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Advanced Toothbrush Manufacturer Quip Purchases Dental Plan Start-up

shutterstock_52406422Quip, a manufacturer of advanced sleek looking toothbrushes nicknamed the “Tesla of Toothbrushes” has acquired Afora, a dental plan startup, a move that the company’s CEO claims is about getting more people to go to the dentist on a regular basis.

The move, whilst unusual on the face of it, comes in the wake of several healthcare companies acquiring and moving into other healthcare markets, with hospitals getting into pharmaceuticals, insurers owning doctor’s offices and pharmacies owning insurers.

Quip and Afora are healthcare startups aimed at disrupting the toothbrush industry and the American dental plan market.

Quip is a subscription service that offers a streamlined electric toothbrush for $25, and regular supplies of brushes and toothpaste are available at $5 every three months.

Afora on the other hand, offer a dental plan that, for $25 gives access to a network of dentists (currently New York City-based) that includes two hygiene appointments, annual exams and X-Rays, focusing on preventative dental services. After this, Afora have negotiated prices if a procedure is required.

Quip has also in recent months announced it has received $22 million in funding and has a ubiquitous presence on the New York Subway.

Oral Health Foundation survey reveals poor public awareness of enamel erosion

shutterstock_1039115968A new survey conducted by the Oral Health Foundation has revealed that public awareness of enamel erosion is worryingly low.

The survey, which was carried out as part of preparations for National Smile Month, shows that many people are unaware of the causes of erosion. Only 54 percent of people were aware of the damaging impact of drinking energy and sports drinks, and figures were even lower for other common causes of enamel loss, including snacking between meals, acid reflux and drinking sparkling water. Only a third of those questioned were able to list symptoms of enamel wear, including tooth thinning, heightened sensitivity, staining, enamel transparency and cracking.

The poll, which involved 2,000 people, was conducted in association with Unilever. The aim was to gauge the level of awareness, to point out potential risk factors and causes and to promote the use of Regenerate Professional Advanced Serum and Toothpaste. This product is designed to be part of a preventative approach to enamel erosion. Regenerate contains two key ingredients, calcium silicate and sodium phosphate. The formula has been developed based on NR-5 technology, which is related to bone repair. Studies show that using the serum improved the microhardness of the surface by 82% after 3 days.

Enamel erosion is a major cause of decay, and it can also contribute to an elevated risk of dental injuries and gum disease. Dentists are eager to encourage brushing with fluoride toothpaste and to discourage snacking and drinking sugary and acidic drinks. Regular dental checks are also highly recommended.

Did You Know Baker Street Dental Can Replace Missing Teeth?

shutterstock_465827666Have you lost a tooth? Losing a tooth can be distressing, but at Baker Street Dental, we’re here to ensure that it’s not the end of your beautiful smile. We can replace missing teeth using a series of different treatment options.

Tooth replacement options

If you lose a tooth or a number of teeth, there are various treatment options open to you. These include:

  • Dental implants: dental implants are a long-term solution for missing teeth, and they can be used to replace a single tooth or a number of teeth. Implants are usually made from titanium, which is a biocompatible material. This means that the implant can integrate into the jaw bone tissue once it has been fitted. Implants are compatible with bridges, crowns and dentures and they are famed for producing incredibly lifelike results. Implants last for many years, but they are more expensive than crowns and dentures.
  • Dental bridges: dental bridges are restorations, which are used to bridge the gap when a tooth is lost. Bridges are usually made from a false tooth, which is supported by a crown on either side. Bridges can be fitted in two sessions, and they should last up to 15 years. Ceramic bridges tend to be most popular, as they look the most natural.
  • Dentures: if you’re missing a number of teeth or a whole arch of teeth, a partial or complete denture may be recommended. Dentures are sets of prosthetic teeth, which are designed to mimic natural teeth. Dentures don’t last as long as implants or bridges and some people find them uncomfortable, but they are the cheapest option.

If you’ve lost a tooth, get in touch with us today and find out more about our amazing tooth replacement treatments.

New study suggests that just 1 drink a day elevates gum disease and oral cancer risk

shutterstock_533737267A new study has suggested that drinking just one alcoholic drink per day could elevate your risk of developing gum disease, oral cancer and heart disease.

Research conducted by experts at New York University, revealed that people who had at least one drink a day had more harmful oral bacteria than non-drinkers. In addition, drinkers were found to lack healthy strains, which are capable of battling harmful bacteria.

Numerous studies have highlighted the dangers of excessive drinking in the past, but this new study provides an insight into the impact of drinking on the presence of both harmful and healthy bacteria in the mouth.

It is estimated that around 1 in 10 adults in the US are defined as ‘heavy drinkers.’ This term relates to the consumption of 1 or more drinks per day for women and 2 or more drinks for men.

During the trial, researchers analysed oral bacteria levels in 1,000 patients who were participating in national cancer trials. The team asked each person about their alcohol consumption, and the group was divided into three categories: heavy drinkers, moderate drinkers and non-drinkers.

Analysis of samples showed that drinkers had higher levels of harmful bacteria, including Neisseria species, Bacteroidales and Actinomyces and lower levels of Lactobacillales, healthy bacteria, which are commonly found in probiotic foods.

Study author, Jiyoung Ahn, an epidemiologist at the NYU School of Medicine, explained that the study shows that drinking alcohol has a negative impact on the balance of bacteria in the mouth, which could explain why people who drink frequently are more likely to develop conditions such as gum disease and oral cancer.

The team is now planning to develop the research and will be focusing on how alcohol affects the “biological mechanisms” within the mouth.

Saudi Arabia emerges as appealing destination for dental tourists

shutterstock_1012656667Saudi Arabia is emerging as an increasingly appealing destination for dental tourists, it has been revealed.

Research suggests that there has been an increase in visitor numbers in recent years, with many looking to access dental services at lower costs. Currently, Saudi Arabia ranks third in the list of the six Gulf Cooperation Council countries for the ratio of dentists to patients. Most dentists are based in Riyadh, Al Khobar and Jeddah.

The affordability of treatment in comparison to Western countries has marked Saudi Arabia as a potential location for tourists looking to save money on the latest dental treatments. The tourism boom has contributed to expansion within the market and an increase in students choosing to study dentistry at university. The number of dentists in the country has risen from 8,100 in 2011 to 16,887 in 2016.

Experts believe that the growth of the dental market is linked to tourism, but also to improved oral health awareness and an increase in aesthetic treatments, which are focused on making the smile look more attractive. There is also a suggestion that an increase in disposable income has led to the rising popularity of non-essential treatments, such as invisible braces and veneers.

Government statistics show that dental decay costs 60,000 school days every year

shutterstock_509471827Government statistics show that dental decay is costing children around 60,000 school days per year.

Figures suggest that a child in England has had a tooth removed every 10 minutes, with an average of 141 extraction procedures carried out every day. The new figures from Public Health England were released on the day a new sugar tax was introduced by the government. Some children as young as 12 months old are undergoing treatment under general anaesthetic for a condition that is almost always preventable.

Dental bodies are worried that high-sugar diets and poor oral hygiene are contributing to an epidemic, which is subjecting children to pain, causing them to miss school and costing the NHS millions of pounds.

In light of the statistics, dental experts are keen to promote healthy eating and improve education related to dietary choices and the impact of eating too much sugar. Recently, Public Health England launched a campaign to limit snacking to a small number of 100-calorie snacks per day after it was revealed that a significant portion of children were exceeding their daily recommended sugar intake through snacks alone. The new sugary drink levy will increase the cost of buying fizzy drinks, which can contain around 9 cubes of sugar per 330ml can. The maximum recommended daily intake for a child aged 5 years old is just 6 cubes.

Dr Sandra White, lead dentist at PHE, said that it was “upsetting” to see so many children requiring hospital treatment and called for parents and older children to consider alternatives including water, sugar-free cordial and low-fat milk.

Some dentists have called for the revenue generated by the sugar tax to be invested in oral health education programmes and preventative measures for children.

Three Reasons to Treat Yourself to a Smile Makeover This Spring

shutterstock_377677600Spring is finally here! If you’re hoping to showcase a sensational smile this spring, why not treat yourself to a smile makeover? Here are 3 reasons why you should take the plunge:

  1. Aesthetics: a smile makeover is the ultimate dental treat. This treatment is designed to transform your smile, ironing out imperfections and giving you a smile you’ve always dreamed of. Our bespoke smile makeovers achieve truly incredible results, and we can turn even the most unsightly pearly whites into a radiant, beautiful smile.
  2. Confidence: how do you feel when you smile? Do you feel confident or you are apprehensive about bearing your teeth? If you’re used to running for cover when there’s a camera around, a smile makeover could be the perfect solution. We want you to feel amazing whenever your smile is on show, not to hide it away when you meet new people or pose for a snap. Confidence is key in so many ways, and a new smile could really enhance your quality of life.
  3. Incredible treatments: modern dentistry is evolving and changing all the time, and we have some incredible dental treatments at our disposal. We use advanced techniques, state of the art technology and quick, hassle-free treatments to achieve outstanding results. If you thought you had to endure months of pain to get a stunning smile, think again! We have an array of cosmetic, orthodontic and restorative treatments on offer.

If you like the idea of a brand new smile for spring/summer, why not get in touch and book a consultation today?

Leading dentist urges schools to ban sugar-laden desserts

shutterstock_611504309One of the UK’s most prominent dental figures has urged schools to ban sugary desserts in a bid to reduce rates of preventable decay.

Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons, Professor Michael Escudier, has encouraged schools to replace sugary puddings, such as cakes, ice cream and biscuits, with sugar-free desserts like cheese and savoury biscuits, fruit and low-sugar jelly and yoghurts. In 2016-2017, more than 34,000 children were treated in hospital under general anaesthetic for dental issues, and around 25 percent of 5-year-olds have visible signs of decay in at least one tooth.

Prof Escudier has urged schools to go ‘sugar-free’ and stop serving sweet treats at dinner times in a bid to promote good oral health and prevent children from exceeding the recommended daily intake of sugar. Dentists are also keen to get schools and nurseries involved with supervised brushing schemes. Research suggests that many children don’t brush their teeth on a regular basis, and supervised schemes could ensure that children brush at least once a day.

The news comes shortly after Public Health England launched an initiative to encourage healthy snacking. Studies claimed that a large proportion of children were exceeding the RDA of sugar through snacking alone, with many admitting to eating cakes, chocolate bars, sweets and biscuits on a daily basis. PHE is campaigning to educate parents and children about the calorie content of popular snacks, and suggests sticking to 100-calorie snacks, such as pieces of fruit.

Decay is the most common cause of hospital admissions among children in the UK, despite the fact that the vast majority of cases are preventable. The best ways to keep cavities at bay are to brush twice a day using fluoride toothpaste, to eat healthily and to visit a dentist every 6 months.

5 Reasons To Wear Retainers after Teeth Straightening

shutterstock_662229490If you’ve had tooth straightening treatment, the last thing you want is for all the good work to come undone. Here are 5 reasons why it’s important to use retainers after wearing braces:

  1. Prolonged results: retainers are specially designed to maintain the position of the teeth. Braces move the teeth into the desired position, and it’s then the retainer’s job to keep the teeth in place. If you wear your retainers, this will help to prolong the results of orthodontic treatment for years to come.
  2. Lower risk of relapse: braces realign and reposition the teeth, but once you stop wearing them, there is a risk that the teeth will continue to move. Wearing retainers helps to reduce the risk of relapse.
  3. Saving money: if your teeth start to move out of position, this increases the likelihood of needing repeat treatment, which will carry a cost.
  4. Reducing the need for repeat treatment: when you’ve worn braces for weeks, months or years, the last thing you want to worry about is needing them again. Sadly, there’s no guarantee that your teeth will stay put once your brace is removed, and this why retainers are so important. Using retainers will help to combat the need for further treatment.
  5. Improved confidence: if you’ve just had your braces removed, you’re probably on top of the world. Wearing retainers can help to keep your smile looking incredible and ensure you continue to feel confident when you smile.

The reasons why a trip to the dentist could save your life

Most people know that taking a trip to the dentist every 6-12 months can keep decay and gum disease at bay, but did you know that dental checks can save your life? It may seem a little dramatic to suggest that five minutes in the chair could make the difference between life and death, but dentists are trained to identify much graver signs than cavities and swollen gums.

Dentists undertake advanced training to enable them to identify warning signs of many different health conditions. Research suggests that there is a strong link between oral and general health and often, dental symptoms can indicate an elevated risk of potentially life-threatening illnesses. Common signs of gum disease, including swollen gums and loose teeth, can also be linked to heart disease. Scientists believe that harmful bacteria associated with advanced gum disease can travel from the mouth to other parts of the body, increasing the risk of an inflammatory response, which could trigger heart attacks and strokes.

Another important reason to visit the dentist is to check for early warning signs of oral cancer. Mouth cancer, a type of cancer that has become much more common in the UK in the last decade, is often diagnosed at an advanced stage. Dentists are trained to identify early signs. Regular checks can ensure that cases are diagnosed when the chances of successful treatment are at their highest.

Dentists are also well-versed in the link between diabetes and dental health, and in some cases, they may be able to spot potential symptoms before a patient has been diagnosed with diabetes. Studies show that people who have diabetes are more prone to oral health issues, but there is also a suggestion that poor oral health can increase the risk of diabetes.

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