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25/May/2019

Easter is just around the corner, and with Easter of course comes lots of chocolate! From Easter eggs to chocolate bars, the day is one big sugar-fest. It’s therefore natural to be concerned about your children’s teeth at Easter. But don’t worry – in this post, we’ll give some tips on how to minimise the damage to your children’s oral health.

1. Stick to the brushing routine

The Easter weekend is the time to indulge in sugary chocolate, but all that sugar can cause plaque and cavities if your children don’t brush their teeth properly. So it’s important that your children stick to their brushing routine throughout the Easter weekend, even amongst all the excitement. That means brushing at least twice a day, ideally once in the morning and once before they go to bed.

2. Don’t let your children graze on chocolate throughout the day

Eating sugar and chocolate is inevitable at Easter time. However, you can minimise the damage to your children’s teeth by limiting their consumption of chocolate to just a specific time of day. For example, you can let your children eat chocolate only in the morning, or after lunch. This is much better than letting your children graze on chocolate all day.

3. Small eggs are better

It’s tempting to get your children the biggest eggs you can find just to see the smile on their faces on Easter morning. But if you’re worried about their teeth, then it’s much better to get smaller eggs instead. Small eggs will still satisfy their chocolate cravings while also doing less damage to their teeth.

Also, try not to get eggs that come with additional treats like chocolate bars or bags of chocolate. The less chocolate that your children eat overall, the better it will be for their teeth.

4. Offer plenty of water

Water is the best drink for your teeth because it’s pH neutral and it doesn’t contain sugar. So make sure your children drink water during the Easter weekend instead of fizzy drinks or fruit juice.

5. Don’t give your children sticky sweets

Chocolate is the main treat associated with Easter, but we’ve also heard of parents giving out toffee and other sticky treats too. These don’t make ideal Easter treats because they can get stuck to your children’s teeth and therefore cause more damage. Opt for softer treats instead, like chocolate.

6. Give dark chocolate instead of milk or white chocolate

Dark chocolate is a healthier choice than milk and white chocolate because it contains less sugar. So if your kids don’t mind eating dark chocolate, then consider buying them a dark chocolate egg instead of a milk one.

7. Book a dental appointment after Easter

Book a dental appointment for your children after Easter to make sure there are no cavities forming. Even if you don’t do this, make sure your children are visiting the dentist every six months anyway, as recommended by the NHS.

Conclusion

It’s inevitable that your children’s teeth and chocolate will come into contact with each other this Easter, but we’re sure these tips will minimise the damage. Have a great Easter!


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25/May/2019

We’d like to think that most people are happy with their teeth and that they feel confident when they smile. If you’re one of these people, then that’s great, because you have teeth that you love.

However, some people aren’t scontent with their teeth. This can be for many reasons, but often the reason is that they have teeth that are crooked, stained or missing. Read on if you’re unhappy with your teeth, because in this post we’ll go over ways to improve the appearance of your smile.

1. Braces

If you’re cursed with crooked teeth then it might be time to consider braces. You might already have had braces when you were a teenager, or maybe you haven’t had braces at all yet. Regardless of whether you’ve already experienced them or not, braces are a great way to straighten out your smile. They typically take six month to two years to achieve the final effect (and we promise that it’s worth it). There are even some types of braces nowadays that are practically invisible, so you don’t have to feel self-concious when you wear them. If you’d like to talk about braces with one of our dentists, then simply make an appointment with reception.

2. Teeth whitening

If your teeth are yellow or brown instead of pearly white, then teeth whitening could be the solution. Generally this involves putting a special dental bleach onto your teeth so that they regain their white colour. Don’t try to do this at home though – only dentists are qualified to perform the procedure.

3. Veneers

If your teeth are crooked, chipped or misshapen, then veneers might be the answer. Veneers are small, thin pieces of porcelain that fit on the fronts of your teeth, thereby giving people the illusion that you have a perfect set of gnashers. It must be said though that veneers aren’t for everyone – for one thing, they require the permanent removal of a small layer of your teeth. However, if you’re sure that veneers are for you, then they could provide an easy and affordable way to get a Hollywood smile.

4. Implants

If you’re missing one or two teeth, then an implant is likely to be the best solution. Implants are basically fake teeth that can be permanently fitted into your mouth. You’ll be able to eat, talk and smile normally again – just as if you still had all your own teeth. What’s more, implants can be made to look like your existing teeth, so no-one will be able to tell that they aren’t real.

5. Dentures

If you’re missing several teeth, then consider getting dentures. They’re an affordable way to regain your smile when several teeth are missing. There are two types depending on how many teeth you have left – partial dentures (when only some of your teeth have gone) and complete dentures (when you’re missing all of your teeth).

Conclusion

If you’re not happy with your smile, then you don’t have to suffer in silence. Just book an appointment with us and we’ll be delighted to work with you to find a solution. Whether it’s braces, whitening, veneers or even dentures, there’s always a way to get the winning smile you deserve.


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