Oral Cancer Awareness Month 2018

Are you able to recognise the changes in your mouth? 

With awareness of the disease remaining alarmingly low, we at Claregate Dental Practice say that a simple 45 second check is often all that’s needed to identify anything unusual and be able to then seek professional guidance.

Our dentist Bhup says: “Early diagnosis transforms our chances of beating mouth cancer from 50 per cent to 90 percent so it is crucial that we know what to look out for and that we do not hesitate in seeking advice from a health professional.

“A mouth ulcer that does not heal within three weeks, red or white patches in the mouth and unusual lumps or swellings in the mouth or head and neck area, can all be potential signs of mouth cancer so it’s important to be aware of any changes occurring inside your mouth.

“Quite often it is easier to notice lumps and bumps on the outside of the body or to dismiss a mouth ulcer as benign. Most of us will spend at least a few minutes every day in front of a mirror brushing our teeth so while we’re there it makes sense to have a quick look inside the mouth.

“If you keep a lookout for these symptoms then a simple 45 second check really could save your life.

“If you notice anything out of the ordinary, please speak to your dentist or a doctor.”

Mouth Cancer Action Month takes place throughout November and is organised by the Oral Health Foundation.

With around 7,000 Brits diagnosed with mouth cancer last year, the disease is one of the UK’s fastest increasing cancers, with cases rising by a third in the last decade alone.

Survival rates of mouth cancer have not improved in the last 20 years and the oral health charity is concerned that too many are mouth cancers are being diagnosed at a late stage, significantly reducing our chance to beat the disease.

To book an appointment please call us on 01902 754 525

To find out more information about mouth cancer and Mouth Cancer Action Month, please visit www.mouthcancer.org

Bleeding gums

Do your gums bleed when you brush?

Gum disease is a very common condition causing your gums to become sore and swollen.

It is caused by a build-up of plaque and bacteria on your teeth which if not removed effectively can irritate your gums.

If gum disease isn’t treated this can affect the bone that supports your teeth eventually causing your teeth to become loose and fall out.

Preventing gum disease

  • Brush your teeth twice a day and clean in between your teeth, e.g. with floss or interdental brushes etc. Read more tips below.
  • Visit your dentist or hygienist for regular cleaning which can be done every 3 months if you suffer from gum disease.

 

Oral Hygiene tips:

  • Use a small headed brush and replace it every 3 months
  • Brush twice a day for 2 minutes being careful not to apply too much pressure
  • Angle your toothbrush towards the gum margin to remove the plaque effectively
  • Use floss or interdental brushes to remove plaque from between the teeth once a day
  • Use an approved anti-septic mouthwash, e.g. Listerine, Corsodyl Daily etc, every day

 

Visit our Hygienist on a Monday or Wednesday

for a Scale and Polish and advice on how to manage

and prevent gum disease

Cereal Killer!

I recently came across an article in the British Dental Journal about the efforts being made by cereal manufacturers to make healthier breakfasts.

One of the interesting questions it posed was about the portion size of the cereal we should eat each day. Have a look at the picture below:

1. How much cereal do you put in your bowl?

2. What is the correct cereal portion size?

(Answer is at the end of this blog!)

Now have a look at the comparison of sugar across the common cereals:

Even I was surprised by this! Many of the main manufacturer’s are making efforts to reduce this sugar content, e.g. Kellogg’s have reduced the sugar in Coco-Pops by 40%.

This reminds me of many other things in our daily lives that can easily over indulge without realising it. So becareful of portion size everyone.

For more advice, see the Change 4 Life website.

Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush!

It’s that time of year again when holidays are on the agenda but normal routine habits of brushing and interdental cleaning are sometimes forgotten!

Don’t Let Good Habits Slip ……..

I know when you’re on your holidays you want to relax, eat, drink and have fun but don’t let your oral hygiene slip.

As a minimum brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.

Use A Straw For Your Holiday Cocktails Or Fizzy Drinks …..

  • Try to limit acidic foods and drinks – such as fizzy or carbonated drinks, sports drinks and fruit juices. If you do have these drinks, restrict them to mealtimes.

Have your drink in one go (rather than sipping over a long period of time) and try to rinse with water or fluoride mouthwash straight after.

  • Use a straw to help the drink go straight to the back of your mouth, avoiding long contact with your teeth.
  • Chew sugar-free gum after eating. This will help to produce more saliva, which cancels out acids in your mouth.
  • Wait at least an hour after eating something acidic before brushing your teeth.

 Protect your lips ……

Make sure you protect your lips with a good lip sunscreen.  Just be sure to go for a high SPF and check that the product has both UVB and UVA filters.   Avoid shiny lip balms and lipsticks with no or low SPF when in the sun. They may lead to burning by allowing the sun’s rays to reach deeper into the skin. Serious or repeated sun damage can result in lip cancer.

Make Lots Of Memories And Happy Holidays!!!                        

By Katie Smith

Bright Smiles! Bright Futures!


It is important to get your child in to good habits from an early age so that looking after their teeth becomes part of their daily routine.

Along with brushing, your child’s diet plays a massive part in looking after their teeth and preventing tooth decay, as well as looking after their general health.

Here are some pointers to help keep your children’s smiles bright for their future

  • Brush twice a day with an age appropriate fluoride toothpaste.
  • Use a children’s tooth brush with a small head and apply a small pea sized amount of toothpaste.
  • Supervise your child when they brush their teeth ensuring they reach all areas.
  • Encourage your child to spit out any excess toothpaste.
  • Avoid brushing straight after acidic foods and drinks such as fruit juices, either brush before or at least 30 minutes after.
  • Limit the amount of sugary foods and snacks and watch out for hidden sugars in things like cereals, sauces, yogurts & smoothies.
  • Visit the dentist for regular checks ups from an early age to get them used to dental visits and spot any early problems.
  • Make brushing fun!! Let your child chose their own tooth brush or even try a children’s electric toothbrush

We look forward to seeing all the children’s bright smiles for their dental check ups this summer!

For more information, please visit Colgate’s website.

Did you know?!

10 Amazing Uses For Your

Old Toothbrush!!!

We are advised to change out toothbrush every 3 months to help stop the spread of bacteria and to ensure that brushing is effective.
So in theory, by the time somebody is 40 they will have disposed of around 160 toothbrushes!!
So why not re-purpose your old brush today…. read our 10 Amazing Ideas For Your Old Brushes:

1. Keep That Bathroom Sparkling

A old toothbrush is perfect to get in the difficult hinges of the toilet or around the taps to keep them sparkling clean.

2. Make Art!

Get the kids (or you!) painting with this unique paintbrush!
Different for the kids to try and free.

3. Away With Fingernail Dirt
Just get some soapy water and scrub that dirt away!

4. Highlight Hair
Use your old brush to apply liquid hair chalk or highlights

5. Keyboard Crumbs
Grab your toothbrush and safely remove the yuck from your keyboard.

6. Keep Fish?
Remove debris, clean the tank and ornaments in the hard to reach areas.

7. Dusty Blinds
Make the difficult job of cleaning your dusty blinds easy with your trusty old toothbrush.

8. Keep Jewellery Sparkling
Clean those intricate pieces of Jewellery sparkling and clean with your old brush.

9. Bike Chain service
A toothbrush is the right size to oil up those hard to reach chains.

10. Use on your family pet
Keep your animals teeth healthy

If you have any other great toothbrush uses, please leave us a comment on our Facebook post or email us at claregate@outlook.com

Have fun and be creative with your old toothbrush!!

National Smile Month 2018!

National Smile Month

National Smile Month is the UK’s largest and longest-running campaign to promote good oral health.

The aim of National Smile Month is to ultimately improve the UK’s oral health. Organised by oral health charity, the Oral Health Foundation, the campaign hopes to raise awareness of important health issues, and make a positive difference to the oral health of millions.

10 Amazing Smiling facts

  1. A smile is contagious.
  2. A smile can boost your immune system.
  3. Woman smile more than men!
  4. It’s easier to smile than frown.
  5. Smiles use from 5 to 53 facial muscles.
  6. Smiles can relieve stress.
  7. Smiling releases endorphins.
  8. Smiling is a universal sign of happiness.
  9. A smile can boost your mood.
  10. When you smile the world smiles with you.

 

Keep brushing twice a day and keep smiling!

Sugar Tax!

5 Tips To Cut Down On Sugar

The news has recently been dominated by the new tax on sugary drinks. So, we thought some useful facts about sugar and tooth decay would be useful for you…..

As you all should know  = sugar is bad for your teeth-FACT!

TOOTH DECAY happens when the sugar reacts with the bacteria in plaque stuck on your teeth.

This forms acids that attack the teeth and destroys the enamel (outer part of the tooth).

After this happens many times, the tooth enamel may breakdown, forming a hole or ‘cavity’ into the dentine (the inner part of the tooth). The tooth can then decay more quickly.

So if you were to reduce the sugar in your diet, it wouldn’t just be a benefit to your teeth it would be a benefit to your waist too!

Eliminating all sugar would be very difficult, but it’s actually all about being sensible with your diet.

Sugar comes in many forms. Usually ingredients ending in ‘ose’ are sugars, for example: sucrose, fructose and glucose are three common types but they can all cause damage to your teeth.

Nearly a quarter of the added sugar in our diets comes from sugary drinks, such as fizzy drinks, sweetened juices, squashes, and cordials.

It is recommended to limit your sugar intake to no more than 30g per day for an adult.

TIP 1     Look out for the hidden sugars in cereals, sauces, soups and ready meals.

TIP 2     Don’t snack on sugary foods and drinks between meals.

TIP 3     Don’t add sugar to foods and drinks such as on cereals and in hot drinks.         

TIP 4     Drink more water instead of fizzy drinks and juices.

TIP 5     Save your sugary treats until the end of a meal and eat all in one go.

 

Remember to keep brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to protect your teeth too!

                                                          

The NHS Change for Life sugar swaps campaign has tips and idea for cutting down on sugary foods and drinks and has resources to help support a switch to healthier eating and drinking choices.

By Katie & Jodie

Happy Easter!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LETS GET A SPRING IN OUR STEP FOR EASTER…

Limit chocolate and sugary drinks to meal times

As your mouth is already producing saliva, it doesn’t have to work harder to fight off the extra sugar and acid.

Saliva helps to neutralise the acids, wash away food bits and repair the early effects of tooth decay by re-mineralising tooth enamel.

The more sweet foods and drinks you consume, the higher the risk of tooth decay.

Try and reduce how often you consume sugary foods/drinks.

Encourage your children to drink water.

….Do you know that Dark chocolate contains less sugar than milk chocolate!!

Research suggests that Dark chocolate is better for your teeth than milk chocolate as it contains less sugar. Dark chocolate is made from Cocoa beans which contain tannins, polyphenols and flavonoids. These are a type of strong antioxidant that benefits your mouth and teeth.

 Keep brushing your teeth twice a day

Finally have a lovely Easter break and go steady on the chocolate!!!!

By Katie Smith, and the team at Claregate Dental!  

(p.s. those photo are of Katie’s son and her amazing Easter craft work!)

Better late than never!

 

 

 

 

 

We finally got round to having our Christmas meal last night – postponed from December because of all that snow we had!

Our first visit to Fiume restaurant – a pleasant Italian eatery in Compton, just by the canal. A hidden gem.

The atmosphere was good and pleasant service from the staff. Fabulous food too – especially the dessert (yes, even us dental professionals indulge in treats! Within reason of course!). So, if you have never been there before – try the place out.

And a big thank you again to my team for all their hard work … I couldn’t deliver what we do for our patients without their team spirt.

Like our Katie says….there is no “I” in Team, but there are 2 “I’s” in Team Spirit!  🙂

Bhup Gupta