It’s a summer of sport!

Whether you’re an armchair fan, an active participant or a sucker for the social side of spectator sports, July 2018 has something for everyone. And it’s got us dentists thinking too…

You say: “It’s the World Cup Final on 15 July!”
We say: Have you thought about a sports guard?
Watching the world’s greatest players duck and dive on the pitch is one thing, but if you’re replicating their moves yourself, you’ll need a decent mouth guard. Here at Rhiwbina Dental, we’ll craft a bespoke sports guard for you – far superior to the boil-and-go version you can buy in the chemist. It’s a cost-effective solution to the kinds of injury that can run into thousands (don’t forget, knocked-out front teeth aren’t covered on the NHS!).

You say: “Can’t wait to see Serena and Rapha at Wimbledon!”
We say: “Go easy on the strawberries and Pimm’s!”
There’s no better excuse to get stuck into a jug of Pimm’s and a punnet of strawberries than when Wimbledon rolls around each summer. But did you know that the combination of fruit, liqueur and lemonade wreaks havoc on your teeth? Both Pimm’s and lemonade are packed with sugar, and the fruit adds a lovely hit of acid to the mix. The result? Erosion – which in turn causes teeth to yellow. While we can fix the staining with a professional teeth whitening treatment, you can maintain your smile by opting for lower-sugar lemonade (brands like 7UP and Sprite contain almost three times as much sugar as supermarket bottles).

You say: “Who’s going to take a tumble in the Tour de France?”
We say: “Look! It’s sponsored by a water brand!”

Unlike most official sports sponsors (cigarette brands and junk food anyone?), the Tour de France has found a rather wholesome sponsor in Vittel. And it’s a great reminder of all the benefits drinking water brings – especially in warmer weather. Substituting fruit juices and alcohol with water more often will do wonders not only for your skin and body, but your teeth too – water washes away food that sticks to your teeth and causes plaque, and keeps your mouth feeling fresh.

You say: “Nothing beats the adrenaline buzz of the Grand Prix!”
We say: “Step away from those energy drinks!”

Energy drinks have a huge presence in motor racing – their branding sits well with the fast pace of petrol-head season. But energy drinks are wolves in sheep’s clothing when it comes to oral health – their spurious claims to enhance performance have seen them aligned with sports, yet they are actually extremely unhealthy. Some cans are packed more sugar than you’re meant to consume in a whole day – up to 20 teaspoons!

We’re festival-ready with our amazing Rhiwbina raffle!

Not long to go now until the Rhiwbina Village Festival on 30th June – and following the success of our festival raffle last year, we’re aiming to outdo ourselves at this year’s event!

In-between all the dancing, donkey rides and jam-packed fun, we’ll be selling tickets for our fabulous raffle in aid of FaceUp Cymru – the Head, Neck & Oral Cancer Foundation. We’ve been working really hard amassing a great collection of prizes – and with tickets only £1 a strip, it’s a fantastic chance to win something special.

The prizes revealed!

  • Cut and blow-dry from Michelle George
  • Glass ornament from Froggadog
  • Teeth whitening home kit from Rhiwbina Dental
  • Hygiene appointment at Rhiwbina Dental
  • Electric toothbrush/goody bag from Rhiwbina Dental
  • Flower arrangement from The Florist of Cardiff
  • Microdermabrasion treatment at In Skin Hair & Beauty
  • Blow Dry from In Skin Hair & Beauty
  • Nail treatment from In Skin Hair & Beauty
  • Cricket tickets for a T20 game
  • Rugby Autumn Internationals: Wales V Australia tickets
  • Penderyn whisky
  • Lanson Champagne
  • Rosé wine
  • SlimFit session from Beauty Beyond
  • Beauty treatment vouchers from Sadie’s Hair & Beauty Base
  • WRU replica rugby ball signed by Wales & British and Irish Lions Captain, Sam Warburton
  • Veuve Clicquot Champagne

…and many more prizes to be added!

So why FaceUp Cymru?
FaceUp Cymru supports patients through the journey of head, neck and mouth cancer, helping them to come to terms with their diagnosis and manage their treatment. The charity’s aim is make patients’ lives more comfortable; this might include providing specialist equipment, or funding a dedicated physiotherapist, social worker or clinical nurse who specialises in wound care. It also provides counselling and patient self-help groups to help with confidence building, coping strategies, target setting and coping with disfigurement.
John Hawkins, who established the original Rhiwbina Dental surgery nearly 50 years ago, is a trustee of the charity, having suffered with oral cancer himself. As we still have such a close relationship with John (as do many of our patients), FaceUp Cymru is a charity very close to our hearts.

At the 2016 festival we raised an amazing £1,360.68, and set ourselves a target of beating that last year – and we did it, raising a fantastic £1,420. So spread the word about the Rhiwbina raffle, because we want to outdo ourselves this year!

What is the floss, and why is everyone doing it?!

If you’re on Instagram or you have children, the chances are you’ve heard of the floss. The dance craze of the moment, it basically involves swinging your hips while moving your arms in front and behind. Get the coordination right and the move looks uncannily similar to a flossing session in front of the mirror. So why is everyone doing it?

The floss has actually been around for a while (in internet terms anyway) – it was invented in 2016 by an American teenage Instagram star called the Backpack Kid. His real name is Russell Horning and he has 1.7 million followers, all captivated by his signature dance moves, executed wearing a backpack and a deadpan expression. This summer, the floss looks set to reach its global peak – literally everyone is doing it, in playgrounds and football stadiums, on the news and on chat shows. It even inspired the Czech Republic’s Eurovision performance!

And while the floss is likely to have been long forgotten by next summer, it’s one bandwagon we’re happy to jump on here at Rhiwbina Dental!

Let the floss inspire you to…

…brush for two minutes, twice a day. This is the most important thing you can do to keep plaque at bay. Plaque is a biofilm of bacteria that continually forms around the gum line, which will attack enamel and gums if not brushed away regularly. Two minutes is the proven time you need to remove plaque effectively.

…floss at least once a day. If you only brush, you’re potentially missing 40 percent of your teeth, leaving food behind that will cause staining, tooth decay, bad breath and gum problems, as well as allowing all that plaque to harden into tartar, which exacerbates those problems and can only be removed by a professional.

…schedule your hygiene appointment. Regular hygiene appointments are crucial to maintaining healthy teeth and gums, fresh breath and a stain-free smile. You don’t need to see the dentist beforehand but can book directly with your hygienist, who will carry out a professional deep-clean and offer the latest tips and techniques for keeping your smile healthy at home.

Be inspired by the floss! Call us today on 029 2062 6551 to book your direct-access hygiene appointment at Rhiwbina Dental.

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