Six Month Smiles at Absolute Dental

You REALLY Could Love Seeing Your Smile… Promise. It Could Take Just Six Tiny, Little Months.

Just like the name says, it takes us just six months to help you create the smile of your dreams. For some patients, it could take just four months to get that dazzling smile. Meanwhile, some may take up to nine months to get their most gleaming grin, but no matter which smile schedule your smile follows, you will be delighted with the results.


The Braces are Super Comfortable. We’re Told the Best Stuff in Life Is, You Know.

One reason that adult patients shy away from braces is because they may have had them as children and they remember how truly terrible metal braces can cut, pull and ache. That is why Six Month Smiles was not birthed merely on the idea of prettier, straighter and healthier teeth… but also on the notion that – yes – many of us are chickens. Even us grownups. We want what we want and we want to get it comfortably. That is exactly what clear braces offer – the results you want with none of the discomfort that you do not.

Even the Best Relationships Need a Little Space. That’s Why Our Braces are Nearly Invisible. You Won’t Even Know They’re There.

Great relationships give you space and transparency. Things just seem to work better that way. That’s why we give you plenty of both. Six Month Smiles are not only a quick and effective way to transform your grin, but they are also barely visible. Because Six Month Smiles are comprised of clear brackets and tooth-coloured wire, most people won’t even notice that you are wearing them. The most common response when people do notice is, “Cool! Just six months? Where did you get them?!”

Some Things in Life are Worth Waiting for. Luckily, Your Appointments Won’t Need to Be One of the Them. You Have Better Things to Do.  

Patient kit trays make your appointments fly by fast. This allows your dentist to move you closer to your perfect smile quickly, allowing you minimal time in the dental chair… without any of the waiting game. That means that you will be able to get in the practice, get out of the practice and right back to work before you know it.

Want to know more? Call us on 01548852165 or visit the website

A Fabulous Day Out!

As most of you know all of us at Absolute Dental love our pets! 

Last Sunday was a very special event for Diane and I.  We had a dressage Championship competition at Centyfield Dressage & Eventing Academy, near Exeter. After weeks of training & practicing we both had a very successful day both of us picking up rosettes!

Diane & Jack were placed 3rd in their “warm up” class with 69.09% & 3rd with a whooping 71.92% in their Restricted Championship class.

Princess & I competed in the Open sections scoring 67.39% coming 4th, & scoring 68.08% which is a personal best.  A FABULOUS day out for both of us!



A Gripping Blog

We tend to take it for granted that we are able to style our hair, open a jar, apply make-up, handwrite a letter & brush our teeth.

That is, until we lose that dexterity.

So if you, or someone you know, are having difficulties with their grip – be it permanent through arthritis, or temporary through injury – these top tips can be shared with them to help keep their mouths feeling fresh & healthy.

Top tip no.1 – Try an electric Toothbrush.

The width of Electric toothbrush handles make them easier to hold & the brush sweeps the plaque away without you needing to make a small circle movement.

Clinical evidence suggests Braun OralB professional care electric toothbrushes are particularly effective, due to the oscillating rotating movement.

Never used one before? We have one you can try! Just let us know & at your next appointment we can show you how to use it effectively & with confidence.

Top tip no.2 – Adapting a manual toothbrush handle.

The brand ‘TePe’ invented a specialized reusable grip that fits their range of toothbrush handles. This also fits their single tufted toothbrushes & long handled interdental brushes so you can continue to remove plaque from between your teeth.

Alternatively there are many Do It Yourself options; a tennis ball, a rubber band or even a bicycle handle can all be used to adapt the handle.

These D.I.Y options can also be used for make-up brushes, pens or paintbrushes!



Tooth Whitening is 100% safe – if done correctly!

More and more people are looking for brighter, whiter teeth. But does teeth whitening work and is it safe? Here are the answers to common questions about the treatment.
What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening involves the use of bleaching gels on your teeth to make them lighter or restore their brightness.
Who can perform teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is a form of dentistry and should only be performed by a dentist or another regulated dental professional, such as a dental hygienist or dental therapist, on the prescription of a dentist.
Some beauty salons offer teeth whitening, but this is illegal if there’s no dental professional present, and it may put your dental health at risk.
You can also buy DIY home teeth whitening kits but these may also carry risks.
What happens during teeth whitening at the dentist?
The dentist will take an impression of your teeth to make a custom-made, close fitting whitening tray (a little bit like a gum shield) and will instruct you how to use it with the whitening gel. Then, using your whitening tray at home, you regularly apply the gel for a specified period of time over two weeks.
The whitening gel (carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide) breaks down, oxygen enters the enamel and the tooth becomes lighter. The structure of the tooth remains unchanged.
Can any dentist whiten teeth?
Yes, provided they are registered with the General Dental Council. Registered dental therapists and dental hygienists can also carry out teeth whitening on the prescription of a dentist.
To find out if a dental professional is registered with the GDC you can check online or call 0207 167 6000.
What are the risks of home kits and salon teeth whitening?
Some home kits don’t contain enough of the whitening product to be effective. More generally, if a dental professional is not doing the whitening, the whitening tray provided may not fit properly so some of the bleaching gel may leak out onto your gums and into your mouth, causing blistering and sensitivity.
Where teeth whitening is carried out in beauty salons by staff without any training or dental qualifications it not only carries a risk to your oral health, but is also illegal.
How do you go about getting teeth whitening?
Your dentist will advise you whether whitening is right for you. It may be that teeth whitening isn’t suitable, for example if you have gum disease or crowns.
Is teeth whitening permanent?
No, teeth whitening isn’t permanent. It can last from a few months to up to three years, but this varies from person to person. Generally, the whitening effect won’t last as long if you smoke or drink red wine, tea or coffee, which can all stain your teeth.
What are the risks of teeth whitening?
No matter what treatment you use, there is a chance your gums can be sensitive to the chemicals used in teeth whitening, especially if you already have sensitive teeth.
If you think your teeth whitening has been carried out illegally (that is, by someone not qualified or registered to perform it) contact the General Dental Council on 0207 167 6000 or email

World Book Day 2017

If you spot an Oompa Loompa or The White Witch walking towards you today, don’t panic! You are not seeing things.

It’s World Book Day! Many school children will be dressing up as their favourite story characters to celebrate the occasion.

World Book Day provides every school child a voucher for £1. They can then exchange this for a super free book, or they can choose to have £1 off any book of their choice!

We here at Absolute think World Book Day is brilliant. Every child should be given the chance to enjoy reading. Plus, a book is a fabulous treat to reward children with, rather than sweets, all year round!

Reading is a great way to spark children’s imaginations and can improve spelling & vocabulary. It’s a lifelong skill that brings enjoyment way beyond childhood.

Happy reading everyone!

Shrove Tuesday – Doesn’t have to mean Lemon & Sugar!

Shrove Tuesday is always the day before the first day of Lent, known as Ash Wednesday.

This year that date falls on Tuesday 28th February , with Ash Wednesday being on Wednesday 1st March.

It is usually celebrated throughout the UK with the cooking and eating of delicious pancakes. It is also said that flipping a pancake perfectly will bring good luck all year round.

Pancakes are very versatile and can even be made into a savoury treat; however it is most commonly eaten with a sweet topping.

Nowadays there are lots of sugar alternatives which can be used instead of traditional granulated sugar, my favourite being Xylitol. It is widely available and is really delicious and does not have the aspartame after taste so many other products have.

So it is now easier than ever to enjoy very low sugar pancakes.

The following recipe is my family’s favourite, tried and tested…repeatedly…for research purposes obviously!

Yummy scrummy low sugar pancakes:

Makes 10/12 pancake.

2 eggs

150g plain flour

300ml milk

Salt (just a little pinch)

Butter (for greasing the pan)

  1. Sift the plain flour and salt into a large bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and then add it to the flour.
  3. Add about a quarter of the milk and whisk until combined.
  4. Gradually add the remaining milk whisking to combine each addition before adding more -Using this method should mean that you don’t get lumps. However if you find a few have crept in then either pass your batter through a sieve, or blitz it briefly with a hand blender.
  5. Melt a little butter in a frying pan on a low heat
  6. Turn up the heat to medium and then once the pan is hot, add about two tablespoons of batter immediately swirl the batter around the pan so that the base is coated.
  7. Cook for about 1 minute until brown and then flip and cook on the other side for a further 30 seconds.
  8. Serve!

An now for the toppings, all are really easy to make and are very low in sugar.

  • Banana: Mash half a medium-size banana and spread that on your stack. It’s only 53 calories and 7.2 grams of sugar but also offers over 200 milligrams of potassium.
  • Fresh berries: One cup of fresh raspberries has only 5.4 grams of sugar and 64 calories but a whopping eight grams of fibre.
  • Maple cinnamon yogurt: Whip up a batch of homemade maple-flavoured yogurt by mixing together Greek yogurt, milk, maple syrup, and cinnamon. A quarter-cup serving is 38 calories and only 4.1 grams of sugar, but you’ll also be getting almost five grams of protein.
  • Frozen pureed fruit: Throw one cup of frozen blueberries into the blender, and pour it on your pancakes. It is 13.1 grams of sugar, has 79 calories, and also offers 4.2 grams of fibre. To make it easier, pre-freeze pureed fruit in ice cube trays, and you can microwave a few cubes when you need them.
  • Almond butter: One tablespoon of creamy nutty almond butter spread on your pancakes has only one gram of sugar, 95 calories, and 3.5 grams of protein.

These are just a few suggestions, you can create all sorts of yummy master pieces. However you eat yours, enjoy it!

Healthy Snacking – Hints & Tips

Healthy snacking is reliant on planning and shopping. What we have in our cupboard is what we are going to graze on at home.

A little planning before visiting the supermarket goes a long way towards having things we want to eat in our cupboards, and reducing the number of things we might not want our kids (or ourselves!) to eat.

If we want to eat less cake, chocolate and crisps, then buying less (or none at all) in the supermarket is a good place to start. It sounds pretty simple, but life for the average family nowadays is so busy that we rarely take the time to stop and re-evaluate the little things that can have a big effect on our lives.

Fresh fruit is also a simple place to start. Some parents are concerned about sugar content and fructose levels, but when comparing fresh fruit to a chocolate bar or a packet of crisps, it’s a far superior snack food. It’s also high in fibre and water.

Branch out here, too: many parents get caught up with apples, bananas and oranges, but there is a whole other world of fruit out there that is really interesting and fun. Some kids love mango, passion fruit, all forms of berries, grapes and satsumas. Fresh chunks of pineapple and ripe melon are always winners, too. And the best bit? These can all be prepared for kids’ lunchboxes.

Nut butters, such as almond or hazelnut, are also super-tasty on slices of apple or banana, or on top of crackers or oatcakes. Tahini (think of it as peanut butter made of sesame seeds rather than peanuts) is a great one, too – high in calcium and omega 6 and 9, and also great on rice cakes.


  1. Veg soup is a great way to ‘hide’ the veg while young palates are still developing. We often serve veg soup in a bowl with some brown rice to our kids, and they will nearly always eat it.
  2. Avocado is great for getting your kids into the habit of eating healthy fats. We often put it on rice cakes or crackers for them, and top with some blueberries or even bee pollen to make it look bright and colourful. Here’s a great guacamole recipe.
  3. Homous is savoury and delicious, and great with carrot sticks, or on some sort of crunchy cracker.
  4. Try cooking veg that they can pick up and eat – think chunks of sweet potato, squash, green beans, and even asparagus.
  5. Porridge makes a great, healthy brekkie with dried fruit and honey. In warmer months, try this beautiful Bircher muesli recipe for a cooler version.


The science of kissing!

As it’s Valentine’s Day we thought it appropriate to give you some fun facts about kissing and the science surrounding this show of affection.

With the average person spending two weeks of their lives kissing this is valuable information.

The study of kissing is called Philematology, its not all about the evolutionary meaning behind it, its also about how kissing is actually really good for your health and here’s why:

It involves a whole 146 muscles! 34 facial muscles and 112 postural muscles. Kissing can help keep these facial muscles toned and reduce the production of wrinkles. It burns calories at a rate of 5-26 per minute, it releases hormones, can strengthen your immune system, relieve aches and pains (no longer can a headache be used as an excuse not to have a smooch with your partner), lowers blood pressure and is a great mood booster.

More good incentives came from a study that showed that kissing your partner every morning before leaving for work can lengthen your life by five years and help you earn more money.

And now for our favourite:

Kissing can help prevent cavities!! The increased saliva flow that kissing invokes can help fight plaque therefore aiding in the prevention of cavities.

So to best prepare for this amazingly beneficial activity here is some simple advice:

Brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste, use interdental aids such as brushes or floss, use mouthwash (at a different time to brushing) and for that extra minty boost, sugar free mints. Visiting your dental hygienist regularly can help with a healthy mouth and fresh breath.

And your all set! Have fun. Happy Valentine’s day from all at Absolute Dental.

Myths about Body Language – The Smile

We often hear people refer to “body language”—the clues to the meaning and intent of communication from others that we get from gesture, facial expression, posture—anything really that is not spoken. The experts call it “nonverbal communication,” but it amounts to the same thing.

 Accurate knowledge of body language is essential for success in interpersonal relations, whether in the business world or in personal life. However, much of our understanding is instinctive—and a good deal of it is wrong, according to modern communications research. Here is the first in a series of myths that I am going to pull apart.

People smile when they’re happy

 People smile for all sorts of reasons, only one of which is to signal happiness. The smile is described in many ways, from the “felt” or true smile to the fear smile, the contempt smile, the dampened smile, the miserable smile, and a number of others. Daniel McNeill, author of The Face: A Natural History, says, “Smiling is innate and appears in infants almost from birth….The first smiles appear two to twelve hours after birth and seem void of content. Infants simply issue them, and they help parents bond. We respond; they don’t know what they’re doing. The second phase of smiling begins sometime between the fifth week and fourth month. It is the “social smile,” in which the infant smiles while fixing its gaze on a person’s face.”

Whatever their origin or motivation, smiles have a powerful effect on us humans. As McNeill points out, “Though courtroom judges are equally likely to find smilers and nonsmilers guilty, they give smilers lighter penalties, a phenomenon called the ‘smile-leniency effect.'”

So remember………..If in doubt smile


Treats loved by kids and loathed by parents (and teeth!)

Parents yesterday named and shamed the food and drink brands they believe are letting down their children.

In the first ever Children’s Food Awards, Sunny Delight was singled out as ‘largely thickened, artificially sweetened, expensive water’.


The soft drink was given the award for Additive Nightmare and described as ‘without doubt the most unpopular product with the mums and dads on the Parents Jury’.

The main criticism was that even after a re-launch following widespread concern about its content, the drink still had ‘pitifully low levels of real fruit juice – just 15 per cent’.

The award for Not in My Lunchbox went to Dairylea Lunchables, a product containing ham and cheese slices and wheat crackers. One parent called it ‘absolutely vile over-processed rubbish’.

According to the Parents Jury, the experts’ opinion of Lunchables was: ‘Processed food at its worst – a high fat, high salt snack which markets itself as a nutritious lunchbox treat for schoolkids.’


The Parents Jury was set up by the lobby group the Food Commission and was based on the views of more than 800 parents.

The Pester Power award went to McDonald’s because a large proportion of its marketing budget, according to the jury, is aimed at children. ‘Unfortunately, the fast food which McDonald’s sells is typically high in fats, salt and sugar,’ the jury said.

The award for a product containing large quantities of sugar went to Kellogg’s Real Fruit Winders, a wound-up length of flavoured jelly. The Parents Jury said the product claims to contain more than 50 per cent real fruit but ‘neglects to mention that each Fruit Winder is 47 per cent pure sugar’.


A number of healthy foods were highlighted, including Sun-Maid Raisins and Captain Organic dried fruit, which are said to be ideal for children’s lunchboxes.

Kraft Foods, which makes Dairylea, said: ‘Parents recognise the importance of making food attractive and tasty for kids to eat and choose to give their children Dairylea Lunchables as an occasional and fun treat.’

McDonald’s said: ‘All our advertising is legal, decent, honest and truthful.’

The fast-food firm is introducing a low-fat ‘steak premiere’ sandwich as an alternative to the ‘Big Mac’.

It is also adding a fruit and cereal yogurt which is less than 3 per cent fat and only 230 calories.
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