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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Searching For A New Dentist In St John’s Wood?

Complete family care – what to look out for

As part of the natural course of life, we move house or have different needs, and that causes us to change essential services we use, such as doctors, banks and of course dentists.

These essential services are really important because we use them for important parts of our lives, like health and finances. That means it isn’t a case of just picking the first one we find, but instead doing the research to ensure it is the right fit for the whole family.

When it comes to looking for a dentist for the entire family, there are lots of different things to consider and think about. Every dental surgery is different and it is important to think about all aspects of what they have to offer, against what you need. That way you can find the best dentist for you and your loved ones, ensuring you all keep smiling because you have the healthiest teeth, and you have the best possible experience during your dental visits.

Please consider the following when you look for a dentist for your whole family:


The location of the dentist is very important. Try to consider exactly where you are likely to be when taking your appointments. Are you likely to take them going to and from your home, or will you pick up the children from school and go straight from there? Will you pop in your lunch break? Try to consider from where you are most likely to use the dentist, rather than only your home address.


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Get Your Dream Smile In St John’s Wood

Beautiful veneers from Abbey Road Dental in NW8

The ‘perfect smile’ is something many of us would like. Fortunately there are many ways to get a great smile these days, but it always starts with prioritising the health of the teeth and the better your oral hygiene, the better your oral health.

Brushing, flossing and attending regular appointments at Abbey Road Dental will make a big difference, as will avoiding habits like smoking and drinking in excess. All of these thing working together, will help you maintain a great set of teeth, gums and overall health too.

However, even with the very best intentions, the most amazing oral hygiene, the best habits and products, sometimes genes, ageing, injury to the mouth and plain old luck mean that we don’t have the smile we always wanted. It might even be that the teeth have stained through smoking, or have become less aesthetically pleasing through neglect. These things happen, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a life hating your smile.

Many years ago you would have to make do with what you were born with, but these days restorative and cosmetic dentistry advances mean you can have a smile to rival any ‘A list’ celebrity. One popular cosmetic dentistry treatment that lets you achieve this is veneers.

What Are Veneers?

Veneers are extremely thin pieces of porcelain or other dental material that are attached to a prepared tooth surface. They are designed to be tooth coloured, and you choose the shade you want them to be. Most people opt for a white they feel looks beautiful but also natural enough not to be too bright.

How Are Veneers Fitted?

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Keeping Your Child’s Teeth Safe This Summer

Straightforward advice from Abbey Road Dental

Summer is a time for play and a time for enjoying the (hopefully) dry and warm weather. Barbecues, sports, holidays and plenty of time playing outside are just some of the aspects of summer children enjoy before going back to school.

These fun activities are fantastic opportunities for smiles, fun and memories, but they also present an opportunity for injuring or damaging your child’s teeth too.

With that in mind, here are several risks to your child’s teeth that you may encounter this summer; and how to minimise them to keep your pride-and-joy happy and smiling!

Summer Food & Drink Can Be Bad For The Teeth

Sugar and acid are in abundance in summer because of the type of drink and food we consume. Buffet foods often contain plenty of starchy carbs that stick to the teeth and cause ‘acid problems’. We are all thirstier and so refreshments may come in the form of sugary cold drinks. Ice creams and ice lollies are high in sugar and when it’s hot, we all love to indulge, especially children. Minimising the risks from these foods and drinks isn’t that easy when your child isn’t with you, but when they are, try to encourage water for rehydration, and make natural ice cream from frozen banana, or natural ice lollies from freshly squeezed, diluted fruit juice. These still contain sugar but much less than a constant stream of fizzy pop!

Summer Sports Can Be An Injury Risk

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Keep Smiling All Summer!

Without Worrying About What You look Like In Swimwear!

Summer is a time when both men and women become more aware of their bodies, in the lead up to that ‘swimwear moment’ when you go on holiday and let it all out.

Here at Abbey Road Dental, we’re all for body positivity and embracing your body whatever your shape or size. One of the best ways to do that, is to focus on something that is going to look phenomenal regardless of the situation, or what you are wearing and by that we mean your smile!

Your smile is the first thing people notice when they meet you, it is something you use to express yourself, and it is the starring part of a photograph. Nobody will be looking anywhere but your happy face if your smile is on point.

With that in mind, let’s help you on your way to having a beautiful summer smile:

Following A Great Oral Hygiene Regime

One of the best ways to maintain a great smile, is to have your oral hygiene regime absolutely spot on. You should definitely be brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes, and flossing a couple of times a day as well. You should be using a fluoride toothpaste and the correct brush for your teeth. Ideally you will also visit use here at Abbey Road Dental around every six months, with additional hygienist visits if you need them. If you need help with your oral hygiene regime your handy NW8 dental team can help you get it right.

Quitting Bad Habits

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The Balance Between Loving Your Smile ….

whitened smile

…. And Enhancing Your Smile

Loving your smile is never, ever a bad thing. You can love your smile if it has gaps, if you have no teeth, if you have the whitest teeth, if you have gold teeth – you can still love your own smile with all you have.

Because it is your smile, and if it is healthy, who’s to say whether or not it’s beautiful apart from you? There’s also nothing wrong with enhancing your smile if you want to, because there is nothing wrong with making the most of what you have, or aspiring to a different type of smile aesthetic if you want to. Ultimately, it’s a personal choice.

So, how do you find the balance between loving what you were born with, and wanting something different for your smile? Is it just a case of one or the other? Are you denying self-confidence by having aesthetic work done? If you are insecure about your smile, should you work on loving it, rather than on changing it? These are all important questions that you should know the answers to when it comes to how you feel about your smile, because you deserve to feel happy and proud of this important part of expressing yourself.

So please ask yourself the following questions, and it should help you decide where you sit when it comes to loving your smile and enhancing your smile:

Are you comparing yourself to others?

There has been a lot in the press about how most people on social media compare themselves to others, and it makes sense because all most of us do is post the best photos of ourselves, with the best angles and the best makeup. If this all sounds familiar, you might be comparing yourself to others perhaps a bit too much? Being inspired by other people is great, but feeling like you have to be like others to be beautiful is not ideal. So if your smile is healthy, and you have never had a problem with it before you started comparing it to other people’s smiles, then maybe you need to try to stop comparing and start loving what you have?

Is your smile unhealthy?

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Dental Flossing In The UK

Why we’re not much good at it and why we need to change….

We all know that America loves flossing. Movies, TV series, reality TV, TV adverts: if they’re set in the USA you’re likely to see references for flossing all over the place.

Americans are renowned for big, beautiful teeth, and flossing is a huge part of their dental hygiene regime. With that in mind, you could be forgiven for wondering where us Brits have been going wrong. You don’t see TV ads for floss, it isn’t really a big deal at all over here. Is that a problem for teeth? Should you be flossing?

Here are some easy floss Q&A’s to help clear up Britain’s stance on dental flossing:

Should I Floss?

Yes you should floss, it is a really important way to remove debris from hard to reach places in between your teeth.

When Should I Start Flossing?

You should be flossing from the age of 12, or using an interdental brush. Interdental brushes could be too big to fit through the gaps in your teeth but you should try those first. If they are too big, use floss instead as part of your daily oral health regime.

How Do I Floss?

Dental floss is very thin and soft and it might be that you find it very tricky to use on your teeth effectively. If this is the case, there are thicker types which make it much easier to get the job done. You should never do it vigorously or roughly as you might damage your gums, and should always look to gently scrape the teeth using the floss. Your Abbey Road Dental team in NW8 can help show you how to use floss effectively.

Doesn’t Floss Make Your Gums Bleed?

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Pulpitis: What It Is, And What To Do About It

Ongoing dental education from your St John’s Wood dentist

When plaque starts to build up on your teeth, the associated bacteria emit an acid which begins to degrade the tooth and erode the enamel; the toughest, strongest layer of the tooth. If this process is allowed to go on for some time, the tooth will naturally begin to decay.

It takes a lot for this to happen though, as teeth are designed to be exceptionally strong. Enamel, on top of dentin makes for a strong barrier to decay, but not one that can’t eventually be breached.

Underneath these strong layers however, are much more sensitive, delicate tissues, blood vessels and nerves which are well protected by the dentin and the enamel. It is only when the decay has reached this sensitive part of the tooth that we might get a hint something is wrong. Decay on the outer stronger layers can go on without us having any idea about it.

What Is Pulpitis?

Decay is occurring on a large scale when it reaches the pulp of the tooth. When this happens bacteria have easy access to this sensitive area, and are able to easily cause a nasty and painful infection. The pulp will become inflamed, sore and irritated. What makes this kind of infection worse is the fact that the pulp is surrounded by dentin and enamel, which means it has nowhere to go when the tissues swell from the infection. That painful pressure builds up, and so toothache occurs and causes you lots of horrible, uncomfortable symptoms.

The ache could come on suddenly, but it is likely it will begin mild, perhaps only showing itself when you eat really hot or cold foods. As the infection gets worse, you will notice the issue more as various parts of the mouth start to swell up, and when it is really severe you might have a swollen cheek, jaw and even blood coming from the infected area. This infection is called pulpitis.

What To Do About Pulpitis

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What’s An Apicoectomy?

Explaining common dental technical terms.

A lot of medical procedures and treatments can sound much more complex than they actually are, simply because of complex names and descriptions. ‘Apicoectomy’ certainly falls under that umbrella, and many people haven’t even heard the word before.

If you have been told you need an apicoectomy, then you’ll no doubt want to know what it means, what the process of having one is, and what the result will be. So in our quest to provide ongoing education for our St John’s Wood dental patients, here is a brief description to help:

What Is An Apicoectomy?

An apicoectomy is a treatment used for a patient who has an infection in their tooth root. It is not the same as a root canal treatment, which is usually the type of treatment used to deal with a tooth root infection. Root canal treatment involves a deep clean inside the tooth root to get rid of any bacteria causing infection, pain and problems. This treatment is usually more than enough to cure the infection, but sometimes it isn’t enough to keep the infection away. When this happens, your dentist might try another root canal treatment, particularly if the secondary infection has been caught early.

However, in some instances the infection might be deeper and more advanced, in which case an apicoectomy could be recommended to you. In some instances the tooth might need to be extracted, but some dentists may choose to try an apicoectomy in order to try and save the tooth. The decision as to which to do may only be decided once your dentist can see the root itself. It might well be that the root is in such a bad condition that the procedure is not practical and the tooth needs removing. However, if the dentist can attempt an apicoectomy they will, because their goal is to save your tooth.

The procedure

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Oral Piercings and Dental Health

Understanding the risks.

As well as having their place in various cultures around the world, piercings play a big part in modern fashion and oral piercings in particular are more popular than ever these days. The problem is, oral piercings can cause some pretty serious dental problems.

If you are thinking about getting an oral piercing, it is so important that you do understand the risks so that you can make an informed decision.

Any metal bars or studs in your mouth create the potential for three major issues:

●     Tooth fractures

●     Bone Loss

●     Receding gums

Commonly, playing with an oral piercing in the mouth causes tissues to become irritated, which can lead to gums receding. Once gums begin receding, bone loss is a possibility down the line. Complications are also a big risk, with infections, swelling and nerve damage being real possibilities during the piercing process, the healing process and potentially even when the piercing has settled. The risk doesn’t stop when you are asleep either, in fact you’re exposed to even more risks as mouth movements you don’t control when you sleep could break or undo the piercing, causing you to breath it in or swallow it.

Still Going Ahead?

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