A new study suggests small amounts of cheddar shield your teeth from the enamel damaging effects of coffee, tea, and wine.


It turns out that cheddar may do more than turn up the flavour of your food. According to a new study from the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), cheese protects your pearly whites from acid erosion—the breakdown of enamel brought on by coffee, tea, wine, soda, and so on.

How does it work? Well, our mouths naturally have a slightly acidic (low) pH, and when we consume foods or drinks that drive that pH level even lower, our tooth enamel takes a hit. While saliva acts as a neutralizing agent and restores pH levels in the mouth after we eat, some foods can assist in the pH-boosting process. When AGD researchers tested how milk, yogurt, and cheddar cheese affect oral pH levels, they found that cheese elevates pH for 30 minutes after eating (milk and yogurt’s protective effects lasted only 10 minutes).

Researchers believe two factors make cheese a dental superstar. First, it’s a “sialagogue,” a compound that causes salivation. Cheese also contains teeth-strengthening casein phosphate. The best part: Neither factor is related to cheese’s fat content, which means low-fat varieties are just as effective.

Still, you don’t have to devour a whole wheel of low-fat cheese to enjoy its protective benefit. All it takes is about a third of a slice. For the biggest mouth-saving effect, take bites from a piece of cheese throughout the course of a meal, snack or glass of wine, and always ending with the cheese.


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Pierre’s Ear-To-Ear Smile

Another Super Ear-to-Ear smile from Pierre de Villiers as he departed from my practice after his Teeth Whitening procedure.Pierre de Villiers

Pierre de Villiers became a household name in South Africa due to his internationally recognised reality self-help book Dear Pierre which sold out within eight weeks in South Africa as well as being a TV Continuity Presenter for the country’s National Broadcaster SABC 2 in years gone by.

When anchoring TV shows like the SABC Big Brand TV Show as well as being a soap star in MNet’s Egoli Place of Gold he also reads the Business Day finance news on Jacaranda FM and gives back to the community by lecturing media studies at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) after resigning as youngest editor of the SA Military Medical Journal – as officer with the military rank of Captain.

While lecturing at the University of Johannesburg he does his training as psychotherapist and sets up private practice which causes considerable media interest. While maintaining his TV presence year after year by randomly presenting programmes like Matrics Uploaded for SABC 1 Pierre’s book sells out within weeks during 2013 and causes a mini media frenzy locally and abroad. Endless media interviews follow and Pierre is immediately cast as “Screen star turns author” by the newspapers with the Saturday Star doing a an in-depth profile and radio stations such as Jacaranda FM inviting him live on-air.

Dear Pierre Cover

An even bigger wave of media interest follows when FORBES Magazine Africa asks Pierre to anchor a TV talk show based on ‘Dear Pierre’ on sister company CNBC Africa. He finds himself live on-air talking to BBC comedian Ruby Wax who wrote the much acclaimed BBC series Absolutely Fabulous and founder of the Crawford Schools empire Greame Crawford flies out from Sydney to Johannesburg to meet Pierre in person for a signed copy before Ryan Seacrest’s mentor US TV personality Tom Sullivan writes a personal email to Pierre exclaiming: “BRAVO!” after reading his book.

After gracing the front cover of two international magazines early in 2014, Pierre now presents his own radio show based on his book while guest starring in Kyknet’s Binnelanders.

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Your child’s teething and tooth-loss timeline until old-age

Even before your baby was born, tooth buds were developing under his gums. Here’s when pearly whites tend to appear – and when baby teeth fall out to make way for permanent Teething timelineones.

It’s perfectly normal for a baby to show his first tooth as early as 3 months or as late as his first birthday. (Some babies are even born with teeth!)

We have a visual timeline ready for you from baby to old-age – ‘The life of a tooth”

Check it out here

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Why is Oral Health Important for Men?

Men are less likely than women to take care of their physical health and, according to surveys and studies; their oral health is equally ignored.Male oral Hygiene Good oral health recently has been linked with longevity. Yet, one of the most common factors associated with infrequent dental check-ups is just being male. READ MORE…

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First dental visit?

Here are some good pointers on the perils of thumb sucking. How old was your child when you took them for their first dental visit?

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Whether it’s the first tooth or the first birthday —no matter which happens first—it’s time for your child’s first dentist appointment! Your dentist will examine your child’s mouth and advise you on any concerns you have, such as thumb sucking.

If you are having trouble brushing your child’s teeth, your dentist or hygienist can show you a few methods to ensure you are doing a thorough job.

Regular exams are essential to your child’s oral health so be sure to keep regular appointments with your child’s dentist. 

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What to eat for Whiter Teeth

Stars like Jessica Alba and Scarlett Johansson need killer smiles for their livelihood, but for us mere mortals, a whiter, brighter smile can do wonders for our appearance and self-J albaconfidence. Plus, surveys reveal that one of the first things that people notice about others is their smile, and as that old saw goes, you only get one chance to make a first impression.

Eat (and drink) your way to a whiter healthier smile. Read more…

Dr Emil Jansen, Dentist Centurion

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A Fresh Start After Losing A Tooth

Are you one of the many men and women who have had a tooth extracted? If the tooth had been bothering you, it may have been a relief. Unless, of course, the tooth was in the front of your mouth and now the gaping hole shows every time you smile. Ignoring it is impossible because your tongue can’t leave it alone.

Once the tooth has been pulled, you have many decisions to make. Can I afford a dental bridge?  Do I want to damage two healthy teeth to anchor the bridge?

Should I go with a partial denture? What about bone loss?

What if you could have a fresh start? What if you could have a permanent, natural looking tooth replacement that would restore your smile and retain the healthy bone and gum tissue around the tooth root?

With a dental implant from our Centurion based practice, you can. A dental implant is a permanent replacement for all parts of the tooth. A dental implant consists of three parts: the titanium post, the abutment, and the restoration.

The Titanium Post —Inserted directly into the jaw bone —It is extremely strong —Titanium is unique in that it bonds with living bone tissue (also used in knee and hip replacement surgery)

The Abutment —Can be made of gold, porcelain or titanium —It is permanently attached to the Titanium Post (it will not slip and slide like dentures)

The Restoration (Dental Crown) —Usually made of porcelain fused to a metal alloy  —Is made to match the color of surrounding teeth —Will look as good or better than the tooth it replaced.

Dental implant surgery is not an experimental treatment. The materials and techniques have been tested and refined for several decades. It has been performed by dentists, maxillo-facial surgeons and prosthodontists for over twenty years.

To schedule a dental implant consultation, call (012) 653 4119

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From Flaw To Flawless, that could be you!

Colgate has created a very ingenious advertising campaign to promote their dental floss, but before I explain to you the main detail of these images, I will let you appreciate them quietly…

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Alright, now that you had time to quietly observe the images: in the first one you will now notice that she has one finger too many in her hand, in the second one a phantom arm is floating there, and in the third one the man has only one ear…

The campaign attained its purpose, because it proved that food remains on your teeth draw more attention than the physical defect…

This could be your time to gain entry into that luminous league whose smiles spark up every room they enter.

If you have questions about safe, quick, and predictable professionally supervised whitening, or other popular treatments that can rally your smile, look no further!

What is whitening?

It is a process that removes stains and discolouration to brighten your teeth enamel. After childhood, most people can benefit because their teeth tend to darken and yellow, pariculary if they…

  • drink coffe, tea, or red wine
  • have experienced a root canal procedure
  • chew or smoke tobacco
  • take certain medications experience      natural ageing

What are the benifits to me?

  • Teeth that have brightened up to a few      shades
  • greater self-confidence in social and      business settings
  • improved appearance
  • the freedom to smile more often

Why should I get supervised teeth whitening?

Two reasons:

  • Whithout supervision, ingredients found      in some off-the-shelf kits could injure your gums and other soft tissue in      the mouth and throat. or make you ill if ingested.
  • Unless appropriate for your teeth enamel      and degree of staining, results are unpredictable.

We make absolutely certain that the whitening ingredients and the system we prescribe for you suit your individual teeth and gums, smile goals, and budget!

For other popular treatments that can rally your smile, remeber to visit our website by clicking here.  


Dr Emil Jansen

012 653 4119

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Ask our Hygienist

Our Oral Hygienist, a great ally!

Most patients refer to time with their hygienist as a cleaning, but these appointments can include the following services.

Diagnostic:  Includes examination of your teeth to find decay, cavity detecting radiographs, and an assessment of your gum tissue.

Preventive: Could mean screening for oral cancer, checking blood pressure, and applying fluoride, and pit and fissure sealants.

Educational:  Could include brushing and flossing instruction, nutrition counselling, explanations of dental treatments, and answers to questions about future treatment. 

Teeth Whitening: Dental bleaching, also known as tooth whitening, is a common procedure in general dentistry but most especially in the field of cosmetic dentistry.

Hygiene services begin here, but they must always be followed by proper brushing, flossing, and healthy eating at home. If you are not sure how, ask Alinda, your hygienist!

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Do You Protect Your Teeth?

Sports-related injuries account for approximately 5 million missing teeth per year. Make sure the athletes in your family are wearing mouthguards! Call Dr Emil Jansen, Dentist Centurion, today for your custom-fitted mouthguard at 012 653 4119.

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