We hope you are all keeping safe and well.
Since our previous email, there has been no further developments in terms of access to dental care in the UK. It remains we are still restricted in terms of the treatment we can provide to you during the current COVID-19 outbreak. This being said, we would like to remind you that we are still open during normal opening hours (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) to offer advice and emergency dental care.
With this in mind, we would like to remind you of the importance of good oral hygiene practices and preventative measures you can take in order to look after your smile during this time.
Further to our previous email where we outlined a good oral hygiene routine, we would like to provide tips on how to maintain your precious teeth and gums as well as prevent encountering dental problems in terms of diet.
A healthy balanced diet is instrumental not only in maintaining general health, but also dental health. Here are our top tips to keep you grinning from ear to ear 🙂
- We all love a snack (especially when there doesn’t seem to be much more to do at the moment!), but sugary snacks and sticky carbohydrates are not a friend of your teeth. Snacking in between meals subjects your teeth to unnecessary acid attacks that can causes cavities. We suggest sticking to the two snacks per day approach and ensure you choose healthy snacks under 100 calories.
Change 4 life has some great ideas for healthy snacking for you and your family. You can check this out here : https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/food-facts/healthier-snacks-for-kids/100-calorie-snacks
Some of our favourite healthy snacks are;
- Carrot sticks
- Sugar free jelly
- Plain rice cakes with low fat soft cheese
- Fresh fruit
- It is also important to consider the drinks we consume. Fizzy drinks (even the low-calorie and diet kind) are very acidic and this can also cause demineralisation of the enamel to your teeth. If you don’t believe us, check out this Youtube video below……Ew!
If you are a lover of soft drinks and really cannot give up totally, enjoy as a rare treat and try drinking through a straw to limit the contact of the liquid to your teeth.
So we know fizzy drinks are bad for us. But what about healthy fruit juices and smoothies? These drinks are essential in providing our bodies with the vitamins it needs to keep you doing you. So where as we would never advise you to totally stop these, we suggest restricting them to meal times and again try a straw (they are our secret weapon!).
Some of our favourite enamel friendly drinks are;
- Sugar free cordials (please always check the label and keep it heavily diluted!)
- Tea and coffee (No sugars of course! Adding sugar to tea and coffee again subjects your teeth to acid attacks). Please bear in mind though that drinking excessive tea and coffee can cause staining of the teeth.
- Chewing sugar free gum in between meals is also a good tip to keep your teeth sparkling. When you can not access brushing your teeth, grab a piece of sugar free gum. This removes food particles that may be stuck around your teeth and increases saliva flow in the mouth which settles the PH back to normal faster.
If you are really really bored at home, you can always check out more about this here:
Its as easy as that!
Follow these helpful tips along with our advice on good oral hygiene and we can work together in keeping those pearly whites pearly and white.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require further advice or help regarding your oral health. We are here to help!
From all the team @ Milk Dental Studio