London is in meltdown, as the heatwave sends us into ice-cream frenzy and sugary-cool cocktail heaven, but it’s not just your waistline that will suffer…
There’s no denying that the sun encourages naughty behaviour while assuaging any feelings of guilt, but it’s your teeth that will bear the brunt of this sugary barrage and they’re extra susceptible to decay this time of year.
Smilepod’s Hygienist, Samantha Ackerman, gives the low down on teeth health over the summer months…
There’s no denying we enjoy a poolside strawberry daiquiri, but if you drink from a straw, it limits the amount of time your teeth are in contact with sugar and citrus. Both of these elements can cause dental decay and cavities so it gives an extra layer of protection.
Electric toothbrush – Both manual and electric toothbrushes are effective if used correctly, but it is generally easier to do a good job and remove all of the plaque effectively from the teeth with an electric brush.
Brushing should be twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to remove any plaque and build up and excesses from the day.
Spit don’t rinse – to get the benefits out of your fluoride toothpaste you should not rinse with water when you brush, instead just spit out the excess and allow the rest to remain on the teeth.
Interdental cleaning – this is essential to clean the areas your toothbrush cannot reach. Interdental brushes or floss should be part of your daily routine. If you are not sure how, your Smilepod hygienist will be happy to show you in your appointment
Limit sugar – sugary food and drinks cause decay in the teeth and should be limited as much as possible.
Cut out tobacco – Tobacco use whether smoking, chewing or sheesha carries numerous health risks and greatly increases the risk of gum disease and oral cancer. A lot of the damage is completely reversible once you quit.
Attend regularly for both checkups and hygiene appointments, we will advise you how often you should be coming in. Keep up with the recommended recalls to maintain excellent dental health and brush twice a day.
Smilepod has six London locations offering general dentistry, restorative dentistry, orthodontics, teeth whitening, rejuvenation and specialist services.
Bank – 18-20 Cullum Street, EC3M 7JJ
Canada Place – Canary Wharf, E14 5HX
Jubilee Place – Canary Wharf E14 5NY
Holborn – 16 Procter Street WC1V 6NX
Moorgate – 24 Chiswell Street, EC1Y 4TY
Soho – 56 Poland Street W1F 7NN