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Would you use BioActive toothpaste?



Research students at the Queen Mary University, London have created a ‘fast dissolving bio active glass’ which will be used in a new toothpaste to help repair decayed teeth.

The researchers have developed versions of bioactive glass that release fluoride, forming a chemical that mimics tooth and bone mineral, and have put these to use in toothpaste and dental fillings that put back the lost mineral in decayed teeth.

Research in the Journal Physical Chemistry B has shown the potential of a glass that uses chlorine instead of fluorine. The chlorine atom and ions are much bigger, which enables them to incorporate much more of it into the glass.

BioMin Technologies Ltd have also launched the first product based on these Chloride-containing glasses; a re-mineralising toothpaste called "BioMinC."

The toothpaste is designed for people who don't want to use a Fluoride-containing toothpaste and for areas of the world where the water is naturally fluoridated. The idea is that the toothpaste can be used by anyone, to help prevent the decaying effects of acidic drinks and the like, but without using fluoride.

New Year’s Resolution: Smile More!


It’s never a better time to start taking care of your health and enabling yourself to do the things you love in life – stop letting bad teeth get in the way this year with our tips on getting you into tip top oral health.

Improve brushing and flossing habits

Proper daily tooth brushing and flossing is an easy way to start your new year’s resolution and improve your oral health. For successful bacterial plaque removal, brush at least twice a day using a soft-bristle, manual or electric toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. To remove residue of food between teeth, floss once a day.

Healthier Food and Beverage Choices

Consuming food and beverages containing carbohydrates and acids contributes to tooth decay, so it is important to brush after snacking. Using a Xylitol-containing gum or lozenge after a meal will also help to neutralize acids and reduce cavity-causing bacteria and plaque buildup. We recommend our Dawood & Tanner Tooth Cleanser which is available in 4 delicious flavours.


Your New Year's resolution may be to finally correct an abnormal bite caused by an injury, thumb sucking, tooth crowding or crooked teeth. Correcting any of these problems with braces not only enhances the look of your smile but also, and most importantly, improves your oral health. There are several options for straightening your teeth.

Restorative Dentistry

The New Year may be the right time to start or complete deferred restorative dental work, such as crowns, implants or fillings. Completing these types of procedures will help you to preserve the tooth structure and to maintain proper tooth alignment, which could ultimately improve your oral health.

A resolution to make routine visits to the dentist may help prevent oral disease or reveal an existing disease in its early stage. Dental visits should take place every 6 months and should you have any dental problems that need work, you can be referred to a specialist by your dentist. At Dawood & Tanner, our team of Specialists can help with any dental concern.

1.8 million over-65s could be suffering with an urgent dental condition



A new report by the Faculty of Dental Surgery (FDS) suggests that almost 2 million people over 65 could be suffering with oral sepsis and other forms of urgent dental conditions.

The faculty calls for health and social care professionals to receive training in oral health, and for regulators to make standards of oral care part of their assessments of hospitals and care homes. The report adds that the number of people aged 65 or over across England, Wales and Northern Ireland suffering with an urgent dental condition could rise by more than 50 per cent by 2040.

Michael Escudier, dean of the faculty at the Royal College of Surgeons, said that poor oral health in the elderly was linked to malnutrition and pneumonia, adding: “We are letting them down when they need the most help by not having a joined-up strategy to improve access to dental services.”

Read the full article here:https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/pensioners-plagued-by-tooth-pain-dnvnj7gw8

Photograph of young woman wearing Invisalign Braces

British Orthodontic Society’s Retention Campaign



New research into retention after orthodontic treatment has encouraged the BOS to start a retention campaign to help people who have had braces, keep their teeth straight for as long as possible.

Previously, people have worn braces and used retainers for a short while afterwards. Dentists and orthodontists have seen more and more patients returning with retention.

This can be due to aging and teeth wanting to move back to their original place in the mouth.

The BOS would like to make patients aware of the risk of retention and help people to take preventative measures.

You can see their video for more advice here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjuzTkZ3uP8

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