Monthly Archives: November 2013

More Sleep = Better Oral Health

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Did you know that getting a good night’s sleep each night can contribute to better oral health? Well, it can!

A study recently published in the Journal of Periodontology states that people obtaining 7-8 hours of sleep per night exhibited greater resistance to periodontal disease when compared to those getting 6 or less hours of sleep per night. Furthermore, a shortage of sleep may inhibit your body’s immune system for responding to diseases such as periodontal disease. The study also suggests that by adjusting your lifestyle to include additional hours of sleep, you might improve both your general and oral health

Mouth Cancer – Are You Aware?

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Mouth Cancer Action Month, the campaign taking place throughout November to raise awareness of the disease.

New data suggests that many are still unaware of what causes mouth cancer, with nobody out of a survey of 2,000 able to identify the four main risk factors: smoking, drinking alcohol to excess, poor diet and HPV. It is estimated that about 60,000 people in the UK will be diagnosed with mouth cancer in the next decade so it’s clear that Mouth Cancer Action Month, organised by the British Dental Health Foundation, is more important than ever in educating the public about the disease. Tobacco is still the main cause for the disease, however experts suggest that the human papillomavirus (HPV), transmitted through oral sex, could overtake tobacco and alcohol as the main risk factor in the next decade. Risks to look out include ulcers that do not heal within three weeks, red and white patches and lumps or swellings in the mouth.

Throughout November our team will be taking part in the Blue Ribbon Badge Appeal and are proudly wearing their badges to create awareness of Mouth Cancer. You can buy your badge here-


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I have been a patient of Smile Essential dentist for many years and always feel confident coming for treatment.

I would never consider using any other dentist.

Extremely professional dentist, friendly staff and state of the art equipment.

Ms.S,  Leicester

10 Great Tips To Stop Smoking


It’s never too late to quit smoking and there are many benefits to be gained no matter what age you are when you give up. If you want to stop smoking, you can make small changes to your lifestyle that may help you resist temptation to light up.

1) Think positive

You might have given up before, but tell yourself that you’re really going to do it this time.

2) Make a plan to quit smoking

Make a promise, set a date and stick to it. Don’t be put off by a wedding, party or other time when you’d normally smoke.

3) Change your diet

Is your after-dinner cigarette your favourite? A US study revealed that some foods, including meat, make cigarettes more satisfying. Others, including cheese, fruit and vegetables, make cigarettes taste terrible. So swap your usual steak or burger for a veggie pizza instead.

4) Change your drink

The same study looked at drinks. Fizzy drinks, alcohol, cola, tea and coffee all make cigarettes taste better. So when you’re out, drink more water and juice. Some people find that simply changing their drink (for example, switching from wine to a vodka and tomato juice), affects their need to reach for a cigarette.

5) Identify when you crave cigarettes

A craving can last five minutes. Before you give up, make a list of five-minute strategies. For example, you could leave the party for a minute, dance or go to the bar. And think about this: the combination of smoking and drinking heavily raises your risk of mouth cancer by 38 times.

6) Tell everyone that you are giving up smoking

If friends or family members want to give up too, suggest to them that you give up together. A team effort may be easier than going it alone.

7) Get moving

A review of scientific studies has proved that exercise (even a five-minute walk or stretch) cuts cravings and may help your brain to produce anti-craving chemicals.

8) Make non-smoking friends

When you’re at a party, stick with the non-smokers. When you look at the smokers, don’t envy them. Think of what they’re doing as a bit strange – lighting a small white tube and breathing in smoke.

9) Keep your hands and mouth busy

Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) can make you twice as likely to succeed. As well as patches, there are tiny tablets, lozenges, gum and a nasal spray. If you like holding a cigarette, use an inhalator. Try putting your drink in the hand that usually holds a cigarette, or drink from a straw to keep your mouth busy.

10) Write a list of the reasons why you want to stop.

Keep reminding yourself why you gave up. Make a list of the reasons and read it when you need support.


Why are wisdom teeth called wisdom teeth?

toothThird molars have been referred to as “teeth of wisdom” since the Seventeenth Century and simply “wisdom teeth” since the Nineteenth Century. The third molars generally appear much later than other teeth, usually between the ages of 17 and 25 when a person reaches adulthood. It is generally thought among linguists that they are called wisdom teeth because they appear so late, at an age when a person matures into adulthood and is “wiser” than when other teeth have erupted.

Lately, science has added some credence to the idea that the third molar does indeed erupt when a person is “wiser”. Recent research has shown the brain continues to grow and develop right on through adolescence: in fact, most researchers believe the brain does not reach full maturity until the age of 25. Perhaps, then, our ancestors weren’t so far off the mark — that the eruption of “wisdom teeth” is a sign that the carefree days of childhood have given way to the responsibilities of adulthood.