As parents we all want our kids to enjoy a healthy lifestyle and we carefully select the foods that we allow them to eat from an early age.
What seem to be healthy choices are not always good for your teeth and it is this fact that has led to confusion amongst parents and unfortunate rates of decay amongst children.
The Health and Social Care Information Centre reports that almost 26,000 children in England aged between five and nine have been hospitalised for multiple tooth extractions in 2013-14 - that's the equivalent of almost 500 a week.
It's hard to know what is right when it comes to diet, on one hand you have guidelines such as 'Eat your 5 a Day'- great advice however what this guidance fails to tell you is that many 'healthy' fruit based snacks and drinks contain some of the highest concentrations of sugar and are therefore very bad for your teeth! Don't misunderstand our intentions, we are not suggesting you stop giving your kids healthy fruits and vegetables but if you want to ensure their long-term tooth health we have some simple steps you should follows:
1. Restrict high sugar/acid foods and drinks to meal times, this includes fresh fruit
2. Avoid giving your child high sugar drinks including fruit juice and fizzy drinks (even sugar free varieties) stick to water wherever possible
3. If you must give your child a snack between meals, try and restrict these to 'tooth friendly' snacks, low in sugar. Always check the labels for hidden sugars, foods you may think are a great choice can often be very high in sugars!
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The Inman Aligner is a great treatment for those with minor alignment problems at the front of the mouth.
This patient was unhappy with her smile due to here mis-aligned front teeth and slightly rotated lateral incisors. The Inman appliance was a great option to solve this straight forward case in a short space of time.
This is what the patient thought of the whole experience!
At first wearing the appliance was strange but it took no time at all to get used to it and then I found it easy to wear and very convenient.
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This young lady came to see us with the desire to straighten her upper teeth.
Her upper teeth were mildly crowded with some rotation on her upper lateral teeth. In addition she felt that some of her teeth looked longer than others.
We carried out a consultation to determine her suitability for treatment and to discuss the various options available and we agreed that Six Month Smiles Cosmetic Straightening was the best option for her.
After taking some impressions of her teeth and sending them to the Six Month Smiles laboratory in the USA, we fitted braces in November 2013.
Wearing Six Month Smiles braces is a very discrete way to straighten your teeth, with clear brackets and wire you can barely notice them.
Once the braces are fitted it usually takes a week or so for you to get used to them.
During treatment it is necessary to visit the dentist regularly for adjustments to the moving teeth and the braces.
Just a little under 5 months later we achieved a dramatic change in this young ladies smile. As you can see from the pictures above the upper teeth have been moved into the correct position and we now have a lovely straight smile.
To compliment the fantastic result we achieved with the alignment of this smile, we carried out a short course of at-home tooth whitening to further enhance her smile.
I think you will agree this case was a huge success. If you would like to find out more about this amazing treatment please get in touch to arrange your FREE consultation.
It is believed that around 23% of couples sleep in separate bedrooms as a result of snoring! It is hardly surprising that snoring is cited as the third most common reason for divorce.
Telling your partner that their snoring is disturbing your sleep can be a difficult task but it's important to remember that snoring is not an annoying habit but rather a symptom of something that can usually be fixed. In some cases snoring can be a signal of a serious medical condition known as Sleep Apnoea, so it's important that you make your partner aware of their snoring and encourage them to seek help.
It is fair to say that the market is flooded with gadgets and gismo's aimed at curing your snoring troubles but it's hard to know where to start. The problem with over the counter snoring remedies is that they don't address the cause of your snoring and it is therefore pot luck as to whether they will have any effect.
If you are serious about stopping snoring, the first step is to find out what type of snorer you are as this will determine what treatment is going to work for you.
Here is a list of our tried and tested methods for stopping snoring.
#1 Lose weight
#2 Stop Smoking
#3 Avoid alcohol for at least 4 hours before bed
#4 Change your sleep position, try to stay on your side
#5 Book your FREE snoring assessment with us
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#1 There are 15 million snorers in the UK (10.5 million Men & 4.5 million Women)
#2 The 3 main reasons for snoring are being overweight, smoking & drinking alcohol
#3 Snoring sounds range from 50dB to 100dB - the equivalent to a pneumatic drill.
#4 Snorers are 3 times more likely to suffer adverse health conditions than non-snorers
#5 Snoring can be hereditary - nearly 70% of snorers have a familial link.
#6 Over one third of couples report disharmony within the relationship due to snoring.
#7 Bed partners of snorers physical and mental health improves significantly once the snorer has
been treated successfully
#8 Regular snorers are 5 times more likely to develop hypertension, heart disease, stroke, Type 2
diabetes and high cholesterol than occasional snorers
#9 The louder you snore, the more likely you are to be overweight
#10 More than 50% of patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) have high blood pressure whereas only 25% of patients with high blood pressure have OSA.
There is still time to book your FREE consultation to find out how we can help you beat snoring, call today on 01425 615080 or click here to request an appointment!
Cause #1: Blockage of the breathing passage due to the size of the tongue or a slightly undershot jaw
Cause #2: Blockage of the breathing passage due to a temporary condition such as hayfever or a cold.
Cause #3: Obesity, especially around the neck
Cause #4: Mouth breathing
Cause #5: Sleeping on your back
Cause #6: Smoking
Cause #7: Muscle relaxation during the dream phase of sleep
Cause #8: Alcohol before going to bed
Cause #9: Drugs that relax the muscles
Cause #10: Sleep Apnoea
Snoring treatments vary between individuals depending upon the cause of your snoring and your individual needs. We offer a FREE snoring assessment to allow you to find the best treatment for you. If you'd like to know more click here to get in touch or call 01425 615080.
On Wednesday 30th April we held an information evening in support of National Stop Snoring Week.
It was a great success and proved to be a very popular topic!
Over the rest of this month we'll be sharing some interesting information on the subject, so if you have any questions please get in touch.
Must be 18 and over. Entry closes at 10pm on 13th April 2014. The winner will be chosen at random and will be contacted by telephone or email. The winner must have a consultation with a dentist to assess suitability for the treatment. The practice accepts no liability if the winner is deemed unsuitable for zoom whitening and reserves the right to refuse treatment on this basis. The winner agrees to allow before and after images to be used for promotional purposes.
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