Eco-friendly toothbrushes

It’s estimated that 3.6 billion plastic toothbrushes are used worldwide every year, with the average person using 300 in their lifetime. Unfortunately, roughly 80 per cent of these end up in the sea, where they pose a risk to marine life and habitats. And as each toothbrush takes up to a thousand years to decompose, it’s little wonder that by 2050 it’s predicted that there will be a higher volume of plastic in the oceans than fish.

The only fully biodegradable toothbrushes use natural bristles made from pig or badger hair. Obviously, these are not vegan-friendly, and dentists claim they are too hard and abrasive on our delicate gums. Dr Mervyn Druian, co-founder of the London Centre for Cosmetic Dentistry, warns that because natural bristles retain moisture, they’re “a breeding ground for bacteria and malodour”, and should, therefore, be avoided for health reasons. He recommends compromising between eco-friendliness and the need for effective dental care by using a bamboo-handled brush with plastic bristles, so we’ve taken his expertise on board for this roundup.

The toothbrushes listed below are all biodegradable bar their bristles, which are made from nylon which is free from BPA (a chemical used to make certain plastics that can seep into drinks, possibly leading to an increased risk of health problems such as increased blood pressure, heart disease and impaired brain development in children). The downside is that they will need to be plucked out with pliers before throwing your brush onto the compost heap. Continue reading “Eco-friendly toothbrushes”

The weirdest things dentists have found in patients’ mouths

UK dentists have revealed the weirdest things they have ever found in a patient’s mouth and it’s enough to set your teeth on edge.

From a tomato seed sprouting in dentures to multiple sweet wrappers in another mouth, the revelations call the nation’s oral hygiene practices into question. It follows a report that up to half of adults don’t brush their teeth at night because they are too tired.

The research conducted by Clinic Compare, questioned 3,000 dentists and dental nurses across the country. And while most people give their pearly-whites a thorough brushing before a check-up, these responses showed there are plenty of people who don’t.

Food understandably featured regularly – with one dentist finding a whole piece of gherkin. Meanwhile, another stumbled across a peanut shell in a patient’s lip which they hadn’t noticed. Sweet wrappers were plucked from another patient’s mouth while a suspicious wiry, black hair was discovered in another. Continue reading “The weirdest things dentists have found in patients’ mouths”

Choose what you want to eat, not what your teeth will let you eat!

Choose what you want to eat, not what your teeth will let you eat with Valplast Flexible Partial Dentures.

Valplast® is a great, non-invasive, alternative to a fixed appliance, for example a dental bridge. It can also be considered as a discreet temporary during the healing process immediately after a dental implant has been placed.

The plastic used in Valplast was first developed over five decades ago, and has been used in professional dentistry since 1954. Valplast is in the nylon family, stronger and more flexible than the acrylic used in other kinds of dentures and partials. Additionally, dentists have recommended Valplast as a viable alternative for full denture patients who have allergic reactions to acrylic. Continue reading “Choose what you want to eat, not what your teeth will let you eat!”

Val-clean is back in stock !!

Val-Clean is one of the most favourite denture-soaking products

Val-clean is back in stock !!

Val-Clean is a non-abrasive cleaner specifically designed for the hygienic cleaning and maintenance of Valplast appliances. Val-Clean does not contain any abrasives and will not damage your Valplast Flexible Partial.

Val-Clean is supplied in boxes of 12 sachets, each sachet will make four week’s supply of solution. A measuring spoon is included with each box, one spoonful of Valclean is mixed with approximately 7ozs (250ml) of warm water – this solution will last for 7 – 10 days before needing to be replaced.

ValClean is designed specifically for cleaning Valplast dentures.

A daily 15 minute soaking has proven to be effective in maintaining the appearance and cleanliness of Valplast. Overnight soaking of Valplast in ValClean solution will not harm the appliance.

5 exercises you can do while brushing your teeth

You spend two minutes in the morning and two at night brushing your teeth. Instead of just standing around, make even better use of that time by incorporating a few simple movements for balance, flexibility, and strength.

The five movements fitness coach John Sifferman demonstrates in the video are:

  • One-legged stand or the alternative 4 corner balance
  • Rock-bottom squat or squat movements
  • Calf raises
  • Hip mobility drills
  • Foot massage with a tennis ball

This little fitness hack won’t radically transform your body or count as your exercise for the day, but as Sifferman notes, any time and way you can fit in more movement, it’s a win.


NZ dentist warns against activated charcoal teeth whitening trend

A popular beauty product marketed as a natural tooth whitener could actually damage people’s teeth and has even been linked to cancer, a Kiwi dentist warns.

Brushing your teeth with activated charcoal powder became a trend after a social media campaign featuring beauty bloggers went viral. Since then scores of online retailers have started stocking it.

Activated charcoal, also known as activated carbon, is a fine black powder often made from coconut shell particles heated until they become porous, which allows them to bind to toxins. It has been used in emergency departments for decades to treat people who have been poisoned.

Consumer websites selling activated charcoal powder say it “naturally cleans, polishes, and whitens your teeth, and assists in removing toxins and hindering bad breath”.

However, Auckland cosmetic dentist Dr Clarence Tam, who has tried activated charcoal dental products and has treated many people who use them, is sceptical of such claims. “The risks outweigh the benefits in my opinion,” she told the Herald on Sunday. Continue reading “NZ dentist warns against activated charcoal teeth whitening trend”

Kissing children on the lips may spread harmful bacteria

A dentist has advised that parents should refrain from kissing their children on the lips, particularly before their baby teeth have developed, as they could spread harmful bacteria to their young ones.

Dr Richard Marques, celebrity dentist at Wimpole Street Dental in London, told The Independent that baby teeth are particularly susceptible to infection, as they don’t have the strength to withstand the damaging effect of bacteria. He said: ‘The enamel is much thinner on baby teeth. It is not as strong as adult enamel so is more likely to decay.’

The transfer of saliva between individuals can always increase the likelihood of spreading illness. However, parents need to be especially wary with their young children.

‘Saliva transfer from parent to child is a risk as this can spread bacteria (such as streptococcus mutans) from adult to child,’ said Dr Marques. ‘This bacteria can cause decay of baby teeth.  It can even affect the soft tissues and gums before the baby teeth have developed!” Continue reading “Kissing children on the lips may spread harmful bacteria”

New toothpaste repairs enamel and treats cavities

Researchers have created a natural product that has, in trials, been proven to both repair enamel and treat cavities, and they claim the compound could even be added to toothpastes and mouthwashes.

Scientists at Washington University created peptides – short chains of amino acids – derived from amelogenin, a protein crucial to forming enamel.

Erosion of enamel, which is the hardest tissue in the human body, can also lead to the yellowing of the teeth or sensitivity. For severe cases of enamel loss some NHS patients pay £256.50 for veneers or crowns and private practices often charge more.

Professor Mehmet Sarikaya, the lead author of the study, said: ‘Peptide-enabled formulations will be simple and would be implemented in over-the-counter or clinical products.’ Continue reading “New toothpaste repairs enamel and treats cavities”