Is Chewing Gum Good for Your Teeth?

The answer is yes, if it is the right kind. Chewing gum can help prevent tooth decay, as long as you choose a sugarless gum. Chewing gum causes your mouth to produce more saliva, which helps neutralize and rinse away some of the acid that forms in your mouth when you break down food. So, if you chew gum after a meal, you may be helping to protect your teeth and promote oral health.


10 best whitening toothpastes for brighter teeth and fresher breath

According the independent news papers. The best teeth whitening toothpastes for 2024 are:

Best teeth whitening toothpaste overall – Pearl drops strong polished white toothpaste: £7,

Best budget whitening toothpaste – Arm & Hammer advanced white pro: £3.49,

Best for fresh breath – Oral-B 3d white clinical whitening restore power fresh toothpaste: £18,

Best for surface stain removal – Colgate max white ultimate renewal whitening toothpaste: £12,

Best for sensitive gums and teeth – Corsodyl complete protection toothpaste whitening: £5.35,

Dr. Banić

Fruit teas can drastically damage your teeth

Fruit teas can drastically damage your teeth, study finds. Yet, fruit teas like lemon and ginger tea could actually be doing considerable damage to your teeth, a new study has found.

The research conducted by scientists at King’s College in London has found that sipping on acidic drinks like fruit tea and flavoured water can damage the enamel and wear away your teeth.

The study, published in the British Dental Journal, looked at the diet of over 300 people who had ‘severe erosive tooth wear’. It found that tooth erosion from acid increased the more drinks they consumed. These drinks included cordials, fruits teas, fruit squashes, sugared drinks and flavoured water which are all acidic.

The research added that holding these drinks in your mouth before swallowing or continuously sipping can further damage the enamel of your teeth. People who consumed water with lemon, or hot fruit teas between meals were 11 times as likely to have severe tooth erosion as people who didn’t.

However if the drinks were consumed at the same time as meals then this figure was halved. This is because eating produces saliva, which is alkaline and combats the acidity of these drinks.

So what’s the solution? Neutral drinks like water and milk are fine for your teeth, whilst eating neutralising foods – like cheese – after an acidic drink can help stop erosion. Alternatively, just cut down the time it takes you to drink your fruit tea, as that can combat the wear too.

Dr. Banić

Is it normal to have bleeding gums during pregnancy?

About 60 to 75 percent of pregnant women have swollen, red, tender gums that bleed when flossed or brushed. This gum inflammation is pregnancy gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease. Pregnancy gingivitis is partly caused by hormonal changes that make your gums more sensitive to the bacteria in plaque.

Essentially, your levels of progesterone and estrogen are incredibly high during pregnancy, and this increases blood flow to your mucous membranes, which leads to sensitivity.

Dr. Banić

How you get Legionnaires’ disease

You can get Legionnaires’ disease if you breathe in tiny droplets of water containing bacteria that cause the infection. It’s usually caught in places like hotels, hospitals or offices where the bacteria have got into the water supply. It’s less common to catch it at home.

You can get Legionnaires’ disease from things like:air conditioning systemshumidifiersspa pools and hot tubstaps and showers that are not used often.

You cannot usually get it from:drinking water that contains the bacteriaother people with the infectionplaces like ponds, lakes and rivers.

Dr. Banić