Party Season, Alcohol and Your Teeth

Risk factors associated with popular drinks.

Party season is just around the corner and hopefully you’ll have a lot to smile about! The office Christmas party, Halloween, Bonfire night, and then all the nights out in between.

But amongst all of the fun, it pays to keep your oral health in mind. To help keep your smile looking beautiful through Autumn and Winter, you need to do all the usual oral health upkeep including:

  • Brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day
  • Avoiding staining habits like drinking lots of coffee and smoking
  • Visiting Abbey Road Dental every six months or on a more regular basis for hygienist services
  • Moderating the amount of sugary food and drinks you consume
  • Visiting our St John’s Wood dentist if you feel you have any issues that need looking into before your next checkup

As well as this regular maintenance, you also need to keep an eye on something a little less obvious when it comes to your oral health this party season, and that is the kind of drinks you are consuming. Some drinks are much worse than others for your smile, and the more you know, the better able you are to care for your oral health and keep your beautiful teeth looking beautiful going into 2018.

With this in mind, here are the most and least risky alcoholic drinks for your teeth:

Most risky:

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Plan For A More Beautiful Smile In 2018….

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Although it is still way too early for people to be mentioning ‘the C word’ there’s no escaping the fact that it is less than 100 days away, and swiftly afterwards a new year begins.

Although you might be thinking that there are parties, presents and endless other things to think about before you get into next year, now is the time to start thinking about certain things so that you have a plan in place when 2018 finally comes around.

With general planning such as this, it often helps to make a list of what you want to achieve by the end of next year, and then think about what you need to start doing in January to achieve that. It may be that you would love to have a new smile for 2018, in which case you need to start planning now.

Perhaps you have always hated your smile because it was never perfect? Perhaps you have stained teeth from smoking, or you have a ‘gummy’ smile that you’re insecure about? Maybe through ill health, neglect or individual circumstances you barely have a smile at all and would love to feel confident enough not to cover your mouth when talking?

If this is you, then you may wish to start think about your new smile now for the following reasons:

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Food Labelling & Your Oral Health

Food and drink – how it affects your teeth and gums.

What you eat and drink has a huge affect on the health of your teeth and gums. Although the perfect brushing technique, toothpaste, regular visits to Abbey Road Dental here in NW8, and a positive approach to oral health can go leaps and bounds towards keeping your pearly whites looking beautiful, a diet high in starch and sugar will have a negative effect on your teeth eventually.

These days it isn’t that easy to ensure you are eating and drinking the right things for a healthy mouth and body. Although a diet made up of wholefoods is ideal, it isn’t realistic. There are so many benefits to the convenience foods available to us, and a lot of people genuinely believe they are making the best choices by choosing items that state they are low sugar, low fat and healthier choices. The problem is, marketing is extremely clever these days and it isn’t very clear what is healthy and what isn’t.

This is where nutrition labels come in. They can help you choose which products you consume because they give you straightforward, honest information about the content of the food, without any sales or marketing.

Using Nutrition Labels To Help You Buy The Healthiest Products

Nutrition labels will give you information on calorie, fat, salt, saturated fat, carbohydrate, sugars and protein content. The panel will likely appear as a grid or table and describe the amount per 100 grams and then sometimes per the weight of the product (which is easier to work out). The tables are often paired with traffic light systems which show you which components are in the red zone i.e. high in that component, amber, where they are veering towards being high and then green when the component is considered to be present in low amounts. However, if the traffic light system is not in place you can consider that:

Fat

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Your Back To School Routine – Oral Health

Autumn’s here and it’s school time once again!

Your child may well have a great pencil case, have all their sports kit lined up and be super excited to meet new friends this term, but do they have everything in place to have healthy teeth to smile about it all?

Oral health is so important for your child, and the new school term is a great time to get them enthusiastic about it and used to the routine involved. To ensure that you have everything in place to help your child care for their teeth and have confident, beautiful smiles, we’ve created this easy checklist for you to use at the start of this busy school term:

Dental Appointments

This is the ideal time of year to book dental appointments for your child here at Abbey Road Dental, or to register them and the rest of your family if you’re not already registered with a local St John’s Wood dentist. Six monthly appointments check that everything is developing as it should, check the form of your child’s bite and teeth, assess the overall health of the mouth and if necessary, provide treatment, advice or a referral to an orthodontist if needed.

Brushing

Your child should be brushing their teeth twice a day for two minutes, which is not easy to encourage when you’re trying to get everybody sorted in the morning in a short amount of time! There are lots of ways to make this easier, including providing them with a two minute song to brush to (ideally a song they love), letting them choose a toothbrush they love and praising them for doing a good job.

Healthy Eating

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Make Sure Your Child’s First Visit To The Dentist Is A Success

Useful tips from Abbey Road Dental in St John’s Wood

Here at Abbey Road Dental we know that the oral health of children is extremely important; after all, they are our next generation of smiles! We pride ourselves on being the local family friendly dentist and we have lots of tricks up our sleeves to ensure that children leave us smiling.

It is so important that they get a good impression of the dentist so that they form excellent oral health habits moving into adolescence and then adulthood. If a child has a traumatic first experience at the dentist, getting them to come again can be extremely difficult.

With that in mind, we wanted to give you a few tips to help you ensure that your child’s very first visit to the dentist is a success:

Bring Them With You

As soon as you have your child, and it is convenient, bring them with you into the surgery when you make an appointment or have an appointment yourself. Seeing you happily having a checkup and being in the waiting room will help them get used to the environment before they have their first checkup.

Have A Sibling Go First

It might be that seeing a sibling go first is what the child needs to feel that the checkup is safe. In some appointments, the child can go from scared to jealous and wanting to have ‘their go now’ because we make sure checkups are fun and rewarding for them.

Get Super Enthusiastic About Tooth Care At Home

It is never too early to be the world’s most enthusiastic person when it comes to great oral care. Play songs about tooth care, show picture books about tooth care, let them see you brushing your teeth happily – anything that makes them interested in brushing their teeth is a good thing.

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Managing Your Oral Health When You Have Diabetes

Taking extra care of teeth and gums.

Diabetes is a prevalent issue in today’s society with an estimated 5 million people in the UK currently being diagnosed with the disease according to Diabetes.org.

It really is a nasty disease, causing all kinds of medical issues, including many that affect your oral health. High blood sugar really can affect your teeth and gums negatively.

When you live with diabetes you should be aware of the problems it can pose to your oral health, so that you can access the correct support and advice from your Abbey Road Dental team when you need it.

Here are two of the main ways diabetes can affect your oral health:

Gum Disease

Gum disease is a common risk factor of diabetes. This is because diabetes can limit how much blood gets to the gums which in turn increases the risk of disease. Unfortunately, if you suffered from other health issues before getting diabetes, the risk of gum disease is further increased.

Gum disease generally comes in two stages. Stage one is gingivitis and stage two is periodontitis, and gingivitis can progress into periodontitis if it is not treated. Diabetes also makes the risk of gum disease worse by making it more difficult for your body to fight infection. Typical symptoms of gum disease are:

  • Red swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Gum irritation

If you start to experience any of these symptoms you should see your dentist at Abbey Road Dental as soon as possible.

Dry Mouth

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Crowns And Bridges

Tooth restoration and replacement in St John’s Wood.

Here at Abbey Road Dental we are proud to offer the latest cosmetic dentistry and of course, all the expected general dentistry you might need at our friendly local dentists in NW8.

As part of our very broad range of treatments, we offer crowns and bridges to help restore and replace damaged and missing teeth.

Crowns are very important dental tools used to reinforce teeth that have sustained damage that cannot be repaired with a simple filling. Teeth where root canal treatment has been performed, also need strengthening by the application of a crown. Bridges are used to support a crown(s) which replace lost teeth – the “bridge” being used quite literally to bridge the space between healthy teeth adjacent to the gap.

How Does They Work?

For a crown, firstly we have to prepare the underlying tooth to receive it. Next, the artificial crown which has been carefully matched to your natural teeth and prepared at the dental laboratory, is fixed in place using a strong dental cement. The objective is to create a strong repair for your damaged tooth which looks and behaves much like your natural teeth.

With bridges, the process is different because we are quite literally bridging the gap where teeth have been lost. So two crowns are attached to neighbouring teeth, and the gap in the middle is filled with a bridge. During this process we may have to remove some healthy tooth material from the surrounding teeth in order to attach crowns to them.

Why Crowns And Bridges?

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The Importance Of Checkups At Abbey Road Dental

Regular dental care in St John’s Wood.

Life is busy and so, certain important things that we need to get done, sometimes fall by the wayside. For example, check-ups with your NW8 dentist are one of the things that you might put off doing. This could be because you are so busy, it could be because you are worried and have dental anxiety or it could be because you have dental pain and you worry treatment is going to be painful.

Firstly, please let us reassure you that we do everything we can to ensure your time with us is as comfortable, painless, convenient and easy as possible. We are specially trained to help people overcome dental anxiety, we have modern dental equipment that makes treatment as comfortable as possible, and we will always do our best to find you an appointment time to suit you.

Despite all this, we know you might still simply not prioritise your visit with us, which is why we wanted to share some information with you about why checkups are so important.

We Check Your Overall Health

Obviously your GP deals with your health, but we do check for signs of things like oral cancer when we perform a checkup. There are also signs of conditions like kidney problems or other problems elsewhere in the body that show symptoms with the breath and in the mouth. We are trained to look for these signs and symptoms when you have a checkup with us.

We Help Ensure Your Oral Regime Is Right

Your oral regime is specific to you, and so, regular visits to the dentist could spot signs you need a less firm toothbrush, or that you need to use a different fluoride level in your toothpaste. We might also spot signs a certain area of your teeth isn’t being brushed as it should be, or we might recommend adjusting your regime slightly. We are here to help you take care of your teeth as best as you can inbetween visits.

Plaque, Tartar & Gum Issues Can Arise

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Eating Without Teeth – The Risks

If you don’t replace lost teeth, your oral and general health can degrade.

If you no longer have any of your teeth, or perhaps just a few left, and you have chosen to avoid dentures, dental implants or bridges, then you’ll currently be eating in rather a compromised way.

Over time, you might become used to doing this, and it might even seem acceptable for you. Whilst it may be convenient for you to approach eating in this way, eating without any teeth or several missing teeth, can be very bad for your oral health as well as your overall health.

It is certainly worth at least knowing the risks and considering them, before continuing to leave your missing teeth as they are.

Your Gums & Jaw Are At Risk

When you chew food without any teeth, the pressure that would have been applied to the teeth is applied to the jaw and to the gums. Without effective tooth replacement, your gums and jaw have no protection at all. The result of this constant pressure on the jaw and gums from eating without teeth, is irritation of the soft tissues, potential infection and TMJ (temporomandibular jaw disorder). Your jaw is also more likely to become weak and suffer fractures.

The scariest thing is, even if you eat soft foods, is that there is still excess pressure on the jaw and gums caused from the action of mashing them in your mouth.

Your Stomach Is Also At Risk

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Top 5 Oral Health Mistakes To Avoid

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Getting the basics right with Abbey Road Dental in St John’s Wood.

Oral hygiene is a priority for anybody who values their smile. However, even the most committed person can make mistakes when it comes to their oral hygiene regime; nobody is perfect.

Here are the top oral health mistakes to avoid in order to keep your regime working for you:

Brush Twice A Day

It seems obvious, but people can fall into the habit of missing one of their brushing sessions. For example; a student might be up partying every night and miss their evening brushing session several times a week. Or a teenager might get up with five minutes to spare before going to school and think chewing gum will suffice over a brush of the teeth. Missing brushing sessions can be detrimental to teeth, so make sure you are brushing twice a day!

Brush For Two Minutes

Just like forgetting to brush twice a day, not brushing for long enough can also be detrimental to the teeth. All sides and areas of all the teeth need to be brushed and if you’re not spending enough time brushing, then some areas of your teeth are getting neglected.

Brushing Correctly

Often we can get into the habit of brushing in an incorrect way. There are so many distractions these days it can be so easy to go through the motions without really thinking about how we are brushing our teeth. A visit to our Abbey Road hygienist can help with perfecting your brushing technique and spotting weak areas in how you brush your teeth.

Using The Wrong Type Of Toothbrush

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