A recent report from Public Health England has revealed that more than one in four five-year-olds and one in five 12-year-olds in local authorities with water fluoridation schemes had no tooth decay compared to those in local authorities without. The use of fluoride in improving oral health is one that has been […]

Health Benefits of Straight Teeth

You may be surprised to know that the benefits of having properly aligned teeth extend far beyond a confident smile. Straightening your teeth can actually significantly affect your overall dental health. Straight teeth can reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Swollen, red gums can often be the result of having teeth that […]

The oral health of a meat-eater is not a patch on a vegetarian’s, according to the results of a new study

German researchers discovered that veggies have healthier gums than meat-eaters and are therefore less likely to suffer from bleeding gums, tooth loss and potential life-threatening conditions. However, it was not all good news for vegetarians. The study also revealed they suffered from more tooth decay and were less likely to visit their dentist, despite knowing […]

Milking the benefits

A new study has found that drinking a glass of milk after breakfast significantly reduces the build-up of plaque. Results have shown a small glass of milk more than halves the build-up of plaque acids after eating dry sugary breakfast cereal. Milk is one of the best sources of calcium and the study reaffirms the […]

Damage Caused by Sports and Energy Drinks

Sports drinks and Energy drinks are becoming more and more popular these days but what a lot of people don’t realise that both the drinks have extremely high acid levels. These levels undoubtedly cause irreversible damage to teeth by eroding their protective enamel layer.   Enamel is the outer layer of the tooth and is […]

Tooth-Friendly Foods

Most people think that sweets and lollies are the main foods to blame for tooth decay but bacteria not only use the sugar in sweets to create acid but can also use any food that contains sugars and other carbohydrates. This includes fruits, peanut butter, biscuits, crackers, potato chips, dried fruit, snack bars, muesli bars […]

Northern Ireland teenagers tooth decay levels among the worst in Europe

According to a recent study carried out by the BBC, Nothern Ireland teenagers have some of the highest levels of tooth decay in Europe. Poor diet, social deprivation and a non-flouridated water supply all contribute to this problem. As well as highlighting the standard of oral hygiene the report also found that teenagers in poorer […]

Disclosing Tablets

   Disclosing tablets are an excellent, harmless dental product that gives parents peace of mind that their children are effectively brushing their teeth.  They are small brightly coloured tablets containing vegetable dye that when chewed after brushing reveal any remaining plaque on the tooth surfaces that has been missed with the brush.  They are ideal […]

Top Teeth Rotters

Sugar  Only sugar can penetrate the teeth’s strong enamel coating causing decay. Sugar can be found in sweets, pastries, cakes, biscuits and chocolate. An excess of refined sugars also dissolves the minerals essential for healthy teeth. Artificial Sweeteners Look out for hidden sugars in contents list such as sucrose, dextrose and maltose, which are often […]