Protect your teeth and gums!
The World Cup is well and truly underway, and regardless of who you’re supporting (and who you think will actually win!) it is a great sports event to celebrate. Although you won’t actively be taking part in the World Cup this year, many of you will be playing football and other sports during these summer months.
Partaking in regular sports events means you may be more likely to eat a healthier diet and take care of your body so it performs at its best. Your oral health is a part of your body that also needs special attention when you take part in regular sports. Neglecting your oral health could leave you in pain or having to have dental treatment and potentially missing out on events in which you should be taking part!
Here at Abbey Road Dental we want you to feel like your oral health is absolutely ‘ship shape’ in relation to your sports hobbies, so you feel able to perform at your highest level without worrying about the condition of your teeth. So here are our top tips to ensure your smile is healthy and happy for every win:
Mouthguards Are Part Of Your Kit
Along with your socks, boots, racket, t-shirt, helmet, or any other bit of uniform you use for your sport, your mouthguard should be part of your kit too. They protect your teeth, tongue, jaw, face and gums against injuries sustained during sports. You can buy ‘one size fits all’ mouthguards and mouthguards you mould using hot water, but they aren’t as effective as custom mouthguards which are designed specifically to protect your mouth. Here at Abbey Road Dental we offer an effective and professional custom mouthguard service for our patients who play sports – please call us for more details.
Sports Drinks Could Be Damaging Your Teeth
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Let’s take a closer look to see what you may not have realised!
Dental tourism is where a person goes on holiday to a different country and has dental work completed as part of that holiday.
For example, a person will book themselves in for veneers treatment in Thailand, and then go to Thailand for a holiday to enjoy the beach, the tourist spots and all the usual fun of a holiday. But during that trip they will get veneers fitted at a facility of their choosing, and return home with a new smile.
You might think that sounds great, a wonderful holiday and a new smile, what could possibly go wrong?
Here at Abbey Road Dental, we want you to know that dental tourism can go wrong, very wrong, and it is so important to understand the hidden dangers. For a healthy, happy smile, it is important to be mindful of where and how you get any procedures done to your teeth and gums.
Here are just a few reasons to think twice about booking a dental tourism holiday:
Are The Short Term Savings Worth It?
There is no doubt, one of the biggest draws of dental tourism is the lower cost of the procedures abroad. In some instances, the cost of the treatment and the holiday combined are less than the treatment would cost in the UK. However, long term, it may not be that simple. The treatment could well be a much lower quality because your dentist may not be properly qualified or experienced. The products they use like veneers could be of a lower quality and could need replacing soon. Worst of all, if anything goes wrong, corrections could end up costing a lot of money long term. This is without even considering the cost of time lost and a lowered quality of life in the most shocking outcomes where the work done causes chronic pain and physical damage.
Will You Get Aftercare?
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And the link to your general health….
Here at Abbey Road Dental, our focus is on ensuring patients have healthy teeth and gums; but we also play a part in the general health of our patients too.
Many people don’t realise that a healthy, happy smile is directly connected to the general health of their body. You may not realise, but oral health is an essential part of overall body health, all the way through your life.
Your mouth plays a key role in ensuring you get the nutrition you need, but along with your smile, helps us to talk to people, to express ourselves and to feel good about ourselves as well.
Oral health is also a key indicator of health in other parts of our body and you can see clear signals in the mouth that infections or issues may be present elsewhere. Certain ulcers can suggest certain inflammatory bowel issues whereas pale gums can be a sign of issues with the blood. A lack of dental care in the elderly may the first sign of dementia and even the smell of the breath can be an indicator of issues like kidney disease. There are many signs and indications of general health available to your Abbey Road dental team when they examine your mouth.
Your oral health may also affect your general health. Although no direct links between gum disease and health conditions have been proven, it is thought that there are some links between heart disease and diabetes which come as part of a larger group of risk factors. So gum disease may form part of a group of risks which come together to exacerbate conditions like heart disease.
Prevention Is Always Better Than Cure
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A Reminder To Focus On Preventative Oral Hygiene
National Smile Month runs this year, between the 14th of May and the 14th of June.
It is a campaign that has been running for a long time and serves to remind us all about the importance of good oral health, and preventing problems with excellent daily oral hygiene.
It highlights three key messages which are:
● Brush your teeth twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste
● Consume less sugary food and drink
● Visit your St John’s Wood dentist regularly
The campaign puts a real focus on educating the public on oral health and really emphasising how important it is to have a healthy mouth. The reason the campaign is so popular is because it is fun, and there are always plenty of fun facts and figures about smiles to go around. With that in mind, we thought it would be interesting to provide you with 15 fun smile facts, in support of National Smile Month:
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How we try to avoid extractions at Abbey Road Dental in St John’s Wood
Abbey Road Dental is proud of the professional services and treatments provided to patients in order to prevent as much dental damage and disease as possible. Your natural teeth are perfectly designed to help you talk and eat, and to shape your face. Preventative services such as hygiene therapy, and helping advise patients with personal oral care advice, are so important to help the teeth and gums stay as healthy as possible. Treatments for decay like fillings, or gum disease treatments are also important to try and stop problems in their tracks, treat the damage and prevent any more from happening.
Sometimes, problems caused by injury or dental disease require much more detailed work in order to save the teeth. Occasionally, extraction is the only option, but your dentist will only resort to that as the very last resort. Where possible, your dentist will try to save your tooth and sometimes that involves root canal treatment.
What Is Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal is needed when tooth problems extend beyond decay or minor infections. The pulp inside the tooth becomes infected and has nowhere to go, but deeper into the tooth and tooth root. If left untreated, these kinds of infections spread, get worse, cause a lot of pain and may even result in the need for tooth extraction. But your St John’s Wood dentist will do everything they can to avoid this.
Root canal is performed as a way to try and save the tooth that is infected. It may take one, or more visits and is an intricate process. Once the area is numbed, the dentist drills a channel into the tooth and begins removal of infected pulp. The remaining tooth and pulp is then cleaned and a temporary filling is applied. The area is then checked at a later date for any remaining infection which will be removed again. Once the dentist is satisfied the infection is cleared, a permanent filling will be placed in the tooth chamber and the tooth will be sealed.
Is Tooth Extraction A Better Option?
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Which meat-free foods are best for your teeth?
A well-balanced diet is best for all-round nutrition, but most of us could do with a few more fruit and vegetables in our diet. They provide us with plenty of nutrients and minerals and there is even evidence to suggest that fruit and vegetables can help to protect against head and neck cancers.
As it is National Vegetarian Week this week, here at Abbey Road Dental we thought we would take this opportunity to put a spotlight on the best meat-free foods for your teeth. The more benefits there are to healthy foods, the more reason to get more of them on your plate, right?
Here are some of the best meat-free foods for your teeth:
OK, so it isn’t just celery that is good for the benefit we are about to give you; it can be kale, carrots, and any raw crunchy vegetable really. What is the benefit? Natural teeth cleaning! These veggies perform a natural scrub when you chew them, removing food debris and plaque as you chew. They don’t replace brushing your teeth, but they definitely help with oral health more than other foods when you chew them.
Cheese & Milk
Cheese and milk is naturally high in calcium which is great for the teeth and helps keep them strong. If you abstain from dairy as well as meat, it isn’t all bad news. Lots of dairy free milks and free-from dairy products are fortified with calcium and other vitamins.
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The Link You Possibly Didn’t Know About Until Now!
Here at Abbey Road Dental, we support all of our patients in their endeavours to become healthier. The health trend in general seems to have taken the whole nation by storm, and it sure is a trend all healthcare professionals hope sticks around. Because of this surge in all things healthy, we wanted to give you a little heads up about a link between weight loss and your smile that you might not know about. A few links actually!
Believe it or not, losing weight can have all kinds of effects on your dental health. Of course, if your Abbey Road Dental dentist is aware of your lifestyle choice they can help ensure your smile is as healthy as possible. However, the more aware you are, the more being proactive you can be about all aspects of your health whilst you strive to lose weight. Here are some popular ways of losing weight and how they affect your dental health:
A diet low in fat prevents the proper absorption of lots of different types of vitamins that rely on fat to help them to be absorbed into the body. Vitamin D is one of the vitamins you won’t absorb as effectively on a low fat diet which means that calcium cannot be absorbed properly either, as helping the body absorb calcium is Vitamin D’s job. Because of that, your bones and teeth may be negatively affected and may even degrade. There is also a risk of a higher sugar consumption which rots the teeth and causes cavities. This can be caused by the consumption of low-fat foods which compensate for the lower fat by including higher levels of sugar.
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Endodontics In St John’s Wood NW8
Although there are many excellent tooth replacement techniques within modern dentistry, nothing quite compares to a natural tooth which has been designed to look, feel and function in the perfect way. Brushing every day for two minutes along with attending checkups with Abbey Road Dental every 6 months will go a long way to helping you keep hold of your natural teeth, hopefully life-long.
Because of various different factors, teeth can become infected or diseased and require some extra care. Here at Abbey Road Dental, we work hard to ensure disease or infection is prevented, but if it does happen, we will always try our hardest to save your natural teeth. Even teeth that are not very visible should be saved where possible, because a missing tooth anywhere in your mouth can have a negative impact.
It might seem tempting to take a tooth out because it will be cheaper, quicker or more convenient than having other treatments. However, when you have a tooth extracted the gap may cause surrounding teeth to move, changing the position of all your other teeth. This could affect your speech, your eating and the way your smile looks. Despite all our tools, skills and abilities, extraction can often be more problematic than a tooth infection and replacing the tooth will take a fair few visits in some cases.
Endodontics – dentistry which focuses on clearing infection from inside the tooth – can help to save your teeth because the technology behind it is advanced and refined over many years, and it is just one of the treatment options we can use depending on circumstances.
Here at Abbey Road Dental we will always make sure you are aware of all of your different treatment options and how they will affect your future smile health. It is always a priority to ensure your natural teeth remain in place for as long as possible, and endodontic treatment can help you keep those natural teeth if you do suffer an infection or dental disease.
What Endodontics Does
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Keeping you “in the know”
Obesity is now at epidemic levels in the UK. Every week there is a new headline about the rising health issues related to obesity, and the problem seems to be getting worse. The recent sugar tax has of course been launched, in an attempt to help reduce those problems by encouraging companies to lower sugar levels in drinks, and discouraging consumers with higher product prices.
Here at Abbey Road Dental we are also interested in the new sugar tax because sugar consumption has a direct link to dental health, as well as obesity. Sugar is consumed by bacteria in the mouth that stick to your teeth and then produce acid which attacks the teeth and eventually causes tooth decay. Excessive sugar consumption is really bad for oral health and sugary drinks, which the sugar tax targets, are one of the worst products for exposing the teeth to it.
Unsure how the sugar tax works? Here’s everything you need to know about this health-forward move by the government:
What Is The Sugar Tax?
The sugar tax was announced in the budget last year and works by having companies selling drinks which contain high amounts of sugar either reduce the sugar in their drinks, or pay money to the government. There are two levels of sugar tax depending on how much sugar is in a drink. Over 5 grams is the first level of tax, whereas over 8 grams attracts a higher level of tax.
Where Does The Money Go?
The money paid by companies to the sugar tax will go to The Department Of Education.
When Does The Tax Come In?
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Supporting International Mother Earth Day.
International Mother Earth Day is held on the 22nd of April. But what does that have to do with Abbey Road Dental you might wonder?
Well, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to talk about one aspect of dentistry that doesn’t get talked about much, and that is plastic toothbrush waste.
Abbey Road Dental recommend switching your toothbrush when it gets worn or after about 3 months (whichever comes first). That equals about 4 toothbrushes a year for every single person, which contributes to the billions of toothbrushes worldwide that end up in landfill every year.
Once in landfill, the plastic and nylon the toothbrush is made from will never break down and degrade and will instead sit there for years to come, and worse get into the seas and rivers. You only have to watch the Bali diver making his way through a sea of plastic (which made headlines earlier this year) to realise that we all need to be doing more to reduce the amount of plastic polluting the planet.
What Can You Do To Help?
If you’re not wanting to switch your toothbrush for alternatives just yet, there are lots of things you can do to cut down the amount of plastic you use. Avoiding plastic straws, using reusable water containers, using woven bags for shopping and opting for food that has minimum packing will all help towards reducing your plastic consumption. Greenpeace has some more ways for you to try out too. Alternatively, it could be worth considering alternatives to the plastic toothbrush. There aren’t many yet, but there are some available to try in the UK at the moment.
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