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How Oral Health and General Health Are Closely Related [Infographic]

We have a guest infographic today on a topic we’ve mentioned several times in previous articles – how closely your oral health is interlinked with your general health. This infographic from Dervla Leavy Dental Care aims to increase awareness on the causes and effects of poor oral health and provides guidelines as to how to decrease the burden… Read More


NHS versus Private Dental Care – What Should You Go For?

Knowing how the dental system in England works is as important as knowing how to brush. When you have the right information at your disposal regarding dental costs, where you can get the best care and what options are available we believe you are more likely to regularly visit a dentist and take care of… Read More


Top 10 Toothpick Uses That Will Make Your Life Easier

From keeping pots from boiling and fixing a leaky garden hose, to cooking potatoes faster, a toothpick can be used in so many different ways you wouldn’t even think of. My grandmother sticks a toothpick into cakes during baking and if it comes out clean the cake is done. While others build toothpick structures such as this one and the one that… Read More


Mouthwash – all you need to know.

With the battle to get your cash, the large pharmaceutical companies spend millions of pounds marketing their products aimed at keeping your breath fresh and free of decay and gum disease. Here we find out more about the benefits for rinsing and spitting mouthwash as part of your oral hygiene routine. So do you need… Read More


Sugar – the silent killer

What sugar does to our teeth? Not only is the rising sugar which has crept into our diets got us fatter and craving for the next hit, it’s killing our teeth. Around half of 8 year olds have dental decay and that means likely decay in their adult teeth. Around 500 kids a week in… Read More


Dental Checkup – What Does the Dentist Look For?

A dental checkup or examination appointment is a very important opportunity for a dentist to identify any early signs of dental problems, which usually takes less than 30 minutes for routine check ups and around 45 minutes to 1 hour for new patients. This is because most dental problems when found early can be treated… Read More


Paying for Private Dental Care – Your Options Explained

Private dental care carries with it a stigma that it is expensive and only available to the well off. In this piece we want to explore how private dentistry has recently grown as more and more people realise the potential of what modern dental treatment can offer. The private dental market in the UK is… Read More


Healthy Access – Our Open Data Project, Goes Live!

Today we launch Healthy Access, our collaboration with Digital Catapult, Patient.co.uk, Mastodon C, Noetika and many more. Together we have created a score for access to health in over 300 locations in England.  Why Healthy Access? Healthy Access provides a gauge on the relative ease of living a healthy life in different parts of England…. Read More


Could you clone a human from a tooth? Say John Lennon?

Last week, we blogged about Canadian dentist, Dr Michael Zuk, an avid collector of celebrity teeth, who sent one of Elvis Presley’s dental crowns on a tour of UK dental clinics in a bid to raise awareness of oral cancer. Part of DR Zuk’s tooth collection included the wisdom tooth of Beatle musician John Lennon…. Read More


In The News: Elvis Presley’s False Tooth Tours UK to Raise Awareness for Oral Cancer

Nearly a dozen dentists across England, Scotland and Wales will be taking part in a mouth cancer awareness day that could get Rock and Roll fans All Shook Up, as a dental crown worn by Elvis Presley tours Great Britain. Nicknamed the King’s Crown, a mould of Presley’s teeth containing a genuine dental crown made… Read More


TalkHealth Dental Forum Now Live!

We’re pleased to announce our newest partnership with TalkHealth, the NHS Choices partner for health forums and online clinics. Together with the British Dental Health Foundation we are backing their new dental health forum, where users can discuss anything to do with dental health and dentistry. Other forums and clinics on the site are already… Read More


Did You Know Your Dentist Can Do Botox?

In the past, you might have gone to a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist for Botox injections. Getting Botox was a lot less common, with fewer professionals carrying out the procedure, also making it more expensive. Today, dentists and nurses, with proper training, can carry out the procedure as well. Botox is used to smooth… Read More


FoodSwitch – A Free and Simple App to Help You Choose Healthier Products

Imagine not having to scrutinise the nutrition labels in the supermarkets – but still being able to quickly pick the healthiest product on each shelf? Would save a lot of time right?  In our quest to help our community make informed choices about looking after their teeth, we came across the FoodSwitch app. The app was… Read More


How To Brush Your Teeth, And What Can Happen If You Don’t

Everyone knows that lax oral hygiene can lead to a wide number of problems, but sometimes we all need a gentle reminder of the risk we run by cutting corners. In this article we run you through some of the most common problems that can arise and how you can make sure to avoid them…. Read More


Did You Know? You Can Now Bypass The Dentist And Go Straight To A Hygienist

Been putting off going to the dentist? Only need some advice and a clean? Good news – new legislation means you can go straight to a dental hygienist for a professional teeth cleaning and advice on your dental health. Leading hygienist John Stanfield explains. Dentists, like many doctors, are often busy and have a long… Read More


The State of UK Children’s Teeth – Guest Post by Dental Specialist Tony Kilcoyne

Tooth decay is STILL the third most common reason for children to be hospitalised in England; yet, it’s one of the easiest conditions to prevent, if we follow some simple steps without fail. Clearly something has to change, but what and how? Read below (see Table 1) for some great practical everyday tips you and… Read More


Our Guide To 5 Top UK Parenting Websites Right Now

The web provides us with a range of resources at our fingertips and it can be a particularly useful tool for parents. There are some fantastic online parenting websites that offer a great sense of community and feature plenty of information, advice and support – from baby food recipes to tips on tackling the terrible… Read More


Taking An Autistic Child To The Dentist [Infographic]

As part of long-term commitment to education around children and dental health, we take a special look at what a dentist visit can be like for a child with special needs. Teaming up with Anna Kennedy OBE, one of the UK’s most prolific campaigner for children with autism (and Tesco Mum of the Year 2013),… Read More


Children’s Teeth – From Pregnancy to Teenage Years [Infographic]

This month’s infographic summarises our advice on caring for your children’s teeth. Prepared in partnership with leading dentists, specialised in treating children, we hope it will give you all a fresh view on what, and what not, to do. Here is some taster information we found especially interesting: Your baby’s oral health is dependent on… Read More


More Dental Games and Apps That Make Children Want To Brush

More than a quarter of British five-year-olds suffer from tooth decay, according to a study published by Public Health England last year. These aren’t isolated cases either, with these children typically having three or four decayed teeth. Although the problem is complex and involves contributing factors such as the parents’ dental health and diet, as… Read More


Packed Lunches – How Much Sugar Are You Giving Your Child?

You carefully prepare your kid’s lunch box, but do you really know what you’re sending them to school with? A study by consumer watchdog by the name of Which? found that a typical British school lunch contains around 60 grams of sugar. That equates to around 12 teaspoons of the stuff, which makes the meal… Read More


Nice Toothpick Coverage in Bizzkube

Bizzkube, the fast growing news platform for tech and business, has covered Toothpick amongst their latest startup reviews. The result? Well, we love it. Here’s what they’re all about: “Bizzkube collate and cover the most exciting news stories in the technology and business space. We hand select the stories that matter to the modern entrepreneur… Read More


Help! My Child is Teething!

It’s true, there’s no manual that comes with a baby; so raising them is up to you. Fortunately, however, there is available information to help when a baby goes through certain stages. A particularly difficult case, especially for first time parents, is when your child is teething. How Do I Know If My Child Is… Read More


4 Reasons Every Parent Should Get ‘Black Toothed Ruth Black’ – Win A Copy With Us!

Toothpick has teamed up with the authors of Black Toothed Ruth Black to help more children learn important lessons about oral hygiene. We’re giving away 25 copies of the book – head over to Facebook to enter the competition! Black-Toothed Ruth Black is a new children’s book written by Peter Barron and illustrated by Paul Wick. Using illustrations any… Read More


How To Find a Good Dentist for Children

Introducing the idea of going to the dentist to your children while they’re young means they are less likely to be afraid to go when they get older. Some dentists even recommend parents to bring young children along to their own dentists visits, to help them get accustomed to the experience. The British Dental Association recommends… Read More


Baby teeth and dummies – what’s the harm?

Dummies might have a calming effect on your baby, but they can also do bad things to young teeth. Before you decide whether to give your young child a dummy, let’s consider some of the research around baby teeth and dummies, and look at potential problems (and costs) that you and your child could face… Read More


8 Ways You Can Drastically Improve Your Child’s First Dentist Visit

There are two types of people in the world, those who are terrified of the dentist and those who think it’s no big deal. Making a first dentist visit early and managing your child’s dental appointments wisely are the keys to a happily ever after for their future dental health. 1. Take Your Child to the… Read More


Baby Teeth – Tooth Fairy and Worldwide Traditions

Losing baby teeth can be a bit traumatic for children. After all, body parts falling off is generally not a good thing. If the tooth isn’t loose enough, it can be a little painful, and can cause some minor bleeding. Over the centuries, parents have developed traditions and customs to excite children about the event… Read More


How To Get Your Child To Brush Their Teeth – And When To Start

Dental care is important for children from birth. Don’t wait until your kids have a full set of teeth to begin teaching them about dental care. Establishing healthy habits early on will set your children up for a lifetime of strong pearly whites. Getting your child to brush their teeth is the first important step. … Read More


Our Quick Guide To Pregnancy and Oral Health

All pregnant women know it is very important to keep regular doctor visits to make sure their baby is healthy and developing well. But seeing a medical doctor isn’t enough; it’s important to visit the dentist for an examination early in your pregnancy, and to keep your regular scale and polish visits throughout. Here’s our… Read More


’12 hours at the Dentistry Show 2014′ – Word From Our Ceo

The Dentistry Show 2014 kicked off nice and early this year for me, getting roped into taking part in a 9am filming with JSP Media Group, directed by Jem Patel himself. The performance, a bid to support dental charity Bridge2Aid, was our somewhat rusty version of Peter Kay’s ‘Amarillo’ – thoroughly enjoyed by stunned and bemused onlookers completing the final… Read More


How To Look After Your Child’s Teeth – An Introduction

Dear readers – we are embarking on a month long campaign on the blog, that will see you educated and inspired when it comes to looking after your child’s teeth. Today’s post is an introduction to dental hygiene for children, and it will be followed by more specific posts on related topics. Comments, requests or… Read More


Our Kids Campaign Starts Next Week!

Proud and excited to see our growing community of Toothpick fans engaging more and more each week! Here is a sneak preview of some original artwork that will be part of our month long campaign on children’s dental health, starting next week. If you’re a dentist and you want to contribute with your knowledge on… Read More


International Children’s Charity, Smile Train, Aims to Change the World One Smile at Time

Toothpick is partnering with Smile Train to help bring funds to the world’s largest cleft charity. Below, Smile Train’s CEO, Susannah Schaefer, details the true power of a smile. One of the simplest, yet most powerful forms of self-expression is the smile. Smiling also has many other benefits.  It’s been proven that smiling is actually healthy,… Read More


5 Unexpected Reasons People are Afraid of the Dentist

Many people fear going to the dentist. Just in 2013, 12% of the population reported having some kind of general anxiety about going to the dentist, according to this UK study. There are many reasons that people panic at the thought of sitting in a dentist’s chair, though oftentimes it’s not exactly what you would think. Here… Read More


4 Recipes With Dental Friendly Foods To Start The Week

Big weekend? Quite often, our weekend dietary habits take a toll on both our bodies and our teeth. We’ve picked out four key recipes with dental friendly foods to give you a boost this week. While many of these ingredients actively promote dental health, the remainder are closely chosen to avoid ingredients that might harm… Read More


5 Cosmetic Dentistry Trends You Should Probably Avoid

As a general rule, an appointment with the dentist is always a good idea. Lately, though, people are visiting the dentist for cosmetic dentistry trends that actually harm their teeth. If you want a gorgeous smile, and healthy teeth and gums, these are five dental cosmetic trends you should probably avoid.  Widening the Gap A… Read More


Invisible Braces – Want to Go Incognito?

If you have problems with crooked teeth, it can be hard to have confidence in your appearance. To make matters worse, some teeth straightening solutions are hardly inconspicuous. Not ideal when you’re feeling self-conscious. However, invisible braces, a new alternative to traditional orthodontic treatments, can grant you a perfectly straight set of teeth whether you… Read More


An Introduction to Teeth Straightening

Everybody has the odd wayward tooth or two that seems to have branched out from the rest. Misaligned teeth can undermine your confidence, and, aside from cosmetic concerns, an uneven bite can cause problems in your neck and back. Fortunately, there are various straightening solutions available that will leave you with a better arranged smile,… Read More


5 Common Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures – Why, How Much and For Who? [Infographic]

February at Toothpick has been all about the appearance of your teeth, and some basic dental hygiene, such as remedies for bad breath. We’ve explored the basics of cosmetic dentistry, and looked at the impact a bright and shiny smile can have on your life – especially in the area of sex and dating. We now… Read More


7 Crazy Kissing World Records

Who doesn’t like kissing? Most people enjoy a good kiss (assuming your partner has fresh breath), but some people have gone above and beyond with their kissing — either for the joy of holding a world record or to raise money for great charitable causes. Here are a few of the strangest kissing world records… Read More


8 Dating Deal Breakers To Navigate On A First Date

Nothing like some good old self-analysis before you get into the game, folks. We’ve dug out some key research about the top dating deal breakers you should be aware of if you’re aiming for a second date. Some are easy to rectify, others may require some work in the long term if you want to… Read More


Bad Breath – Causes, Cures and Some Quick Fixes

One in five people feel bad breath is the most unattractive quality in a person, according to the British Dental Association. Most of us suffer from the condition from time to time, but what causes it? And most importantly, what can you do about it? As part of this month’s theme on dental health and… Read More


Some Worldwide Kissing Trivia To Impress Your Valentine’s

A big part of being romantic, or a loving person in general, is the ability and willingness to express affection. Kisses are the international symbol of recognition, affection, reverence, comfort, and friendship. It’s also, most likely, the desired result for your Valentine’s date this Friday. So how do you get the kiss at the end… Read More


What’s Behind These Actors’ Smiles?

The red carpet runways are filled with glamorous dresses, elaborate tuxedos, jewels, and of course, blindingly white smiles. If you ever see older pictures of some of your favourite celebs, you will realize that some of their smiles have come a long way from years back. In fact, most celebrities have some form of dental… Read More


Have You Used Illegal Teeth Whitening?

Forget about visiting a kiosk or beautician to get a pearly white smile. Legislation introduced on 31 October, 2012, has seen teeth whitening restricted to qualified dentists. So what’s changed, and what does it mean for the people of the UK? Petitions like this one from the UK Government would suggest that illegal teeth whitening… Read More


4 Surprising Facts About The Human Smile

You can do so much with your smile. You can use it to show your emotions, cheer up a friend, or even hide how you’re feeling. And there’s a science to how it all works. Do you want to learn how your smile works in connectivity with your brain? Continue reading to discover four surprising… Read More


What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry treatments are advertised more and more frequently. But what do these treatments entail, and how do they differ from regular dentist treatments? We are dedicating the month of February to cosmetic dentistry and dating (Valentine’s is only around the corner!) and this post explains the basic information you need to understand the role… Read More


Do People With Good Teeth Have More Sex?

There are lots of purported benefits of having healthy teeth, but one of the most intriguing is the suggestion that people with good teeth have more sex. Is there any truth to it? Check out these studies and see what you think. Straight Teeth Make a Stellar Impression If you’re looking for a first date… Read More


What is Toothpick?

So you’ve read some great content on the blog, and maybe even checked out Toothpick.com. But what is Toothpick? Here’s an introduction to a company we’re very proud of. Toothpick is the UK’s first, and leading, nationwide online dental appointment booking service. We allow users to find, compare and book local dentists at the touch… Read More