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    EZ Teether Featured in British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy

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    We’re pleased to announce that we are featured in the latest edition of the British Society of Dental Hygine and Therapy (BDSHT) Journal.

    The BDSHT is a professional association which represents the interests of dental hygenists.

    It’s the largest body for practicing dental hygenists, therapists and students in the UK.

    The BDSHT scientific journal is distributed to members of the body bi-monthly and covers everything from ethical & legal issues to oral health best practices.

    In our feature, we discussed adult teething and wisdom tooth related problems.

    EZ Teether – Now Available on Amazon

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    After a successful pre-order stage following months of development, research and testing we’re proud to announce that the EZ Teether is now available on Amazon.

    The EZ Teether was originally sketched using a diagram from a university textbook, since then it’s undergone several refinements and improvements to become a medically certified and commercially available product.

    You can now get your hands on the first adult teether of it’s kind.

    We hope that our invention will help people across the UK manage and relieve their frustrating wisdom tooth pain.

    You can get yours here.

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    Wisdom Tooth Facts and Statistics

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    Ever wondered how many people suffer from wisdom tooth pain, why wisdom teeth are extracted or why they are even there in the first place?

    We’ve collected a selection of wisdom tooth facts, figures and statistics;

    1. Lower wisdom teeth are the most commonly extracted. This is because the lower wisdom teeth are often not involved in your bite. Also the vast majority of pericoronitis cases (inflammation of the soft tissue around a wisdom tooth) occur in the lower wisdom teeth.

    2. Wisdom teeth generally decay at an increased rate in comparison to other teeth due to their position in the mouth, which makes them very difficult to clean.

    3. Just under 10% of wisdom tooth extraction patients experience symptoms such as prolonged bleeding and altered touch sensation.

    4. Surgical extraction of wisdom teeth can cause fractures to the lower Jaw, though these cases are extremely rare.

    5. Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt in the mouth and are the most frequently removed teeth.

    6. 90% of 20 year olds have at least one wisdom tooth that hasn’t erupted or has erupted partially. It’s not unusual for Wisdom teeth to erupt until someone is into their late 20’s and 30’s.

    7. Around 2% of people are born without any wisdom teeth at all.

    8. Wisdom tooth pain is the most common reason that young adults seek emergency dental care.

    9. Wisdom teeth come through most commonly between the ages of 17 and 25. It’s assumed that they are named due to people around that age being young yet “wiser than a child”.

    10. Wisdom teeth were originally evolved to assist with chewing for a diet rich in unrefined, raw foods such as leaves, roots, nuts and meat.

    It’s also claimed that wisdom tooth impaction is more common now as the modern diet tends to be softer.

    11. Wisdom tooth extraction is usually performed only with local anaesthetic, though many patients opt to be sedated in order to reduce feelings of anxiety.

    12. Wisdom teeth contain stem cells, which may be used to treat other medical conditions.

    13. Permanent paresthesia is a risk of wisdom tooth removal. It causes numbness and in some cases an uncomfortable “pins and needles” like sensation in the mouth.

    Dental expert Dr. Jay W. Friedman, estimated in a research paper in 2007 that over 11000 people suffer permanent paresthesia following the extraction of wisdom teeth.

    14. A report from 1994 found that 90% of people on oral and maxillofacial surgery hospital waiting lists were awaiting the removal of wisdom teeth.

    15. The incidence of wisdom tooth removal is estimated to be 4 per 1000 person-years in England and Wales.

    16. Wisdom tooth removal is one of the top 10 inpatient and day-case procedures.

    17. Impacted wisdom teeth can destroy teeth and bone which sit adjacent to them.

    18. Impacted wisdom teeth are a fairly modern problem. Our teeth used to naturally wear away due to eating rough foods.

    By the time the wisdom teeth erupted, the rest of the teeth in the mouth had usually decayed, allowing the wisdom teeth space to erupt without getting in the way of other teeth.

    19. The practice of routine wisdom tooth extraction began in the 1950’s. By the 1990’s over 70,000 people were having their wisdom teeth removed in hospital.

    20. Dr. Tara Renton, professor of oral surgery at King’s College London stated in 2015 that up to half a million wisdom tooth extractions are performed on the NHS every year.

    For more detailed information, please visit our understanding wisdom teeth and wisdom teeth coming in pages.

    For more information on the EZ Teether and how it can help to alleviate the pain associated with wisdom teeth, please visit our about and design pages.

    Press Coverage

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    Since we first announced the development of the EZ Teether product, we’ve gained some pretty varied UK media coverage.

    We’ve acquired features from a variety of publications, here’s a quick run down of some of our recent appearances and features we have appeared in so far this year:

    Women’s Fitness

    Women’s Fitness is one of the top women’s health, lifestyle and health glossies.

    Over the years Women’s Fitness have published several articles around oral health and surrounding topics.

    They featured us recently  in their “Health Wrap” section, which catalogs the latest health and wellbeing trends and products. 

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    Woman and Home

    Woman and Home are another monthly glossy to feature the EZ Teether, which they selected for their “clever buys for teeth” section.

    Their magazine has been printing since the 1920’s and reaches hundreds of thousands of people per month, we’re over the moon to be included!

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    The cutting reads:

    “A dental student has invented the world’s first adult teether, to combat the agony of problem wisdom teeth”

    “Jeevan Boyal came up with the idea after spotting a baby with a teething aid while he was suffering with his own painful wisdom teeth. The 21-year old was surprised to discover that there was little help available for painful wisdom teeth.”

     

    Woman’s Own

    We also featured in the health section of weekly mag Woman’s Own.

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    The cutting reads;

    “This adult teething aid has been developed by a Sheffield dental student to ease the agony of wisdom teeth coming in. The biting down action will help manage the pain and provide a welcome distraction too.”
     

    Startups

    Startups are a UK online resource that provide insights into new businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs.

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    An excerpt from the article;

    “My first big breakthrough was receiving the appearance model of the EZ teether. Being able to hold and use what was initially an idea as a physical product signified the end of the design journey and the start of a new chapter in EZ teether – getting it into the hands of the public.”

    You can read the full article on the Startups site.

    If you would like to request a sample of the EZ Teether for media purposes or would like to be included on our press list, please contact us

    National Smile Month

    National Smile Month 2017 Begins

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    National Smile Month is a campaign by the Oral Health Foundation, which will be running from the 15th of May to the 15th of June. It’s the largest and longest running campaign of its kind in the UK and aims to promote good oral health. This year will be its fourth decade of operation.

    The campaign seeks to promote fairly simple oral health practices, for example:

    • Brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste
    • Cutting down on sugary foods and drinks
    • Having regular dental check-ups

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    Though these objectives may seem rather basic, some of the statistics and figures show just why the message needs to be driven home.

    The campaign also states that despite the people in the UK being the second most likely to visit their dentist (at 72%, just behind the Netherlands), a quarter of UK adults admit to not visiting the dentist in two years and a quarter only visit their dentist when a problem arises. This prevents their dentist from advising preventative measures, which could save them from causing lasting and even serious damage to their teeth.

    According to the oral health foundation, a quarter of adults admit to not brushing twice a day, one in three people have never flossed their teeth and the UK spends a staggering £5.8 billion a year on dental treatments.

    Smiles and teeth are rated the second most attractive feature by both men and women, behind personality, while only around 10% of men and women have oral health which can be considered “excellent” and half of the population are unhappy with their teeth, stating cosmetic reasons such as discolouration as one of the main reasons for dissatisfaction.

    The Risks of Poor Oral Health

    Some of the most worrying statistics found through the Oral Health Foundation’s research were regarding children’s teeth.

    Since the National Smile Month campaign started in the 70’s oral health conditions in this country have generally improved. However, several statistics concerning children have shown a different trend. This is largely due to changes in the diets of children over the past 40 years.

    Around 40% of children do not visit the dentist each year and to make matters worse, 15% of all daily calories consumed by four to ten year olds are from sugar. Young people in England also drink more sugary soft drinks than anywhere else on the continent.

    Habits like these can be contributing factors to much larger oral health issues later in life, but oral health related issues can cause other, more direct issues as some of the stats show.

    From 2010 to 2015, there was almost a 20% increase in children being admitted to hospital with tooth decay related issues and tooth extractions are the biggest causes of children being admitted to hospital for general anaesthetic. With there being a cost implication to an already stretched NHS, it’s important that we all do our bit to keep on top of our oral hygiene and reduce these admissions.

    On another serious note oral cancer is one of the most serious health risks that can be detected by your dentist. It’s often caused by tobacco and alcohol consumption and it is the 10th most common cancer in men and the 11th most common for women. Therefore regular dental check-ups are vital to detect the signs of serious health issues.

    So it’s quite easy to see while the objectives of National Smile Month are quite simple, that they are actually very important issues which cost billions each year in the UK and cause great damage to both the general and oral health of adults and children, which no doubt will be adding greater costs and pressures on the NHS.

    The Relationship Between Good Oral Health and Wisdom Teeth

    Of course, good oral health is conductive to wisdom tooth health. If you are regularly visiting your dentist, any issues with your oral health will be able to be identified quickly and an effective treatment will be able to be given.

    Identifying the signs of eruption early can be useful in terms of suggesting the right course of action.

    So far National Smile Month has been highly effective in improving dental health initiatives in both the UK and the United states, but as the figures show, there are still many improvements which need to be made.