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Dental Tips For Halloween

Monday, October 30th, 2017

 

 

Halloween is an increasingly popular celebration in the UK, and it’s easy to see why. The 31st of October is filled with fun costumes, spooky events, and every child’s favourite activity: trick or treating. Trick or treating has been a feature of Halloween for many years, with the nation’s kids going door to door and receiving bucketsful of sweets and chocolate from neighbours. Often, they will end up with a huge bounty of goodies that may taste delicious but are unhealthy and bad for teeth. However, it is possible to enjoy Halloween without causing lasting damage to teeth; just read Brite Dental’s handy guide.

Halloween Treats: Not So Sweet For Teeth

 

 

Sweets and chocolate are some of the main causes of tooth decay and poor oral health in children. Sugar in these treats can affect the bacteria in our mouths. We have both healthy and harmful bacteria, and some of these harmful bacteria feed on sugar to form acids. In turn, these acids destroy the tooth enamel which protects the inside of the tooth, leading to tooth decay. Some of the worst sweets for your teeth include chewy sweets, as their sticky texture will stay on the surface of the tooth for longer, and sour sweets, as they contain additional acids.

What Problems Does Tooth Decay Cause?

Tooth decay can cause a variety of problems, from pain all the way through to the loss of a tooth. There are many symptoms of tooth decay, from sensitivity and toothache through to black or brown spots on the tooth and bad breath. If tooth decay is caught very early, dietary changes and fluoride gels may help. After that, a filling may be needed. For severe cases, a root canal treatment may be performed, or even an extraction of the whole tooth if it is too damaged to be saved.

How To Keep Teeth Healthy

 

 

Here at Brite Dental, we have lots of advice to help keep fillings at bay, even during the Halloween festivities. The main way is to make sure teeth are brushed twice a day with a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Flossing every day is a necessity, and after eating sticky, sweet food, make sure to rinse with water to remove some of the debris from the surface of the tooth. It can also help to eat sugary foods at mealtimes. In terms of alternatives, there are lots of ways to avoid large amounts of sugar. It’s easy to make your own Halloween treats with reduced sugar, such as chocolates with artificial sweetener. There are also plenty of sweets for sale in supermarkets that use sweeteners instead of sugar. You can also substitute refined sugar from natural sugars from fruit and honey; honey can still be bad for teeth, but it contains more complex sugars so takes longer for your body to break down. This means you have more time before the bacteria begin multiplying in your mouth.

 

If you are worried you or your children may have overindulged this Halloween or you simply want to book in for a thorough check up, drop us a line at your local Brite Dental branch today.

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Healthy Foods For Healthy Teeth

Friday, May 26th, 2017

How Does Nutrition Affect Oral Health?

National Smile Month is UK’s largest and longest- running campaign to promote good oral health. One of the key messages this campaign highlights is to cut down on sugary foods and drinks. So, we thought it would be a good idea to put together some tips on how you can do just that!

How Does Nutrition Affect Oral Health?

The foods you eat affect your teeth and gums as well as your overall health. A poor diet can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Foods high in carbohydrates, sugars and starches greatly influence the production of plaque acids that attack the tooth enamel. Eventually these acids can cause tooth enamel to break down, causing the formation of a cavity.

Foods that contain sugars of any kind can contribute to tooth decay. Almost all foods, including milk and vegetables, contain some type of sugar, however these foods are a necessary part of a healthy diet, because many of them also contain important nutrients. Try avoiding foods and drinks with added sugars, you will find these present in fizzy drinks, fruit juice, energy drinks, sweets, biscuits and pastries.

A varied diet that is rich in vitamins, minerals, fresh fruit and vegetables can help to prevent gum disease.  If your diet lacks certain nutrients, this can make it more difficult for tissues in your mouth to resist infection.

What Foods Should I Eat To Help Maintain A Healthy Mouth?

Most of us are aware of the importance of good oral hygiene habits and try to maintain a regular brushing and flossing routine, however often we forget about the impact food can have on our teeth.

Apples

Apples are full of vitamins and the skin of the apple scrubs against your teeth which helps remove plaque and stains. Furthermore, they are great for getting rid of bad breath as the acidity of the apple helps kill any bad bacteria that may be the cause of this.

Green Vegetables

Spinach, lettuce and other leafy green vegetables come with a huge variety of health and dental benefits. As well as antioxidants and iron, they are full of beta- carotene which helps keep tooth enamel strong.

Fish

Fatty fish such as salmon and tuna contain omega-3 fats which break down the inflammation that occurs when bacteria irritate gums.  They also provide us with minerals and vitamin D which are key components to strong teeth and jaw bones.

Healthy Snack Options

Drinking plenty of water and eating a well-balanced diet will help keep your smile healthy. If you choose a snack, choose nutritious foods such as low fat and fat-free dairy foods like cheese and yoghurt. Nuts and raw vegetables are also tooth friendly snacks.

Healthy Smiles At Brite Dental

Brite Dental was created by an award-winning team of dentists and dental care professionals to provide you with the best level of dental care available today.  We are always happy to give you dental advice and offer you any tips about your diet and oral health. Contact us today to schedule an appointment

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Essential Dental Hygiene Tips For The Festive Period

Monday, December 12th, 2016

 

 

Even for those that maintain the most meticulous of dental hygiene routines, Christmas and the festive period can be a real challenge. You might be more concerned about what all those mince pies, turkey sandwiches and sugary sweets will be doing to your waistline, but one of your key concerns when it comes to your festive diet is in the impact it can have on your teeth. As you kick back and relax, your usual oral hygiene routine can fall behind schedule too, making those festive feasts all the more of a risk to a healthy smile.

 

The high-risk period between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day can really take its toll on your teeth and can leave lasting damage, from encouraging cavity formation, to contributing to tooth decay. Worse still, the height of the party season is one of the trickiest of times to track down a dentist should something more serious occur and you need emergency treatment pronto. To help safeguard your teeth against immediate and long-term dental problems, the Brite Team have put together an essential checklist for the Christmas break.

 

1. Don’t Fall Behind On The Basics

Any break from the usual routine can be an excuse to slack, but you should never cut corners when it comes to dental hygiene. Throughout the Christmas period, people tend to indulge. Although many expect to pile on a few pounds due to festive feasting, most overlook what that constant exposure to sugary and acidic foods is doing to their teeth. If you brush regularly after eating, bear in mind that you’ll need to work around mealtimes that are different from the usual. It’s also worth remembering that many of us celebrate the big day itself away from our own homes. If you’re heading to friends or family for your Christmas Day dinner, make sure you’re packing your toothbrush to fit in an essential bit of brushing maintenance after you’ve eaten your own body weight in turkey, sprouts and stuffing.

 

2. Watch Out For Sugary Foods

 

 

Our sugar intake shoots right up during the festive period due to all those sweet sauces, desserts and puddings. Even if you go easy on the pudding, the traditional main course itself is loaded up with things like cranberry sauce and other sugary condiments. Even the most harmless looking of ingredients can be seriously bad for your teeth. Don’t overlook how much sugar is packed into that dried fruit in your Christmas pudding, and keep an eye on the amount of sweetened soft drinks and alcoholic beverages you’re consuming.

 

3. Mix Up Your Meal Plan

Sometimes, the draw of a delicious trifle, pudding or mince pie is too much to resist. It’s fine to treat yourself during your Christmas break, but if you’re looking to cut out a few risk factors to your teeth, consider swapping out some of the sugar for other delicious alternatives. The humble cheese board is a stalwart of Christmas dinner tables and it’s a great go-to if you’re looking to indulge a little, without the worry of what you’re doing to your teeth.

 

Just a few little changes will ensure that your teeth emerge from December and into January with as clean a bill of health as possible. If you wish to discuss arranging a consultation with one of our dentists, or require more information about available dental treatments and plans, you can drop us a message via our online enquiry form. Prefer to speak to someone in person? Find the phone number of your nearest Brite Dental branch on our Contact page.

 

 

 

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day From Brite Dental!

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Brite Dental Valentines Day

NHS & Cosmetic Dental Treatments

Thank you for choosing Brite Dental to look after your oral health needs!

We have decorated our practices in Clarkston, Paisley, Bridge of Weir and Houston to celebrate the most romantic day of the year. Visit us and see our romantic Valentine’s display.

Brite Dental team would like to wish you happy Valentine’s Day with your husbands, wifes, partners, relatives and friends. Love is in the air!

If you would like to find out about NHS and cosmetic dental treatments at Brite Dental click here.

 

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Are You Looking For A Perfect Christmas Present?

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Christmas at Clarkston Buy A Dental Gift Voucher Today!

Welcome to December! Holiday season is approaching fast and everyone is rushing to get presents for their loved ones. Did you know that you can buy teeth whitening and other dental work vouchers for you family members and friends at Brite Dental? There is nothing better than seeing them smile bright! Contact your local Brite Dental clinic and ask about dental work gift vouchers.

Season’s Greetings from Brite Dental!

Our dental teams have started decorating practices for Christmas. The first one to wish you happy holiday season is our dental clinic in Clarkston. If you are a patient with us or are looking for a dentist in Clarkston visit us and see our Christmas display.

If you would like to find out more contact us today!

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Why is Oral Hygiene Important?

Friday, November 28th, 2014

Dental HygieneRegular teeth brushing, flossing and tongue cleaning helps to keep your mouth clean and teeth healthy. In addition, it helps to improve the condition of your oral health and prevent your smile form gum disease and tooth decay. Did you know that gum disease is one of the most common reasons of tooth loss in adults?

How To Improve Your Daily Oral Health?

If you would like to have beautiful and healthy teeth throughout your life we would recommend visiting your dentist every 6 months for a check-up and having your teeth scaled and polished by a professional dental hygienist.

Other things that may help you keep your smile healthy is reducing the consumption of sugary, salty and acidy foods and drinks. Improving your diet and keeping sugary treats only for meal times can vastly improve your oral health.

How To Look After Your Teeth Correctly?

It is vital to get into a regular habit of cleaning your teeth. We recommend brushing your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes. What toothpaste should you use? You don’t need to buy expensive toothpaste to make your teeth healthy. All you need is to make sure that your toothpaste has fluoride in it.

In order to prevent teeth from erosion brush them either before or an hour after eating or drinking acidy drinks such as juice or wine. Don’t forget to change your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months and visit Brite Dental for dental check-ups!

Book your dental appointment and keep smiling!

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