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Some Pretty Crazy Facts About Teeth, Mouths, and The World of Dentistry

Teeth, mouths, and the world of dentistry, or as we like to call it, our life. This industry is quite a fascinating one, for sure. Today, as Bath dentists, we’re going to run you through some interesting tidbits about the industry, because — well because, why not? Perhaps you can use one of these a conversation starter next time you’re out and about!

The Human Tongue Is As Unique As The Human Fingertip

That’s right. Perhaps in a future not-so-far-away, there’ll be doors that are unlocked by tongue, which would either an obvious germ disaster — and a little disgusting — and quite impractical — actually, that’s a horrible idea. We hope it never comes to fruition. Still a very cool fact, though.

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Basic Taste Zones

There Are Five Taste Groups

Most only know of four basic tastes: sweetness, sourness, bitterness, and saltiness. But that’s perfectly understandable, these tastes are extremes and you certainly can have too much of them, which resultantly means people often use them as adjectives. ‘This soup is too salty’, ‘This cake is too sweet’ – you know the sort. However, did you know there’s a fifth? The lesser-known basic taste, Umami.

Umami is the savoury taste we often find in broths or stews. Perhaps commonly referenced to as ‘hearty’.

Implants Go 1400 Years Back

Back in 600 AD pieces of shell were hammered into Mayan women’s mouths and make to look like teeth. We considered adding this process to our services – you know, to pay tribute – but after a while it was decided against…

61% of Adults Are Attracted to Somebody by Their Smile Alone

This is a point we’ve explored in our previous articles, a lot. Smiles, quite simply, make everyone happier. It uses fewer muscles too. Smiles are a no-brainer. You want more people to be attracted to (who wouldn’t)? Come and see this Bath dentist.

Coconuts Are Naturally Antibacterial

Coconut not only tastes great, but they also helps the body in a whole range of ways. It’s good for your skin, your hair, and your mouth too! Consuming coconut reduces the risk of developing gum disease and cavities. Not bad, huh? We suggest you start feasting on them.

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An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away, But The Dentists Come Running

Apples offer nutrition, of course, but how much is that nutrition worth? They actually make your three times more likely to get dental decay. So nice time to go to scare off the Doctor, beware one problem solved may lead to another Bath dentist.

The Star of American Gothic Wasn’t a Farmer, He Was a Dentist

Undeniably one of the most famous paintings out there, American Gothic was always condoned for its honesty, but in reality, it was awfully dishonest. The farmer who stars in the painting was, as said, a dentist!

The Hardest Part of Humans?

And no, we don’t mean the hardest point of being a human-like, say, getting up on Monday mornings or resisting another slither of that delicious birthday cake. We mean the hardest substance on the human body, which is tooth enamel. It has been said that tooth enamel is actually harder than steel, but it can break down easier.

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The world of teeth, mouths, and dentistry sure is an interesting one; there are hundreds more fascinating facts out there, we simply chose to talk about these ones. If you’d like to get in touch with us book an appointment, either give us a call or use our online booking form.

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How to Minimise Wrinkles?

Woman inspecting her face in front of a mirror How to Minimise WrinklesHow to Minimise Wrinkles? Wrinkles are a normal part of ageing. As we grow older fine lines appear on our forehead, at the corners of our eyes, on the edges of our mouth and even on our necks. Some people, however, get them earlier than others do. Men and women usually see the first signs of ageing at 35, but there are those who get fine lines at the age of 20.

Ageing may be inevitable but, according to dermatologist Robin Ashinoff, MD, today’s information and technologies on facial aesthetics allow patients to achieve more youthful-looking skin.

Primary Causes of Wrinkles

Here are some of the most common causes of premature wrinkle formation:

  • Lack of Moisture

Our skin carries natural moisture content that keeps our skin fresh and supple. Every day, we lose water from our skin when we perspire and when we forget to moisturise. When you suffer from extreme dryness, your skin will start to flake and form unwanted lines. Leaving your skin dehydrated will allow more wrinkles to form on the surface, causing you to age faster.

  • Harmful Sun Exposure

While a healthy dose of vitamin D is great for your body, prolonged exposure to the sun without protection from sunscreen may cause more harm than good. When UV rays penetrate into the surface of your skin, this causes damage and encourages the development of fine lines.

  • Your Genes

Sometimes, you’re born with it. Your family may have a long history of premature wrinkles; this may mean you are likely to contract the same condition as well.

  • Facial Muscle Contractions

We involuntarily make facial expressions when we speak to other people or when we laugh at jokes. These, however, may make wrinkles more prominent.

  • Smoking Cigarettes

More and more studies are confirming that smoking cigarettes does, indeed, speed up the ageing process of the skin. According to a study at the Twin Research Unit at St. Thomas Hospital in London, the sibling who smoked had thinner and more wrinkled skin than their non-smoker twin.

  • Not Enough Sleep

Depriving yourself of sleep has several negative effects on your health, and one of them is making your skin worse. When you don’t get the sleep that you need, your body releases an excess of a hormone called cortisol, one that is known to break down skin cells.

Treatments that Improve and Repair Your Skin Concerns

Widcombe Dental Practice understands the need to bring back youthfulness to your skin. Our treatments are designed to help our patients address those problems.

Botox is a popular treatment among celebrities. Facial aesthetics practitioners inject a special solution into the skin to reduce the visibility of wrinkles and fine lines while enhancing the appearance of your skin.

Dermal fillers, on the other hand, is similar to Botox but is more focused on the cheeks rather than the eyes and laugh lines. Once a specialist applies the gel, the results are almost instant.

Widcombe Dental Practice is a private dentist in Bath that also specialises in facial aesthetics services. For more information about our services, browse through our website or call us now on 01225 807 732 to schedule an appointment.

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What Happens if You Do Not Replace Your Tooth?

Man smiling front bottom part tooth missing What Happens if You Do Not Replace Your ToothWhat Happens if You Do Not Replace Your Tooth? There are some people (but admittedly, not many) who think that a missing tooth is nothing to worry about. You have other teeth after all – beyond the obvious cosmetic issue, a single missing tooth usually should not bother people too much.

Unfortunately, a missing tooth does have a significant impact on your life. In the UK, over 27 million adults are missing at least one tooth. On average, many are missing at least four, with the majority of them in the older age group of 65 years and above.

The primary cause for tooth loss is periodontitis, though accidental tooth loss is common too.

Here is what happens if you do not replace a missing tooth:

You May Feel Less Confident

For many people, a missing tooth can greatly affect their self-esteem. They are more likely to avoid social situations. Others report that missing teeth have actually stopped them from finding a job or finding love.

One study shows that about 3% of people report feelings of depression because of missing teeth, with 15% of them saying that it makes them feel self-conscious.

Since your teeth are so central to your appearance, missing teeth can adversely affect how you carry yourself during your day-to-day life.

You May Experience Bone Loss

Another big problem is bone loss, which is also called bone resorption. During bone resorption, the area where the tooth used to be, starts to shrink and become thinner — this is because there is no tooth to signal to the body that the area is in need of calcium.

One of the reasons why bone loss is a problem is that it affects your other teeth as well. Reduced bone mass could affect the healthy teeth around you, leading to even more tooth loss.

It May Affect Your Nutrition

Missing teeth can also affect your ability to eat varied food. This is especially true if you are missing one of the molars, whose primary function is to help you chew your food.

Nutritionally dense food such as fruit and vegetables are often quite fibrous — you need your teeth to be able to chew them properly. Since chewing is a difficulty if you have missing teeth, you may end up eating less of these healthy, nutritious foods.

It May Reduce Your Ability to Speak

Missing teeth may also reduce your ability to speak clearly. Your teeth play a crucial role in being able to enunciate certain sounds. The letters ‘T’, ‘S’, and ‘V’ are just some of the letters that require the use of teeth to be able to pronounce them.

This is one of the main reasons why people who are not wearing their dentures have a difficult time speaking clearly.

Missing teeth, undoubtedly have a major effect on our lives — It is why we encourage people to get dental implants and to visit our Bath practice. An implant is currently the closest thing to having a real tooth and is a viable alternative to dentures.

If you want to learn more about dental implants, contact Widcombe Dental Practice today and set your appointment.