• Gripping too tight?

    Gripping too tight?

    08 February 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    If your toothbrush is wearing away too quickly, maybe you should look at your technique. It’s not meant to be held with a Schwarzenegger grip!

  • Adding fruit to water bottles

    Adding fruit to water bottles

    01 February 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    It makes drinking water at the office all day a lot more fun but is it safe?

    Acid erosion or acid wear is a big risk for teeth as the result of frequent sipping of acidic drinks throughout the day.

    The tooth enamel slowly softens making it easier to brush away the enamel and leave sensitive, yellow teeth.

    And once the enamel’s gone, it’s gone forever.

    Plain tap water may be boring but why take risks with a beautiful smile?

  • Fallout from footballers’ study

    Fallout from footballers’ study

    25 January 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    A study of 187 footballers from several top UK clubs has been published in The British Journal of Sports Medicine.

    It found that nearly one in four players has tooth decay which could affect their match performance. Others reported pain or discomfort from gum disease infections and acid wear.

    Researchers aren’t saying the exact cause but suspicion falls on the consumption of sports drinks which are high in sugars and acids.

    Maybe it’s time for everyone including athletes to rethink their drink.

    Keeping the mouth healthy is a wise investment for our overall health and wellbeing.

  • Just chew more for better health

    Just chew more for better health

    18 January 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Research from Iowa State University says that doubling the number of times that you chew makes you feel fuller so you end up eating less.

    Nutritionists say it’s good for us because it improves the digestion of foods.
    Dental professionals love the idea because you stimulate saliva.

    Stimulated saliva is up to 60 times more powerful than resting saliva in buffering food and drink acids.

    So don’t bolt your food; chew more, eat less, lose weight and enjoy better dental health.

  • Itchy mouth culprits revealed

    Itchy mouth culprits revealed

    11 January 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    An itchy mouth or throat when eating may be the sign of an allergy called pollen food syndrome.

    It occurs because the proteins in some foods are similar to those in certain pollens.

    Which foods you react to depends on the pollens to which you are sensitive.
    Raw tropical fruits like mangoes, pineapple and watermelon are the most common ones in Australia, according to University of Western Australia researchers.

    And that might be a bit of a problem in tropical North Queensland.

  • Dehydration is dangerous

    Dehydration is dangerous

    04 January 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Hydration is the key to feeling good, looking great and having a healthy mouth.

    When you drink heaps of water every day, you provide the saliva glands with the raw material to make plenty of saliva.

    Saliva is nature’s mouth moisturiser which flushes food particles, buffers acids and delivers minerals to the teeth.

    In the hot tropical summer it’s easy to lose more water than you drink through exercise, lifestyle, diet and outdoor work.

    So the question is… are you drinking enough water?

  • Give yourself the gift of heath

    Give yourself the gift of heath

    28 December 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Every time we eat or drink, we are either fighting disease or feeding it.

    Sounds crazy but every meal, snack or drink gives us the opportunity to strengthen tooth enamel and guard against periodontal (gum) disease or contribute to dental diseases.

    Choosing fresh foods over fast foods gives us loads of healthy nutrients and little in the way of sugar, salt, unhealthy fats and calories.

    At the same time we’re boosting the body’s immune system to fend off nasty illnesses.

    And that’ll help us to make the most of the holiday season and the New Year!

  • Holiday survival guide

    Holiday survival guide

    21 December 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Here are simple suggestions to protect your smile during the holidays:
    • Carry a small travel toothbrush, flosspicks and Listerine Pocketpak Breath Strips
    • Brush after meals and rinse after snacks
    • Drink heaps of fluoridated tap water to keep the mouth moist
    • Chew sugar free gum if you can’t clean
    • Eat some cheddar cheese with your drinks to neutralise any wine acids
    • Use a nut cracker not your teeth to avoid an inconvenient dental disaster

  • Is vitamin gum the answer?

    Is vitamin gum the answer?

    13 December 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Touted as the answer for veggie-haters, Cenovis Vitamin Gum is a sugar free gum with small amounts of selected vitamins.

    Chewing sugar free gum after meals or when the mouth is dry helps to protect the teeth from tooth decay and prevent bad breath.

    If you just want to top up your daily vitamin intake during the holidays and help your mouth, why not try this one. It’s available in pleasant flavours at chemists and supermarkets.

    Just keep in mind that nutritionists say that it's not a substitute for a healthy diet.

  • Pamper someone you love

    Pamper someone you love

    07 December 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Dental-theme gifts or vouchers can be the perfect Christmas present for the hard-to-buy-for person.

    A gift voucher for a professional whitening treatment may be just the answer.

    A quick lunchtime procedure can work wonders for the busy person who wants to look his or her best for the holidays.

    For those who want to maintain a beautiful healthy smile, a power toothbrush provides superior plaque and stain removal.

    The gift of Sonicare’s Airfloss™ can also be a great device for those who struggle with string floss and love the latest technology.