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We have created this blog to share our passion for dentistry, latest news from our humble surgery and any random stuff that we might find interesting. We hope you enjoy the posts and keep coming back to 'check-up' on us...


By ToothDoctor, Oct 20 2014 11:31AM

Tyrone House Dental is supporting the 'War on Sugar'. Over the coming weeks we will be revealing 'Sugar Shockers' naming and shaming some of the worst 'hidden sugar' offenders and helping you to make better choices when choosing your food and drink. Reduce the sugar in your diet and your teeth will benefit too!

To much sugar?

There are two types of sugar - naturally occurring sugar like lactose in milk and added sugar, which includes table sugar (sucrose) as well as concentrated sources like fruit juice.

The new recommendations from the World Health Organisation (WHO) are that only 5% of your daily calorie intake should consist of added, or 'free' sugars. This equates to approximately five-six teaspoons (25g) for women and seven-eight teaspoons (35g) for men.

Spot the Sugar

•Low-fat and 'diet' foods often contain extra sugar to help improve their taste and palatability and to add bulk and texture in the place of fat.

•Even savoury foods, like ready-made soups and sauces may contain added sugar.

•A can of soft drink, on average, contains the equivalent of seven teaspoons of sugar.

•The natural sugar in some fruit, including apples, has increased as new varieties (including Pink Lady, Fuji and Jazz) are bred to satisfy our desire for greater sweetness.

Sugar Shocker No. 1

Heinz Classic Tomato Soup (300g)

Calories: 171

Sugar (g): 14.9

Teaspoons: 4

Soup for lunch? Tomato should be a safe, healthy option, right? Wrong! There are four (yes four!) teaspoons of sugar in a can of Heinz tomato soup, which seems a lot for a savoury option.

By ToothDoctor, Apr 29 2014 08:20AM

It seems as though a toothbrush can have many uses other than for brushing your pearly whites! We'll be sharing lots of creative and useful ways to use an old or spare toothbrush on our blog and even include some super cool video tutorials...

Let's start with our Beauty Tip No. 1 :

Want to create that perfect 'up-do' but struggling to tame annoying flyway or baby hair? Lock stray hairs down! Just spritz hair spray onto a toothbrush (or directly onto the hair if you have thicker locks), then brush around the part, hairline. Voila a super slick hair-do and best of all you can easily slip it into your clutch on a night out to keep the little flyaways at bay!

By ToothDoctor, Jan 28 2014 10:41AM

The never ending struggle between these two organs is one of the most difficult balances to strike. Whatever goes into the mouth lands somewhere on the body.

There are many how to be healthy and stay healthy tips ; 'move more and eat less' or 'eat little and often', and it is this latter that I want to discuss.

Medically this mantra is great for your body. Small amounts for your body to digest keeps your metabolism going. Eating little and often also gives your brain a chance to tell you when your full thus preventing you from overeating.

Dentally however this can be a big 'NO NO'. Eating little and often, if not managed can be detrimental to your teeth. Every time you eat or drink sweet or savoury or acidic things (that means practically everything!!), your mouth becomes acidic. This softens your tooth enamel. When you finish, it can take between 15-30 minutes for this acid to neutralise. Only after this do the minerals dissolved out of your teeth start to get reabsorbed. If you eat or drink again (especially for all you sippers/ grazers out there) this acid cycle is reset. Carry on and you'll get erosion faster than the rocks on Dover's cliffs.

Once in a while is no biggie but do it regularly and you can count on cavities to accompany that erosion.

Things you can do: drink water instead of the fizzies, chew sugar-free chewing gum, use fluoride mouthwash, eat cheese. Don't be a sipper! Don't be a grazer!

Whatever you do, try to find a balance. Both your body and teeth are equally important...

By ToothDoctor, Dec 20 2013 12:43PM

With the festive season in full swing we thought we'd share an alternative use for your trusty dental floss with Christmas in mind.

Get crafty and make your own christmas garlands using cranberrys, popcorn and, yes you've guessed it, DENTAL FLOSS. Waxed floss is strong and slick, so cranberries and popcorn will slide on easily and makes it super easy for kids to get involved to.

Merry Christmas to you all...

By ToothDoctor, Sep 30 2013 06:56PM

Six Month Smiles are here! The clever system uses clear brackets and thin, tooth-colored wires to subtly straighten your teeth. Most people won't even notice that you're wearing braces! In addition to the convenience of less noticeable braces, the treatment time is drastically reduced. As the name suggests, the average Six Month Smiles case falls between just 4 and 9 months. Despite the short treatment, though, teeth are moved with low force and carefully designed technology, resulting in less discomfort than is normally associated with traditional braces.

Six Month Smiles Braces focus only on the teeth that show when you smile, or what oral healthcare professionals call "the aesthetic zone." Because they are not meant to make significant changes to your bite or jaw alignment, they're faster, comfortable, and require fewer visits to your dentist. This can also lower the risk of damage to teeth and roots, as these braces are lighter and usually require less preparation than traditional braces. Six Month Smiles tend to cost less too - bonus!

Your initial consultation with Aquil is FREE and with a special introductory offer on all Six Month Smiles cases now is the perfect time to come and see us...

With a handful of cases already underway we hope to bring you some real life make-overs from Tyrone House Dental very soon...

Until then we'll leave you with Mr.Cruise and his Six Month Smile...

By ToothDoctor, Jun 24 2013 04:34PM

Sturdier than sewing thread and far less cumbersome than metal wires, dental floss has an amazing multitude of practical uses that can be used for baking, cooking, interior decorating and more. The sturdy and thin material that helps you get gunk out of your teeth can be used, among many other things, to neatly cut cake, slide cookies off of baking trays, remove a stuck ring from your finger, hang pictures on the wall and even silence the noisy drip of a leaky faucet.

Not too shabby for a bathroom item usually associated with your usual dentist duty...

Cutting a Sheet Cake

A piece of unflavored waxed dental floss makes faster―and cleaner―cuts than a knife does. Hold a piece of floss taut between your fingers (it should be about a foot longer than the cake itself). Drag it down through the cake, then release one end and pull the other end out of the cake sideways. Continue to "cut" in a grid pattern.

And a alternative tip from www.wikihow.com for splitting cakes without the crumbs and broken bits...

Cutting a Cake Layer in Half

1. Place toothpicks at the halfway point around the edges of the cake layer, as shown in the image.

2. Align unflavored dental floss around the row of toothpicks. If you're making a particularly spongy cake, it helps to make a few cuts with a serrated knife along the toothpick row, in order to give the floss something to bite into.

3. When the floss is fully wrapped around the cake, cross the ends of the floss and hold each end in each hand. Pull each end out and away from the cake, so the floss cuts through the cake as the circle of floss tightens up. Move the floss slightly from side to side to help the cutting movement.

4. Now you have two layers of cake.

5. Slide a piece of cardboard or a baking sheet (with no sides) between the two layers and lift off the top layer.

6. Finished

By ToothDoctor, Jun 4 2013 09:59PM

While we at Tyrone House Dental cannot condone Candy (although everything in moderation....), no one can deny the pull of this world-wide phenomenon. Be it your 8-year-old cousin, next door neighbour, or my mum! Candy Crush has caused addiction across the board. The blue ones, the red ones, and those special liquorice ones; get 3 or more in line and you're on your way.

Now for the dental health message: The age old 'Saga' of enamel versus sugar...

'Crush that Candy and maintain those healthy teeth'

P.s. If you have any spare time, this game can 'fill' it. (Get it?.... 'Fill it'... Hilarious)

You have been warned. This game is highly addictive; should you listen? No

By ToothDoctor, May 24 2013 11:03AM

If you are looking for whiter teeth then RED LIPS might be the way to go! Gentlemen you might want to skip this one out...

Yep it''s true - swiping on a blue-based red lipstick will make your teeth appear whiter than they really are, since the color contrast (red against white) is so severe

Cool reds suit most women, are generally more wearable. Orange-based reds tend to suit warmer, darker skin tones best. There are so many different shades; it might take a bit of trial and error to find the right one for you.

The best place to try out your lipstick is NOT on the back of your hand but on your fingertip, because this is the closest to your natural lip colour (of course directly on the lips is better).

If you were to ask me my favourite it would be a close call between MAC's ever famous Ruby Woo and Lady Danger. But why choose? Buy both and mix it up Rihanna style...

I fell in love with Rihanna’s lipstick at an awards show and found out her makeup artist used both MAC Ruby Woo (blue based) all over the lips and MAC Lady Danger in the centre (yellow based). Mixing the two bases like this together give a fantastic look. It will make you fall in love with red lipstick all over again and make those pearly whites gleam!

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