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Here you can find our take on the latest dental news and advances, as well as learn more about common conditions that may affect your teeth and gums.

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Real Good Ketchup

We talk to Elizabeth Jones, founder of Winchester based family food company On the Menu that makes Real Good Ketchup.

She tells us why she started the company and what motivates her to reduce the sugar in her diet, as well as offering our customers the chance to win a free sample!

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To help reduce your sugar intake, the Sugar Free Londoner gives her views on natural alternatives. 

We know quitting sugar can be incredibly difficult, so we asked the Sugar Free Londoner for her top tips and opinions on some of the most popular sugar alternatives. 

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Introducing the Sugar Free Londoner!

We are thrilled to be working with the Sugar Free Londoner for this years Sugar Swap September campaign. Here she shares her experiences and reasons for quitting sugar. 

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Introducing Jodie Kidd - our celebrity ambassador for the Big Family Brush Up

We are delighted that Jodie Kidd is getting behind this years' Big Family Brush-Up. With a career covering modelling, television and car racing, Jodie is also mum to Indio, aged 5. Here she shares with us her thoughts and tips about looking after her son's oral health.

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How dentistry has changed through the ages

How did our ancestors cope without toothpaste? What did the Victorians use to make dentures? How was a bandeau used to straighten teeth? Discover the answers in our blog.

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World Oral Health Day 2017

Monday 20 March 2017 is World Oral Health Day. Along with other health professionals around the world, we are encouraging everyone to understand the importance of good oral health and how it impacts on general health and wellbeing.

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No Smoking Day 2017

March 8th marks No Smoking Day, an initiative launched in 1983 to encourage everyone to quit for good. We've put together our top 5 tips to help you make 2017 the year you quit for good.

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Are you getting enough vitamin D?

Many people aren’t aware of the role that Vitamin D plays in keeping your teeth and bones in good shape – not to mention the fact that a deficiency can lead to depression, joint pain and a weaker immune system.

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World Cancer Day 2017

Saturday 4th February marks the seventeenth annual World Cancer Day, an event aimed at promoting awareness of ongoing cancer research and prevention.

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A resolution you can keep

We’ve put together some simple oral health resolutions you can stick to, that will not only help to keep your teeth and gums healthy, but may also boost your confidence and improve your general well being.


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6 reasons why going ‘dry’ could help your oral health?

Did you know there are also some great reasons to bin the booze for your oral health?

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How Sweet is your Christmas Tipple?

With all the office parties and family get-togethers, a lot of us accept that we’re going to be eating sugar-laden treats. But what about our drinks?

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Did your Christmas Coffee Just Get Healthier?

There may be less sugar in your favourite Christmas hot drink this year, but don't hesitate just yet!

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European Antibiotic Awareness Day 2016

18 November is European Antibiotic Awareness Day and we are showing our support by encouraging dentists and patients to take more care with antibiotics. 

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Five ways you could be staining your teeth

Could these common habits be causing discolouration and staining to your teeth?

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Six habits which can damage your teeth

Although many of us appreciate the importance of regular brushing, flossing and regular dental visits, we can still risk irreversible tooth damage with these bad habits.

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Whole juice vs fruit juice

You'd be forgiven for thinking that drinking fruit juice is no different to eating a whole piece of fruit. After all, it's natural, often contains no additives or preservatives, and is full of vitamins and nutrients - right?

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What is Xylitol?

Xylitol is a naturally-occurring sugar alternative that is found in a variety of plants, with some surprising benefits over sugar.

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Katie Piper - Big Summer Brush-Up celebrity mum

Find out how the Big Summer Brush-Up's celebrity ambassador, Katie Piper, looks after her daughter's teeth.

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10 children's oral health myths

It can be difficult to keep up to date with how to care for children's teeth. Here we take a look at some of the most common oral health myths for children to help you make informed decisions.

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Why milk teeth matter

While it's true that milk teeth will fall out, here we look at some of the reasons why it's just as important to protect your little ones' pearly whites against tooth decay.

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Why go sugar-free?

As well as reducing your risk of tooth decay, giving up sugar may also help weight loss and increase your energy levels!

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What's causing your bad breath?

Bad breath, or halitosis, affects most of us at some point in our lives. We asked our Chief Dental Officer, Henry Clover, what causes bad breath and what you can do to prevent it.

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Five ways you can improve your oral hygiene

Many of us fall into bad habits when taking care of our teeth, so we’ve put together our top five tips for maintaining your oral hygiene.

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How your oral health could affect your overall health

Have you ever wondered what the dentist is looking for when you sit back in that chair? It’s more than you might think…

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No Smoking Day 2016

It’s time to stub out those cigarettes once and for all, hold your head up high, and be proud to be a quitter.

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Five myths about oral health

Many myths about oral health and dental care are passed down the generations through word of mouth and are so deeply-rooted in our culture that it’s difficult to separate fact from fiction. 

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New research shows that one in five adults would ignore dentist's advice to reduce alcohol consumption

Recent research conducted on our behalf revealed that of those adults who drink alcohol, one in five said they wouldn’t take any action to change their weekly drinking habits on the advice of their dentist.

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What to do in a dental emergency this Christmas

Our deputy chief dental officer, Henry Clover, has some advice for seeking treatment over the festive period.

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Ho, Ho... How much sugar?!

Your favourite seasonal coffee could be less than merry for your teeth. We looked at the sugar content in four Christmas drinks from a range of high street coffee chains, and were shocked by the results!

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Looking after your oral health this Christmas

Our deputy chief dental officer, Henry Clover, has shared a few handy tips on looking after your teeth this Christmas.

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Mouth cancer – a patient’s perspective

Mouth cancer survivor Andrea Fearon, 46, explains how regular dental check ups may have saved her life.

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Mouth Cancer Action Month 2015

Get involved with Mouth Cancer Action Month 2015 and our exciting Blue Lip Selfie campaign to help raise awareness of mouth cancer!

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How often should you visit the dentist?

It can be confusing for patients to know how often they should visit their dentist, and a recent article in The Guardian this week may have added to that confusion!

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Choosing snacks for children

Snacks that keep kids - and their teeth - happy!

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Emergency dental care in Greece

More than a million British holidaymakers travel to Greece every year, and the economic crisis is leaving many travellers nervous about how their trip could be affected

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Big Summer Brush Up findings

How easy are UK parents finding it to get their children to brush properly? We asked over 2000 parents of children aged 2-11 to find out

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Brush better this summer

Why not take part in The Big Summer Brush-Up and help your family to brush their teeth better?

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National Kissing Day

July 6th is National Kissing Day which is now celebrating its 20th year after its launch in 1995.

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Fear of the dentist?

There have been several column inches in the press this week about a programme, “The truth about your teeth” that will air on BBC 1 tonight.

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Are you getting enough calcium?

Calcium is one of the most important nutrients when it comes to healthy bone and tooth development - make sure you're getting enough with our useful infographic

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6 ways to improve how you clean your teeth

A few easy things you can do to improve the health of your mouth.

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Stay hydrated the healthy way

Our bodies are made up of 70% water and we regularly hear about the importance of staying hydrated for our overall wellbeing, but did you know that it’s also vital for good oral health? 

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Do you really need to floss?

The simple answer to this question is no – but you do need to clean between your teeth.

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National Smile Month 2014

National Smile Month runs from 19th May to 19th June this year, and is organised by the British Dental Health Foundation to help the nation keep their teeth and gums healthy.

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What really happens when you visit the dentist?

Regular visits to your dental team help to keep your mouth healthy now, and prevent problems in the future. But do you realise what your dentist and their team actually do during your visit? 

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Taking care of your teeth at Easter

You may have noticed that the supermarket shelves are already lined with chocolate eggs, sweets and sticky treats in celebration of the Easter holiday. 
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Finding the right dental practice for you

Did you know that 87% of adults who visit the dentist regularly would be happy to stay with their current dentist for the rest of their lives?

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Treat your teeth

By making certain choices when you dine out, you can help to reduce your chances of tooth decay and acid erosion. Here are a few points to consider when deciding what to choose from the menu.

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Healthy mouth, healthy heart

February is all about looking after your heart – whether this involves treating your loved one to a romantic dinner for two, or starting a new exercise regime in the gym, taking good care of your heart is very important.

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The bitter truth about sugar

One of the main issues these groups have with sugar levels in processed food and drink is that they’re not always obvious to consumers, and many people are not aware of how much of it they’re consuming on a regular basis.

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Dry January

Could you give up alcohol for 31 days? Next month, more than 4,000 individuals across the country will be saying goodbye to their usual tipple for four weeks, in support of Dry January.

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Keep your teeth happy this Winter

To help you avoid a dental disaster this winter, we’ve put together a quick guide to help you enjoy yourself during the festive period while keeping your teeth and gums healthy.

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Mouth cancer - do you know the signs?

In the next year, more than 7,500 people in the UK will be diagnosed with mouth cancer.

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Trick or treat?

Although they may look like the perfect reward for hungry trick or treaters, the amount of sugar halloween snacks contain is often beyond scary.

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Dental jewellery gets a grilling

Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna and most recently Madonna are all famous figures in the pop world who have sported dental ‘grills’ (or ‘grillz’). But are they safe for teeth?

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Do you suffer from dry mouth?

Often left undiagnosed, the condition is common in people who take prescribed medicines, and can cause sufferers discomfort, sleep deprivation and other lifestyle problems.

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What is gum disease?

Although gum disease is a major cause of tooth loss in adults, if it is managed properly, sufferers can still keep most of their teeth for life.

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Filling the gap

Dental implants are fast becoming a more popular way to replace missing teeth.They provide a longer-term solution, slow down bone loss, and preserve nearby healthy tooth tissue. But what are they and do they hurt?

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Sensitive matters

As the weather changes, we tend to consume more cold or hot foods and drinks, such as ice cream, frozen desserts, and icy drinks or steaming puddings – and you may notice more sensitivity in your teeth.

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Food for thought

There are certain foods to avoid if you want to be kind to your teeth, such as sweets and fizzy drinks. But you might not know that there are also foods that are great for your teeth, as well as being good for your general health.

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Taking children to the dentist

Introducing children to a good oral health routine is vital for the long term wellbeing of their teeth and gums, and can help to prevent dental problems in the future.

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