Monthly Archives: February 2019

3 Sugar Facts You Need To Know For Your Kids…

1) 10-year-olds in the UK have consumed 18 years’ worth of sugar!

Children have already exceeded the maximum recommended sugar intake for an 18-year old by the time they reach their tenth birthday, according to Public Health England (PHE). This is based on their total sugar consumption from the age of two. This figure comes as a new Change4Life campaign launches, supporting families to cut back on sugar and to help tackle growing rates of childhood obesity. While children’s sugar intakes have declined slightly in recent years, they are still consuming
around 8 excess sugar cubes each day, equivalent to around 2,800 excess sugar cubes per year.

Further reading can be found here…

2) Leicester is the 9th worse place in the UK for child’s tooth decay

Whilst the number of Leicester children with unhealthy teeth remains among the worst in the country things are improving. Figures from Public Health England in 2011 showed that half of all Leicester city 5-year-olds had some form of tooth decay. By 2016 this figure fell to a third of 5-year-olds, so things are moving in the right direction but we still have a long way to go.

Further reading can be found here…

3) You can halve your child’s everyday sugar intake with some simple swaps

Change4Life is encouraging them to “make a swap when you next shop”. Making simple everyday swaps can reduce children’s sugar intake from some products (yoghurts, drinks and breakfast cereals) by half – while giving them healthier versions of the foods and drinks they enjoy.

Parents can try swapping:

• a higher-sugar yoghurt (e.g. split-pot) for a lower sugar one, to halve their sugar intake
from 6 cubes of sugar to 3

• a sugary juice drink for a no-added-sugar juice drink, to cut back from 2 cubes to half a cube

• a higher-sugar breakfast cereal (e.g. a frosted or chocolate cereal) for a lower sugar cereal, to cut back from 3 cubes to half a cube per bowl

While some foods and drinks remain high in sugar, many companies have reformulated products such as yoghurts, breakfast cereals and juice drinks, meaning these swaps are a good place for families to start. Making these swaps every day could remove around 2,500 sugar cubes per year
from a child’s diet, but swapping chocolate, puddings, sweets, cakes and pastries for healthier

Sugar amount guidelines

• Adults should have no more than 30g of free sugars a day, (roughly equivalent to 7 sugar cubes).
• Children aged 7 to 10 should have no more than 24g of free sugars a day (6 sugar cubes).
• Children aged 4 to 6 should have no more than 19g of free sugars a day (5 sugar cubes).

There’s no guideline limit for children under the age of 4, but it’s recommended they avoid sugar-sweetened drinks and food with sugar added to it.

Further reading about simple sugar swaps and an app to help you shop…

Find out more about how our Leicester dentists can help take care of your children’s teeth…

What causes bad breath?

Bad breath (halitosis) is a common complaint but one that shouldn’t be ignored. Most of the time bad breath can be treated with a few simple adjustments to your oral care regime.

First of all, you need to identify what is causing your bad breath.

If you haven’t been to the dentist for a while then you should make this a priority. Bad breath can be a sign of tooth decay or gum disease and it is important that these causes are treated as soon as possible to stop them from progressing further.

Visiting the dentist will also provide you with an assessment of your overall oral health and your dentist will advise you on the most suitable home care regime for you.

There are three main causes of bad breath.

1) External causes

This is generally something that you do or consume. Certain foods such as garlic and onions are well known for causes bad breath. Also, things such as smoking can leave your mouth tasting and smelling foul.

2) Oral Health

Many people mistakenly give their teeth a quick twice a day and think that this will be enough to keep bad breath at bay. Whilst brushing your teeth may refresh the mouth by using minty toothpaste the main purpose of brushing is to rove all soft plaque deposits and food debris. If your mouth starts to feel foul later in the day after brushing this is a sign you could be missing out on cleaning vital areas. A good dental health regime combines effective toothbrushing and interdental cleaning. Over a third of your tooth surfaces are in between the teeth so if you’re not cleaning between your teeth using either floss or interdental brushes then you are leaving behind plaque and food which is going to breed bacteria and cause a pong.

3) Medical conditions

Bad breath can be caused by an underlying medical cause for that, such as throat, nose or lung infections and sinusitis, bronchitis or diabetes.

Here are our top tips for keeping your breath fresh:

• Brush your teeth and gums at least twice a day for 2 minutes
using a fluoride toothpaste
• Gently clean your tongue once a day ideally using a tongue scraper but if you don’t have one of these then your toothbrush will do fine for now.
• Clean between your teeth with floss or interdental brushes or at least once a day
• Get regular dental health checks
• Keep dentures clean and remove them at night
• Use sugar-free mints or chewing gum after consuming food and drinks
• Try using an antibacterial mouthwash at a different time to brushing to keep bacteria at bay

Find out more about how our Leicester dentists can help you to have fresh breath…

Dental Hygiene and Therapy at Smile Essential Dental Practice in Leicester …

At Smile Essential Dental Practice in Leicester, we are proud to now offer the services of a dental hygienist and therapist. 

Why visit a dental hygienist? 

  • They are specially trained in the prevention and treatment of gum (periodontal) disease which is the main cause of adult tooth loss and also to give advice on all aspects of good oral health.
  • Skill and experience gained focusing on all aspects of gums and soft tissues.
  • A dental hygienist will have more time to spend giving personalised oral hygiene advice. 
  • Demonstrate effective tooth brushing technique which is important to have a healthy mouth and avoiding damage

What is the difference between a dental hygienist and a dental hygienist and therapist? 

A dental hygienist and therapist in addition to the duties of a dental hygienist can also carry out minor dental treatment. Which means in addition to gum related treatments they have also completed appropriate training to perform: simple fillings, replace temporary fillings and crowns, applying sealants and fluorides to teeth to help prevent tooth decay, take x-rays and apply de-sensitising materials. 

The benefits of seeing a dental hygienist and therapists 

A healthy mouth is vital for your health and will significantly reduce your need for dental treatment in the future. Gum therapy in Leicester is not only about treating existing disease but it focuses on preventing dental disease and it causes you problems in the future.  

The stages of gum disease 

The first sign you may notice of gum disease also known as gingivitis is bleeding when brushing or you may notice that your gums are red or swollen. At this stage gingivitis is reversible with the right dental hygiene service and home care routine. 

When gingivitis is left untreated or there for a long period of time it can develop further into a type of infection known as periodontitis. Periodontitis affects the entire area surrounding the tooth which can lead to discomfort and difficulty when eating. There are a number of types of periodontal disease and they all affect the tissues supporting the teeth. 

Eventually, as the disease progresses the bone anchoring the teeth in the jaw diminishes resulting in the teeth becoming loose. If this is not treated, the teeth may eventually fall out and may require extensive dental procedures to replace the missing teeth. 

By seeing our dental hygienist and therapist in Leicester and following their treatment and advice you will: 

  • Minimise your risk of tooth loss 
  • Reduce the risk of developing tooth decay and need for fillings
  • Minty fresh breath and sparkly clean teeth
  • Better overall health and wellbeing

To take advantage of our dental hygienist and therapist get in touch here…

A new found confidence in visiting the dentist…

I have a fear of dentist so being told I need to have 3 extractions in total terrified me. However, I know it’s going be healthier for me to have these teeth removed. I had one of the extractions done yesterday and I was told every step along the way and they kept me calm despite me being scared. But what impressed me the most was how quickly and concerned the staff reacted when I had a Panic Attack after. They did everything to calm me down and help get my blood sugar level back up. Once they were happy I was fine to go they helped me to leave the building and even call later in the day to see how I was.

Thank you Smile Essential I now know I have a new found confidence of being treated at your clinic knowing that I will be cared for to the max.

C.D, Leicester.

Find out more about how we help anxious patients…