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How to deal with increasing anxiety as lockdown barriers lower

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It’s time for our latest episode of our ‘Caring For You’ series, Helen Wyer from @advancehypnotherapy provides top tips on ways in which you can ease yourself into the changes, which are happening as lockdown eases. She also explains why it’s natural to feel anxious at this time, however too much stress can make you feel unwell. You can follow her professional advice on how to return to life as you know it, as slowly or as quickly as you feel comfortable to build confidence and more. Don’t forget to email lighthousedentalipswich@yahoo.co.uk with any questions you may have for Helen. . We are also accepting new patients, so please get in touch via email or our contact details in our bio. You can also subscribe to our Instagram channel here: @lighthousedentalipswich #lockdown #anxiety #depression #mentalhealth #lockdowneasing #mentalhealthawareness #selfcare #love #stress #mentalillness #selflove #therapy #mentalhealthmatters #health #anxietyrelief #healing #wellness #mindfulness #recovery #covid #sad #motivation #life #psychology #meditation #hypnotherapy #suffolk

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Infection Control Part 3

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We allay any fears you may have about returning to see our team at Lighthouse Dental Practice with our latest episode on Infection Control on our IGTV channel. Here, we reveal all of the special measures we have put in place including the precautionary PPE we will be wearing so you can feel fully confident that your health (and oral health) is our top priority. You can also follow our advice on how to keep your mouth healthy with our simple-to-follow tips for every day. We welcome any questions you may have so please send us an email at lighthousedentalipswich@yahoo.co.uk. Don’t forget to subscribe to our IGTV channel here: @lighthousedentalipswich #dentalcare #Ipswichdentist #suffolkdentist #dentistopen #dentalhygiene #dentalclinic #smile #dentistry #oralhealth #healthcare #suffolkhealth #wellbeing #suffolkwellbeing #dentalhygienist #dentist #selfcare #dentalclinic #tooth #dentalappointment #caringforyou #toothcare #covid #dentalalert #health #dentistrylove #smiledesign

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Infection Control Part 2

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Follow our step-by-step guide in our next episode of our infection control series where we reveal what we are doing to keep you and our team all safe. This way, you can feel more relaxed on your return to our practice, whether you are having a routine appointment or a more complex procedure. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on email at lighthousedentalpractice@yahoo.co.uk You can subscribe to our IGTV channel here for all the latest news and views: @lighthousedentalipswich #dentalcare #Ipswichdentist #suffolkdentist #dentistopen #dentalhygiene #dentalclinic #smile #dentistry #oralhealth #healthcare #suffolkhealth #wellbeing #suffolkwellbeing #dentalhygienist #dentist #selfcare #dentalclinic #tooth #dentalappointment #caringforyou #toothcare #covid #dentalalert #health #dentistrylove #smiledesign

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How to deal with increasing anxiety as lockdown barriers lower

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In the latest episode of our ‘Caring For You’ series, Helen Wyer from Advance Hypnotherapy helps to allay any fears you may have as lockdown restrictions are easing. She discusses anticipatory fear and provides information on how you can join her on Zoom or at our practice in July to help you overcome any anxiety, whether this is from visiting the dentist or general stress during the current situation. If you have any questions for Helen, please email lighthousedentalpractice@yahoo.co.uk and don’t forget to subscribe to our Instagram channel here: @lighthousedentalipswich #anxiety #depression #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #selfcare #love #stress #mentalillness #selflove #therapy #mentalhealthmatters #health #anxietyrelief #healing #wellness #mindfulness #recovery #covid #sad #motivation #life #psychology #meditation #hypnotherapy #suffolk #suffolkhealth

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Warm up techniques

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Pilates specialist Asimina Kourouni from @tailoryourholiday demonstrates how to warm up in the comfort of your own home. Follow her guide when you are taking a break from work or home schooling, or want to stretch your body. If you have any questions, please get in touch on email here: lighthousedentalpractice@yahoo.co.uk Don’t forget to subscribe to our IGTV channel here: @lighthousedentalipswich #pilates #pilatesbody #pilatesmat #pilatestechniques #pilatesspecialist #pilatesinstructor #pilatesbody #ilovepilates #platesipswich #pilatessuffolk #stretching #breathing #stretchingexercises #stressrelief #stressreliever #relaxation #breathingexercises #relax #unwind #wellbeing #wellbeingtips #wellbeingadvice #pilatesteacher #UKpilates

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Infection control guidelines & advice

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We will open again to patients from Monday June 8th so, in the meantime, we want to reassure you we are doing everything possible to keep you and our staff safe with a series of infection control processes. Please watch our video, which provides more detailed information on how we will be doing our utmost to ensure you feel both safe and comfortable. Whether you are a new or an existing patient, we explain what to expect when you visit our practice with some advice on how you can help. We look forward to seeing you again and, in some cases, for the first time. Just don’t forget to get in touch if you have any questions for us on lighthousedentalpractice@yahoo.co.uk Please subscribe to our IGTV channel here for our latest news and views: @lighthousedentalipswich #covid19 #pandemic #coronavirus #dentaladvice #dentalpractice #openforbusiness #patients #patient #patientsafety #patientcare #infectioncontrol #covid #socialdinstancing #staysafe #virus #viruscontrol #ipswichdentist #suffolkdentist #suffolkhealth #ipswichhealth #healhadvice #wellbeingadvice #feelingsafe

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How to control eating patterns

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Dr Manos Georgiadis from Fortius Wellness joins us today for another episode of our ‘Caring For You’ series. Here, he explains how to control your eating patterns and the reasons why you might be reaching for that snack, which range from boredom through to imitating others. 🍽 So, follow his professional advice and, if you have any questions for Dr Georgiadis, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via our email: lighthousedentalpractice@yahoo.co.uk In the meantime, please subscribe to our IGTV channel here: @lighthousedentalipswich #snacking #overeating #healthadvice #eatingadvice #eatingtips #eatingbehaviour #life #calories #anxiety #boredom #fatloss #fatlossjourney #bingeeating #weightloss #nutritioncoach #keytosuccess #stressrelief #wellbeing #wellbeingadvice #wellbeingtips #wellness #wellnessadvice

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Kindness: Mental Health Awareness Week

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Helen Wyer from Advance Hypnotherapy joins us today in our 'Caring For You’ series to discuss mental Health Awareness Week and this year’s theme, which is kindness 🤗, and how self care is key. She explains why mental health is so important to all of us, as we will all experience instances where we may be feeing low and are suffering from higher anxiety than usual. You can find out more about Helen’s self-care techniques on her blog which you can access via the web link in our bio! If you have any questions, don’t forget to email lighthousedentalpractice@yahoo.co.uk and we hope you’ll subscribe to our IGTV channel here: @lighthousedentalipswich #kindness #mentalhealthweek #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthawarenessweek #anxiety #depression #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #selfcare #love #stress #mentalillness #selflove #therapy #mentalhealthmatters #health #anxietyrelief #healing #wellness #mindfulness #recovery #covid #sad #motivation #psychology #meditation #hypnotherapy #suffolk #suffolkhealth

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How to deal with anxiety at the dentist

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Helen Wyer from Advance Hypnotherapy joins us today for another episode in our ‘Caring For You’ series to discuss reasons why you may feel anxious or even have a phobia when visiting the dentist 🦷. Helen, who works closely with our patients and our team at Lighthouse Dental Practice, also reveals how your mind can react to something, which is seen as a threat, and how this is her job to help you feel much calmer and at peace for future dental health visits, from routine examinations to more complex procedures. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch here: lighthousedentalpractice@yahoo.co.uk You can subscribe to our IGTV channel here: @lighthousdedentalipswich #dentistphobia #dentalphobia #anxiousthoughts #ipswichdentist #suffolkdentist #anxiety #depression #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #selfcare #stress #mentalillness #selflove #therapy #mentalhealthmatters #health #anxietyrelief #healing #wellness #mindfulness #recovery #covid #motivation #psychology #meditation #hypnotherapy #suffolk #suffolkhealth

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Stress relief with stretching techniques

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Pilates specialist Asimina Kourouni from @tailoryourholiday looks at ways in which you can forget the stresses and strains during these uncertain times with stretching techniques which she combines with measured breathing to make you feel more relaxed. 😊 Part of our ‘Caring For You’ series, if you have any questions, please get in touch with her on email here: tailoryourholiday@gmail.com Don’t forget to subscribe to our IGTV channel here: @lighthousedentalipswich #pilates #pilatesbody #pilatesmat #pilatestechniques #pilatesspecialist #pilatesinstructor #pilatesbody #ilovepilates #platesipswich #pilatessuffolk #stretching #breathing #stretchingexercises #stressrelief #stressreliever #relaxation #breathingexercises #relax #unwind #wellbeing #wellbeingtips #wellbeingadvice #pilatesteacher #UKpilates

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How to relieve anxiety

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In episode 11 of our ‘Caring For You’ series, Helen Wyer from Advance Hypnotherapy reveals a different technique you can try to help deal with anxiety, which you may be finding difficult, especially during these uncertain times. From advice on breathing to ways in which you can manipulate your body, follow Helen’s professional advice here. If you have any questions, Helen will be happy to answer them on this email address: lighthousedentalpractice@yahoo.co.uk Don’t forget to subscribe to our IGTV channel here: @lighthousedentalipswich #anxiety #depression #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #selfcare #love #stress #mentalillness #selflove #therapy #mentalhealthmatters #health #anxietyrelief #healing #wellness #mindfulness #recovery #covid #sad #motivation #life #psychology #meditation #hypnotherapy #suffolk #suffolkhealth

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How to floss your teeth

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Welcome to our next episode of our ‘Caring For You’ series where today our dentist Dr Tocca explains why flossing is important and is another way in which to clean any surfaces on your teeth, which you just can’t reach with your toothbrush. 🦷 In this episode, which features on our IGTV channel, you can see hands-on demos, which give you information on how to control the dental floss you use and how to clean between the surfaces of your teeth with precision. #floss #teethflossing #teethfloss #flossyourteeth #howtousefloss #dentalfloss #dentaladvice #dentaltips #ipswichdentist #suffolkdentist #dentalhealth #cleanyourteeth #teethcleaning #howtocleanteeth #flossingtecniques #toothcare #dentalerosion

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How to relieve anxious thoughts with this special technique

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Helen Wyer of Advance Hypnotherapy, in episode 9 of our 'Caring For You’ series, reveals a special technique you can try wherever you are and whenever you want to, to help relieve anxious feelings and thoughts. Based on the five senses, Helen’s useful technique will enable you to calm down and relax in any situation. Please send any questions you may have on this issue to Helen on this email address: lighthousedentalpractice@yahoo.co.uk Don’t forget to subscribe to our IGTV channel here: @lighthousedentalipswich #dentalfear #dental #smile #teeth #dentalanxiety #dentistry #teeth #dentalclinic #dentalhygiene #ipswichdentist #suffolkdentist #dentist #hypnotherapy #hypnotherapist #suffolkhypnotherapy #teethproblems #fearofdentist #health #mentalhealth #wellbeing #mentalhealthtips #senses #thefivesenses #feelinggrateful #breathing #breathingtechniques

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How to improve wellbeing in your home

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In episode 7 of our ‘Caring For You’ series, Sarah, a Suffolk blogger at @styleanddecoruk , reveals her tips on ways in which to work on your home to improve your wellbeing 😁. Featuring biophilic design, Sarah discusses what this term means and how you can use elements at home to help reduce stress, blood pressure and your heart rate. You can send any questions you may have to Sarah on this email address: sarah@styleanddecor.co.uk Don’t forget to subscribe to our IGTV channel here: @lighthousedentalipswich #wellbeing #wellbeingtips #homedecor #homedecortips #homedecoradvice #wellbeingadvice #healthyliving #healthylifestyle #wellbeingblogger #wellbeinggoals #healthtips #healthyliving #suffolk #ipswich #biohphilic #biophilicdesign #biophilicdesigntips #biophilicdesignadvice #greenwalls #interiors #interiordesign #interiors123 #nteriordecor #homestyling #interiorsblogger #homedesignadvice

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Breathing techniques to help alleviate stress

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Hello to all our Lighthouse Dental Practice patients! It's episode two of our new series ‘Caring For You’ so we thought we’d introduce hypnotherapist Helen Wyer of Advance Hypnotherapy to you. In our latest episode here, Helen discusses how effective breathing can provide you with a greater sense of mental clarity and reduce stress levels. She even shows you a quick breathing technique you can try at home to help you cope with any anxious thoughts and feelings you are having right now. Please send your questions to Helen on the following email address: lighthousedentalpractice@yahoo.co.uk and don’t forget we’re asking all our patients to subscribe to our IGTV channel here: @lighthousedentalipswich #breathing #breathingproperly #alleviatestress #breathingtechniques #hypnotherapist #reducestress #reducestresslevels #deepbreathe #healthy #healthylifesyle #healthyliving #health #wellness #wellbeing #ipswich #suffolk #ipswichsuffolk #suffolkdentist #ipswichdentist #ipswichhypnotherapist #wellbeingtips #wellnessadvice #stresspreventio

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Caring For You

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In episode 6 of our ‘Caring For You’ series, Helen Wyer from Advance Hypnotherapy reveals how using the word ‘don’t’ such as ‘don’t worry’ is not helpful in situations where you may feel anxious or stressed, such as before a visit to the dentist 🦷. So, while you wait till our practice has reopened, follow Helen’s professional tips on how to feel calm in situations, which tend to make you feel anxious. Don’t forget to send any questions you may have on this issue to Helen on this email address: lighthousedentalpractice@yahoo.co.uk and you can subscribe to our IGTV channel here: @lighthousedentalipswich #dentalfear #dental #smile #teeth #dentalanxiety #dentistry #teeth #dentalclinic #dentalhygiene #ipswichdentist #suffolkdentist #dentist #hypnotherapy #hypnotherapist #suffolkhypnotherapy #teethproblems #fearofdentist #denstistfear #health #mentalhealth #wellbeing #wellbeingtips #mentalhealthtips #dentalstress #dealingwithstress #dealingwithanxiety

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How to brush your teeth using an electric toothbrush

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Welcome to episode 5 of our ‘Caring For You’ series where your dentist Dr Tocca gives you everything you need to know to use your electric toothbrush correctly, featuring two of the most common electric toothbrush types – oscillating and ultrasonic. On this episode, which features on our IGTV channel, you can discover Dr Tocca’s professional advice and top tips on how to ensure you clean your teeth methodically with precision, to achieve the best results. 😁 You can subscribe to our IGTV channel here: @lighthousedentalipswich #dentalerosion #dentalhealth #toothbrush #electrictoothbrush #toothenamel #brushingteeth #toothpaste #dentalhealthquestions #fluoridetoothpaste #flouridemouthwash #floss #flossingteeth #teeth #toothcare #ipswichdentist #suffolkdentist #toothenamel #Ultrasonic #OralB #Sonicare

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How to deal with dental fear

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Helen Wyer of Advance Hypnotherapy, in episode 4 of our 'Caring For You’ series, looks at reasons why you might be struggling with dental fear. Helen discusses how she can help you tackle these anxieties in order for you to reprocess all your feelings and emotions and ultimately feel safe when you next visit the dentist once our practice has reopened. Please send any questions you may have on this issue to Helen on this email address: lighthousedentalpractice@yahoo.co.uk Don’t forget to subscribe to our IGTV channel here: @lighthousedentalipswich #dentalfear #dental #smile #teeth #dentalanxiety #dentistry #teeth #dentalclinic #dentalhygiene #ipswichdentist #suffolkdentist #dentist #hypnotherapy #hypnotherapist #suffolkhypnotherapy #teethproblems #fearofdentist #denstistfear #health #mentalhealth #wellbeing #wellbeingtips #mentalhealthtips

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How to brush your teeth using a manual toothbrush

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Hello to all our patients! 👋🏻 Hope you are keeping well. You can watch episode three in our ‘Caring For You’ series where we provide you with a little reminder on how to brush your teeth 🦷 properly using a manual toothbrush. Listen to your dentist Dr Tocca on our IGTV channel today, giving his professional advice from the type of brush you should use to how to hold your toothbrush correctly. You can subscribe to our IGTV channel here: @lighthousedentalipswich Video editing: Christchurch Creative Ltd (@styleanddecoruk) #brushteeth #toothbrush #brushingteeth #howtobrushteeth #toothcare #professionaldentist #ipswichdentist #suffolkdentist #dentalcare #careforyourteeth #howtobrush #teethbrushing #toothpaste #ipswichentist #ipswichsuffolk #teeth #smile #caringforteeth #teethbrushingtechnique #brushingteethisfun #brushingteethtime

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What can I do to prevent dental erosion?

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Calling all our Lighthouse Dental Practice patients: We haven’t forgotten you. In fact, your dentist Dr Tocca is featuring on our IGTV channel today, where he gives you his professional advice on what you can do to protect your tooth enamel, from chewing sugar-free gum after eating to finishing a meal with a piece of cheese, which helps to cancel any acidic food or drink you may have consumed. We're asking all our patients to subscribe to our IGTV channel here: @lighthousedentalipswich #dentalerosion #dentalhealth #avoidacidicfoods #toothenamel #brushingteeth #toothpaste #toothpastemanufacturers #dentalhealthquestions #Colgate #Sensodyne #OralB #fluoridetoothpaste #flouridemouthwash #sugarfreegum #sensitiveteeth #teeth #toothcare #acidattack #toothenamel

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Introducing our Hypnotherapist, Helen

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Hello to all our Lighthouse Dental Practice patients! It's episode two of our new series ‘Caring For You’ so we thought we’d introduce our Lighthouse Dental Practice hypnotherapist Helen to you. She works closely with our dentists to provide much-needed support and care to help nervous patients😬who fear coming to the dentist, feel more relaxed. In our latest episode here, Helen discusses how effective breathing can provide you with a greater sense of mental clarity and reduce stress levels. She even shows you a quick breathing technique you can try at home to help you cope with any anxious thoughts and feelings you are having right now. Please send your questions to Helen on the following email address: lighthousedentalpractice@yahoo.co.uk and don’t forget we’re asking all our patients to subscribe to our IGTV channel here: @lighthousedentalipswich #breathing #breathingproperly #alleviatestress #breathingtechniques #hypnotherapist #reducestress #reducestresslevels #deepbreathe #healthy #healthylifesyle #healthyliving #health #wellness #wellbeing #ipswich #suffolk #ipswichsuffolk #suffolkdentist #ipswichdentist #ipswichhypnotherapist #wellbeingtips #wellnessadvice #stresspreventio

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Diet, acids, sugars and frequency of meals.

Teeth are designed for chewing our food. They are not designed to be constantly subjected to acids and unnecessary wear.
Acids  remove tooth enamel and weaken the teeth.

There are two types of acids that we encounter on a daily basis:

  • Direct acids, which we put in our mouths from acidic foods like fruit juices, most fruits (some more acidic than others), soft drinks, vinegar, salad dressings, etc. And
  • Indirect acids which are produced by our own oral bacteria when they process the foods we put in our mouths.  The foods which cause the oral bacteria to produce most acid are sugars and starch (from foods like biscuits, white bread, crisps etc)
  • Your teeth need a 3-4 hour break between meals in order to recover

In between meals, the teeth should rest, as the oral environment needs to return to its natural balance.  Your teeth need 3-4 hours’ rest between meals. During this time, you should avoid eating or drinking anything apart from plain tap water or possibly plain tea or coffee preferably without milk or sugar. Tea contains a bit of fluoride (which repairs early loss of mineral from enamel), and is beneficial for the teeth. To count as a break, do not have any biscuits or other foods with you tea or coffee.
The worst foods for the teeth are very sour sweets, food or drink that contains sugar and foods that stick to the teeth like crisps and sweetened breakfast cereals.
The next best way to stop an acid from damaging your teeth is to rinse the mouth with a fluoride mouthwash. The best way is to avoid the acid.
For example:

If you finish your breakfast with a glass of orange juice, if you drink lemonade or have vinegar on your chips, your teeth will start losing enamel.

How to stop an acid from damaging your teeth

After putting any acids in your mouth, stop the damage immediately by rinsing with a fluoride mouthwash, then wait 30 minutes before you brush your teeth.
Another good method is to dissolve some bicarbonate of soda in a glass of water and rinse it around in the mouth.

You can also apply a smear of fluoride toothpaste on the tongue and lick the toothpaste over the teeth. 

If you do occasionally want to treat yourself to a glass of orange juice, or any acidic or sweet foods you can minimise the damage by following the advice given above

 “how often” is worse than “how much”

Because the amount of saliva in the mouth is small, it is usually enough with very small amounts of acidic or sweet foods to cause the damage. The mouth will eventually return to a healthy balance but this takes between 20-45 minutes. One small raisin will still lead to up to 45 minutes of damage in the same way as a large chocolate bar. Therefore, if you want to treat yourself, choose one time of the day (dinner for example) to satisfy your craving. If you need to drink an orange juice, or a soft drink or eat a chocolate or have some sweets, do it all in one go at the end of a meal. This way, you will have satisfied your desire and you would have subjected your teeth to only one acid attack. Choosing dinnertime for this purpose allows you to rinse your mouth with a fluoride mouthwash then after 30 minutes or longer you can brush your teeth.

Since the acid attacks, which damage our teeth last for up to 45 min regardless of how much we eat, you will not gain anything by treating yourself in small and frequent quantities. Do not have  “just a biscuit” or a small sip  of juice or a small piece of chocolate too often. If you want to treat yourself, you might just wait until dinnertime then do it properly.
Remember!

  • Give your teeth a 3-4-hour break between meals!
  • Avoid frequent snacks!
  • After each meal, if you can,
  • Brush your teeth. If you cannot brush after each meal, brush at least 2 times per day.
  • Finish your meal with a crunchy vegetable (carrot, stalk of celery,  cauliflower, piece of bell pepper, sweet pepper, leaf of cabbage, a small stick of cut up swede, cucumber) to help clean the teeth and stimulate saliva.
  • Chew some sugar-free chewing gum for 10 minutes or
  • Extra fluoride applications i.e. more than 2 times per day either as a mouth wash or as applications of toothpaste on the teeth is for people who have a high rate of decay or have an increased risk of dental decay due to frequent snacking, mouth dryness due to medication or other reasons. Patients who have a high rate of developing decay (More than one filling every 3-4 years), should ask their dentist about the most appropriate prevention programme. Often this means smearing a small amount of toothpaste on the teeth after a meal and spitting out the excess. Alternatively, using a fluoride mouth wash correctly will also be beneficial.

When you have finished brushing, spit out excess toothpaste but do not rinse with water! If you rinse with water, you will get rid of the fluoride. If you absolutely want to rinse your teeth after brushing, use a fluoride mouthwash. 

Unless you have been recommended by your dentist, or if you do not have a high rate of dental decay, you do not have to use a mouth wash for your regular dental hygiene as long as you skip the rinsing with water at the end of your brushing.  It does not hurt to use one if you use it correctly and in some cases it can even be beneficial but for the majority us, as long as our diets and brushing technique is good, we do not need a fluoride mouth wash.

Children under 7 or anybody who accidentally or habitually swallows the mouthwash while they rinse, should definitely avoid using a fluoride mouth wash. Avoid swallowing frequent or large amounts of fluoride containing products whether they are toothpaste or fluoride mouth washes.

Oral hygiene

Spend the time needed for oral hygiene and do all required steps. In dental school we were asked: “Do you clean your teeth properly or do you just brush them?” Research shows that adults brush their teeth on average for 45 seconds. The time needed should for a fully dentate mouth be 2 minutes! This is why we recommend electric toothbrushes; most good ones have a timer to remind you of the time needed to brush properly. Start by cleaning between the teeth either by using floss, interdental brushes or dental toothpicks. Brush your teeth for two minutes patiently and thoroughly without too much pressure. Cleaning your tongue is also a good idea.

DO NOT SMOKE! - This increases the risk of mouth cancer. Ask your dentist to refer you to professional NHS Quit Smoking courses. They work!

Alcohol - Keep alcohol consumption to a minimum. Heavy drinkers also have a higher risk of developing mouth cancer

Regular Check ups - Visit your dentist regularly