Energy drinks and liquid gels- Dental health

  • Energy drinks and liquid gels

Hello everyone. I have been busy outside of work these last few months training for my up coming triathlon at Southwell. I enjoy the exercise and the fresh outdoor air. There is nothing like it for clearing the head and relieving stress.

Triathlon season is in full swing and anyone who cycles or runs regularly will probably be using some method of fuelling their bodies through those arduous hours of exercise. Energy drinks and gels are popular and effective but it is worth considering the impact these are having on the health of your teeth.


Frequent consumption of these especially on a regular basis can increase your risk of tooth decay. The reason for this is because they are full of sugar and this reacts with bacteria in plaque to produce acids which over time soften the enamel and dentine structure of your teeth causing a hole – or cavity to form.

If you keep regular mealtimes then this is less likely to occur as your teeth have time to recover between each acid attack. But if you are snacking frequently in between meals or using gels and energy drinks regularly during training your teeth do not have time to recover between acid attacks increasing your risk of tooth decay. This is especially true if you are going on long bike rides or runs and consuming a gel every 20-45 minutes.

So what can you do to prevent this?

1. It is worth considering alternatives to gels and energy drinks such as nuts, dried fruit, bananas and a good breakfast.
2. Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and after training also.
3. Floss your teeth daily to remove plaque build up between your teeth.
4. If you really can’t give up the gels and energy drinks let your dentist know, so they can take more regular X Ray’s and carry out examinations to keep a closer eye for any early signs of decay.
5. Also it may be worth increasing your intake of fluoride as this protects teeth from decay. This could be in the form of fluoride mouthwashes or special toothpastes. Your dentist will be able to give you further details.

A useful tip – If I use a gel or energy drink I always rinse my mouth out with water afterwards.

I hope you have found this blog useful. Remember carry on enjoying the exercise but just don’t forget all about your teeth!

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Front tooth knocked out

Oh No I’ve knocked my front tooth out!

This is every parents worst nightmare to be confronted with their crying child who has had an accident and knocked their front tooth out.
Firstly don’t panic. Find the tooth, if it is a baby tooth then do NOT put it back in the mouth – don’t worry they will grow another one, however if it is an adult tooth it should be reimplanted as soon as possible.

Here is a step by step guide on what to do:-

Primary action: Tooth should be replaced as soon as possible after accident.
There are situations where tooth should not be replanted without first contacting a dentist. These are related to specific medical conditions:
• Where the child is immunosuppressed (on chemotherapy or had a transplant- heart, kidney, lung, ect…) or seeing a specialist (immunologist) to treat an immune defect.

A. In Cases where the Dentist has been informed by telephone on avulsion:
Instruction should be:
1. Stay calm.
2. Find the tooth immediately.
3. Gently rinse under running tap water or milk to remove large dirt particles.
4. Avoid scraping the root, and try to hold the tooth by the crown (NOT THE POINTY BIT).
5. Replace the tooth as soon as possible with the pointy surface going first into the socket and the crown end facing out into the mouth. (Place as far into the socket as possible until level with the other teeth, child will normally stop you as it will be sore before it is fully seated).
6. Keep the tooth in place by asking the child to bite on a piece of tissue, gauze, etc…
7. Seek immediate dental consultation and treatment Emergency Dental Service/A & E.

B. In cases where the parent/guardian is not capable of replacing the tooth at the site of injury:
1. Stay calm.
2. The parent/guardian should avoid touching the root or using disinfectant.
3. Put the tooth in a moist environment (preferably in cold fresh milk).
4. Attend to see Dentist immediately.

Let’s hope you never need to use this guide. Please consider having a mouth guard made for your child particularly if they play any contact sports. Prevention is always better than cure!


Introduction and Tooth Whitening

Welcome to our first blog. We are very proud of our practice and new website and hope you like it too.

The idea of these blogs is to talk about issues that patients commonly raise when they come to see us and hopefully provide some useful information to everyone out there.

For our first blog we are going to talk about tooth whitening – the gentle way to improve the appearance of your teeth.


A lovely patient came to see me some months back and they hated the appearance of their front teeth. What was the problem? They had tetracycline staining which causes yellowish/ brown stains. They were considering veneers but I suggested tooth whitening as this is much less destructive.

A few months down the line and it has made such a difference to their smile and well being and it is so easy to do.

Sometimes when patients have crowding of their front teeth but don’t want to go down the route of braces a course of tooth whitening can help to brighten them and although the crowding is still present the overall appearance is improved and the crowding less noticeable.

How does it work?

We use Carbamide Peroxide 10% which equates to 3% hydrogen peroxide. We provide custom made trays that patients place this solution in and wear 4 hours or overnight and it basically breaks down into water and oxygen and it is the oxygen factor that diffuses through the tooth structure and oxidises any stains. No tooth structure is removed in the entire process.

What are the side effects?

The most common side effect is sensitivity. But this is transient and will disappear once you stop whitening. There are sensitive toothpastes that can help to reduce the effects of this. Otherwise it’s pretty safe to use provided you have well fitting trays made and follow instructions.

This is why it’s so important to have the procedure done by a dentist as they can make and fit trays that don’t cause leakage and sore gums.

Does it work?

Yes, but remember how well it will work will depend on how long you want to do the treatment for and how white you want them to go. Bear in mind you probably won’t get Ross like whiteness – do you remember that episode from Friends? But it is great as a general uplift.

How long does it last?
Can last up to 12 to 18 months. My patients then top up as required.

Please call the practice as we have some great new patients offers on tooth whitening or check out our website.

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