Five reasons to straighten your teeth (other than good old vanity)

Everyone, it seems, loves straight teeth. People with straight teeth are perceived to be better looking, more intelligent and more successful in their careers. As damming as this may be about the shallowness of the human condition, it has led to a 60% increase in demand among adults for orthodontic treatment. What many people don’t realise, however, is that straight …

Illegal and harmful Tooth Whitening on the rise in the UK

Following last months post about the legitimacy of charcoal tooth whitening products, we are shocked to find out that a more sinister cosmetic trend is on the rise in the UK— illegal tooth whitening. The current law in the UK states that only “qualified dental professionals” are allowed to perform tooth whitening. In this context a qualified dental professional is …

Can you actually whiten your teeth with charcoal?

Tooth whitening is a branch of cosmetic dentistry that has been riddled with scammy products down the years. Although dentist made teeth whitening trays, and laser activated tooth whitening certainly do lighten the colour of your teeth, the same cannot be said for many over the counter tooth whitening products. In fact only licensed dentists can sell tooth whitening products which …

How to Choose the Best Dentist?

Walk down any high street for more than a few minutes and chances are you will see several dental practices. They are everywhere. With over 46,000 practicing dentists currently in the UK, it can be hard to know which personnel and practice will guarantee you the highest quality of treatment. Your teeth and gums are not something that you want …

What is Sleep Apnoea (severe snoring)?

Sleep Apnoea is a common and currently very under diagnosed condition where breathing is repeatedly disrupted during sleep. These breathing difficulties during sleep are caused by the muscles in the back of your throat becoming too relaxed. These muscles are responsible for keeping the airways open during sleep, so their excessive relaxation can either lead to a full blockage (apnoea) …

How are Gum Disease and Heart Disease linked?

Numerous clinical studies have demonstrated that there is a correlation between individuals having gum disease and heart disease. Some of these findings suggest that people with gum disease are as much as twice as likely to have heart disease. This makes the presence of gum disease as much of a risk factor of heart disease as high cholesterol. Yikes! These …

What is Facial Dysmorphia?

Facial dysmorphia is a mental health condition where the sufferer has a warped perception of the appearance of their face. This commonly includes distorted views on how their nose, skin and teeth look. These inaccurate, and almost always negative, self-perceptions can lead to people with facial dysmorphia obsessing over certain features of their physical appearance to the point where it …

Is lack of sleep our biggest health concern of 2018?

Our attitudes towards health are constantly evolving. Certain habits and actions that were once seen as an everyday part of people’s lifestyles are now regarded as hugely detrimental to long-term health and derided by medical practitioners. Take smoking for instance, as this wonderful advert demonstrates, it was not that long ago that the idea that cigarettes were bad for your …