News about Sugar

Children’s oral health education, Plymouth.

15th January 2019 | SpaDental Administrator

Last week SpaDental Plymouth teamed up with Pomphlett Primary School, working their health education magic together again. Dental care tips for babies and children. On this visit, and were talking to Year 1 and 2. They spoke with nearly 100 children aged between four and five about the hidden danger of sugar in their diets….

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Screen time damages children’s teeth.

14th January 2019 | Vanessa Giraud

Earlier this month, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) published a report advising parents not to worry about screen time. Screen time itself is not a bad thing, the report suggests, so long as it’s under control. Undeniably, time spent using a screen is very much part of modern life. Yet as…

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Beat the back to school packed lunch challenge!

5th January 2019 | SpaDental Administrator

  Game on! The back to school packed lunch challenge is a tough one! There’s a lot in the news about children and sugar. Children need our help. With so much choice around and so much pressure from advertising and retailers, it’s not surprising that we’re all tempted to eat products with little or no…

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Is an electric or manual toothbrush better for my teeth?

21st December 2018 | SpaDental Administrator

Are you still shopping for last minute gifts? If you’re wondering whether an electric toothbrush would make a good present, or whether to just slip a manual toothbrush into a stocking, read on. Electric toothbrushes are more popular than ever, but they can be expensive, and do they really clean our teeth better than manual…

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Out and about teaching children how to brush better.

23rd November 2018 | SpaDental Administrator

  Our talented duo and are out in the community again. They’re on a mission to teach children how to brush teeth better. And they’re not alone. Henry the Helpful Brushasorous goes with them too, and keeps everyone smiling. Helping children to brush better It’s so important for children to learn how to look after…

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November 14th is World Diabetes Day

14th November 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

Here are two quotations to think about on World Diabetes Day: “More people than ever have diabetes and an increasing amount of individuals are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. If nothing changes, it is estimated that more than five million people in the UK will have diabetes by 2025.* This World Diabetes Day,…

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Home baked cakes are better for teeth.

17th October 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

Love it or hate it, The Great British Bake Off could be doing our health a favour. That’s because home baked is better for teeth. In fact, the ever rising popularity of food shows could be a great benefit to our well-being in many ways. That is, if we spend some time in the kitchen,…

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Protect tooth enamel – 10 tips.

26th September 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

Protect tooth enamel from the grind of everyday life. The gradual wearing away of our teeth throughout our lives is a reality. Follow ten simple tips to have better teeth forever! If we think of our teeth as cliffs, standing up to the relentless beat of waves, we can understand that the harder they are,…

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Sober October? Good decision!

24th September 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

We’ve got a week to decide whether to do it or not. Soon it’ll be Sober October and cutting out alcohol could be the best decision you’ve ever made. GOSOBER!  Sober October is good for others. The Go Sober in October campaign is run by Macmillan Cancer Support. Sign up to take part. It helps…

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The back to school packed lunch challenge

28th August 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

After the sunniest of summer holidays, it’s nearly September, and the school packed lunch challenge begins again! Day after day, throughout the school term, it’s hard to keep getting meals ready. It isn’t easy making something the children like, that fills them up, and is healthy too! Why do some families opt for school packed…

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Are you ready? Tooth tips for bank holiday preparation.

24th August 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

This weekend the roads will be busy with people heading off for a long weekend to enjoy the final days of August. A bit of bank holiday preparation will help your break to run smoothly. What do I need to take on a long car journey? Although the new tax has reduced the sugar content…

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Increasing number of children have type 2 diabetes.

20th August 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

What is type 2 diabetes? In the past, type 2 diabetes was a condition that adults got. A problem that developed with age; a problem often associated with weight gain and even called “adult-onset diabetes”. But times are changing. Type 2 Diabetes: develops gradually so it can be hard to spot is chronic, so once…

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Government action plan targeting childhood obesity.

14th August 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

Earlier this year, we saw the introduction of the “sugar tax”, tackling sugary drinks with the Soft Drinks Industry Levy (SDIL). This was followed in June by the government release of “Childhood obesity: a plan for action Chapter 2“. In a thirty page document, the government outlines the second stage of a strategic plan targeting childhood…

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Can hot weather hurt teeth? Some survival tips.

27th July 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

The heatwave has been in the news a lot lately, with a flurry of media tips about how to manage life when it’s so hot. We know that high temperatures can be damaging, even deadly. We’ve seen the tragedy in Greece, and suffering in Japan. We’ve read articles about using sun-screen and when to exercise…

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A question of sport – do footballers have good teeth?

20th June 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

From the head to toe, we think of our sporting heroes as being super-fit and healthy. Yet there have been some surprising reports on the overall health of athletes, including a look at our footballers’ teeth. Footballers’ teeth are not as good as we might expect. After the 2012 Olympics, headlines ran about the poor…

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Dental topics in the news this year focus our attention on a healthy mouth for life.

30th April 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

We’re four months into 2018, a good time for a quick review of some of the dental topics in the news this year. Current topics in dental health focus  on great oral health for the whole family through good education and care at home. Concern for the health of our children. Probably the most reported…

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Sugar habit? The UK sugar tax kicks in today

6th April 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

We need to kick our sugar habit because there are still too many children having bad teeth removed in our hospitals, and obesity is an increasing health problem. The tax begins that will help us to curb our sugar intake. No longer are we just being told it’s our responsibility to exercise caution in what…

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Too many sweet treats?

2nd April 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

Sweet choices We’ve just enjoyed the sweet treats of Easter… …lots of sugar-laden ‘goodies’ ranging from beautifully wrapped eggs to seasonal shaped chocolates… lots of chocolates, often with sticky fillings. In the UK we love our festive chocolate! But we’re not alone. Many celebrations around the world also include sweet delicacies of one kind or…

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How much chocolate is too much?

23rd March 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

This weekend, may of us will be out shopping for Easter. With that in mind, I asked myself about how much chocolate I should have in the house. There’s something so appealing about these fabulous chocolate creations, wrapped and boxed to temp and entice us! The magic of a shell that opens and colourful, tasty…

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Getting five a day is easier than it sounds.

21st March 2018 | Heather Cresswell

We’ve all read that we should be getting five portions of fruit and vegetables as part of a healthy diet. Here are some explainers and tips on how to add natural colour to our menu. Why are veg and fruit so good for us? they’re a great source of vitamins and minerals dietary fibre helps keep…

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Food for thought – International School Meals Day

15th March 2018 | SpaDental Administrator

“How was school today?” For many children lunch break is the best bit of the school day! It’s a time to be with friends, eat and chat. And if you ask the question, “How was school today?” you’ll probably be told what was for lunch! Most children will put food first, especially whether it was…

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Why do we have two tooth fairy days?

28th February 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

It was a surprise to me to discover that there are two days a year to celebrate the tooth fairy! Today, and also August 22nd are both marked on calendars as tooth fairy days. I can remember getting a coin under my pillow to replace a tooth. Actually, I think my mother still has a…

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Flouride in our water? Yes or no?

15th February 2018 | Heather Cresswell

What is ‘fluoride’ and do we need fluoride in our water? When we talk about fluoride we are referring to the compound Sodium Fluoride (NaF), or another fluorine-containing salt. Sometimes fluoride in our water source occurs naturally. Some water boards add it.  Fluoride is also a key ingredient in everyday tooth-care products, such as toothpaste….

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In the light of shocking statistics about child tooth decay, what can we do?

26th January 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

Statistical evidence that excess sugar is destroying our children’s teeth is shocking. Tooth decay is 95% preventable. “Tooth decay is the number one reason for child hospital admissions”  Mick Armstrong, chairman of the BDA This should not be the case. What is the government doing to fight tooth decay? The NHS allows children and young…

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Why is sugar so bad? Here are some not-so-sweet facts

10th January 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

Is it just a passing fad, this media focus on sugar? Or is our love affair with sugar something we should have moved on from years ago? Is sugar so bad? For years plenty of saccharine song lyrics have added to the myth that sugar’s something good. But Maroon 5 have got it right: a…

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High praise for Lucy Smith and Maria Shrigley, Plymouth.

Dental Surgeon and her assistant are helping anxious patients to manage dental visits more easily. High praise for the team! We know that it can be hard for people to come in to see the dentist. Here's one message: "I just wanted to say a huge thank you for your care at my recent dental visit. Lucy, I know because of your care and attention to my needs I feel so much better attending an…

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A great dental service to Plymouth patients.

We really appreciate all the reviews we're getting from patients who visit SpaDental Plymouth. Your feedback helps us feel confident we give good advice and offer a great dental service to Plymouth patients. Thank you! Here are some recent reviews: These two reviews highlight the importance of regular examination of the soft tissues in the mouth. "I feel... grateful to [my dentist] for referring me to Derriford hospital for a lump to be removed from…

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At SpaDental Ledbury we're enjoying reading your reviews! In April, we asked you to share your experiences with us. We've been emailing our patients to ask you to fill in on-line forms so that we know how your appointments went. It's been heart-warming to read the kind things that you've said about us in your reviews. Thank you! Here are a few of the comments that we've received: "Very professional. Always polite and helpful. Easy…

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More Plymouth patient appreciation for SpaDental - thank you!

Since we piloted the online feedback form for Plymouth patient appreciation or dissatisfaction with our practice, we've had over 300 responses. Thank you so much for taking the time to submit your views. Our review rating of 4.7 stars (out of 5) highlights Plymouth patient appreciation for the work we do. We're smiling with pride, and happy that you're happy! Here are two recent reviews: "Fantastic experience - I was on the NHS waiting list for over…

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High praise for the Plymouth team

Earlier this week, one of our patients sent this lovely message to the Plymouth team. We really appreciate your praise! "I have been a patient at the Hyde Practice [SpaDental Plymouth] for some 46 years, so have seen many changes of staff etc. I have today, been compelled to email you as a result of my latest visit. Far too many people are quick to complain hence this email. I suffer a bit from arthritis. At…

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Nervous patients in Plymouth reassured

Our dental surgeon is expanding her list, so nervous patients in Plymouth can feel confident they will receive sympathetic, effective treatment. One of Lucy's patients had this to say: "I am extremely nervous/phobic when visiting a dentist. This was my first visit to SpaDental - I can honestly say I couldn't have been looked after better! From the receptionist to the nurse, to the dentist (Lucy) and the hygienist, everyone was so kind, gentle and…

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