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Lemon Water & Tooth Damage

Chloe Kardashian, Jennifer Aniston, Lauren Conrad, Giselle Bundchen, Miranda Kerr and are just some of the celebrities who have said they enjoy fresh lemon juice squeezed into hot water as a healthy drink. It has been claimed that warm lemon water can help you to lose weight, boost the immune system and aid digestion. But at what cost? Could this drink be damaging to your teeth?

Although lemon juice is a great source of vitamin C, it is also very acidic and over time can cause acid erosion of your tooth’s enamel. Lemon water sweetened with sugar increases the risk of tooth decay still further. So how can you take part in the lemon water trend without causing damage to your teeth?

Here are some tips to keep your teeth healthy whilst still enjoying this trend:

  • Brush your teeth before drinking the lemon water.
  • Use the juice from a fresh lemon, rather than the concentrated, commercial lemon juices like Jif.
  • Drink through a paper straw to minimise contact with your teeth’s enamel.
  • Drink it quickly, rather than sipping.
  • Rinse your mouth with still water after drinking your lemon water, please note do not use carbonated water as this is also acidic as it contains carbonic acid.
  • Wait one hour before you brush your teeth after drinking to allow the calcium in your saliva to remineralise your teeth.

All acidic beverages have the potential to erode the enamel on your teeth, such as:

  • Citrus fruits
  • Fruit juices
  • Soda, including diet soda and sparkling water.
  • Some wines

To prevent potential damage to your teeth, consume these drinks occasionally instead of daily and follow the above preventative tips.

We look forward to seeing you at your next preventative appointment.
Contact Christchurch Dental on 01473 250977 to book.

New Years Resolutions

The New Year is a great time to consider making positive changes to your life. Common resolutions include weight loss, increased exercise, or stopping a bad habit. How about resolving to improve your Oral Health this year? Here’s a few easy changes you can make that will lead to a happier, healthier smile in 2020.

Timing is Everything.

Are you a quick brusher? A quick run over your teeth is not going to cut it in terms of keeping your teeth clean and strong for the years to come. Here is the Christchurch Dental suggestion for a new year’s resolution: brush for at least two minutes and twice a day. Start off the new year by trying to brush for the full time, brushing your teeth while listening to music can help as a song lasts roughly 2 minutes. Don’t brush too hard because vigorous, fast brushing can lead to lasting gum and tooth damage. Whether using a manual or electric toothbrush always pick a soft headed toothbrush. If using an electric toothbrush, let it do the work.

Drink Water, Lots of Water.

Replace sugary drinks with water (still water not the sparkling kind which contains carbonic acid) this year. Your teeth will benefit from water, as it helps to clean off some of the excess sugar and acids left from food and drinks. Water also increases saliva production, which is essential for maintaining tooth enamel. Drinking water can also aid a resolution to lose weight and achieve a healthier lifestyle. Make sure it’s part of your resolution too!

Floss

Recent polls show that only 30% of Brits are flossing daily. Flossing should be a part of your daily oral hygiene routine. We recommend changing your ways in the new year if you are one of the 70% of British people avoiding dental floss. Flossing is essential for helping limit your decay and for maintaining healthy gums. Floss the teeth you want to keep! Our Hygiene Team are happy to help with flossing technique!

Come See Us.

The New Year is a great time to book your next visit to Christchurch Dental. Keeping up with regular visits helps us to keep your teeth in optimum health, picking up any potential problems early on where they can be rectified easily. Leaving any problems until they start to cause discomfort can be costly both for your overall health and your pocket. Prevention is always better than a cure!
Make 2020 the year you keep up with your dental work.

With the start of 2020, make a promise to look after your teeth.

Welcoming Dr Ash

We are delighted to announce that we have another dentist joining the team here at Christchurch from September 2017 and that you may on occasions be booked in to see Dr Ash.

Ash graduated with honours from Kings College London Dental Institute. He has spent his time in general practice and working in a hospital where he has gained excellent surgical skills. He has also passed his exams to become a member of the faculty of dental surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of Glasgow.

During his time at the university he has won several awards including coveted ‘Dental Student of the Year’.

Ash is particularly interested in sedation and providing excellent routine dental care for adults and children.

Ash will be following an extensive induction and training programme here at Christchurch to ensure that our clients will always receive the same high level of care and client experience irrespective of the clinician they see.

We look forward to welcoming this exceptional dentist to the Christchurch Team.

You can improve your health by straightening your teeth

You may think that straightening your teeth is purely for people who are concerned about their appearance, but there is growing evidence that you can actually improve your health by straightening your teeth as well.
Apart from the obvious benefits of a beautiful smile, here are some other reasons why straight teeth are beneficial:-

  1. Straighter teeth tend to lead to better oral hygiene. When teeth are straight, it is usually easier to brush and floss effectively, making your oral health routine more effective at removing plaque and trapped food.
  2. If teeth are aligned incorrectly or are crooked, it usually means that the top and bottom jaw do not meet correctly when the person is biting or chewing. Over long periods of time this excessive force can lead to pain in the jaw as well as the face and ears. This can also be a cause of a migraine.
  3. Overcrowded and crooked teeth allow for the growth of harmful bacteria. These bacteria have been proven to not only lead to gum disease but also to heart disease and stroke.

If you would like to chat to us about your orthodontic options, including Invisalign invisible braces, please contact the Christchurch Team on 01473 250977.

January

To finalise, my Invisalign experience has been an amazing one. Admittedly it has been an experience which you have to concentrate and get in a routine, and then soldier on. I found the aligners slightly annoying whilst out for meals etc as people do tend to ask what you are doing when you are wrestling them out of your mouth (new aligners grip incredibly hard and are sometimes difficult to remove!). On occasions, I did leave them at home to avoid this on special nights out. The aligners hate hot liquids as I found out on set number 1. Basically, they melt to nothing. Cold drinks can be drunk with them in apart from orange juice with bits in as you look like you have scurvy. Throughout the treatment I only lost 1 set of aligners just before a new set, so did not need replacement, but be careful Invisaligners, a new set will cost about £100 to be replaced so look after them.

If you are tempted to go for this treatment, then I can only praise it for being a very clever and advanced system, which has been created by precision engineering and accurate consultation between Derek and Invisalign. Compared to other bracing systems it is incredibly low key and hardly anyone knew I was wearing them until I told them.

One thing is for sure, If you are searching around for the lowest Invisalign costs, think first. When I initially investigated Invisalign, I was tempted to travel to London etc, to save money and get the same treatment. There is no way that this would have worked for me. The whole key to Invisalign is progress investigation and your feedback to Derek to decide what is working, moving and how comfortable you are feeling and how happy you are with the progress.

Without Derek’s expertise and regular visits to the surgery, this treatment would not have worked for me. Derek and his team are without doubt the finest Dental Surgery I have ever been involved with and his patience and calm disposition were exactly what I wanted in this. His expertise in advanced dental technology and use of the pc in front of you, makes everything simple and easy to see and predict. I would recommend this treatment without hesitation, but I would not want to do it with anyone but the wonderful staff of Christchurch Dental. They made everything easy, were incredibly understanding and incredibly professional. I now have wonderful straight teeth.

Many thanks, Derek and all the staff.

Regards Mike

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