Benefits of Fluoride

Fluoride has had a bad wrap over the years. Aside from its use in toothpaste and the many benefits which that entails, there is the “dark side” of fluoride that has been used to condemn it as a problematic “chemical” which has been blamed for thyroid complaints, teeth and bone problems and supposedly affecting a nation’s IQ. Of course these are issues which relate to historic instances of too much fluoride in the water supply (and some complaints are still ongoing to this day, in the United States and the UK) which can have an impact on people’s health but fluoride is actually a necessity in daily life.   Not…

The Dental Dangers of Christmas Treats

  Christmas is a time of year which brings with it excitement, fun, family and hopefully memorable moments. It also brings great food and a copious amount of rich desserts and sweets. Everyone loves indulging on rich food at this time of year, however, with all of this comes a price and unfortunately, the incredible range of puddings, sweets, chocolates and other traditional Christmas food on offer can have a negative impact on your dental health.   What can we do to reduce the “seasonal” impact on our teeth? It’s all in moderation. That’s the message from health experts regarding many foods and to those struggling with their weight and…

Are We Educated Enough On Cavities?

  Since we were young we have always been told to make sure we brush our teeth everyday, thoroughly and to refrain from eating too many sweets. Obviously this is the core message when we are children but once we become old enough to decide for ourselves what to eat and drink, there is a tendency to forget or ignore the dangers of too much sugar. Aside from the negative health effects, the biggest problem on dental health is cavities and there is a recent report that suggests we are not as aware as we should be, especially when it comes to our kids. The study, as reported online here,…

Fear of the dentist: Can it be overcome?

  Roughly 1 in every 10 adults in the UK suffer from serious fear of the dentist and this figure could potentially rise if the public don’t understand enough about the treatments they receive or the processes involved. As with anything unknown in life, the more we understand about something, the less we fear it and this is definitely the case with the dentist. There has always been a widespread fear, on some level, in the social consciousness with trips to the dentist and in some cases, this is because of a fear of needles. However, most of the time, it’s actually an irrational fear which could be contained by educating…

Can Vaping Hurt Your Dental Health?

  With the recent restrictions on smoking in public restaurants and pubs as well as a big push over the last decade on responsibility with regards educating people on the dangers of smoking, it’s no surprise that e-cigarettes have become gradually more popular. Offering an alternative with less negative health implications and yet still serving the craving of nicotine, it’s no wonder many smokers have made the switch. The issue of course is that E-cigarettes still contain nicotine and harmful substances, in some cases more so than in regular tobacco cigarettes. The evidence from a study taken by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in the US, has…