Keep Your Smile Healthy This Easter

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15 Need-To-Know Tips From Kent Smile Studio!

Easter is nearly here, and the holidays are a fantastic time to enjoy days out, time with friends and family, and most importantly, to enjoy the odd Easter egg.

The problem is, that this time of the year can be incredibly tricky when it comes to oral health. One or two Easter eggs over a couple of weeks isn’t going to do any long term damage, but it isn’t always that easy to keep Easter treats limited.

As well as Easter eggs there are Easter themed buffets, sweeties, cakes and other food and drinks that when consumed regularly, can cause problems. Children are particularly at risk of dental damage from this time of year, predominantly from the fact that bad habits can form, paving the way for future mouth issues.

With that in mind, Kent Smile Studio want to help you enjoy your Easter with a healthy and happy smile at the end of it, and all year round. Take a look at these 15 need-to-know tips to help you keep your families smiles healthy and happy this Easter!

1. Consume Treats At Mealtimes

Whether it is a beautiful Easter cake, a thick chocolate egg or a small piece of confectionery as a prize for best Easter bonnet, it isn’t necessarily the bulk of sugary products consumed that is the issue, but how often they are eaten. The teeth are attacked for up to an hour after eating so if you can limit the consumption of Easter treats to mealtimes it will be much better than eating one piece of egg, then another in an hour, and so on, prolonging the tooth exposure to sugars and acids.

2. Avoid Purchasing Fondants And Sweeties

If you can, buy eggs and other Easter treats that do not have any toffees, fondants or other sticky elements in them. Those kinds of treats stick to the teeth, prolonging the acid and sugar attack on the teeth.

3. Make Easter About More Than Just The Eggs

Easter is very exciting because of the chocolate, but there is so much more to be excited about. That means there is a lot for your children to look forward to that doesn’t involve Easter eggs, which can mean a healthier focus. So days out, Easter egg hunts which involve non-chocolate prizes, Easter bonnet competitions and other non-food based events will be a really good distraction from the focus on how many eggs they get on the big day.

4. Limit The Sugary Free-For-All To One Day

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Robot Dentists

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Could they become reality?

An article featured in The Independent recently reported on an entire dental procedure completed by robots in China.

3D teeth were printed and then fully implanted by robots in a successful procedure designed by Beihang University, although dentists were present to supervise throughout.

The robots operated using pre-programmed movements but were able to still adjust if the woman being operated on moved.

The technology is being designed for several reasons. Primarily the focus is to wipe out the room for human error, which can happen even with the most qualified dentists. In China, precision dentistry is even more valuable as there are a lot of underqualified (or completely unqualified) people providing services to patients that they really shouldn’t be, so the errors are a lot more prevalent. Additionally, there is a real shortage of dentists and dental services in China overall, so technology to fill that gap would be invaluable.

So, could robot dentists soon be a reality in the UK?

Realistically in this lifetime? Probably not. The technology is extremely new and there are plenty of roadblocks ahead including the cost of the products, and finding a place for them in a society that largely appreciates the human dentistry currently available. In other countries where human dentists are lacking the gap is much larger, but in the UK, we have phenomenal dentistry available both privately and on the NHS so, there isn’t so much a call for that kind of service at this time.

That doesn’t mean that technology doesn’t have a place within modern dentistry in the UK though…

3D Printing, Dental Technology And Dentistry

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Spring Clean Your Oral Health Regime!

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Kent Smile Studio says take time to invest in your personal oral care!

If you’re anything like most people in the UK, you have already started cleaning your house for spring, which seems to have sprung rather suddenly!

Getting rid of cobwebs, clearing the dead leaves away, dusting off the garden furniture, washing the walls; some love it, some hate it, but most of us agree it has to be done in preparation for the warmer months.

Spring can also be a really great time to refresh and renew other areas of your life. Perhaps you know you can do better with exercise, or you could work harder at work? Maybe you’re not getting enough sleep, so your bedtime routine needs to change?

Why not make positive changes in all aspects of life before we hit that quarter of the year mark? With that positive and responsible attitude of rejuvenation, your team here at Kent Smile Studio wants to help you spring clean your oral health regime, so that even if you don’t get your home sparkling clean in time for spring, you can at the very least have a healthy, stunning smile this month, and every month this year and beyond.

Let’s go – here are our top tips to help you spring clean your oral health regime:

Could Your Oral Regime Be Better?

Although an oral health regime boils down to a couple of minutes, a couple of times a day, there is actually a lot to the process. For example; are you brushing for the whole two minutes? Are you brushing twice a day? Are you brushing all areas of your teeth effectively? Are you ensuring you only spit after brushing and don’t rinse away all the toothpaste? Taking the time to mindfully brush your teeth, ensuring you spend at least 30 seconds on each side of each arch, twice a day, will ensure you are actively doing your very best to maintain your healthy smile.

Do Your Tools Need Changing?

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Newly Engaged?

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It’s time to start thing about your wedding day smile….

Here at Kent Smile Studio in Maidstone and Chatham, we love a happy occasion and what could be happier than an engagement? The person you love the most in the world asking to officially tie the knot, signifying an exciting future together, it’s just so romantic. So if you are newly engaged, congratulations from all of us at your local dentist, you’ve an exciting year ahead!

From arranging to go dress shopping, to booking the venue, there is so much to plan once the initial celebrations are over. To add to the pressure, a lot of things need to be booked well in advance to ensure that the businesses or companies you want to use don’t get booked up on your chosen date. One often overlooked aspect of wedding planning that is often left too late is dentistry.

You might not initially associate dentistry with a wedding, but actually, dentistry can play a huge part in this kind of special occasion. What is the first and central thing you notice when you look at wedding photographs? Sure you notice the style of dress and the background, but usually the standout feature of the photo is the smiles of the people in them. You notice how happy people are, and you notice if they have a lovely smile.

Is your smile exactly how you would want it to be on your big day? Are you as confident about your smile as you would like to feel during this momentous occasion? Start planning out your wedding smile now and you can guarantee that it will be a leading feature in your look on the big day.

It All Starts With A Consultation

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A Beautiful Smile For Valentines Day

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Your Kent Smile Studio Dentist’s Guide

Valentines Day isn’t always exciting if you don’t have a date lined up. If you are planning on getting involved in the romance though, there’s quite a lot of pressure to look nice. You want to put your best foot forward, or perhaps, your best smile forward…

Your smile has a huge impact on how confident you feel, on how youthful you look and potentially affects your dating life more than you might realise.

For a beautiful smile this Valentines Day, take a look at your Chatham and Maidstone dentists guide. Trust us, you’ll want to read these tips!

Your Smile And Your Confidence

Did you know that your smile has a huge effect on how you look to others and how you feel about yourself? At the very least, even if you have a great smile already, celebrity ‘perfect smiles’ can make us feel pressured to have a perfect smile too. This can be a real confidence killer if you start comparing your teeth and worrying that your smile isn’t as you would like it to be.

The way your smile looks can be a true struggle if you do have imperfections which cause it to be less aesthetically pleasing than you’d like. Common smile issues include:

  • Stained teeth
  • Gappy teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Gummy smiles
  • Chipped teeth

These issues may come alone or combine to create a smile that does not look how you want it to. That lack of confidence can be truly destructive when it comes to dating. You may cover your mouth when you smile or talk, in which case asking anybody out might seem like an absolute no-no. You may worry you will be judged on your smile by a potential date.

Of course, being superficial is not a very nice trait and if anybody judges you on looks alone then they probably aren’t somebody you’ll want to date anyway. However, there is something to be said for first impressions. Whether we like it or not, we all make them and the smile is often central to what we think of a person when we first meet them. A smile can make you appear more youthful, confident, friendly and can be more important to a potential date than you having nice eyes or, a good dress sense.

So, when it comes to first impressions it makes sense that you would want a nice smile to express yourself and to show yourself in your most attractive light. They don’t know you have a great personality yet, right?

Bad Breath Can Be A Real Confidence Killer Too

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Your Smile….

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The First Step To The Career You Have Always Dreamed Of?

A career is something that you get from working really hard, from passion, from education, from experience and sheer determination. At this time of the year, it can be the focus for those looking to change their life for the better.

Those who may forgo their health resolutions or stopping bad habits in favour of their career goals in January are already a step further ahead than they were last year. That is because simply thinking about a career change is an amazing start to your professional journey. Here at Kent Smile Studio we applaud you for thinking about such a huge change in 2019!

We want to help you as much as we can in reaching your goals. Unfortunately we can’t land you an amazing interview or get you that incredible client winning suit, but we can help you with something else that is very important in your career journey, and that is your smile.

You may not have thought about your smile in relation to your career yet, but we promise after you have read the information we have to give you, you’ll be smiling about the fact that such a small thing could actually be a very big part of your success. Improving it could well be an excellent first step in your path to the career you have always dreamed of.

Your Smile And Your Appearance

Lets be clear, judging somebody on how they look is not something any of us should make an effort to do and what you look like certainly has nothing to do with how much respect or love you deserve.

However, as humans we naturally make first impressions very quickly based on what we see, which goes back to basic man and assessing our safety and also our compatibility with a mate. So rightly or wrongly, how somebody looks does have an impact on what you think of them. When it comes to your teeth, they are known to affect how young and how friendly you look. They are also rated highly on lists of attractive qualities that matter to people. Bad dental hygiene and missing teeth can give people the impression that you may not look after yourself all that well. In an interview situation, this could be the difference between you and your just as qualified colleague getting the job.

A beautiful smile is a really great feature to have when you go for interviews and meetings because it is a stunning feature that those you’re trying to impress notice.

Your Smile And Your Confidence

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Alcohol Awareness

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How Does Alcohol Really Affect Your Smile?

Alcohol is something that plenty of us enjoy responsibly, whether that is a glass in the evening with colleagues after work, or a cocktail at the weekend during downtime.

However, drinking can be something you may wish to quit for a month for your own personal reasons or perhaps to support a charity.

Common reasons people take part in Dry January are:

  • Wishing to feel healthier in general
  • Looking to let the body recover from a December full of parties
  • Looking to challenge yourself if you are a regular drinker
  • Wanting to join in on a challenge with friends
  • Hoping to drop some weight
  • Looking to save a bit of cash
  • Looking to avoid common problems with regular drinking such as hangovers

Everyone is different and everybody has their own reason for participating in Dry January. It can take a lot of willpower though, so your Kent Smile dentists want to help by giving you even more reason to stick on your path of sobriety at the start of this year with the following handy health information.

Alcohol And How It Can Affect Your Body

Within government guidelines, drinking alcohol can be part of a healthy and balanced diet. However, drinking too much can have some pretty nasty effects on the body so it is important to be aware of that so you can stay on the healthy side of alcohol consumption.

Here are some common issues with alcohol and how it affects the body:

Sleeping Problems

Drinking alcohol can help you to quickly get to sleep, but that isn’t necessarily a good thing and it certainly doesn’t mean you will get a good nights sleep. As alcohol is a diuretic, it might make you need to go to the toilet throughout the night. You may also stay in REM (Rapid Eye Movement) more than the more restful deep sleep stage that actually helps you feel well rested. If you are already a snorer, you may find that drinking makes the issue worse, as the muscles that cause snoring may relax more and cause you to to snore worse than you usually do.

Obesity & Diabetes

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Achievable New Year’s Oral Health Resolutions….

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From Kent Smile Studio

Having goals for New Year seems a bit overdone to some, but it can be a wonderful opportunity to improve your life alongside everybody else doing the same thing. Stoptober is so successful because people do not feel alone in their struggles to quit smoking. January has the same feel about it, because many people are working towards personal goals for self improvement.

There are lots of New Year resolutions you can consider that are personal to you, but we’d like to give you some achievable resolution ideas relating to your oral health.

After all, your smile is so important and your oral health is directly linked to the health of the rest of your body. Here are some achievable oral health resolution ideas from your Maidstone and Chatham dentist to inspire your New Year and hopefully get your smiling all the way through 2019!

Quit Smoking

We already know that most of our patients are aware of the risks smoking poses to their health. However, we really do want to encourage smokers to move towards quitting, because the risks haven’t changed. You are still at a  50% chance of dying because of your habit, which is really scary. Smoking also has a big effect on your oral health and can contribute to your risk of gum disease, can cause gum recession, cavities, stained teeth, bad breath and contributes hugely to your risk of oral cancers. Quitting smoking is literally giving yourself the gift of a longer life and you’d be hard pushed to beat that as a better resolution! Take a look at the NHS Smokefree site for more information on quitting for good.

Book Regular Checkups

Your dental checkups with us are so important because they ensure we can catch any issues really early. Cavities, worn teeth and other issues are better treated early to avoid costly treatments, painful side effects and more invasive work in the future. We also use checkups as a chance to check for oral cancer, which is also best caught early.

Cut Down On Alcohol Consumption

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Caring For Your Teeth At Christmas

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Seasonal oral care advice from Kent Smile Studio

Christmas is well and truly on its way, and it always comes around so quickly doesn’t it!

It seems the garden furniture is only just going away in the shed, and suddenly you’re getting decked out, planning how to make this years Christmas roasts perfect and wondering which lipstick to pair with that perfect party dress you bought especially for the works ‘do’.

Between organising who’s hosting Christmas dinner this year, and trying to ensure everybody gets their potatoes the way they like on the big day, there is going to be plenty of laughter, smiling and happiness throughout the festive season. Works events, cosy coffees with friends, family gatherings with people you don’t get to see all that often, and of course the endless array of delicious festive food and drink.

Unfortunately, despite the joy of the season, there is an element of risk to your oral health during this time. Our local dentist sees a lot of patients in the New Year who have overindulged, and their smiles have taken the brunt. Oral health issues certainly can be caused or exacerbated by the season of excess. For some, those issues don’t even wait until New Year and we see a number of emergency cases over Christmas. That kind of problem can truly ruin festivities and nobody wants to spend the festive season in pain!

All is not lost though, so don’t worry! There are plenty of things you can do to maintain a happy and healthy smile over Christmas, minimising your chance of a dental emergency, and of starting the New Year with oral health issues.

Our Top Tips For A Healthy And Happy Smile Over Christmas:

Avoid The Prosecco Smile

The term ‘prosecco smile’ is now a thing thanks to the high acid and sugar in alcoholic drinks like prosecco causing damage to the teeth. Fruit ciders, full sugar cola, orange juice and usually any full sugar fizz is likely to be just as bad. To avoid drinks having an adverse effect on your teeth, try to have ice in the drinks to dilute them. It is also useful to drink through a straw to limit the drinks contact with your teeth.

Be Careful With That Cosy Coffee

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Your Smile And Your Self Esteem

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A Link You Owe It To Yourself To Understand

Your smile is integral to your overall health because it is in involved in processing food, talking and more. If your teeth, gums and smile are compromised, this can easily knock on to your general health.

It is also integral to your confidence because it is how you express yourself, and we often lead with our smile in social situations.

Understanding how your smile links to self esteem is really important so that you can understand not only how it affects you, but how much potential you have to improve your smile and therefore the confidence linked with it.

How Your Physical Smile Health Affects You

The way your smile works can have a major impact on your life. Just one missing tooth can be enough to cause problems with the gums, making eating more difficult and changing the way you sound. Your physical smile health could make your breath smell which could cause you to feel self conscious. You may also feel self conscious when you eat, or you may avoid eating certain things but not want to say why to friends who you’re eating with.

Active gum disease may cause you to feel self conscious about your teeth and you may be justifiably worried about losing them. The physical impact of gum disease can also be incredibly worrying, with it being a known contributory risk factor to heart conditions and other serious health issues.

How The Way Your Smile Looks Affects You

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