June 29th, 2009
It’s official – the Brits aren’t kissing enough. The latest survey from online magazine getlippy.com reveals that a staggering 95% of young women believe they aren’t getting enough when it comes to kissing.
This isn’t surprising considering that nearly a third (29%) of women polled claim that they don’t even manage to pucker up once on an average day. National Kissing Day (6 July) could be the perfect opportunity for Brits to join the lucky lot who claim they kiss up to 10 times a day (19%).
What’s more nearly a quarter of women (24%) have experienced a kissing drought and gone for over a year without so much as a hint of a kiss. The average period of non-lip action is three to six months for nearly a third (30%) of women. The forecast is not so bad for a fifth (21%) of women who don’t go any longer than a month without a kiss.
The good news is, what we lack in quantity, we definitely make up in quality. In the league of best and worst kissers, the Brits sweep the board with nearly half (42%) of the vote for great kissing. The Italians – the Casanovas of Europe come in second with 15%, closely followed by the French with 13%.
When it comes to kissing etiquette, there are some things you just shouldn’t do. Well over a third (35%) of women voted bad breath as the worst offender. Slobbering all over your partner is a passion killer for a third (31%) of women and nearly a fifth (18%) are put off kissing someone who smokes.
Sunita Verma, Sparkle Dental Boutique, Hounslow says `National Kissing Day is a great way to show affection and we should all pucker up more often – not just for National Kissing day.’
If you are concerned about discoloured teeth or bad breath for the big day, then don’t forget to visit your dentist and hygienist.
June 5th, 2009
Hardip Dhillon (our hygienist) with a lovely patient
Does a visit with the hygienist for scaling and root planning fill you with dread?
If you’ve ever felt reluctant to have scaling carried out because of your concerns about the discomfort caused by deep scaling…then at Sparkle Dental Boutique, Brentford we may have the answer. We now can use a gel called Oraqix to give you a more comfortable visit.
Deep scaling or root planning is a procedure recommended by a hygienist or dentist when patients have gum disease. Gum disease is caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on teeth. If plaque is not removed thorough daily brushing and cleaning between the teeth, the bacteria produce toxins that can irritate and inflame the gums. Left untreated, gum tissues can separate from the teeth and form spaces called pockets. The pockets provide a home for more bacteria and if left untreated the process can continue until the bone and other tooth supporting tissues are destroyed resulting in tooth loss.
Hardip Dhillon, Hygienist at Sparkle Dental Boutique says “Oraqix is a gel which is placed into the pockets, resulting in anaesthesia of the area for about 20 minutes. This allows me to carry out treatment procedures such as probing, scaling and root planing. Patients that I have used Oraqix on are extremely happy with the result commenting on the speed in which treatment can now be carried out and the increased comfort levels. Many have requested future procedures to be carried out using this miracle gel!”
“The great news for my patients is that I have seen a fantastic response to this treatment as the procedure allows gum tissue to reattach to roots that are clean and smooth, allowing patients to hang on to their teeth longer, whilst preventing any sensitivity problems”.
If your gums are bleeding, red, swollen or tender, if your teeth are loose or beginning to separate then a visit with Hardip, may be the best way to look after your gums and teeth!