Teeth Whitening – A Focus On This Popular Treatment

Find out about teeth whitening and how to ensure you get it done safely.

Whitened teethThe headlines are currently filled with the details of a study completed by WHICH, highlighting the dangers of budget teeth whitening kits.

The study by the consumer Watchdog showed that 21 out of 36 teeth whitening products sold online had over the legal limit of hydrogen peroxide allowed for use at home when not prescribed by a certified distributor, like a dentist.

The levels allowed in six products were more than 300 times over the legal allowed amount of hydrogen peroxide, which is quite terrifying.

Many of these products were available in the UK through legal sites, despite the product actively breaking hydrogen peroxide product laws in this country. Interestingly, the study also showed that many products claiming to contain the whitening ingredient hydrogen peroxide, didn’t even contain any at all.

So what does this mean for you, when it comes to buying DIY teeth whitening kits online?

WHICH have recommended that you simply don’t bother buying any DIY kits for teeth whitening at all. Whilst there are some kits available that are considered safe, the fact is that there are so many available that are considered unsafe or ineffective, so it is better just to steer clear altogether. The BDA (British Dental Association) have commented on the study and ask consumers to be wary of over-the-counter products.

The Dangers Of DIY Teeth Whitening

Here at Abbey Road Dental, we know that a lot of patients feel tempted by the extremely low prices of seemingly phenomenal whitening products you can use at home. We have also seen patients either at our NW8 clinic, or in other clinics, where these kits have done some real damage. The hydrogen peroxide at a high level can burn your gums, leaving you with a painful chemical burn. This could damage your gums and cause them to recede.

In addition, your tooth structure can be weakened, which could then lead to other treatments being needed.

All of these risks just aren’t worth it, especially for results that might not even be that impressive anyway. In addition, we want patients to know that there are affordable ways to get a gorgeous white smile, without having to turn to non-reputable sources.

Getting Brighter, Whiter Teeth – Safely

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Can You Go Too Far With Oral Hygiene Habits?

Could you be damaging your teeth with over brushing? Find out how to protect your teeth and gums from this common mistake.

Oral health teeth brushingOral hygiene is the cornerstone of healthy, happy teeth and gums. It is so important, and helps to prevent a myriad of issues with the teeth and gums.

What Is A Good Oral Hygiene Regime?

A good oral hygiene regime includes a few different factors to ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy. It includes:

  • Brushing twice a day for two minutes each time, using the right tools and ensuring your brushing technique is effective
  • Flossing at least once a day gently and precisely to remove plaque and bacteria under the gum line and between the teeth
  • Visiting Abbey Road Dental every six months for a checkup, or as often as is advised to you by your dentist
  • Avoiding unhealthy lifestyle habits like smoking, which can be very harmful to your oral health, and overall health

We also recommend you limit consuming lots of processed sugars, starchy carbs and acidic foods regularly. We may also advise you to consider using a special mouthguard if you have issues with bruxism, or you take part in contact sports.

Those with active gum disease or challenging health conditions that have an impact on oral health can also benefit from visiting our handy local hygienist for help with oral hygiene advice and professional cleaning.

Can Oral Hygiene Habits Go Too Far?

You can actually have too much of a good thing when it comes to oral hygiene, which can be incredibly harmful to your teeth.

Harm From Of Over Brushing

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How To Find A Great Local Dentist – An Easy Guide

Are you looking for a reliable dentist? This user-friendly guide will help you get started.

Abbey Road Dental in St John's WoodHere at Abbey Road Dental, we pride ourselves on being a user-friendly dentist with great staff and a wide-range of treatments.

However, as an individual, you should always feel confident that you have chosen the very best dental clinic for your family.

It should always be your choice where you have treatment, especially with detailed procedures like smile makeovers and root canal to name but a few.

To help you tick all the boxes when it comes to your family’s dental clinic, here’s an easy guide to finding a great local dentist:


Your dental clinic should be within easy reach of where you live, if possible. If you use public transport, it shouldn’t be too hard to get to it. If you park, it should have some parking facilities, or parking nearby. It could also be near your child’s school, or near your workplace if those are areas you think would be helpful to have your dentist in.


When is the dental clinic open? Some dentists are only open at specific times of the day, and some might close on a certain day too. If that time happens to be when you are unable to get to the dentist, there really is no point in becoming a patient at that clinic unfortunately.

Are They Legal?

Clinics, dentists and dental staff tend to be very proud to display all their credentials so that patients can see their legitimacy. If you can’t see licensing and other qualifications displayed, don’t be afraid to ask about them. You could also take a look on the GDC website, which is really helpful when you want to search official registers.

It’s a standard expectation from patients that their dentist is qualified to practise dentistry, so if there is any hesitancy in showing you credentials, move on to looking at other clinics.

Do They Offer What You Need?

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10 Tips To Help You Become More Photogenic

Would you love to feel more confident about how you appear in photos? These 10 tips will help…

Healthy white smileWe say this with everything crossed, but it appears we may well be at the tail end of the Covid-19 pandemic locally. At the very least, we do have an easing of many restrictions over the coming months which means we can do so many normal things again.

Seeing friends, going out for a drink, going on staycations – there are going to be lots of lovely memories, and of course, lots of photos.

With that in mind, Abbey Road Dental wants to help you feel more photogenic and confident when you strike a pose. We all deserve happy memories this summer, and plenty of gorgeous photos to look back on.

Here are 10 tips to help you become more photogenic:

1. Practice Makes Perfect!

Learning how to take a better photograph comes down to practice. Even models start off looking a bit goofy and lacking confidence in the beginning, because they don’t know how to get the job done right.

Use a mirror, use your phone, relax your shoulders and play around. Get used to how it feels when the photos look good so you can replicate that feeling when others are taking photos of you. Just make sure you’re practising alone because your housemates or family will definitely find amusement seeing your session!

2.  What Is Your Angle?

Everybody has a side they don’t like or, a particular angle they know does not suit them in photographs. Maybe you prefer your left side on photos, or you know that you prefer how your body looks side on. Knowing your angle means not only having an instant pose or side to get into when a photo is being taken, but feeling confident that a particular angle will 9/10 times look great.

3.  Prepare

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Make Your Smile Spectacular For Summer!

Handy tips from your St John’s Wood dentist to help those pearly whites look their very best.

whitened smileLast year heading into early summer, we all had little reason to smile, give or take a successful vegetable growing project or two.

This year though, with the vaccine programme rolling out like nobody’s business, everything is opening back up and we can see the people we love again in person!

Nothing is certain yet of course, but there is definitely hope on the horizon.

With so much to smile about right now, there’s one area of your appearance that you’ll definitely want to get right this summer, and that’s your smile. From summer selfies with sisters, to garden party pouts perfect for your next Instagram post, your lips and teeth matter. This summer more than ever, we think that your smile needs to be spectacular!

To help you prepare your smile for the coming months that will *hopefully* be much better for all of us, let’s take a look at how to get it looking its very best:

Pamper Those Lips

Over winter your lips may have become a little dry, crusty and cracked. Even with a ton of lip balm this can happen so don’t worry too much. Now that the warmer weather is here though, it is time to get the lips looking their best again because they frame your smile. Give them a good scrub with an old toothbrush every week and use a lip moisturiser that penetrates the skin.

If you’re looking for an extra boost in your pout, you may also want to speak to Abbey Road Dental about dermal fillers for the lips. Our NW8 team offer facial aesthetic treatments like lip fillers to help take that perfect smile even further. Applied by a professional, trained team, it can rejuvenate the lips and volumise an area that patients can commonly feel insecure about.

Get A New Toothbrush

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10 Ways To Celebrate Easter That Don’t Involve Chocolate!

Looking to cut back on chocolate but boost the fun levels this Easter? Don’t worry, Abbey Road Dental has you covered.

Smiling peopleAt Abbey Road Dental, you might not know that we look forward to having a nibble or three on a delicious chocolatey egg come the big day, just like our patients do. There’s no desire from us for patients not to indulge in a little treat on Easter Sunday. It’s part of the celebration and we completely embrace that.

However, we also know that many patients do want to keep chocolate consumption to a minimum over Easter. This is especially true with parents conscious of their child’s consumption of chocolate. It can so easily go from one egg, to endless chocolate consumption long after the special weekend, which isn’t ideal for adult or child oral health.

To give you a helping hand to enjoy this special weekend without chocolate being the main focus, Abbey Road Dental has you covered. Here are 10 ways to celebrate Easter without chocolate:

Easter Tree

The Easter Tree is a decoration that has become more and more popular over the last few years. The good news is, it is open to your interpretation. You can buy them but you can create such cute versions for free, there really is no need to splash out.

You could secure a branch, use a piece of cute driftwood, use a miniature tree or even repurpose a mug holder! You then decorate it how you want to, within an Easter theme. Pastel ribbons, fairy lights and decorated eggs look particularly cute.

Egg Hunt

Egg hunts don’t have to actually be hunting for chocolate eggs. You could get empty egg cases, or even boxes or bags, and then place items inside. Those items could be little toys, books, healthy snacks, funny photos or activities – the fun is the hunt, not necessarily in what is found. Be creative!

Easter Movie Fest

Why not get some healthy snacks together and snuggle up for an Easter movie fest? Here are some suggestions:

  • Hop
  • Rise Of The Guardians
  • Peter Rabbit 1 & 2
  • Ice Age The Great Eggscapade
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Egg Painting

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A Spotlight On Oral Health Issues Specific To Women

Find out more about dental health challenges specific to women, and how to ensure they don’t affect your smile health!

Mouth inspection by a dentistInternational Women’s Day is celebrated on the 8th of March and Mother’s Day also features in this special month.

With that in mind, here at Abbey Road Dental we wanted to shine a spotlight on specific issues or challenges that may occur with oral health and women, specifically.

Let’s take a closer look at women’s dental health and what to be aware of:

Hormones, Women & Oral Health

Hormones have a huge impact on all kinds of aspects of your health. Your sex drive, your mood, your weight, your skin, your appetite – they rule everything in the body it seems. You might be surprised to know that hormones can also have a big impact on your dental health, or more specifically, your gums. This occurs because the estrogen and progesterone you produce as a woman can surge, which can cause more blood flow to the gums. This in turn can then make your gums really ‘angry’, irritated and sensitive.

Rather than the gums being irritated at a level we might expect for anybody with normal health, the irritation can be more extreme, even when the irritant itself seems fairly innocuous.

An example of this would be the presence of plaque around the gums. This will cause irritation in all people, especially if there is a lot of plaque building up. However, for ladies with a high level of hormones, even the smallest amount of plaque can cause a lot of irritation.

The result of this can be bleeding, inflamed gums that suggests the presence of gum disease. Without treatment, the gum disease can progress to full periodontitis (advanced gum disease) which can lead to tooth loss.

Let’s take a look at the different hormonal events a woman goes through, and how they may affect dental health:


During puberty a young woman’s hormones are positively raging, which makes you prone to gingivitis during this time. Teenage girls may find they have swollen, bleeding gums. The gums may well be much bigger than usual, causing a lot of pain and discomfort. Canker sores may also appear throughout this time, causing even more pain and soreness. If your child is going through puberty and seems to be struggling with gum issues, the best thing to do is speak to the dentist about it during their next NW8 dental appointment in Abbey Road. We can discuss cleaning the teeth more efficiently, and perhaps arrange more hygienist support in addition to dental checkups.

The Menstrual Cycle

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Losing Multiple Teeth – Are Dentures The Only Replacement Option?

Multiple tooth loss need not lead to dentures. There’s another option here in St John’s Wood ….

Multiple dental implantsIn the best scenario possible, everybody would have a beautiful, strong, healthy smile for life. This is perfectly achievable with excellent oral hygiene, regular checkups at Abbey Road Dental, and with support from our NW8 hygienist.

Whether you have a life with all your teeth or not can also relate to genes, luck with accidents, and luck with certain medication or health conditions too.

With so many potential issues leading to tooth loss, despite your best efforts, it’s no wonder that many of us don’t live our entire lives with all 32 teeth. It’s unfortunate, but it’s a reality for many.

Single Tooth Loss

When you lose a single tooth you may choose to leave the tooth as missing. Maybe it is at the back of the mouth where it can’t be seen, or you don’t mind the way the missing tooth looks. Here at Abbey Road Dental, we respect your decision to keep your tooth as missing. We do, however, recommend all patients consider a replacement for a single tooth to avoid the surrounding teeth moving because of the loss. We can provide a single dental implant, partial denture, or a bridge that uses the strength of the teeth either side to support a replacement tooth in the gap.

Multiple Tooth Loss

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Caring For Your Oral Health When You’re Under The Weather

Feeling a little unwell? We can help with these handy tips on maintaining your oral health through tricky times.

Dentist offers adviceDuring winter there can be all kinds of colds and coughs going around that can make you feel really unwell. We also have the Covid-19 pandemic; another big risk this particular winter when it comes to feeling ill.

Pregnancy, mental health issues, common tummy bugs and chronic illness are other reasons that you might feel under the weather.

Being ill is enough to cope with as it is, without then having to care for your oral health. However, neglecting your oral health even for a short time can lead to even more ill-health and feeling rubbish, so it makes sense to keep your oral care going as much as possible, even if you feel really unwell.

To help you keep your oral health in good shape whatever your cause for feeling under the weather, please read on:

Pregnancy Symptoms

During pregnancy you may get pregnancy gingivitis, which will show itself as swollen, bleeding gums. Hormonal changes can cause this to happen, and cannot be avoided. Your NW8 dentist and hygienist can help you with this condition. We may suggest that you switch up your oral hygiene regime to help. If you suffer from vomiting during pregnancy, it is important to keep up your fluid intake and drink water after being sick. Make sure you wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth, so you’re not spreading acidic residues around the mouth. If your toothpaste is causing you to feel nauseous, try and use an unflavoured version made to tackle these common issues.

When it comes to cravings, it is important to be careful with cravings for food like lemons, sweets or anything highly acidic or sugary. Please speak to us about these cravings if you have them so that we can monitor your oral health, and offer some suggestions to help.


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Love Your Mouth In February 2021

Personal oral care in February, the month of love!

Flossing teeth for oral healthValentine’s Day is the big holiday of February. Usually everyone is booking dinners and days out, looking at how they want to spend time with loved ones. Clearly, 2021 is not going to be a Valentines like we all know it to be.

Sure, there may be flowers and romantic meals at home, but that’s probably teamed with plenty of Zoom dates and solo ice cream eating sessions, like the last 11 months for many of us!

With that in mind, instead of focusing the love outwards this month, let’s take the time to look inwards and give some love to ourselves. In particular, we’re shining the spotlight on oral health and showing some love to your mouth this February. Not for a date, not for a picture, not for anything other than your love for yourself, just this one month.

Why Is Self Love Important?

For a lot of people self love can feel a bit awkward. It can feel a little bit cheesy, and a little bit woo woo. The fact is, self love is anything but woo woo, it’s essential to being happy. Being compassionate towards ourselves and loving who we truly are is the key to avoiding, or coping with mental health challenges. It is the key to being confident, having true self esteem and to having an abundance of love to give to others. Sure, we’re tackling oral health self love in this article, but that can just be the start for you. You can never have too much!

Why Is It Important To Love Your Mouth?

There are many great reasons to love your mouth. One key reason, is confidence. With our mouths we kiss, speak, smile and express ourselves. A lot of confidence radiates from this part of the body, which is why facial aesthetics to do with the lips are so popular these days. The same with cosmetic and restorative dentistry, it literally restores confidence in those who have found themselves ashamed of visible dental issues. On an aesthetic level, loving how your mouth looks is so important.

When it comes to your health, loving your mouth is really important as your oral health is directly related to your overall wellbeing. If your mouth is painful you may struggle to eat, or even perform daily tasks. With teeth missing, eating may be a struggle and possibly even dangerous.

Certain oral signs like ulcers or sores can suggest issues elsewhere in the body. Likewise certain issues with the body can show up in the mouth, such as kidney issues which can cause the breath to be sweet smelling.

Certain oral issues, like gingivitis, have even been linked to an increased risk of heart disease.

This is just a brief summary of why you should love your mouth. The fact is that if you think about it, you can probably think of many more reasons that it is a part of your body that deserves a ton of self love this February.

Love Your Mouth With Better Oral Health Habits

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