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When trying to eat healthily we are often encouraged to eat lots of things like fruit and vegetables, however these items often aren’t so healthy for our oral hygiene. Many fruits are very high in fructose, a type of sugar that attacks tooth enamel leading to tooth sensitivity and decay. Particularly in fruit smoothies these sugars can coat our teeth causing lots of damage if they are not properly brushed away. Some vegetables are also high in natural sugars such as sweet potatoes, peas, sweetcorn and carrots. We can often be eating these thinking that they are helping to keep us healthy without realising the damage they can do.

As a child most of us were taught that milk is ‘good for your teeth’ and this is because milk can be high in calcium which helps build strong bones and teeth. The issue with milk is that its also high in lactose – a natural sugar that can cause damage to teeth enamel. However no one is saying you shouldn’t eat or drink these healthy items but instead just exercise caution. Think about the dangers of natural sugars and ensure that your daily oral hygiene can help to remove these sugars from your teeth before they can cause any lasting damage.

Not many people like to visit the dentist but doing so on a regular basis can allow you to catch problems quickly and rectify them before they have the chance to cause too much damage. Most adults should go to the dentist at least once a year, but this can be anywhere from 2 months up to 2 years. Your dentist should be able to advise you on how often you should come to ensure you get the best level of care without unnecessary check up fees.

Children are often advised to come once every 6 months but again this may be made more frequent if they are experiencing issues.

If you leave it too long between appointments, you may find that you have to have more work done or that the tooth is in such a bad state that it actually needs to be removed. Often if dentists can catch decay early, they can arrange a filling. If they do not find it until later on then they may have no option to remove it which can cause unnecessary pain and stress for a child. Always talk to your dentist if you or your child is worried as they often have ways to help you remain calm and can offer advice and reassurance to help you feel at ease more. 

If you are looking to improve your fitness then you may of decided the new year was the perfect time to start. Lots of people create themselves fitness goas in December that they want to start to work on in January.

When starting any new forms of exercise, you need to think carefully about what you are going to do and how much. It is important to start gently and not to do too much in one go. If you are not used to doing much exercise then you can cause your body a lot of damage by over doing it too soon.

You should consult your doctor before starting a new fitness regime, especially if you have any underlying health issues that may need to be considered.

If you really want to achieve your fitness goals then you should work with a fitness coach. They will take the time to find out about you and your current lifestyle and where you want to be. From this they can then create a personalised plan that you can work through. This will ensure that you do it in the correct way and they are often great at knowing how to motivate you to continue.  

Regular check ups at the dentist are essential to maintain dental hygiene and keep your teeth and gums in good order. IF you are not already registered with a dentist then you should get your name down as soon as possible. Some dentists are private whereas most offer NHS and private dental care. You will still have to pay for your dental care even if on the NHS unless you have a valid exemption certificate.

IF you have children then it is important that you also get them registered with the dentist. You should try and take them for regular check ups every six months and ensure that they maintain regular teeth brushing in between. IT is important to ensure that you attend regular check ups as often if problems are picked up on early enough, they can resolved easier. For example, if you have slight decay in a tooth then it can often be filled whereas if left to long the tooth may have to be taken out completely. Children do not have to pay for dental work on the NHS so there really is no excuse not to take them. Even if you do not like attending the dentist yourself, try and not show this to your child as they will then often worry and develop a fear of going.

If you have to have dentistry work done that falls outside the usual bands covered by the NHS then you may be shocked to find out the price. You see lots of celebrities going round with perfect white teeth and often they have had veneers done. Chipped teeth, discolouration or damage can really make a big difference to how we look. Many people simply do not smile because they don’t like people to see their teeth. There is only a very limited number of procedures that can be done on the NHS and these are not really for cosmetic purposes. To achieve that perfect smile you may well decide to go down the route of veneers. Veneers can look amazing and totally transform someone’s appearance. They can give them back their confidence and help them feel happy with how they look but they do come with a price tag. On average each veneer usually costs around £600 to £1200 per tooth depending on what type of veneers you want. They can last anything from 10 – 20 years if looked after properly. This is a big chunk of money if you are wanting your whole mouth done but often people opt to just have the front 4 – 6 done instead. They can colour match the veneers with the rest of your teeth so that they don’t stand out.

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