enamel on your teeth which can pose a serious risk for your smile.

  • Boost your health by brushing your teeth

    Boost your health by brushing your teeth

    03 October 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Periodontal (gum) disease has been linked to poor health outcomes such as diabetes and heart disease.

    Now evidence is growing that gum disease may be a risk factor for dementia too. Researchers have tracked the health of men and women in a 6 month survey in the UK.

    They found that those with Alzheimer’s disease declined 6 times faster if they had gum disease.

    Your mouth is close to your heart, lungs and brain so keeping your mouth healthy may help reduce other diseases too.

  • The future is now!

    The future is now!

    26 September 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Netherlands researchers have successfully 3D printed a tooth made of an antimicrobial plastic that kills tooth decay germs.

    Sounds great but there’s a catch: the tooth implant hasn’t been tested yet inside the human mouth.

    The future of dentistry is rapidly changing with the advent of bioprinted teeth but prevention is always better than cure.

    Good daily oral hygiene and a healthy diet mean you’ll never need a replacement.

  • Spring clean your mouth

    Spring clean your mouth

    13 September 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Don’t stop at cleaning the closets, kitchen cupboards or the garage – your mouth deserves a spring cleaning too.

    Start with a professional cleaning to get all the hard-to-reach areas cleaned out.

    Chuck out your old manual brushes or power brush heads and buy new ones. Use a power toothbrush which has a timer so you know you’ve brushed long enough.

    Invest in a Waterflosser or Airflosser device to power wash between the teeth.

    Use a tongue scraper on the back and centre of your tongue where the smelly germs hang out.

  • Quick tips for busy people

    Quick tips for busy people

    06 September 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Preparation is everything when it comes to juggling work with home activities.

    Store a water bottle in the fridge, keep one beside the bed and one in the car to stay hydrated and healthy.

    Stash travel-sized toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss in your gym bag, your hand bag and your computer bag for cleaner teeth. 

    Stock up on healthy snacks such as nuts in kitchen cupboards, office drawers and in the car to prevent tooth decay.

  • What your teeth say about you

    What your teeth say about you

    30 August 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Have you checked your smile lately?

    A smile functions as a business card and says a lot about your diet, lifestyle, health and habits.

    It is also an indicator of age. The front teeth of younger people are rectangular with rounded corners while the front teeth of older people are square and shorter with age.

    Ask about cosmetic procedures such as whitening, veneers and white adhesive fillings if you want to look and feel younger.

  • 5 things you may not know about veneers

    5 things you may not know about veneers

    16 August 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Dental veneers are white porcelain laminates bonded permanently to the front of your teeth so gaps, chips and cracks disappear forever.

    Here are some other important facts:

    • Porcelain veneers are highly resistant to stains from coffee, tea, cola etc

    • They can eliminate tooth sensitivity due to worn enamel

    • They are very durable so they can last decades with good homecare

    • Veneers can change the shape of your face by creating a broader smile

    • They require less preparation of the teeth than crowns

  • Do you purr in your sleep?

    Do you purr in your sleep?

    09 August 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    You may not know if you do...but your partner will.

    Sleep doctors estimate that up to 90% of snorers, even gentle ones, also grind their teeth at night.

    And habits such as smoking, excessive alcohol and caffeine can intensify teeth grinding.

    Night time grinding can damage teeth, jaws and jaw joints.

    Have a chat with your dentist if you notice any changes or wake up with a dry mouth, sore throat or a headache.

  • Game on or game over?

    Game on or game over?

    03 August 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Researchers say that playing video games can improve brain function which is good.

    However gamers who snack for hours while they play are in for a big surprise – tooth decay.

    Tooth decay is a diet-related dental disease.

    It’s not only linked to what you consume but how often you eat it.

    And the risky snacking behaviour that starts in adolescence may continue into adulthood.

    So you can brush twice a day but still get decay… unless you change your diet habits.