Are we too worried about the dentist?

There’s always been a widespread generic fear of the dentist, across the UK, as well as in many other countries. In some ways it’s similar to common fears that are irrational for many people but the clinical, medical aspect of dentistry is what causes anxiety and fear for patients. Unfortunately, this causes an epidemic of sorts where many avoid the dentist at all costs and in some cases to the detriment of their health. According to the Consumer Oral Health Survey 2019 from Simplyhealth Professionals, it shows 89% of people on dental plans visit the dentist every six months, which is an encouraging sign however, this probably shouldn’t be that…

Charcoal Toothpaste – Fad or Fact?

It’s popular, it’s fashionable and it’s reported as a fantastic way to whiten teeth and regularly keep your teeth looking clean. It’s also promoted as organic and a preventative measure against cavities. Charcoal toothpaste and activated charcoal ingredients are used across the beauty sector in face scrubs, lip balms and face masks. But is charcoal toothpaste really as clever as it is made out to be, and more importantly are we being misled about the benefits?   Activated Charcoal Activated charcoal is a detoxifying agent which has been used historically for preventing harmful substances being absorbed by the stomach, as well as even now being used for relieving poisoned patients…

Dental Concerns For Children

There have always been certain dental concerns surrounding children, primarily because they are totally reliant at such a young age on their parents to ensure their teeth are brushed properly, regularly and that they are eating correctly. But as dental procedures have improved and people are becoming more educated about the dangers of certain foods and lifestyle changes that impact dental health, surely our children’s oral health should be in safer hands now than ever before? Unfortunately, that’s simply not the case. Although many of us understand the dangers of sugar laden foods and drink, that’ just not enough to stop deterioration at such a young age. In fact there…

Foods Fighting Against Plaque

We all know that there are certain foods and drink that can impact our dental health, from chocolate and sugar laden treats to full fat fizzy drinks, juices and cakes. The effects too much sugar have on our teeth and gums is damaging over long periods of time especially if we don’t brush properly and regularly. Mouthwash, electronic toothbrushes, interdental brushing, flossing and using fluoride-strong toothpaste are all effective preventatives of plaque and tooth decay however, what if there were actual foods that may help help fight dental problems too?   Wine study There have been multiple warnings about wine being full of calories, mainly because of it’s sugar content…

Dentist charges to rise 5%

  Dentist appointments are becoming harder and harder to acquire and as we know if you are not “on the books” already, it can be difficult in some areas to find a clinic that will accept NHS patients at all. As discussed here: https://elizabethstreetdentist.co.uk/access-to-the-dentist/ It can be a stressful situation for those not able to gain access for necessary treatment but there is now further concern about accessibility and the future of dental treatment for some, as costs have risen by 5% this year.   Inflation The announcement that NHS patients would be charged £1.10 extra for a check-up and an overall 5% increase in charges was met with concern,…