4 Tricks To Avoid A Cavity Under Your Christmas Tree This Year

Who doesn’t love Christmas? For many it’s one of their favourite times of the year! Good company, plenty of films on TV and food!

Christmas is used an excuse for pretty much everything, not going to the gym, not being productive and definitely eating absolutely EVERYTHING! Sound familiar? But what it shouldn’t be is an excuse for poor dental hygiene.

Your dental hygiene is important every single day, so we’ve put together 4 top tips to avoiding a cavity under your Christmas tree this year!

Four Tips To Oral Health This Winter

1. Drinking plenty of water!

If you’re snacking on sweets or other sugary treats, make sure they have a drink in hand as well. Drinking water alongside snacks can help rinse the sugar off of teeth, reducing the risk for plaque build-up. Try to limit or avoid drinks like juices and soda that have added sugar that will only increase the risk for tooth decay.

2. Think about how long you’re eating.

When eating this holiday season, consider how long it will be in your mouth. For example hard boiled sweets will stay in the mouth much longer than something like a cookie, giving it more opportunity to line the teeth with sugar. The longer the teeth are exposed to sugary foods, the more damage they can do. An important tip to reducing cavities during the holidays is to avoid or limit these long lasting sugary snacks and replace them with foods that are eaten immediately.

3. Brush after meals!

The longer the teeth are left coated in sugary foods the more damage will be done. Although brushing twice a day is the basic rule, during the holiday when an excess of sugary foods are eaten it is recommended that you brush after meals to prevent a plaque build-up! Proper tooth brushing will help remove particles of the sugary snacks that get stuck on the surfaces of teeth or in between them. However, you should wait at least half an hour after eating to brush. Brushing too soon after sugary and acidic foods can cause vulnerable enamel to be damaged.

4. Limit sugar intake.

Yes, that’s right! One of the easiest ways to lower sugar intake is to watch what you’re drinking! Many fizzy drinks have an excess of sugar which will line the teeth. Limiting the amount of sugary drinks will reduce your sugar intake by plenty! If you do have fizzy drinks try to opt for sugar free options or reduced sugar!

Call or text us on +44 7885 428887 if you have any dental concerns or if you need information about any of the treatment options available.


Skin Care Tips To Give You A Natural Glow This Winter

Do you find the cold winter weather harsh on your face? Read 11 skincare tips to give you a natural glow from a skin expert at Dental Concepts in Andover, Hampshire

Feeling confident and self-assured really matters when it comes to meeting people. The clothes we wear, shoes and make up all go a long way to help boost that essential feel good factor. Our skin plays an important role in this too. So it’s important that we look after it properly to maintain its natural, healthy glow.

The winter months are the perfect time to pamper yourself a little and rejuvenate and repair your skin. Skincare expert, Dr Qian Xu of Dental Concepts, shares 11 tips to help you keep your skin in top condition.

1) Use an oily moisturiser

Cold weather can be a very harsh on your skin. So you may well find that you need to use a heavier, more oily moisturiser to help prevent excess water loss during the winter months. Ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin and various oils will help keep the skin soft and hydrated, while preventing excess moisture loss.

2) Buy a humidifier

Indoor heating can really dry out the air, which in turn will dry out your skin quicker. Unfortunately, for those people with dry or sensitive skin, this can lead to redness, rashes or flaky skin. Investing in a humidifier can make a world of difference.

3) Carry hand cream with with you

Your hands are continually exposed to the elements, so make sure you use a nourishing hand cream and wear gloves when you go outside. Be sure to carry a small tube of hand cream in your hand bag and apply it frequently especially after washing your hands. Doing this will prevent getting chapped skin.

4) Exfoliate your feet

If you want your feet to look amazing next summer be aware that the callus and dry skin won’t go overnight, so start giving them a bit of TLC now. Exfoliate your feet once a week using a good foot scrub and moisturise them regularly. They will look fabulous in your favourite sandals next summer!

5) Wear sunscreen

Sunscreen is not just for the summer, but should be used all year round to prevent premature ageing from the UV rays. The winter sun can be deceptively strong, so get into the habit of applying a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 every day.

6) Drink water

Keeping hydrated by drinking plenty of water is not only good for your skin because it helps to plump up the skin cells and flush out any toxins as well as being great for your general health. Try to drink at least one litre of water in addition to teas and coffees.

7) Eat a well-balanced diet

The onset of colder weather always makes us feel more hungry, and the festive season doesn’t really help either! Try not to indulge too much on sugary foods, as sugar has been found to speed up the aging process.

Eating a well-balanced diet is essential for preventing skin conditions and keeping it healthy. If you are lacking key vitamins your skin will start to show it. Symptoms to watch out for include discolouration, dryness or spots starting to appear.

If you are really uncertain about what you should be eating it is a good idea to pay a visit to a nutritionist.

8) Keep exercising

Make sure you don’t stop exercising over the winter. Physical activity increases blood flow which helps nourish skin cells and keep them healthy as well as flushing out cellular debris. Exercise also causes the release of endorphins that make you feel happier and less stressed which is particularly good for anyone prone to seasonal affective disorder.

9) Treat yourself to a treatment

Winter is the perfect time to treat yourself to skin rejuvenation and rehydration treatments. Chemical peels and microneedling will help reduce pigmentation, remove the dullness and increase collagen production. Who doesn’t need that! Treatments like mesotherapy or a hydrating facial will help keep the skin in good condition.

10) Avoid hot baths

A hot bath at the end of a long stressful day seems very tempting however the heat can soften the outer waxy layer of your skin and damage its barrier function, leaving you with vulnerable skin that is prone to dryness and sensitivity.

11) Visit a skin specialist

And finally, many people are using the wrong skin care products for their skin. No wonder they are not getting optimum results! A skin specialist can do a proper consultation and put together a personalised skincare plan to suit you.


5 tips this Autumn to Protect Your Oral Health

Autumn is filled with abundant traps for your oral health. We love to enjoy our hot drinks like tea, coffee and soups during this colourful season but need to protect our teeth while enjoying these drinks and any sugary treats.

It is no secret that coffee, tea and sticky candy often cling to our teeth, increasing the likelihood of discolouration and cavities. Dental Concepts can provide you some useful tips to follow this autumn to maintain your oral health, so you can fully enjoy the colors of autumn with a happy smile.

Five Tips To Oral Health This Autumn

1. Reduce your intake of Tea and Coffee

Surprised? Of course tea and coffee are are great beverage drinks and are best enjoyed hot in Autumn, ideally with the company of a good book near the fireplace 🙂 But these can stain teeth and the high temperatures from these beverages can accelerate the staining and discoloration. We at Dental Concepts recommend switching to other healthier alternatives like green tea or soups, which are packed with benefits to your health. And we cannot stress enough on brushing and flossing regularly and properly if you cannot moderate your cuppa.

2. Avoid sticky foods

With Halloween round the corner, there will be a lot of sweet sticky treats which are really tempting! Sticky candy tend to cling to your teeth, creating an ideal environment for breeding bacteria resulting in cavities. Instead of eating the gummy bears, switch to dissolving candy but in moderation to avoid the tooth decay to increase.

3. Drink plenty of water

Water will not only keep you hydrated and clean your system, it will remove traces of sweets and candy from your teeth. Drinking water after meals and snacks helps to cancel out any acids formed due to the sugary foods more quickly. Drinking water will help you produce more bacteria-fighting saliva, and in the end, help reduce your chances of gum disease. Not only that, but drinking plenty of water will also help rinse out bacteria that hasn’t yet taken root in the plaque.

Instead of bottled water, drink fluorinated tap water, which can help prevent cavities.

4. Protect your mouth with these seasonal foods

Autumn is a great season which rewards us with food that helps us facilitate our oral hygiene.

Apples are a great Autumn treat. They are high in fibre and water content. The crunchy foods help mouth to naturally produce saliva which contains bacteria-neutralizing agents that protect your teeth from decay. So throw some apple slices into your work lunch or the kid’s school lunch and reap the healthy rewards of this sweet and yummy snack.

Pumpkins are vegetables of the season and they match the colour of Autumn as well. Not only popular for Halloween, the pumpkin is a nutrient dense food, full of minerals and vitamins that are important for your oral health. (zinc, magnesium, beta carotene, vitamin A, Vitamin C) So it is a vegetable superfood to be enjoyed this season. Pumpkin seeds are also nutrient packed especially fibre and phosphorus, along with protein, calcium, and iron. Tooth enamel is made of calcium and phosphorus, so eating foods rich in these minerals will help to keep your teeth strong. And iron helps to keep your tongue healthy.

5. Visit your dentist at Dental Concepts

The best way to ensure that your teeth and gums remain healthy is to visit the dentist regularly. No matter what your problem is, we are here to help you be smart about your oral health. You can now become an exclusive member of the practice (TLC membership) which includes consultations with the dentist, hygiene appointments, discounts on your treatments, emergency cover, discounts from local businesses in your area and lots more, all for a small amount per month. Check with the practice for more details on TLC Membership.

Call or text us on +44 7885 428887 if you have any dental concerns or if you need information about any of the treatment options available.


Could a Smile Makeover Help Kick Start Your Love Life?

If your love-life is lacklustre it is easy to begin losing self-confidence, to wonder if your personality is lacking, but perhaps there is another reason why you’re not having any luck. Have you taken a look at your smile recently?

The Effect of a Less than Perfect Smile

If your teeth are less than perfect then you might have got into the habit of hiding your smile behind your hand, or keeping your lips closed. An easy way to check is to take a look at your selfies, online pics and profiles. Keeping your mouth closed or covered while smiling can make it seem as if you are standoffish or cold, rather than just anxious about your teeth.

Whether we like it or not, we all tend to judge others by appearance, only taking the time to get to know someone after we have established we find them attractive. A survey done a few years ago found that 58% of men view nice teeth as a must-have for their potential partner. Women are even pickier, with teeth getting a top rating of 71% and you may only have a few seconds to make a positive impression. A nice smile also helps to boost confidence, automatically increasing your appeal. So how will a smile makeover help you?

Why Not Begin with a Hygiene Treatment for a Sparkling Smile and Fresher Breath?

A great smile requires healthy teeth so preventative dental care is super important. A hygiene appointment is an easy way to get a lovely clean mouth and fresher breath, and you’ll get some great tips on how to look after your teeth at home. Having your teeth gently polished will help them to sparkle and can remove some surface stains.

You don’t need to see a dentist at the same time, but we definitely encourage it, especially if it has been a while or if you are interested in finding out about improving your smile. We have some wonderful treatments to help you.


Got a question about dental hygiene? Here are some answers!

Here at Dental Concepts we see patients regularly for their scheduled hygiene appointments in order to keep their gums and teeth healthy. We tailor all hygiene appointments to the needs of our patients, as some require specific help, for example denture wearers, children and teenagers with braces.

Question: Do I really need to floss daily?

To achieve optimum oral health, you need to floss your teeth every day. Lots of people ‘don’t like it’ or find ‘that it hurts’ but if you floss correctly it shouldn’t hurt, it’s just about making it part of your daily routine. There are also lots of different flosses and tools you can try if you find it awkward, and we are happy to advise you on finding the product that works best for you.

Our tip would be to choose a time of day that suits you; if you’re too tired at night then do it in the morning. We should begin flossing when two teeth touch. That means that even young children need to floss but you’ll have to do this for them until they can master the dexterity it takes to do it themselves.

Question: My gums bleed when I floss, is that gum disease?

If you have just started flossing then the chances are that you will notice an element of bleeding to begin with. Once you begin to remove the plaque build-up the bleeding should then reduce, so it is important to keep going. This may be coupled with a bit of discomfort but not pain.

If you feel pain that persists, or the bleeding doesn’t stop, you should speak to your dentist who will check the method you are using to floss as well as your oral health to see what might be causing the problem.

Question: Is mouthwash good or bad?

Mouthwash can be used as part of your oral health regime to reinforce all the good things you are doing during brushing and flossing. Most mouthwashes contain fluoride so they work alongside your toothpaste to re-mineralise the teeth and help to fight cavities.

Antibacterial mouthwashes that contain ingredients like chlorhexidine or alcohol can also help to protect against gum disease. There has been much debate over the safety of mouthwashes that contain alcohol so if you have concerns you should discuss this with your dentist and opt for one that uses chlorhexidine as an ingredient instead.


Why Is The Roof Of Our Mouth Bumpy?

Donna Vayle, our excellent Treatment Coordinator, recently gave a talk about teeth at her daughter’s school. And it was fun with some amazing questions asked by the kids! (One of them used as the Title of this blog 🙂 )

Donna talks about her visit at the Hurstbourne Church Of England Primary School… 

My daughter attends Hurstbourne primary school and as such I was asked by her teacher Mr. Jenkins if I could arrange a visit, to come in and speak to reception class about my job, as they are currently learning a topic on ‘people who help us’. They had previously had a policeman and the air ambulance in.

There were 16 children in reception class, sitting on the carpet, waiting for me.  I made sure I wore my uniform! They had already prepared a question each.  These ranged from the expected “Is it alright to eat chocolate?” to the more in depth “why is the roof of our mouth bumpy?”

After I had answered all their questions, I showed them some tooth models, mouth mirrors and photos of the practice and surgeries. One of the photos was of Manish and Shilpa, one child pointed out that they looked married!  Which is good, seeing that they are?

We then did an activity together; I had laminated a picture of a smile and made some of the teeth stained with a whiteboard marker. The children had to wear their mask (that I provided) and use a toothbrush to clean the teeth. They loved playing dentist; so much so that the teaching assistant photocopied one of my smiles, to make their own laminated copy with!

We finished by taking some selfies of each other holding up a Easter bunny prop, the teacher  Mr. Jenkins and Teaching assistant Mrs. Mills even took a selfie.

The children loved finding out about the dentist and were very interested and engaging.  I felt my visit benefited the children by showing them that we are here to help not hurt!”