Stress, sensitive teeth and yoga Thursday, March 26, 2015

Yoga is done to achieve a more positive and focused outlook on life, as well as a sense of peace. It can improve sleep and aid relaxation and if you are a bruxist, it can even stop you grinding your teeth. Bruxism is a movement disorder of the masticatory system charactized by teeth-grinding during sleep as well as wakefulness. Night time -bruxism factors including daytime stress which is disrupting peaceful sleep.

Yoga meditation can change your life for the better. Meditation relieves stress, improves demeanour and beauty, and can have a good impact on your physical health.

Teeth grinding can lead to #‎hypersensitiveteeth‬ and ‪#‎painfuljawmuscles‬

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Recommendations for healthy eating plan Saturday, January 24, 2015

If you’ve started a healthy eating plan this January then remember that fruit juice isn’t the same as intact fruit and it that it has as much sugar as many popular sugar-drinks. It is also absorbed very fast, so by the time it gets to your stomach your body doesn’t know whether it’s Coca-Cola or orange juice! So …..the recommendation now is to swap it and have a piece of the real fruit. Either way, speaking as a dentist rather than a nutritionalist, it’s worth remembering that the acid softens the top layer of your teeth, so wait 30 mins before brushing, otherwise you will brush off that top white layer, cause abrasion, erosion and yellowing of you teeth by exposing the underlying dentine!

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I tell my patients ‘before’ treatment what they need  to know including:

- Options for dental treatment, the risks and the potential benefits
- Why I  thinks a particular treatment is necessary and appropriate for you
- The consequences, risks and benefits of the dentistry I’m proposing
- The likely prognosis
- My recommended option
- The cost of the proposed treatment;
- What might happen if the proposed treatment is not carried out and
- Whether the treatment is guaranteed, how long it is guaranteed for and any
exclusions that may apply.

In summary, proper consent for me is on-going communication between my patient and the dental team.

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