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Ministers rule out energy drink ban for children

Ministers have ruled against introducing a ban on the sale of energy drinks to children due to a lack of scientific evidence.
Campaigners had called for the drinks, which usually contain a lot of sugar and caffeine, to be prohibited for children, but MPs in the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee have concluded that there isn’t enough “quantitative evidence” to push a statutory ban through at the moment.
Although there will not be a universal ban on selling energy drinks to children, the committee welcomed individual measures and policies adopted by shops, retail chains and schools. In recent months, a number of high-profile stores announced that they would introduce restrictions on the sale of energy drinks, with some bringing in a ban for under 16’s. Qualitative data analysis suggests that these bans may help to reduce consumption, but could also prove beneficial as they reinforce the link between energy drinks and negative effects on health.
The government launched the consultation into a ban on energy drinks for children in the summer, with the Prime Minister supporting the measure as a means of tackling childhood obesity. Statistics show that children in the UK consume more energy drinks than their counterparts in other countries in Europe.
Norman Lamb, chair of the committee, said that the panel had listened to a diverse range of concerns, from hyperactivity and a lack of focus and concentration in the classroom to obesity and dental disease, but there was currently not enough scientific evidence to differentiate the consumption of energy drinks from other drinks, including coffee, tea and fizzy pop.

Brighten Your New Smile for 2019 with Lumineers

2019 is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with a dazzling, new smile? If you dream of starting the year with a flawless smile, allow us to tell you all about Lumineers.
About Lumineers
Lumineers are a unique form of veneers, which are used to craft natural-looking, radiant smiles. Lumineers are not your average veneers. Rather than being made using porcelain like many other types of veneers, Lumineers are created using patented, pressed Cerinate porcelain. They are tougher and more durable than other veneers, and they are twice as strong. Despite their strength and robustness, Lumineers are incredibly thin and light.
The Lumineers difference
Lumineers are famed for creating stunning smiles, and they have a beautiful natural sheen, which is ideal for those looking to brighten up their smile, while preserving that natural, understated look. Lumineers are very thin, but they’re more durable and hard-wearing than many other types of veneer.
As Lumineers are so delicate, they are approximately the same thickness as a contact lens, minimal preparation is required. Usually, when you have veneers, a fine layer of the tooth structure is removed to make space for the new veneers. With Lumineers, the veneers can be bonded directly onto the tooth surface, keeping the structure of the tooth and the precious enamel coating intact. The procedure is also faster and less invasive.
How can Lumineers help me?
If you dream of a perfect smile, or you often hide your smile away because you’ve got chipped, worn or stained teeth or gaps between your teeth, Lumineers can help. Lumineers are capable of achieving magical transformations, and we can complete treatment within 2-3 weeks.
If you’re dreaming of a new smile for 2019, why not get in touch and book a consultation today?

As attendance rates fall, how often should you be seeing your dentist?

New figures for attendance rates have sparked debate among patients, professionals and dental organisations, but do you know how often you should see your dentist? Recent figures suggest that more than 55% of adults in London haven’t seen a dentist in the last two years, while more than 40 percent of children in England didn’t see a dentist last year.
In some cases, low attendance may be linked to poor access to services, but the vast majority of people should be able to get an appointment with a local dentist without a significant waiting period. In light of this, it’s worth talking about how often you need to see a dentist. Recently, dentists, including England’s chief dental officer, have spoken about reducing the frequency of dental visits, but there may be an element of confusion related to this advice.
The message dentists are eager to put across is the importance of seeing a dentist on a basis that is suitable for the individual patient. If you have strong, healthy teeth and a very low risk of decay and gum disease, you may only be advised to see your dentist once every year. If, however, you have existing dental issues or a high risk of developing conditions like gum disease, it is likely that you’ll be encouraged to attend appointments at least once every 6 months. Dentists also want to urge patients to be mouth aware and to seek advice if they notice any changes or any potentially dangerous symptoms, such as bleeding and swollen gums, slow-healing mouth ulcers, abnormal inflammation, lumps or tooth pain. In this case, patients are advised to call and make an appointment as quickly as possible, rather than waiting until their next scheduled check-up.
For children, dentists advise 6-monthly appointments. Routine checks are an effective means of preventing decay and infection, but they also flag up early signs of cavities and enable children to get used to going to the dentist.

The Importance of Retention: Why You Should Protect Your Investment

When you have braces, your dentist will recommend that you wear retainers after treatment is complete. Your teeth will hopefully look perfect, and it’s natural to want to enjoy that amazing new smile for as long as possible. This is why retainers are so important.
What is a retainer?
A retainer is an orthodontic appliance, which is used to maintain the new position of the teeth after treatment. Braces use forces to move the teeth, but unfortunately, they don’t stop moving when your braces are taken off. Retainers help to ensure that the teeth stay in the desired position, so that you can enjoy your incredible new smile for many years to come.
There are various different types of retainer available, including fixed and removable devices. Fixed retainers tend to sit behind the teeth, and they are usually bonded to the back of the front teeth. Removable aligners usually comprise a palate, which can be lifted in and out very quickly and easily.
Which retainer is best for me?
Both fixed and removable retainers have pros and cons. Removable retainers obviously give you more control and flexibility, and you may find it more comfortable and convenient to eat and clean your teeth without your retainer in place. Fixed retainers are more limiting, but they are proven to succeed, and once you’ve got used to your retainer, you won’t notice that it’s there. Different patients have different preferences and requirements, and we can work with you to decide which type of retainer is best for you.
The benefits of retainers
Wearing a retainer is strongly recommended following orthodontic treatment. Retainers help to keep the smile looking perfect, they prevent relapse, and they protect your investment by reducing the chances of needing repeat treatment.

Brighter Teeth in One Hour With Zoom!

Do you long for a whiter smile? Have you got an hour to spare? If so, we have great news for you! With Zoom! whitening, we can produce whiter, brighter smiles in just one hour!

What is Zoom! whitening?

Zoom! whitening is a rapid, in-chair whitening treatment, which is capable of lightening the teeth by several shades in the space of just one hour. This simple, painless procedure offers a faster alternative to home whitening for those keen to show off their new smile without delay.

What does the procedure involve?

The procedure for Zoom! whitening could not be simpler. Before you have treatment, we’ll invite you to come and see us for a consultation. This short, informal session will give us a chance to tell you all about the treatment, answer your questions and check that your teeth are in good condition prior to the procedure. When you come in for your Zoom! treatment, we will ask you to sit back and relax and put a pair of protective goggles on. We will clean your teeth thoroughly, and then apply a bleaching agent, hydrogen peroxide, to your teeth. This agent is activated using a light source, which will be directed onto the teeth for around 45 minutes. The whole procedure should be completed within the hour.

Is tooth whitening safe?

Many people have questions about the safety of tooth whitening. Zoom! whitening is a tried and tested tooth whitening treatment, which is administered by our highly-trained dentists. We can promise you that you’ll be in safe hands!

If you’re interested in tooth whitening, and you like the sound of Zoom! call us now!

London’s Mayor announces junk food advertising ban on the tube

The Mayor of London has announced plans to implement a ban on junk food advertising on the tube.
Under new guidelines, adverts for products that are high in fat, salt, and sugar will not be permitted on the underground. The ban will also include overground stations and bus stations and stops.
Sadiq Khan said that the measure would hopefully help to combat the “ticking time bomb” of childhood obesity in the city and contribute to healthier lifestyle choices and lower rates of dental disease. Tube stations and bus stops currently feature posters advertising items and products from fast food meals and chocolate bars to fizzy pop and energy drinks. The new ban will reduce exposure to junk food advertising for people who travel on the underground or via buses or trains on a regular basis.
Studies show that advertising can have a significant influence on consumer habits, and ministers are clamping down on advertising across the board. There are already bans in place at certain times of the day on TV, and shops and supermarkets are also being urged to eradicate displays of sugary and fatty foods close to the tills.
The TFL ban will come into play on the 25th February and will cover all areas and networks that are managed by TFL.
A consultation on the matter revealed widespread support for the ban. Of the 1,500 survey respondents, 82% supported the idea.
Mayor Khan said that it was crucial to take “tough action” to tackle preventable childhood illnesses, such as obesity, and stated that preventing exposure to advertising would make a difference, not just to children, but also to their parents and carers.
Professor Dame Sally Davies, chief medical officer for England, described the ban as an “important step in the right direction.”

Sheffield Professor calls for water fluoridation to be a focal point of new government prevention plan

Professor Michael Lennon OBE, from the School of Clinical Dentistry at the University of Sheffield, has called for water fluoridation to be a focal point of new preventative measures revealed by the Department of Health.

Recently, the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, announced that he was implanting a plan for the NHS, which concentrates on prevention rather than cure. The measures will be included in a green paper, which will be launched in 2019. Mr Hancock is trying to shift the balance between investing in treatments and therapies and spending more on prevention. Currently, there’s a huge gulf in spending, and the MP believes that focusing on prevention will save the NHS substantial amounts of money, as well as reducing the number of deaths related to preventable risk factors.

Prof Lennon has backed Mr Hancock’s suggestions, and is now urging the government to consider water fluoridation as a measure to prevent decay and improve standards of oral health, especially in deprived areas. Mr Lennon, a former chair of the British Fluoridation Society, claimed that there needs to be an impetus on protecting childrens’ teeth, and used the example of conflict in Hull to demonstrate just how difficult it is to promote fluoridation at present. Hull and East Yorkshire’s Local Dental Committee has been trying to implement fluoridation for some time, but members have been faced with opposition.

Recently, MP Alan Johnson spoke out in favour of water fluoridation, and studies suggest that it is an effective measure, which fits in with the government’s desire to invest in prevention. Public Health England has released research suggesting that fluoridation provides an impressive return on investment.

Prof Lennon has also highlighted the need for more money to be made available for fluoridation, and suggested that the government encourage local authorities to be more open to supporting the use of fluoride.

75% of UK adults are unware of the symptoms of mouth cancer, despite a 135% increase in the number of cases

A new study has suggested that three-quarters of UK adults are unaware of the symptoms of mouth cancer, despite the fact that there has been a 135% increase in the number of cases in the last two decades.

Figures published by the Oral Health Foundation show that 75% of people do not know what the symptoms and warning signs of mouth cancer are, in spite of the fact that oral cancer kills more people in the UK than cervical and testicular cancer combined. Last year, more than 8,300 new cases were diagnosed. This represents a 135% increase since 1998. More than 80% of people surveyed were also unaware of the parts of the mouth that were affected by oral cancer.

The Oral Health Foundation has released new studies to coincide with the charity’s annual Mouth Cancer Action Month campaign. The foundation’s chief executive, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, said that it is hugely important that people are aware of the symptoms so that they can seek advice as early as possible. Sadly, as awareness is so low, the majority of cases are diagnosed at an advanced stage, when there’s a high risk that cancerous cells have already spread.

The campaign is hoping to make people more aware of mouth cancer and encourage them to look out for potential warning signs. The most common risk factors for mouth cancer include drinking and smoking, exposure to the human papilloma virus (HPV) and a poor diet. Symptoms may include swelling and abnormal lumps, slow-healing mouth sores and ulcers, unexplained oral pain and bleeding, and red or white patches in the mouth.

As part of Mouth Cancer Action Month, practices all over the country will be hosting free screening and encouraging patients who haven’t had a check-up in a while to get in touch.

Strong, Wafer Thin Smile Makeovers with Durathin Veneers

Do you feel self-conscious about your smile? Do you wish you had a perfect smile? Many people hide their smiles away because they’re worried about imperfections. The good news is that you don’t have to have perfect natural teeth to have a stunning smile. With Durathin veneers, we can give you the smile of your dreams.

Introducing Durathin veneers

Durathin veneers, as you may have gathered from the name, are both durable and thin. Although these veneers are very delicate, they’re also incredibly strong. This powerful combination gives you the best of both worlds: you can enjoy a stunning, natural smile, which will also stand the test of time.

Durathin veneers are applied to the tooth surface and they create incredible results. The process is simple, and it takes just two sessions to achieve a magical new smile.

The advantages of Durathin veneers

Usually, when you have veneers, your teeth have to be prepared first, and this involves removing a fine layer of the tooth surface. With Durathin, as the veneers are so fine, the preparation stage is much less invasive, and the tooth structure can be maintained and preserved. As well as offering a simpler and more comfortable treatment process, Durathin veneers also offer brilliant, natural aesthetics, and results that will last.

Are Durathin veneers a good option for me?

If you have aesthetic flaws, which cause you to lack confidence, or you’d love to have a more attractive smile, we recommend Durathin veneers. We can use these veneers to target all kinds of issues, from misaligned and misshapen teeth to pearly whites that have lost their sheen.

If you’re keen to find out more about how we can achieve a sensational smile makeover, why not get in touch today?

Could a trip to the dentist ease your sleep troubles?

If you have trouble sleeping, your first port of call is probably your GP, but have you thought about seeing your dentist?

There are myriad reasons why you might be finding it tough to snooze soundly, and some have dental connections. If you regularly wake with headaches, you live with a snorer, or you’re prone to grinding your teeth, for example, you may find that seeing a dentist could solve your problems.

Bruxism, the medical name for tooth grinding, is a common problem that tends to be exacerbated by stress and anxiety. If you grind your teeth, you may find that you suffer from jaw pain and headaches, which affect your sleep quality. If bruxism is an issue, your dentist can help. In cases where there is no clear underlying reason for grinding the teeth, dentists may recommend using a bite guard. This is a custom-made appliance, which is worn at night to prevent the teeth from clashing together. It protects the teeth, and also lowers the risk of jaw stiffness and pain, headaches and neck and shoulder pain.

Snoring is another issue that you may not think your dentist can help you out with. The truth is that many dental clinics offer help with snoring. Snoring is often a result of struggling to get enough oxygen when you sleep. To combat this issue, dentists can provide an appliance known as a mandibular advancement device. This helps to open up the airway by pushing the lower jaw forward slightly while you sleep. The result is a peaceful night for all members of the household.

Next time you’re having difficulty sleeping or you’re lying awake listening to your partner snoring away in the early hours, why not see if your dentist can help?

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