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Six Sugary Snacks That Will Spoil Your Sparkly Whites

Friday, March 6th, 2015

293756_blogIf you’re desperate for sparkly pearly whites this summer, it’s a good idea to learn more about how your diet impacts your oral health. Often, the foods we eat can make a real difference to oral health as well as the look of the teeth, so here are 6 sugary snacks to avoid in order to enjoy a healthy, bright smile:

  1. Fruit juice: fruit juice is often marketed as a healthy alternative to pop, but it often contains a huge amount of sugar. Juices are also acidic, which contributes to acid wear of the enamel. If you do enjoy fruit juice, try to stick to drinking it at mealtimes only and dilute it with water. Take care to read labels on shop-bought products and watch out for added sugars.
  2. Sweets: many of us admit to having a sweet tooth and a bag of sweets is a popular treat or afternoon pick me up. Sweets may taste delicious, but they are bad news for your teeth. They are laden with sugar and they are also usually acidic. If you are eating sweets, eat them straight after a meal and drink a glass of water or milk afterwards. Healthier alternatives to sweets include natural yoghurt and fresh fruit.
  3. Smoothies: smoothies have become all the rage as part of a healthy eating revolution. However, if you check the nutrition labels of smoothies on offer in cafes and supermarkets, you may be shocked at the sugar content. Smoothies are essentially a healthy option if you make them yourself, as you can control how much sugar is added. However, if you buy ready-made bottles or cartons, you may find that your drink is not as healthy as you hoped.
  4. Yoghurts: yoghurts can be really beneficial for the teeth because they are rich in calcium. However, you need to be careful when choosing which yoghurts to buy. Sweetened, flavoured yoghurts often contain a lot of sugar and this includes low-fat versions. Try to go for natural yoghurt and add natural sugars such as honey or berries if you would prefer something a little more adventurous.
  5. Chocolate: many people admit to reaching for a chocolate bar when their energy levels drop mid-afternoon, but snacking on chocolate is not just harmful for your teeth. It also provides a quick release of energy that will almost certainly cause you to feel tired again shortly afterwards. Sugar-free cereal bars and wholemeal crackers are healthier options, which will release energy over a longer period of time.


Six Foods You Should be Eating for a Healthier Smile

Friday, February 20th, 2015

2429879_blogOur diets play an important part in the maintenance of our oral health. To prevent tooth decay and gum disease and keep your smile looking beautiful, we need to watch what we eat. Here are some suggestions for a good healthy teeth diet:

  1. Green tea

Green tea hydrates the body, is rich in antioxidants and is completely sugar-free. It has been discovered that those who regularly drink green tea have a lower risk of developing gum disease. If you don’t like the taste of green tea, try to add a splash of lemon or a sprinkle of ginger to make it more appealing.

  1. Cheese

Cheese is a brilliant source of calcium and has a high pH value. This helps with the protection of enamel by neutralising acidity found in the mouth. If you eat or drink something acidic, such as wine or fruit juice, it is advisable to eat a little bit of cheese afterwards as a neutralising agent.


  1. Chicken

Chicken is a fantastic source of protein, and it also contains phosphorus and calcium. Both of these play an essential role in the maintenance and repair of the bones and teeth. As a hugely versatile dish, chicken is an excellent diet choice as it can be added to almost any meal.

  1. Milk

Milk contains calcium and is an excellent alternative to fizzy drinks and sugary acidic fruit juices, as it helps to neutralise acids in the mouth. Calcium is crucial for healthy and strong teeth and helps to keep your tooth enamel in great condition. It is especially important for children and elderly people at risk of osteoporosis.

  1. Carrots

Eating carrots, especially when raw, increases production of saliva and stimulates the gums. Saliva production is great for cleaning out the mouth and removing leftover food particles. Carrots also contain anti-oxidants and are rich in both vitamin B and vitamin C.

  1. Yoghurt

Natural yoghurt is a great dessert choice as it is low in sugar and rich in calcium, making it a winner for your teeth.

Keeping teeth strong and healthy in the heart of Leeds

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

302075_blogIf you read the news or you like to flick through magazines now and again, you may have noticed that the results of surveys often reveal that people consider ‘a nice smile’ as the most attractive quality in a partner. Other polls also suggest that people perceive those who have a bright and healthy smile as more trustworthy than those with poor oral health and employers are more likely to hire somebody with an attractive smile than somebody who clearly neglects their oral hygiene. In short, your smile is important for a number of reasons and the good news is that it only takes a small amount of effort to maintain good oral health and keep your teeth feeling strong and looking shiny and bright. The first thing to consider is your oral hygiene routine; if you’re not brushing your teeth twice a day, every day for at least 2 minutes each time, you could be at risk of decay and gum disease, as well as bad breath and stained teeth. Flossing can also be hugely beneficial, as it removes plaque and bacteria from the places you struggle to reach with a toothbrush. Your diet is the best thing to think about. Many of us enjoy a sweet treat now and again, but if you’re consuming sweets, chocolate bars and biscuits on a daily basis or washing down your lunch with a can of fizzy pop or a sports drink, then this could lead to serious problems. Sugary foods cause bacteria in your mouth to attack and erode the protective enamel layer of the teeth. In order to ensure your teeth stay healthy and strong, keep an eye on your diet, brush and floss with dedication and see your dentist for a routine check-up every 6 months: it really is as simple as that!

When is a Tooth not a Tooth? When it’s Hopeless in Leeds

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

361951_blogDentists don’t like to admit defeat at the best of times as their remit with everything they do in Leeds is to try and keep your teeth healthy and in your mouth; they certainly don’t like the term ‘hopeless tooth’ as this indicates that the tooth is a goner and that they have failed in their duties to you. Tooth decay and periodontal disease really threaten the existence of a tooth but there are ways that dentists will do their utmost to save the it when things get this bad; root canal treatment can help to prolong the longevity of the tooth after the ravishes of decay, whereas periodontal disease however requires a lot more effort. If the very bone structure of the jaw has become diseased below, it may take bone and tissue grafting in order to recover the situation and save the tooth. Abscesses also threaten the life cycle of a tooth; this dangerous scenario can be treated, but they have a nasty habit of coming back and in the end, the situation may well become hopeless and the only remedy is to have the tooth taken away. Teeth in older people have a terminal inevitability to them as well, as the body becomes less strong and treatments for bad teeth, as in grafting, may not work anyway so again, you may have to wave goodbye to your teeth forever.