So, you want to whiten you teeth? Good idea! Or is it? Read on...

Whitening teeth is a great way to improve your smile. However, regulation has tightened up to make it safer, but there are a few things to be aware of:

  • ONLY dentally qualified people can do tooth whitening
  • SO, Over The Counter (OTC) products are available
  • BUT, some of them can be damaging to your teeth
  • BECAUSE the 'active ingredient' is heavily restricted, 
  • OTHER damaging ingredients may be added instead


  1. Citric acid which softens your teeth (it erodes them - it is acid!).
  2. Sodium carbonate peroxide which releases hydrogen peroxide, whitening yes, but may be damaging too, as the product is not regulated.
  3. Sodium Chlorite which eleases chlorine dioxide, both of which soften your enamel. Re-hardening takes a long time so your teeth are likely to get damaged.


  • damaged enamel does not grow back - ever.
  • thinner enamel will show the darker dentine underneath


  • your dentist or your hygienist if you want to whiten your teeth. 


  • Zoom Whitening. To kick start your whitening, have it done at Hilltop Dental Practice, then finish with some home whitening...  
  •  Pola Night whitening can be done in the comfort and privacy of your own home when it suits you. You can do this without the Zoom.



Let’s focus on ....sugar. We all know it is bad for our teeth, but with so many news items about diet, health and wellbeing, it is difficult to keep up and know what is right or wrong.      The bottom line is:

More frequent sugar = more tooth damage.

  • No more than 5 sugar intakes per day is the recommended - less if your teeth are not kept really clean. It's not easy...........write down all you consume over a day to see how challenging it is. Remember sweets in the car, biscuits with mid morning coffee at home or work, grazing whilst watching TV in the evening. It is difficult for children too; breakfast, mid morning snack, lunch, after school snack, evening meal. That's just for starters! Don't forget cartons of fruit juice, sweets on the way home from school, snack at children's club.

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A 'must have' for sports at school and clubs.

At Hilltop Dental Practice in Cheltenham, we recommend wearing a custom made mouth guard for practice sessions, not just matches. It’s too late after it happens.

Mouthguards are essential for most contact sports, but they should also be used for other activities where injuries could occur.

Contact Sports: Rugby, Martial Arts
Collision Sports: Football, Cricket, Basketball, Hockey, Water polo, Lacrosse, Netball, Squash.
General Activities: Horse riding/racing/hunting, Skateboarding, BMX riding, Skiing.

hot lemon

Stop drinking hot water with lemon in it if you want good looking teeth

Lemon juice in hot water…what a great way to start the day…or is it?

Advocates say it wakes up the liver, flushes out toxins, stimulates digestion, supports weight loss and soothes an upset tummy.

But be warned! It will erode tooth enamel and lead to darker and discoloured teeth.

Professor Damien Walmsley, the British Dental Association’s scientific adviser, said studies show the more acidic a drink is, the more it erodes the teeth. He
warned that lemon juice is particularly damaging, especially when combined with hot water. ‘Lemon juice has a pH of between 2 and 3 is therefore highly acidic.

‘The temperature of the water can exacerbate this effect because erosion is more severe at higher temperatures.Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, said ‘Lemon in hot water may be a good way of getting some vitamin C but it can play havoc with your teeth.