Monthly Archives: April 2016

“Third World” Dental Care in England

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A letter written and signed by 400 dentists has warned of the “Third World” dental care in England. Writing to The Telegraph newspaper, the dentists have criticised “falling standards” in NHS dentistry in parts of England, and called the current system “unfit for purpose”.

They have also called for “…new ministers to be fully open and transparent about existing limitations,” and have called the situation that “children aged under 10 in England are still more likely to be treated in hospital for rotten teeth than for any other medical reason.” a “national disgrace”.

Citing the volunteer work of dental charity Dentaid in West Yorkshire, the letter say that “its role serves to demonstrate the lack of a proper national dental service.”

An NHS England spokeswoman said: “These claims are wrong – more patients are getting the dental care they need, and 93% of people got an NHS dental appointment when they wanted one in the last 24 months.”

However, the letter highlights the uphill struggle NHS dentists have with tackling dental problems. A recent survey has shown that almost half of 8-year-olds and a third of 5-year-olds have decay in their milk teeth. A survey undertaken every 10 years by The Children’s Dental Health Survey for England, Wales and Northern Ireland also found that 46% of 15-year-olds had signs of decay in their teeth.

Letter: The NHS dental health system is unfit for purpose [via The Telegraph]

Toothpaste Adverts Through the Decades

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Toothpaste Adverts Through the Decades - Aquafresh

We’ve been making ourselves smile with these toothpaste adverts through the decades. While the science of brushing your teeth may not have changed much over the years, the various ways that it has been advertised are fascinating and sometimes hilarious to watch. We’ve selected some of the most interesting from the 1940’s to the 1990’s.

1940’s

“You’ll wonder where the yellow went / When you brush your teeth with Pepsodent” is the effortlessly catchy hook in this animated advert from 1948.

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Revealing The Sugar Plot

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2018 UK Sugar Tax

The sugar plot deepens. We’ve recently talked about the proposed 2018 UK Sugar Tax and the looming threat to the Government legislation by the large companies that produce the tax’s targeted soft drinks.

Sugar and its side effects to physical and dental health is now a growing problem. Concerning facts about how large companies, scientists and government have kept the facts about its damaging effects under wraps is fast coming to light.

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Unusual Uses for Toothpaste

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There are some surprising and unusual uses for toothpaste beyond brushing your teeth with it. From small household jobs to skincare, we’ve found some of the best ways to make the most of your toothpaste.

Household

Polishing – Toothpaste isn’t just for polishing your teeth, it can be used to polish silver and give diamonds a new shine. For silverware, massage non-abrasive toothpaste onto the item, leave overnight, then gently wipe clean in the morning. Diamonds can be scrubbed gently with the paste, a toothbrush, and water. Fine silvers and perals should not be cleaned with this method, as it will damage their finish.

Bathroom cleaning – Toothpaste is excellent for cleaning chrome and removing scum from shower doors. Simply squeeze some non-abrasive toothpaste onto a sponge or soft cloth and wipe the desired area. For awkward stains, leave the toothpaste on for a short while before wiping it off.

Clean Shoes – Toothpaste can remove marks and scuff from leather shoes with a quick wipe with a damp cloth. The rubber part of trainers can be re-whitened with any non-gel toothpaste using the same method. Use an old toothbrush if you need to get into the ridges.

Stain Remover – Depending on the fabric and what caused the stain, toothpaste can work like magic, especially against lipstick, ink and grass stains. Scrub a non-gel toothpaste onto the stain with an old, clean toothbrush, rinse and repeat as necessary. Bear in mind that whitening toothpaste can bleach coloured fabric. Continue reading

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