• 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.

  • Do the maths on your sugar intake!

    Do the maths on your sugar intake!

    30 November 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Sugar in processed foods is behind everything from tooth decay to obesity.

    The World Health Organization now recommends that we consume no more than 6 to 9 teaspoons of sugar per day for better health benefits.

    To figure out the number of teaspoons in a serving, look at the nutritional information label on the package or tin.

    Four grams equals one teaspoon so divide the number of sugar grams per serving by four.

    It seems that we’re consuming heaps more sugar than we think.

  • Hazardous to your health?

    Hazardous to your health?

    23 November 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    The ingredients in many common oral products may be downright dangerous for some folks.

    According to Australian dental experts, the foaming agent in toothpastes called sodium lauryl sulphate or SLS can irritate the mouth and contribute to mouth ulcers.

    Petroleum-based lip products can result in inflammation of the lips and corners of the mouth.

    Mouthwashes containing alcohol can dry the mouth which increases the risk of oral diseases.

    If you’re troubled by these problems, consider some alternatives to the products that you’re using.

  • Soft drinks linked to ageing

    Soft drinks linked to ageing

    18 November 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    It’s well known that sugary soft drinks cause tooth decay and enamel erosion.
    Soft drinks also promote obesity which contributes to chronic illnesses.

    Now US researchers are saying that drinking soft drinks may accelerate the ageing of the body and face as much as smoking.

    Chromosomes provide a measure of ageing. Thousands of adult DNA samples showed a chromosomal difference in those who drank soft drinks compared with those who didn’t.

    Another reason to put soft drinks in the sin bin and drink water.

  • Managing morning sickness

    Managing morning sickness

    26 October 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    There’s nothing more unpleasant and dangerous for the teeth than the stomach acid that accompanies morning sickness.

    But there’s an easy solution. Baking soda has been the jack of all trades over the years.

    Every family has a box of McKenzie’s Bi-Carb Soda which is alkaline.

    It’s a quick way to buffer an acidic mouth and prevent enamel loss, sensitivity and yellow teeth.

    Put a teaspoon of Bi-Carb in a 250ml water bottle and use after vomiting episodes. Swish the solution around for one minute then spit. Delay brushing for one hour.

    It’s a great way to take care of stomach acid attack in the mouth.

  • Metallic taste during pregnancy

    Metallic taste during pregnancy

    19 October 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Ever suffered from a strange metallic or sour taste in your mouth early in pregnancy, even when you’re not eating?

    It’s just an unusual condition called dysgeusia and sometimes it affects your sense of smell as well.

    There are a variety of reasons our taste buds are affected including high hormonal levels, especially of oestrogen, and water retention in cells.

    Although dysgeusia is not well understood, it’s usually temporary so this too shall pass.

  • Pregnancy and old wives’ tales

    Pregnancy and old wives’ tales

    12 October 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Have you heard the tale that your teeth will become soft during pregnancy because the baby steals calcium from your teeth?

    Not true. The calcium is not lost from your teeth. It’s the calcium that you consume that affects the growth of your baby.

    But if enough calcium isn’t consumed then the baby will take calcium from the mother’s bones.

    It’s best to have a balanced diet with adequate calcium and take supplements if recommended by your doctor.