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JAN 20
Most people want to have white teeth. After all, nothing is more embarrassing than smiling in front of someone or a camera with teeth as dark as charcoal. That's quite exaggerated, but you get the idea. If you don't believe that many people want white teeth, it’s worth knowing that the teeth whitening industry generates over £10 billion a year. That's a lot of money spent on trying to get a set of teeth white.

The Cause of Stained Teeth

Now, you might be wondering what stains the teeth in the first place. You might even be surprised that teeth can be stained. Well, they can, and that's because your teeth are more like sponges than they are a solid piece of rock. That means that any staining food you eat will slowly seep into your teeth, turning it from any colour other than white. Acidic foods also grind away your teeth's enamel, exposing the dentine under that is even more prone to staining.

If you want to keep your teeth white, it pays to know what kind of foods you should be careful around. This shouldn't be a reason to stop you from enjoying those treats, but it should be used as a precaution.

Here are five types of food that can stain your teeth:

  1. Sauces Rich in Colour

If you're a big fan of food items that contain sauces rich in colour, expect to have your teeth stained. Dishes like curries and bolognese all contain sauces that are heavy in colour, not necessarily because of food colouring, but because of the ingredients used in them. They contain pigments that, when in contact with teeth, tend to linger.

  1. Food Colouring

It should not surprise you that food colouring is staining in  itself. Many foods also contain food colouring, some of which you might not realize. For example, sweets, both hard and chewable, and ice lollies contain food colouring to brighten the product, making them look more enticing.

  1. Tea and Coffee

Your morning coffee and afternoon tea can both cause your teeth to be stained. If you do not know, these drinks contain some form of acid that can slowly erode the enamel from your teeth, exposing dentin. That, in addition to the colour of coffee and tea, will cause your teeth to become darker and darker in colour as you continue consuming them.

  1. Berries

Berries, while fully loaded with antioxidants that are healthy for you, are also full of chromogens (substances that can be turned to dye) to stain your teeth with. Of course, you should still be eating these as they are healthy, but try to avoid overeating.

  1. Sweet Drinks

On the other side of the spectrum of health, sugary drinks, in addition to being unhealthy, will also stain your teeth. Sports drink, sodas, energy drinks—all of these contain a lot of acids and sugar, which not only breaks down the enamel of your teeth but even puts your teeth at risk of developing cavities.

In conclusion

If you want to ensure that your teeth stay white for as long as possible, try limiting your consumption of the food mentioned above. However, habit also plays a massive role in keeping your teeth white. There are a few things you can do to keep your teeth white while still enjoying food items. For example, brush your teeth and rinse your mouth after consuming staining food items, and use items like straws to drink staining liquids. All the best with keeping your teeth white!

We’re rated as one of the best dentists in Fulham & London. Get in touch with us today for a  consultation!
JAN 20
Mouthguards are protective coverings worn over the teeth to keep them from injury and damage. If you play active sports or have dental issues, such as teeth grinding, read on to learn which type of mouthguard is best for you:

3 Different Types of Mouthguards

Most people refuse to wear mouthguards because they don’t want to wear foreign objects inside their mouths. These protective pieces, which are often made of plastic, are thought to be uncomfortable and bulky. However, newer mouthguards are now made using lightweight materials. High-quality ones are comfortable, durable, and easy to maintain. They don’t get in the way of your breathing and speaking. Below, we list down the three main types of mouthguards:

  • Stock Mouth Protectors

You can buy stock mouth protectors at most sporting good shops and department stores. These are pre-formed and ready to wear. Although inexpensive, they’re often bulky and offer little protection.

  • Boil and Bite Mouth Protectors

Boil and bite mouth protectors can also be bought at most speciality stores. These are made from a thermoplastic material to provide a better fit and protection than their cheaper counterpart. To use, you need to place it in hot water and wait for it to soften. Then, you put it in the mouth and shape it around the teeth by pressing it with your fingers and tongue.

  • Custom-fitted Mouth Protectors

Dentists make custom-fitted mouthguards at their clinic or a laboratory. They’re made based on your teeth’s impression so that you can be sure of its comfort and quality. Because of the time and effort needed to make them, these mouthguards are more expensive. However, they’re also the most comfortable and effective.

Typically, mouthguards only cover your upper row of teeth. However, dentists can custom-make something for your lower teeth if necessary. This is another advantage of having your mouthguard done in a dental office rather than buying the ready-to-wear type.

Who Should Wear a Mouthguard

Whether you’re young or old, if you play sports, you should invest in a good-quality mouthguard. Playing football, boxing, hockey, basketball, and other contact games puts you at a higher risk of incurring a dental emergency. You should still consider wearing a mouth protector even if you engage in less vigorous activities, such as biking or skating.

Mouthguards minimize the chance of having your teeth broken and damaged while playing sports. They also protect your entire oral cavity—your lips, tongue, gums—in case of a fall or heavy blows. People who unconsciously grind their teeth while sleeping should also wear a bite plate or splint at night to prevent tooth damage and fractures.

If you have permanent braces, you can still wear mouthguards. However, the store-bought ones will not fit you properly. Your dentist and orthodontist should be able to tell you which kind of mouthguard will best suit your specific dental needs.

As a word of caution, never wear retainers or removable accessories while playing any sport. An exception to this is Invisalign trays, which can be worn during such activities with mouthguards.

Fractured teeth and swollen gums are serious dental emergencies that could even lead to tooth loss. Save your smile by wearing protective gear whenever you’re at risk. We’re rated as one of the best dentists in Fulham & London. Get in touch with us today for a  consultation.
JAN 20
We're sure that at least once in your life, you've experienced a canker sore(ulcer). While they aren't any of an issue to your health, they can be extremely annoying, as they can leave you in a state of immense pain while eating or even moving your mouth. Fortunately, though, they don't last forever. After a few days, they tend to disappear on their own, as if they were never there. However, it does help to know how to get rid of them faster to shorten the ordeal you have to go through. To do that, though, you need to know how they show up in the first place.

Causes of Canker Sores

There are a few causes of canker sores. They can be caused by the food you eat. Acidic food items tend to trigger canker sores and make it worse if you already have them. Food allergens can also cause canker sores to develop.

Canker sores can also be developed after an injury to the mouth. For example, you may have bitten on your lips or cheeks while eating, leaving a wound. Unfortunately, you may have accidentally bitten on the same spot again, making it highly susceptible to becoming a canker sore.

Other causes of canker sores include toothpaste, stress, hormones, diseases, and bad habits, like smoking.

Getting Rid of Canker Sores

While canker sores will disappear on their own after a few days, here are five tips you can follow to lessen the ordeal and speed up the healing process.

  1. Brush Your Teeth Carefully

When you're brushing your teeth with canker sores, be careful. You do not want to accidentally hit them or scrape them while brushing, as it will agitate them. If this happens, not only is it going to leave you in a world of pain, but it might slow down the healing process as well.

  1. Avoid Acidic Food

Food items like oranges and other acidic items can cause canker sores. If you already have them, the acidic nature of this food can irritate them, causing them to hurt a lot. Try your best to avoid these kinds of food until the canker sore has fully healed. If you're seriously craving oranges, try sipping them in juice form with a straw to stop any from reaching your sores.

  1. Apply Wax on the Sores

This is helpful, especially if you're wearing braces. The constant rubbing of braces on the gums and cheeks can cause canker sores. When that happens, you are in for a world of pain. To reduce the pain you feel, add wax to where the sores touch the braces. If the pain and problem persist, head to the dentist to have your braces adjusted to address the issue.

  1. Use Pain-Relief Agents and Medicine

If the pain gets too much to bear, you might have to resort to pain relief medication. There are some numbing agents out there as well that you can apply directly to the canker sores. Just be sure to do some research on them and that it is safe to do so. Otherwise, you might put yourself in a little more trouble than you bargained for to get rid of the sores.

  1. Laser treatment

We have found our diode laser to be incredibly effective in treating canker sores with a reduction in pain and healing times. The treatment is non invasive using a the laser at a certain wavelength, wattage and time. Our patients have found the treatment to be life changing.

The Takeaway

The best way to address your canker sores is to avoid agitating them. Take precaution in whatever you put into your mouth, food, or non-food items, that they won't irritate your canker sores. Take pain medication if necessary, and head to the dentist if the cause of the sore is due to a fixture in the mouth. By doing these, not only do you ensure that you relieve yourself of the pain, but that the healing process can proceed as quickly as possible, as well.

We’re rated as one of the best dentists in Fulham & London. Get in touch with us today for a consultation.
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