Our taste buds are part of our defence mechanisms. They warn us if we are eating something that could make us ill.

Bitter fruits, for example are often poisonous, while sour fruits tend to be unripe, and therefore acidic and hard to digest.

Be In The Know

Elizabeth I had to have all her teeth removed, apparently because of her love  of sweets.  Once they were removed, she refused to appear in public without padding out her mouth with wads of cotton to maintain a more normal, younger-looking face shape

It’s A Grind!

Around eight to ten per cent of the UK population are regular tooth grinders.  The medical term for teeth grinding is Bruxism.

It can occur during the day when people are anxious or concentrating on a difficult task, but usually occurs during sleep and many people are not aware that they do it, according to the Bruxism Association.

Bruxism can cause an aching jaw, headaches, earache and disrupted sleep.  It can also leave people with worn and broken teeth and inflamed and receding gums. 

Teeth grinding can affect people of all ages but is most common in 25 to 44yr olds.  It may be a side-effect of medication or be associated with depression, anxiety or drug abuse.

Tooth grinding cannot be cured but it can be controlled with small plastic mouth guards known as Occlusal Splints.  These protect the teeth from wear and reduce jaw movement and noise.  Relaxation techniques such as meditation and hypnotherapy have been found to be effective in some people.



Some scientists believe that humans were using toothpicks 1.8 million years ago.  Curved grooves found on many ancient teeth are said to indicate that they used grass stalks to clean between their teeth.


Saliva is a complex fluid which performs many different tasks.  Produced by salivary glands in our mouths, it is a natural cleanser, helping to wash away food remnants, bacteria and plaque.  

It helps to neutralise acids which can be harmful to our teeth, and forms a protective barrier on the outer layer of our teeth.

It also lends a hand in counteracting infections and makes bacteria less likely to stick to our teeth and gums.  It lubricates our tongue, mouth and throat, making it easy to eat, swallow,talk and breathe.  It also supplies us with calcium and phosphate which help to keep our teeth strong and healthy.

Unfortunately as the years take over our saliva production may slow down, which can eventually lead to Dry Mouth Syndrome and the common problem which comes with it is sore throat and difficulty in swallowing or speaking.

Treatment can vary according to the severity and cause of the condition.  Regular sips of water can help, so can chewing sugar-free gum or low calorie sugar-free foods such as celery or carrots.

If you suffer from a dry mouth, please talk to us next time you visit so we can discuss the best way of helping you

Why Is A Nice Smile Important

A recent study has found that teeth are the number one facial feature that people would change.  Three out of four of  adults think that a nice smile is important to landing their dream job. 

84% think that an attractive smile is important for meeting Mr or Mrs Right,

The study was conducted on a representative sample of 1000 United Kingdom adults both men and women between 18 and 50 years of age.  The poll was the first national survey of its kind and explored the importance of smiles in relation to business and careers, dating and marriage, the social arena, and the overall value of smiles and self -esteem.

94% of those polled said they are likely to notice a person’s smile when they meet them for the first time. 

People are less likely to notice someone’s eyes, height or figure.

survey source: HPOL – The global leader in online market research

Why You Should Eat Your Greens

Eating more fruits and vegetables each day could reduce the risk of head, mouth and neck cancers, according to new research.

American scientists spent five years studying a group of 500,000 over 50-year-olds, and found that those who ate 6 portions of fruit and vegetables every day were 30% less likely to develop the cancers than those eating just 1.5 portions.