Top Teeth Tips From The Experts At Beverly Hills Formula
Chris Dodd oral hygiene expert and CEO of Beverly Hills Formula explained that socially there is more of a problem with teenagers than younger children when it comes to the state of their teeth because many of them are drinking fizzy energy drinks which causes acid erosion of the enamel. Children who are more inactive and sitting for hours on end playing on game consoles, iPads and mobile phones so are more at risk of tooth decay if they’re taking regular sips of fizzy drinks or snacking on sweet foods, which is basically dissolving their teeth away.
Any carbonated drinks, even ones with no added sugar are damaging to teeth because of the carbon dioxide from the bubbles which forms carbonic acid. People who have ever dropped a coin into a fizzy drink perhaps think it is stripped back because of the sugars, but it’s actually the bubbles in the drinks which causes the damage. Even if it’s sparking mineral water, so it’s better to stick to still water.
Chris recommended children drink through a straw as a possible alternative, but we should all still should avoid any drinks containing added sugar and the best choices are water and milk. Obviously, foods high in sugar should be avoided and all carbohydrates are bad for teeth as the enzymes in them break down into sugar. Fruits contain natural sugars which aren’t as bad for teeth because the sugar is bound up in the cells. A good snack is cheese because it actually neutralises the PH level in the mouth and is not acidic.
When it comes to diet the best advice for looking after your teeth is to stick to three main meals and just two snacks. Dieticians advise that it’s better to eat smaller and more often, but that is actually ruining your teeth explained Chris. So grazing is not advisable because you are increasing the exposure and potentially causing more acid erosion of the enamel. There is also a growing problem with children and young people who are constantly snacking and parents who allow them to eat too many sweets and chocolate and drink fizzy drinks. Along with the growing obesity epidemic, dental issues are on the rise because of a poor diet and inconsistent oral hygiene routine. It’s important to visit your dentist regularly, generally, the lower your risk of dental problems the longer you can wait before your next check–up. So people with good oral health will probably need to attend only once every 12 to 24 months. But those with more problems will need check-ups every three to six months. It’s also important to get your teeth properly cleaned by your dental hygienist at least twice a year.
If parents are really worried about their children’s teeth they can let them use adult toothpaste which contains more fluoride, but a pea sized amount is sufficient and children should be monitored when brushing their teeth to ensure they don’t use too much toothpaste and should brush their teeth for at least two minutes. Parents could brush their own teeth with them so they learn how to do so thoroughly. There are now topical fluoride products available on prescription only, but speak to your dentist first if you’re worried about your children’s teeth because there is a theoretical risk of fluoride poisoning if not properly administered. Also, if you have too much fluoride it can cause white flecking on the teeth. In Newcastle and Nottingham this is quite common as fluoride is added to the water, so it’s common to see a few specks of white on teeth because of this.
Also, it’s important to use the correct products for your particular oral hygiene requirements, including the right toothpaste, interdental brushes every day and when possible use a mouthwash after meals or snacks. Beverly Hills Formula offer a range of teeth whitening toothpastes and award-winning mouthwash which are low abrasion and offer high stain removal with the use of activated charcoal. Charcoal has recently been incorporated in many personal care products including toothpastes. Charcoal is in fact a centuries old method used for cleaning teeth and goes back to the time of the Red Indians, as it’s believed they used to rub the charcoal from fires on their teeth.
A tip for people who suffer from teeth sensitivity is to apply some Beverly Hills Formula sensitive toothpaste onto your teeth when you go to bed and this will help protect the teeth from sensitivity.