1. What is your favourite toothpaste? Which toothpaste is the best?

    29th November 2012 by thecourtyardclinic

    Most toothpastes have the same amount of fluoride. The ones that do not, are those few marketed as ‘natural’, or the ones made for babies and toddlers. They are sometimes called something like “tooth and gum cleanser.”
    You will find that fluoridated toothpastes are recommended for adults and children two years and older. Even then we recommend only a very small amount of toothpaste on the brush, so if a child swallows some of it (which they will do) then, the small amount will cause no real problem.
    Other than fluoride though, it’s all about the other stuff, the whitener, Triclosan, the tarter control, the appearance and of course, the taste. Really none of the effects of toothpaste are more important than the fluoride. That’s the stuff that helps prevent cavities.
    So, which toothpaste is the best? For the children we see in our practice, the one we recommend to them is the one they like the best; the one they are motivated to use. It’s all about the marketing, sparkles, smell and taste. Some children, usually very young ones, don’t like any kind of toothpaste. But, you can still clean the teeth with the toothbrush, but the advantage of the fluoride is not there. Most toothpastes marketed to children over 7 yrs have the same fluoride content (1000 ppm) as adult toothpastes, while the under 7s can use children’s toothpastes with half the amount of fluoride. Some children’s toothpastes have bubblegum or other flavors that appeal to children–and sparkles! Adults like the minty flavors more.

  2. Who is most at risk?

    12th November 2012 by thecourtyardclinic

    Mouth cancer incidence is always related to age…in the UK 44% of all mouth cancers are diagnosed in people aged 65 years and older with as much as 25% in people 55 years and younger, with men being twice as more susceptible than women.
    Risk factors that increase the likelihood, in order of relevance are:
    – Smoking:
    Considered to be the leading cause! Tabacco use transforms saliva into a deadly cocktail that damages the cells it the mouth triggering the abnormal healing/repair cancerous cycles. Two thirds of smokers talk about quitting, and only a quarter of these successful quit on the second or third attempt. For more information please contact – http://www.freshne.com/Campaigns/stoptober or www.thecourtyardclinicl.com

    – Alcohol:
    Alcohol aids in the absorption of the tobacco so those who smoke and drink are 30 times more likely to develop mouth cancer. Alcohol also delays general healing in the body, which promotes the abnormal growth of cancer cells.
    Drinking in excess alone can increase the risk of Moth cancer by 4 times.

    – Human Papilloma Virus (HPV):
    HPV is transmitted through unprotected sexual activity, and is now rivalling the tobacco risk in the younger generations according to experts. Research shows this to be one of the leading causes in the next 10 years.

    – Poor Diet:
    It is recommended that people eat a balanced diet with 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day to consume natural vitamins, irons and antioxides. Evidence suggests that Omega 3-found in foods such as eggs and fish can help lower the risk so do foods high in natural fibres such as nuts seeds, whole-wheat pasta and brown rice.

    – Socioeconomic status:
    Research has shown that people with low socioeconomic status present later for diagnosis and so are have more advanced cancers at diagnosis, thus receive less aggressive treatment, thereby having a higher risk of dying.

  3. What is Mouth Cancer?

    6th November 2012 by thecourtyardclinic

    Mouth cancer is a type of head and neck cancer, and is often treated similarly to other head and neck cancers. It is caused by an abnormal and uncontrolled growth of certain cells in the mouth.
    Mouth cancer includes cancer that starts anywhere in your mouth, including:
    • your lips
    • your tongue
    • your gums
    • in the floor of your mouth or under your tongue
    • inside your cheeks and lips
    • in the roof of your mouth (the palate)
    • in the area behind your wisdom teeth

    It is important to examine you own mouth on a regular basis and/or attend free annual screenings in November at your local Dental Practice.
    The latest figures from the British Dental Health Foundation show, that more than 6000 people will be diagnosed with mouth cancer this year in the UK alone. At these current rates of growth, those diagnosed with the disease will have doubled within a single generation!

    What are the Signs and Symptoms of Mouth Cancer?
    Long standing non healing ulcers, red white patches on the tongue, gums, floor of the mouth or lips are the most common symptoms of Mouth Cancer. Unusual swellings or lumps in the mouth are often the first warning signs.
    Less commons symptoms include pain on chewing or swallowing, a sore throat that won’t go away over a long period of time (over 6weeks), thickening of the cheek lining and unusual pain, bleeding or numbness in the mouth.
    Early Detection Saves Lives… the 5year survival rate of mouth cancer patients is 50% BUT with early diagnosis, patients have a 90% chance of survival.
    so if you or anyone you know of, have any of these symptoms or question then please call Alison on 01932 582 949 to book you free Oral Health Screening all through October and November 2012.

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