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  • Berkshire
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Our August Newsletter….

23rd August 2021

Hello and welcome to our August 2021 newsletter. We hope you are all keeping well and enjoying what is left of the nicer weather!. This month we share useful tips on foods that boost oral health. We also share about the services we provide for those wanting a straight smile. Additionally we’ve also included our usual updates, question of the month and team news!.
Food and Your Oral Health….

Many processed foods have sugar in them, and the higher up it appears in the list of ingredients, the more sugar there is in the product. Always read the list of ingredients on the labels when you are food shopping.

When you are reading the labels remember that ‘no added sugar’ does not necessarily mean that the product is sugar free. It simply means that no extra sugar has been added. These products may contain sugars such as those listed above, or the sugars may be listed as ‘carbohydrates’. Ask your dental team if you are not sure.

Can food and drink cause erosion?
Acidic food and drinks can cause dental erosion – the gradual dissolving of the tooth enamel. Listed below are the ‘pH values’ of some food and drinks. The lower the pH number, the more acidic the product. Anything with a pH value lower than 5.5 may cause erosion. ‘Alkalis’ have a high pH number and cancel out the acid effects of sugars. pH 7 is the middle figure between acid and alkali.

  • Mineral water (still) pH 7.6
  • Milk pH 6.9
  • Cheddar cheese pH 5.9
  • Lager pH 4.4
  • Orange juice pH 3.8
  • Grapefruit pH 3.3
  • Pickles pH 3.2
  • Cola pH 2.5
  • Red wine pH 2.5
  • Vinegar pH 2.0

Can I eat snacks?
It is better for your teeth and general health if you eat 3 meals a day instead of having 7 to 10 snacks. If you do need to snack between meals, choose foods that do not contain sugar. Fruit does contain acids, which can erode your teeth. However, this is only damaging to your teeth if you eat an unusually large amount. Try not to have a lot of dried fruit as it is high in sugar.

If you do eat fruit as a snack, try to eat something alkaline such as cheese afterwards. Savoury snacks are better, such as:

  • Cheese.
  • Raw vegetables.
  • Nuts.
  • Breadsticks.

Can I eat sweets?
The main point to remember is that it is not the amount of sugar you eat or drink, but how often you do it. Sweet foods are allowed, but it is important just to have them at mealtimes.To help reduce tooth decay, cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks and try to have sugar-free varieties. Confectionery and chewing gum containing the artificial sweetener Xylitol may help to reduce tooth decay.

Sugary foods can also cause a range of health problems including heart disease and being overweight.

What should I drink?
Still water and milk are good choices. It is better for your teeth if you drink fruit juices just at meal times. If you are drinking them between meals, try diluting them with water.

Diluted sugar-free fruit drinks are the safest alternative to water and milk. If you make these, be sure that the drink is diluted 1 part fruit drink to 10 parts water. Some soft drinks contain sweeteners, which are not suitable for young children – ask your dental team if you are not sure.

Fizzy drinks can increase the risk of dental problems. The sugar can cause decay and the acid in both normal and diet drinks can dissolve the enamel on the teeth. The risk is higher when you have these drinks between meals.

Should I brush my teeth after every meal?
It is important that you brush last thing at night and at least one other time during the day, with a toothpaste containing  fluoride.

Eating and drinking foods containing sugar and acids naturally weakens the enamel on your teeth. Brushing straight afterwards can cause tiny particles of enamel to be brushed away. It is best not to brush your teeth until at least one hour after eating.

It is especially important to brush before bed. This is because the flow of saliva, which is the mouth’s own cleaning system, slows down during the night and this leaves the mouth more at risk from decay.

Children up to three years old should use a toothpaste with a fluoride level of at least 1000ppm (parts per million). Three-year-olds to adults should use a toothpaste that contains 1350ppm to 1500ppm of fluoride.

Why is a healthy diet important for my oral health?
Every time you eat or drink anything sugary, your teeth are under acid attack for up to one hour. This is because the sugar will react with the bacteria in plaque (the sticky coating on your teeth) and produce harmful acids. So it is important to have sugary foods or drinks just at mealtimes, limiting the amount of time your mouth is at risk.

Acidic foods and drinks can be just as harmful. The acid ‘erodes’ or dissolves the enamel, exposing the dentine underneath. This can make your teeth sensitive and unsightly.

A diet that is rich in vitamins, minerals and fresh fruit and vegetables can help to prevent  gum disease. Gum disease can lead to tooth loss and cause bad breath.

Does chewing gum help?
Chewing gum makes your mouth produce more saliva, which helps to cancel out the acid in your mouth after eating or drinking. It has been proven that using  sugar-free chewing gum after meals can prevent tooth decay. However, it is important to use only sugar-free gum, as ordinary chewing gum contains sugar and therefore may damage your teeth.

This information was provided by the Oral Health Foundation. If you would like to know more about oral health and treatments available please visit our site.

Happy Work-iversary Katie!….
This month our lovely receptionist Katie is celebrating her 4th year working with us! She is an integral part of the team and we couldn’t live without her baking!!
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Question of The Month….
Each month we publish a question that one of our patients has asked.
This month’s question was:

Q: How much is a dental check-up at the moment?

A£23.80 is the current price of a dental examination under the NHS. For a full description of NHS charges visit their site.

Social Media Check-Up….
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Ever Dream Of Straighter Teeth?….

Here at Moonlight Dental Surgery, we pride ourselves on changing lives, one smile at a time!

With our tooth straightening solutions, we are able to help patients looking to enhance their smile, and in some cases, even their confidence which can improve their general day to day life.

One of the biggest orthodontic advancements to date, Invisalign™ clear aligners are a series of removable aligners suited to the modern teen and adult.

The flexibility they offer, coupled with their aesthetically discreet design has resonated with the 7 million patients who have had treatment since its introduction to the market in 2000. Invisalign™ is generally used to treat mild & moderate to more serious issues.

What can you expect from treatment with Invisalign™?

After an initial consultation to assess your suitability for Invisalign™, we can proceed to taking digital scans and images of your teeth, which will be used to design and create your custom-fitting BPA-free plastic aligners. Once we receive these back from the Invisalign™ lab, we can invite you back so you can try on your aligners. You will need to change your aligners every week at home and wear them for 22 hours each day. The remaining 2 hour gap each day will allow you to brush and eat as normal. Treatment with Invisalign™ can take up to 12 months, depending on the issues being treated.

What are the benefits of straightening your teeth with Invisalign™?

  • As they’re removable, you can stick to the same brushing and eating routine as you would normally, unlike in the case of fixed brace models.
  • Many of us are now following specific diets such as keto, vegetarian and vegan – there’s no risk of any damage to your teeth eating these types of foods.
  • Discreet design – your friends and family may not even notice you have the aligners in, as they have a transparent finish.
  • With ClinCheck software, you can see what your smile will look like post-treatment, before you even start wearing the aligners.
  • Treatment encompasses digital impressions, which are a more comfortable and accurate alternative to manual impressions.
If you are interested in our fantastic, smile making solutions email us at [email protected], visit our website or call 01753 526301 for more information or alternatively click the button below to book your consultation
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IN CLOSING
The strength of our clinic grows from the recommendations of our patents. We are currently in a position to accept new patients and find that the very best way to get more patients like you is by personal referral.  We are very grateful if you choose to spread the word about Moonlight Dental Surgery’s professional and caring service. You can keep up with us online and leave reviews here:
      
We will be in touch again in a month or so with our next newsletter. In the meantime, stay safe and keep smiling!

Kindest regards,

All at Moonlight Dental Surgery

 

Moonlight Dental Surgery
Wentworth Avenue, Slough, Berkshire SL2 2DG
01753 526301
[email protected] – www.moonlightdental.co.uk

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