Thinking Outside the Valentines Day Gift Box

Valentine’s Day is the time of year to get that special someone in your life that romantic gift. Most people resort to the usual flowers or chocolate. However, this year how about thinking outside the Valentine’s Day box and consider his or her teeth? Nothing spices up a night like fresh breath and glowing white teeth. So here are 4 Valentine’s gift ideas for your loved one’s teeth:

1. If you are going for Chocolate, think dark. The cocoa bean in chocolate has tannins, polyphenols and flavonoids, which are antioxidants that all benefit your mouth and teeth. They do this by preventing bacteria from sticking to your teeth, neutralizing the organisms that cause bad breath, preventing gum infections, and battling tooth decay. The antioxidants can also reduce inflammation in the body and work to prevent gum disease.

This does not happen with any chocolate, though, since the sugars added to some will offset all of these good effects. It is only dark chocolate which is the least processed and has the highest cocoa bean content that does all this good. So the higher the percentage, the better it is for your teeth.  Not only is it better for your teeth, but it may also improve your partners mood. Dark chocolate contains Theobromine, a chemical similar to caffeine.

2. Designer tooth brush holder. Your toothbrush is one of the most personal objects you own; perhaps it needs a nicer home. Nkuku (Dartington and Harbetonford) have these Moroccan cups that are unusual, but just the job! Handmade from Moroccan stoneware and hand painted, each cup could be used for serving tea or coffee, or will look perfect in the bathroom holding toothbrushes! They will think of you twice a day.

3. White teeth. What better way to say you love them but a set of sparkly white teeth? We have teamed up with Whitewash Laboratories to bring you their professional whitening system that is only worn for two 30 minutes sessions per day. After 3 days your partner will notice their teeth getting whiter and after 10-14 days they are done. Gift vouchers for this treatment are also available.

4. Peppersmith mints. Not only for fresh breath but healthy teeth as well. The London based team at Peppersmith have formulated these Xylitol mints to repair enamel damage caused by tooth erosion and they taste great! Read more about the benefits here.

Hopefully we have provided some inspiration. What better way to say I love you then helping your partner to keep a healthy sexy mouth.

(original post courtesy of Bow Lane Dental, London)

Rhod restores confident smile with tooth whitening

It is always wonderful when you can completely restore someone’s confidence using a simple procedure, and with permission, I share with you the amazing before and after results. This lovely patient had previously had a fall and damaged the nerve in the tooth so the tooth subsequently died and discoloured. The options were to crown the tooth or try a much simpler technique of whitening the tooth from the inside.


7 Benefits of Having Whiter Teeth

Tooth whitening has been elevated to high on the list in the grooming process. From your INSTAGRAM or FACEBOOK feed to images around us the importance of having whiter teeth is everywhere.

Perhaps you’re on the fence about it. You’re wondering what the hype is about and if it’s the right decision for you.  Can it really have a big impact on your life?



You might have the healthiest teeth and straightest smile but you’re not immune to the results of coffees teas and red wine .Why settle for a post-editing effect on your photos when you can have the real thing? An ABSOLUTE DENTAL whiter smile makes your look stronger than it ever was before.


Whether you’re on a date, giving a big presentation at work or just walking down the street, you’ll want to smile at everyone you meet


A whiter smile shifts the focus on your face. Once your teeth are visible, people will naturally zero in on your smile drawing attention away from those little lines and wrinkles (although, we can help with the appearance of these too, at Absolute!)


You can make a huge update to your look without spending a wad of cash. ABSOLUTE DENTAL WHITENING is an affordable enhancer with a small price tag and larger than life effects.


Whiter teeth make you feel  more confident . This is a generally attractive quality that makes you appear friendlier . According to Huffington Post, whiter teeth are an indication that you take care of yourself.  Potential love interests will also find this attractive.


If you’ve got a big interview coming up, a whiter smile can work in your favour. Your smile charms the interviewer and creates a warmer atmosphere . Aside from nailing big interviews, you can also bring that same energy to everything from salary negotiations to brainstorming sessions.


White teeth gives you more reasons to smile.  Even when you aren’t truly happy, smiling tricks your body into believing that you are instantly changing your mood.    You’ll have a more positive outlook on life because you’ll have a lot more reasons to smile than frown.

TOOTH WHITENING AT ABSOLUTE DENTAL is a great way to inject a confidence booster to your physical appearance and your psychological well-being.

Coca-Cola Christmas Truck Hits A Bump In The Road!

Calls for Coca Cola to respond over growing fears of the effects their products may be having on the general public’s health have been significant this past holiday season, especially concerning that of children. The international soft drink giant was asked not to visit some of its regular UK tour stops, as some believe the company is undermining a national effort to cut childhood obesity, especially in poorer parts of the country, where rates of child tooth decay and obesity are known to be at their highest.

The distinctive brightly lit red trucks are seen by many to be a flagship of the season, which is why the issue has been widely publicised in recent news. Earlier in 2017 a tax was introduced on drinks containing added sugar in an attempt to help reduce consumption of such products, and some believe that huge advertising campaigns like Coca Cola’s are undermining efforts to stop the obesity epidemic.
It’s not fair to suggest Coca Cola is the only corporation guilty of this, many brands and supermarkets use Christmas as a motif to encourage guiltless indulgence – after all, it’s Christmas! But that doesn’t mean the public should be bombarded with messages of encouragement to make unhealthy choices.
Every single second Coca Cola produce 3,400 plastic bottles – that’s 110 billion single use plastic bottles every year. Sadly, most will end up in landfill, or polluting our natural spaces or oceans, to the point were Greenpeace this year held a demonstration in Piccadilly circus to draw attention to the huge amount of plastics entering our oceans, and the substantial amount of which come directly from the factories of Coca Cola. Big name brands need to stop dazzling with ad campaigns and step up and address the damage they are doing to the planet and its citizens.

This year a message was sent out, backed by many, including Public Health England and a few high-profile MPs, that more needs to be done to safeguard the vulnerable in society, and the health of the nation’s children is a vital part of this – childhood obesity and tooth decay not only affects physical health, but emotional and mental health, not to mention the medical complications and diseases that can stem from these in later life. Another part of that message is challenging the deceptive marketing tricks of global corporations who wish to make a profit from selling sugar to children


Six Month Smile Treatment Update

Following my second adjustment appointment for the six month smile treatment I thought I would share with a you a close up of my teeth so you can see how quickly 6MS can achieve results.

The first image was taken just before Rhod fitted my 6MS early November.

The second image was taken less than two months later at the end of December.

The overlap of my upper front central teeth has gone already, it is incredible! The lower teeth are also a lot straighter & I now have space where they were crowded before.

There are still lots of precise adjustments to follow, it is a great start. Looking forward to sharing with you all the end result!

If you wish you had straighter teeth & want to find out more, please ask any of our team at Absolute.

Christina, Dental Therapist.

Are fruit juices and smoothies bad for our teeth?

Studies have shown that some smoothies from shops in fact have more sugar in them than a can of coke. So when you’re thinking about grabbing a smoothing on the way to work because its quick and easy, you may want to think again.

There is an ascorbic acid in vitamin C that can cause enamel to erode, making teeth more vulnerable to staining. Also the natural sugars in fruit can lead to tooth decay.

Here are some tips to help you enjoy your smoothies but to keep your teeth as healthy as possible.

Drink your smoothie all in one go and don’t slowly sip on it over several hours.
Try drinking through a straw (paper not plastic) to avoid as much contact with the teeth as possible.
Avoid using citrus fruits to reduce the acid.
Try to drink more green smoothies as these will contain more veg than fruit and will keep the sugar levels down.

Some smoothie recipes to try:

  • Half a cup of coconut milk, one cup of spinach, one banana and one green apple.
  • One cup of plain greek yogurt, one cup of fruit (strawberries, bananas, blueberries), half a cup of milk.

FA Cup 3rd Round – Dental Injury on Live TV!

I don’t generally watch sports, but I heard about a dental injury that occurred during the FA cup third round match West Ham vs Shrewsbury.
Josh Cullen unfortunately got a high boot to the face from the team captain of the opposing team which completely knocked his front tooth out. It was placed in a glass of milk, put on the bench and the 21 year old played on!

If you were to experience a similar injury, we certainly wouldn’t advise carrying on with your game – so here are a few important actions to take in the event of accidently knocking out a tooth.
1 – locate the tooth, do not pick it up the by root, instead pick it up from the crown of the tooth (the bit you can see in the mouth normally)
2- do not run it under water, rinse with milk or lick it clean
3- if you can gently replace the tooth into the socket and hold in place with a finger or gently closing your mouth, then do so
4- if it cannot be put back in, place it in a glass of milk or hold it in your mouth, just beside your cheek
5- call your regular dentist for an emergency visit. If you do not have a regular dentist call 111.

Although mouth guards aren’t usually worn in football, an incident like this makes us think if they should be mandatory for all sports? If you do wear a guard for any sport,  please make sure yours has been custom made by a registered dental lab (rather than the “mould at home” types, which are often not as good).

A custom made mouth guard from at Absolute Dental is only £55 for a clear guard – although than can be made in your team colours too – just ask! It’s a small price to keep a perfect smile.

(It may also interest you to know that our Privilege Membership includes a Dental Emergency Assistance Scheme that offers support and assistance to our patients who require treatment following a trauma such as this. It covers emergency treatment in this situation, and provides additional cover for further treatment. Ask one of the team if you would like further information.)

School children consuming energy drinks

The energy drink market is currently estimated to be worth over £2 billion and research published this month by Fuse (the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health) has highlighted again the impact of energy drinks on our young children, with emphasis on relation to the caffeine and sugar content in these drinks. A typical 500ml energy drink can have 160mg of caffeine (akin to 2 shots of expresso coffee) and up to 15.6g of sugar, equivalent to 20 teaspoons.

The in-depth qualitative research focussed on children aged between 10 – 14 years old who shockingly are being drawn to these energy drinks as they are often cheaper then alternatives such as water, and even fizzy drinks. The children reported that they understood that energy drinks may not be as healthy as the alternative drinks on offer but were unaware exactly of how much sugar, or the impact of caffeine may have on their body. The children reported that they felt that sports drinks marketing was targeting them by holding special offers, advertising during tv adverts and sports sponsorship.

Previous research has shown that energy drinks can cause insomnia, palpitations and headaches in individuals. The researchers in this project feel that whilst the government are trying to tackle sugar consumption with the introduction of the sugar tax, more action is required for energy drinks due to the high levels of sugar and caffeine. This has been supported by the teachers’ union, NASUWT, who is proposing a ban on all energy drinks in schools to minimise the effects of detrimental behaviour in the classroom. A spokesman for NASUWT commented, “The NASUWT has always been clear that drinks with high levels of sugar should not be sold on school premises. It is time to look again at the School Food Standards, and the enforcement of the standards, to make sure that every school in the country is free of highly-caffeinated soft drinks, as well as those that are high in sugar.”

Benefits and Balance when it comes to Fruit in our Diet

An Oral Health Organisation study has revealed that almost 60% are more likely to reach for a piece of fruit than a chocolate bar.

This shows in general that we are more sugar savvy and take this into consideration when choosing our foods.

As a nation we have become more health conscious and more aware of where our food comes from and what it contains.

The government has backed this with more investment in more recent years into campaigns like the traffic light food labelling policy which has made it a lot easier for people to get a better idea of what their foods contain.

Added sugars, seen in foods like confectionary and in fizzy drinks, come with excess calories and are low in vitamins and minerals, and it is the make up of these nutrients that is the difference between feeling full and hungry.

Although fresh fruit is great for our bodies we do need to take caution when it comes to our teeth as it can contribute to acid erosion.

The recommended amount for healthy adults and children is three servings of fresh fruit per day, during meal times.

Remember to clean your teeth before breakfast (especially if fresh fruit is on the menu) and freshen up with a mouthwash afterwards.

5 Obscure Christmas Traditions from Across the Globe

Christmas traditions, every family has them! Whether it be eating christmas dinner in your pajamas, or dressing up, or dressing up the dogs in pajamas, waiting till dusk to open your presents or up well before dawn; it’s not christmas in our house without a ‘lively family debate’ (or argument), traditions do bring us together and make the season feel all the more special. Here’s an assortment of wacky customs from around the world for you to chuckle at (and take comfort in the knowledge that your ‘weird’ family christmas isn’t as weird as you thought!)

#1 Watch for witches

In the freezing darkness of a Norwegian Christmas Eve, Witches and other such malevolent spirits are believed to visit the earth, so Norwegians always make sure to hide their brooms before they head to bed.

#2 With a BANG!

Don your lederhosen and dust off your cannonballs, in the highlands of Bavaria, a rather extravagant tradition of proudly sporting the national costume whilst firing mortars into the air can be observed.

#3 It’s getting ho ho hot in here

On Christmas Eve in Estonia, families traditionally share a sauna session

#4 Cobwebs you’ll want to keep!

Traditional Ukrainian christmas trees are decorated with glittering imitation webs, to emulate the folktale of a poor family who went to bed on christmas eve disheartened at their bare christmas tree, who woke up to discover the spiders had heard their dismay, and spun silky webs all across the tree, which as dawn broke turned into threads of pure gold and silver, thus changing the family’s fortune forever

#5 KFC (Kentucky Fried Christmas?)

In Japan, a lack of Turkey and a (very) successful advertising campaign in the Seventies means that a large majority of Japanese people actually have a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken for christmas dinner. Some families even book a table at the restaurant In fact, KFC Japan recommends pre ordering your christmas bucket weeks in advance!