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Women are six times more likely to be ‘disgusted’ by dental treatment


According to research carried out by the Adult Dental Health Survey, women who are afraid of the dentist are six times more likely to be ‘disgusted’ by images of dental treatment than their male counterparts and women who do not have a phobia of the dentist. The data also revealed that almost half of adults were moderately to extremely afraid of going to the dentist, and Karen Coates, Dental Advisor at the British Dental Health Foundation, was anxious to ensure that the research is used to help dental phobics overcome their fears.

Karen said ‘The good news is that more and more dentists now understand their patients’ fears, and with a combination of kindness and gentleness can do a great deal to make dental treatment an acceptable, normal part of life.’ She also added that many dentists are specially trained to treat nervous patients and the team should provide more time to make these individuals feel more comfortable. Karen advised anxious patients to ‘book appointments at a time of day when you feel at your best and when you do not have any other commitments to worry about. Allow plenty of time so that you can get to the practice in a relaxed frame of mind.’

Although women may feel more disgusted by the thought of dental treatment, it is important that any symptoms are caught as early on as possible, Ms Coates commented that patients who have dental phobia would probably have poorer oral health in most cases, and added that ‘Catching any problems whilst they are still small will mean that the treatment involved is much less and lighter on your pocket too. Truly a case that prevention is better than a cure.’

Don’t forget your toothbrush next time you go on holiday!


Experts in dental care are reminding the British public that maintaining good oral health when on holiday is essential; so remember to pack your toothbrush or you could be at risk of decay and gum disease – it’s easier than you might think to develop problems in just a couple of weeks, so regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash is a must during those summer getaways.

Karen Coates, of the British Dental Health Foundation, is advising people to brush properly when away from home and try to stick to a good daily routine to keep teeth and gums in good health. She also says that everyone should think about ‘brushing for two minutes twice a day using fluoride toothpaste, cutting down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks, chewing sugar-free gum for ten minutes after eating or drinking anything and also using a mouthwash.’

The Foundation also suggests that holidaymakers should consider booking a dental appointment before travelling overseas, to avoid complications or emergencies arising. Preparing for the worst can help too; dental coverage should be included with travel insurance, and don’t forget to take your European Health Insurance Card if you are travelling within the EU. Ms Coates finished on a positive note, saying ‘although dental emergencies can develop at any time, it can be upsetting if they occur but you should not let it ruin your holiday.’

Certain drugs ‘could cause a need for emergency dentistry’


People who need to take medication should take action to avoid emergency dentistry.Britons have been warned that taking certain drugs regularly could result in a need for emergency dentistry further down the line.

Karen Coates from the British Dental Health Foundation told the Daily Mail that anti-inflammatory eye drops and certain other medications can cause decay by reducing the amount of saliva in the mouth.

There is then nothing to protect against decay and acid erosion.

Ms Coates explained that anti-depressants, ibuprofen and blood pressure medications can all halt saliva production, but added that an odd tablet here and there should not cause harm.

If you do need medicine regularly, the expert recommended taking action to help teeth.

"There are gums, lozenges and gels available over the counter specifically for dry mouth that help encourage the production of saliva," she said.

Regular sips of water are also recommended by dental experts in preventing emergency dentistry, as it can wash away acids from foods.


Teeth whitening for Fearne


Fearne Cotton has had her teeth whitened.

Radio 1 presenter Fearne Cotton has undergone a teeth whitening procedure, carried out by her dentist in London.

The Daily Mail reported the radio DJ was involved in a photoshoot earlier this week where she was able to show off her new, brighter smile.

She tweeted: “After yesterday’s teeth whitening I can’t drink coffee. I’ve not gone a day without coffee for ten years, help.”

The Radio 1 star might also like to stay away from other foods and drinks like red wine, that can also stain the teeth if she is not careful.

Elsewhere, Karen Coates, a dental adviser for the British Dental Health Foundation, recently told the Express that dental professionals provide a better teeth whitening service than over-the-counter products.

She claimed only dentists are allowed to use stronger teeth whitening solutions and it is for this reason they can produce better results.

Lower social classes ‘may look at oral health differently’


People from deprived social classes may be more likely to need emergency dentistry, it has been suggested.

Many people may already be aware of the importance of brushing twice a day and taking care of their oral health to ensure that they do not have to go for any emergency dentistry.

However, one expert has pointed out that people living in deprived areas of the country may have different attitudes towards this than those living in more upmarket regions.

Peter Ward, trustee of the Shirley Glasstone Hughes Trust Fund, claimed that “much-needed evidence” is required to assess how people from different socio-economic groups view oral health.

“No substantive evidence currently exists and the trust is now looking to commission primary research in this important area,” he continued.

Meanwhile, Karen Coates, a dental adviser for the British Dental Health Foundation, recently told the Express that although there are plenty of home teeth-whitening kits available, the procedure is often much better when it is carried out by a professional dentist.

X Factor star has teeth whitening


Stacey Solomon has had her teeth whitened.

Star of last season’s X Factor Stacey Solomon has had her teeth whitening carried out in Ireland.

The singer carried out the treatment at an appointment in Dublin recently and was carried out by Dr Danielle Meagher at her Botox clinic in the city.

Meanwhile, reality TV singing sensation Susan Boyle also recently announced she is considering having cosmetic dentistry procedures carried out .

The runner-up on last year’s Britain’s Got Talent, the singer sold 8.5 million copies of her debut album I Dreamed A Dream.

And in related news, Karen Coates, a dental adviser for the British Dental Health Foundation, recently told the Express that anyone considering teeth whitening should have the treatment carried out by a professional as this will often provide more aesthetically pleasing results.

She argued that dental professionals have access to much stronger whitening solutions and are better trained in the application of these chemicals to achieve a better final product.

Teeth whitening ‘better done by a dentist’


Dental professionals can provide better results for teeth whitening.

Dentists provide a better teeth whitening service than over-the-counter products, it has been claimed.

Karen Coates, a dental adviser for the British Dental Health Foundation, told the Express that only dentists are allowed to use stronger teeth whitening solutions and it is for this reason that this could be the best option for anyone hoping to boost the brightness of their smile.

“All these treatments are perfectly safe if done by or under the supervision of a dentist. You should be realistic about what you hope to achieve and opt for a natural look. Teeth are not supposed to be very white,” she told the publication.

Elsewhere, La Canada Online recently reported that while good dental care is essential for people to keep their teeth for as long as they can, there can often be room for improvement in terms of their appearance and this is where teeth whitening can come into play.

Indeed, the site claimed that cosmetic dentistry techniques could be used to make a person’s smile appear more youthful.

Brits want ‘teeth whitening’ for Christmas


A recent survey has revealed that a proportion of Brits would happily give or receive a cosmetic dentistry treatment as a gift this Christmas.

Research carried out by showed that 54 per cent of Brits would enjoy receiving teeth whitening or some other form of cosmetic dentistry, while 37 per cent of people are considering whether to purchase such a gift this year.

Christiana Clogg, co-founder of, commented: "There are a large amount of cosmetic procedures that are not as costly as people may believe and these are the treatments that are being purchased as gifts."

Karen Coates, dental advisor for the British Dental Health Foundation, recently noted that stains are a growing problem for many Brits and this is why teeth whitening is becoming a more popular treatment.

She claimed more people are choosing to undergo the procedure in order to keep their pearly whites dazzling.

Brits ‘choosing teeth whitening’


Many Britons are choosing to whiten their teeth in an effort to keep their smile as dazzling as possible.

Karen Coates, dental advisor for the British Dental Health Foundation, said that staining is one of the main reasons that people choose to have their teeth whitened.

She commented: "Even curry has the potential, if it’s highly coloured, to be staining [the teeth]. Many people do have their teeth whitened and there are more instances of it certainly."

Ms Coates made her comments following the publication of research by Align Technology – the makers of Invisalign braces – showing almost half (46 per cent) of women between the ages of 25 and 54 feel embarrassed about their teeth.

The editors of Good Housekeeping recently published advice on making a person’s smile brighter on and noted that not all teeth will be suitable for teeth whitening, as people with fillings or grey – rather than yellow teeth – might not react well to the treatment.

Brits planning teeth whitening ‘should consult their friends’


teeth whiteningAnyone looking to have a teeth whitening procedure should consult their nearest and dearest to find a dentist who provides the best results, it has been claimed.

Sebastian Guthery, an industry commentator, noted it is important to find a reliable surgery when planning teeth whitening and one of the best ways to do this is to ask anyone else who has already had the procedure carried out and gauge their experiences.

Mr Guthery commented: "If you have relatives, close friends and colleagues who have undergone teeth whitening, they can be your best sources."

Meanwhile, Brits looking to get teeth whitening procedures carried out have been advised against doing so at a beauty salon, as they are not qualified to carry out the treatment.

Karen Coates, dental advisor for the British Dental Health Foundation, noted it is important not to take the treatment lightly, as it is a medical process and could cause damage to the teeth if carried out incorrectly.

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