4 February 2019

Could Cold And Flu Medicines Be Damaging Your Teeth?

It’s that time of year again. You’re feeling a bit under the weather, with a cough, a stuffy head and a running nose, or just a case of the sniffles, making you look like Rudolph even though the festive season is over and done with. But the cold weather persists, and the bugs keep spreading. To relieve your symptoms and get you through the day, you might want to reach for your favourite remedy. But while these ‘miracle cures’ (or just get-me-to-work cures) might be good for your health, most of them aren’t so great for your teeth. So if you’re aiming for good dental health, there are a few things you need to keep an eye on.

The whole idea of decongestants is that they dry out all that mucus and nasty stuff that tends to clog your airways when you’re ill. The problem is, it dries everything else out as well. Dry mouth is a very common side effect of decongestants, and the reduced saliva makes your mouth a perfect breeding ground for bacterial growth. Fortunately, this is easily remedied by drinking a lot of water and staying hydrated. Decongestants are a temporary medicine, so you don’t have to worry about it for long.

Throat Lozenges 
Milton Keynes dentist could cold and flu medicines be damaging your teeth
Quick, easy and convenient, when you have a sore throat, a lozenge or cough drop is the best solution. But their effectiveness is also their biggest problem. They are designed to dissolve slowly in your mouth – meaning you hold them in your mouth for a long time. You rattle them around your teeth, suck on them and generally spread the flavourings and high-sugar ingredients around your mouth. While a lot of the ingredients in these lozenges are medicinal, a lot of them are purely for flavour and sweetness – meaning they are full of sugar. So if you need throat lozenges to beat that tickly cough, try to opt for sugar-free ones instead.  

Liquid Cold Medicine 
These are the real culprits. Those thick, sticky, sweet liquids are great for soothing sore throats, but they contain an awful lot of sugar. They’re also incredibly sticky, which means you will end up with a coating of almost pure sugar on your teeth for hours afterwards. This can lead to bad breath and tooth decay. Some of these medicines also include alcohol (to sterilise germs), which reduces the amount of saliva you produce. This makes it even more difficult to wash away that coating. If you can, switch to pills or gel-capsules to completely eliminate the threat to your teeth. Where you can’t, make sure you’re drinking plenty of water and brush your teeth after taking it when you can.

Hot Tea 
Hot, lemony tea is something a lot of British people love as their ‘home remedy’ for coughs and colds. For some, a drop of brandy makes it even better! And while there are few things more soothing for a sore throat than a nice hot drink (and some of the compounds in tea can do wonders for an upset stomach), it can contribute significantly to tooth erosion. This is particularly true if you drink your tea black, since black tea has been proven to have a significantly higher impact on tooth erosion. If you’re a big tea drinker when you have a cold, you might want to consider drinking it through a straw to minimise contact with your teeth, or use less sweetener. You don’t have to ditch the tea – but you should brush your teeth more often.

Orange Juice 
Milton Keynes dentist could cold and flu medicines be damaging your teethBecause you’re told to keep hydrated and up your vitamin C intake (to boost your immune system) when you have a cold, people tend to drown themselves in orange juice several times a day when they are ill. And while it is good to drink it for all those benefits and more, it’s not good in large quantities. Orange juice is a form of citric acid, and drinking a lot of it can soften the enamel on your teeth, making it easier to wear away and cause damage. But because it is beneficial, we aren’t going to tell you to stop drinking it altogether. Instead, we’re going to recommend that you drink all of your orange juice for the day in one sitting. This way, you can brush your teeth afterwards and get rid of all the harmful citric acid that will cling on/ during the day, sip water, and reserve your juice and sugary drinks for meal times.

Dental health is a year-round commitment, and it’s especially important when you’re not well. It might feel like the last thing you want to do, but when your immune system is low and you are already battling infections or viruses, you need to stay on top of your dental hygiene. Drink lots of water, and make sure you ditch the toothbrush when you’re better for a nice, sparkly new one (that isn’t housing all of your sickness germs).

To transform your smile, contact Appledore Dental Clinic Milton Keynes and you will start smiling more

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31 January 2019

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The Invisalign system is a series of clear aligners, which are worn to gently move your teeth into their new positions.  You will need to wear them all the time, except for eating and cleaning.

Sam before Invisalign treatment at Appledore Dental Clinic Milton Keynes
Sam Before Appledore Invisalign Treatment
Sam's straight teeth treatment at Appledore Dental Clinic Milton Keynes
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To transform your smile, contact Appledore Dental Clinic Milton Keynes and you will start smiling more

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24 January 2019

Myth Busting: Flossing Edition

Floss, various types are available
Did you know that only 31% of people in the UK floss between their teeth, and only 5% of people do it regularly? It’s a startling figure, we know, especially since it’s pretty likely that your dentist tells you to floss at every appointment. As they should – the NHS suggests that everyone over the age of 12 should floss (or use interdental brushes if they prefer) every day as part of their oral health routine. So why is it that so many people avoid the minty-tasting white string? Well, it turns out that there are a lot of misconceptions and misinformation out there about flossing. And you know how much we like to bust a good myth, especially if it’s around oral hygiene. So today, we thought we’d bring you the truth and the lies around flossing.

Myth 1: Flossing Is Painful
Flossing shouldn’t hurt. If you’re using the right type of floss and your mouth is healthy, then you shouldn’t experience any pain at all. True, if you have gum disease then flossing can feel a little uncomfortable when you first start, but after a while it will feel more normal. If you’re experiencing pain when flossing, you should make an appointment to see your dentist.

Myth 2: I Should Only Floss When I Have Something Stuck In My Teeth
A lot of people will only break out the dental floss when they have something stuck between their teeth and it’s driving them crazy. And flossing is a great way to remove trapped particles from in-between your teeth, that much is true. But it’s not the only reason you should floss. For one, you are more likely to get things stuck between your teeth if you have built up plaque blocking the gaps and causing tightness. Flossing removes the plaque and prevents tooth decay (and things getting stuck).

Myth 3: Flossing Will Make My Receding Gums Worse
You can also use Interdental Brushes
If you have receding gums, you might be too scared to floss in case it makes them worse. This is the last thing you want, and we completely understand this fear. But thankfully there is no truth to that myth at all. In fact, regular flossing can actually prevent your gums from receding further, since it helps clear out food particles and bacteria from below the gumline. So if you have gingivitis, gum disease or receding gums, flossing is actually a more crucial part of your oral health routine than most.

Myth 4: I Shouldn’t Floss Because I Have Braces
Braces make flossing a challenging task, and a lot of people end up giving up and just not flossing while they have braces. But this is a really bad idea. Giving up on flossing for months or even years can lead to some nasty discoveries when you have the braces off. Just imagine all the food particles and bacteria in-between your teeth when you have them taken off! Or, look at it another way – there is no point in straightening your teeth if they’re not going to be healthy when your braces are removed.

Myth 5: My Teeth Are Too Tight To Floss Properly
This is something we hear a lot. If you have tight teeth with very little space in-between, the flossing can be a bit more of a challenge. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it at all. Instead, you just need to change your technique a little. A good tip for flossing tight teeth is to use a see-sawing motion to get the floss between your teeth. You could also try a waxed floss, which will slide between your teeth easier, and opting for a thinner floss will help too.

Flossing is an important part of your oral hygiene routine, and we dentists recommend it for a reason. It helps remove bacteria from your mouth and keeps plaque from building up between your teeth, causing problems. It can also help treat some dental conditions, like receding gums and gingivitis, and can prevent bad breath and even tonsil stones. If you’re not sure how to floss properly, or you’re struggling to find a way that works for you, talk to your dentist or hygienist. They will be happy to demonstrate the techniques to you and even recommend products that will help. 

If you’d like some support on your flossing journey, just get in touch with us at Appledore and book your appointment.

To transform your smile, contact Appledore Dental Clinic Milton Keynes and you will start smiling more

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