It’s a common (mis)perception that people living in Britain have some of the worst teeth in the world. This belief is perpetuated by Hollywood, as it seems that everyone living in the United States has perfectly aligned, pearly white teeth.
However, new research reveals that oral health in the UK is actually on a par with – or even slightly better than – that found in the US.
The study, published in the Christmas 2015 edition of the British Medical Journal, is the first to directly compare oral health data from the two countries.
University researchers from London and Boston, supported by colleagues in Bogotá, Colombia, analysed and compared data from the British Adult Dental Health Survey 2009 with the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (2005-2008).
So what did they discover about the status of the nations’ oral health?
The researchers found that Americans – and American women in particular – have less of their own teeth left compared to their British counterparts. They also discovered that although it’s mainly elderly people in the UK who are affected by complete or partial edentulism, missing teeth are more common in the States in middle-aged people.
When comparing different socio-economic backgrounds, the study found that the social disparities in oral health were equally large in both countries. The main difference, however, was that people with a lower education and lower income in Britain tended to have better teeth than those in the US, while the oral health of wealthy and educated Americans was superior to Brits.
This could be explained by the different ethnic composition, as certain ethnic minorities have poorer oral health than the majority white population.
So next time you watch an American TV programme or movie, don’t feel too disheartened as it isn’t necessarily portraying the real state of oral health over the pond.
Of course, if you’re at all concerned by your own oral health – and would like to improve it – why not book a consultation to see how we can help?
If you’ve been considering aesthetic dentistry and are looking for general advice on where to go and what to do you will no doubt need some guidance. Afterall, there are a number of dentists out there and it can be very difficult to find the right one who can offer you peace of mind but also the very best cosmetic treatments available.
So if 2016 is going to be the year that you get that perfect smile, then Advanced Dentistry in Windsor is pleased to be able to offer some great advice to guide you through the options available in aesthetic dentistry.
Whether you’ve got a gap in your teeth, decayed teeth or perhaps you even have failing bridgework undertaken by another dentist, we have the right approach and experience to put things right.
A good smile can not only improve the way that you look but it can also offer increased levels of confidence, something that we all benefit from in work and in everyday life. Also, while some New Year resolutions are short lived, the decision to have your teeth improved is one that will benefit you for years to come.
So what should you consider when looking for that perfect new smile?
Firstly you should seek out a highly experienced dentist who has a high level of expertise and in some cases specialist skills, because they will be able to advise you on an appropriate course of action.
Usually there is a period of consultancy whereby your dentist will look at your teeth and their general health, identify any issues that will support the cosmetic dentistry itself as well as discuss the course of treatments, time and cost.
A good dentist will have years of experience, may have written significant papers about the industry itself and be able to show you a high level of professionalism and portfolio of work, giving you the opportunity to ask questions and check their credentials. This is really important when considering cosmetic dentistry as you will need someone with a high level of experience to ensure that the treatment is successful.
Most importantly, a good dentist will be able to suggest treatments to enhance your oral health as well as your new look, because in some cases this is needed before any cosmetic dentistry can begin. An experienced dentist knows that this is a key element to any dental treatment because your oral health provides the foundations to your cosmetic needs.
So if you’re looking for a new smile that gives you confidence as well as oral health that will have a positive long-term impact on your life, ensure you look for a dentist that can fulfil all of these basic tips, because after all, a comprehensive approach to your teeth and your general oral health is going to last so much longer!
With Christmas just a few days away, we are all ready to enjoy the festivities. From mince pies to champagne, selection boxes to hundreds of sweets, this time of year tends to be a time we all eat too much! However, while it’s great to enjoy yourself spare just a little thought for your teeth.
We know that snacking and drinking sugary products is something we all do, but at Christmas this can make it a pretty miserable time for your poor teeth, especially over Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Traditional foods like Cranberries tend to be a delicious addition to your Turkey based lunch but did you know they also offer some benefits to your teeth? Some studies have shown they can help prevent gum disease and tooth decay. However, it’s important to note that they are also acidic so over-indulging can have a detrimental effect on your teeth.
Here’s five tips that may help you over the festive period and maybe, they will at least mean you can take steps to minimise damage to your teeth and help keep them safe amongst the sugars.
Mince Pies and Christmas Pudding
Mince pies and Christmas pudding are a staple of the Christmas diet. However they are full of sugar. As well as being full of dried fruit (which tends to be high in sugar) they are also known to stick to teeth. So if you do choose to eat them, try and remember that anything sticking to your teeth will be damaging them.
Don’t be tempted to lose your routine
If you’re a stickler for your oral hygiene don’t treat Christmas any differently. While your teeth are taking a bit of punishment, there’s no need to forget about your flossing, brushing and overall oral care.
If you’ve got kids, don’t be tempted to allow them to forget about their teeth brushing, before Christmas presents!
As well as the word that’s used in photographs it’s also good for your teeth. You may not realise but cheese is great for helping your mouth get a natural acid balance. Again, off-set against sugary goodies, it could really help to minimise damage.
Don’t get too enthusiastic with the beer!
While lots of people drink over the festive period, some will often use their teeth as bottle openers. This is really not a good idea – even if you have super strong teeth. Your teeth aren’t tools, so make sure you’ve got a bottle opener to hand when you need one and then you can avoid getting any chips or breakages!
Moderately does it!
Moderation is something we can all benefit from when it comes to foods! So while you want to enjoy yourself (and why wouldn’t you?) do take it easy and try and look after yourself.
Even if you replace one glass of fizzy pop for a glass of milk – it all helps!
A recent piece of research published by the British Dental Journal has offered up the results in a study of 130 people who feared dental treatment and come to some interesting findings.
For anyone with a dental phobia, the act of going to the dentist can be hard enough but when the majority of those with fear don’t go to the dentist at all, things can get very tricky.
However, this new research suggests that a potential solution to help with treatment is to undergo Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, because it can mean patients are relaxed enough to have treatment with no need for sedation at all.
In the study carried out by Kings College, all of the participants had talking therapy, which resulted in being able to have treatment without sedation for more than three quarters of them. A good sign if ever there was one.
For dentists generally, the idea of a patient being sedated actually doesn’t help those with dental phobias combat the problem. It only deals with the effects of it and it’s a vicious cycle that continues forever until it’s dealt with.
The research looked at 99 women and 31 men who attended a therapy clinic at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and within this group, three quarters had some kind of dental phobia. The remainder had a very specified fear of an aspect of dentistry, such as the drill.
Of all the patients, four-fifths (79%) went on to have dental treatment without the need for sedation, while 6% had their dental treatment under sedation.
The average number of therapy appointments required before a patient received dental treatment without sedation was just five.
Many dentists don’t like the idea of a patient being sedated during treatment as it means they cannot communicate with patients as they’d like. Therefore, these new findings could be a good way to combat dental phobias, while allowing dentists to really work with their patients.
For many people with dental phobias, it’s often something that starts during childhood and with no work to cure the issue, it then continues into adulthood.
So what’s the key to overcoming a dental phobia?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy essentially makes you talk about things and during this process you may well be able to understand why you are scared and how to combat it.
It’s a more organic way to deal with a phobia but it’s also a very successful solution to a lot of people (not just those with dental phobias).
If you need a dentist but have a phobia or fear yourself, Advanced Dentistry can help. We offer a relaxed and friendly environment and will work with you if you are nervous to put your mind at ease.
When it comes to a wedding there are so many things to be thinking about. From the importance of the dress right down to the colour of the napkins on the table for the reception. However, one area is fast gaining importance for both bride and groom it seems. The wedding smile.
More and more often we are starting to see pre-wedding dentistry forming part of the overall organisational needs for a wedding, especially in view of the fact that there will be hundreds and hundreds of photos being taken.
Both bride and groom see the wedding photos as a truly special reminder of an important day and not surprisingly it’s important to have the perfect smile for those photographs.
So if you’re looking at planning a wedding for next year here’s a few tips that might help!
Not surprisingly, it’s a good idea to get any work required done nice and early. This will take away the pressure closer to the day and of course, will give you time to get the results you want. From tooth implants through to periodontal surgery, it can all be planned months in advance of the wedding day.
Periodontal surgery can massively improve the aesthetics of your teeth, giving you a less gum filled smile and more sparkle. Equally, tooth implants are a great solution if you’ve got missing teeth.
Implants have a fantastic success rate too, meaning that your dental work will long after the wedding day is over.
If for any reason you need something like braces, having a few months planning is another way to improve your smile. On average, braces take about six months to take effect, so start now and you’ll have that perfect smile for your perfect day.
If you’re a little closer to the day then there’s still a lot you can do. From crowns on a damaged tooth to restore it’s appearance or it’s function through to dealing with stained or discoloured teeth, you’ve still got time. For example, porcelain veneers can create stunning smiles where you might have small or even spaced and discoloured teeth.
If you’re very close to the day then you may feel there’s nothing you can do. However, there are still options for getting your teeth whitened and of course for small chips to be repaired properly.
The truth is, there’s no time like the present to get your oral health under control and here at Advanced Dentistry we’re happy to help.
If you’re a bride or groom worried about how your teeth are going to look on your big day, why not book a consultation to see how we can help? It might be a lot more straight-forward than you think!