Did You Know Your Dentures Can Now Be More Secure Than Ever?

Implant stabilised denture

Denture stabilisation at Abbey Road Dental

Standard dentures can make such a huge difference in how your oral health functions and looks.

Compared to having missing teeth, dentures can truly transform your smile, filling out the spaces that your natural teeth once occupied. Dentures have many benefits including:

  • Enhancing your smile
  • Enhancing your smile-related confidence
  • Stopping remaining teeth from moving and collapsing into the gap
  • Improving speech
  • Improving eating habits
  • Maintaining facial structure that can be affected by missing teeth

However dentures can have many issues, regardless of whether they are partial or full, and whether or not they have been fitted really well.

Would you love to have secure dentures that feel completely natural? Now you can with implant retained dentures at Abbey Dental in St John’s Wood, NW8. Implant retained dentures are the ‘gold standard’ in denture treatment, providing you with a beautiful, functional smile without any of the mess and potential embarrassment associated with normal dentures.

Standard Dentures And Their Problems

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Cosmetic Dentistry In 2019?

Dentist Dr Diana Spencer

Now is the right time to start planning!

Cosmetic dentistry is so much more accessible these days. The rise in social media and sharing, reality TV stars, influencer culture and advances in dental technology combine to provide a broad selection of transformative treatments at the same dental clinics you get your check-ups and your fillings.

Have you ever thought about getting cosmetic dentistry? Or perhaps you’ve always dreamed about having the perfect smile?

If so, the treatments from Abbey Road Dental could be exactly what you need for increased confidence and function from your smile this year, and for many years to come. Below, Dr Diana Spencer looks at just some of the treatments available at her St John’s Wood surgery.

Different Types Of Cosmetic Dentistry

If you want cosmetic dentistry your dentist will work with you to formulate the right treatment plan for your needs. It may be that one, or a combination of any of the treatment types below, are the right choice for your needs:

Teeth Whitening

Reality TV stars are almost wholly responsible for the surge in teeth whitening popularity across the UK. It is one of the most transformative treatments but also one of the quickest. It works by bleaching the teeth using a special formula gel which can be applied at home using bespoke home whitening kits. Precise moulds of the teeth are made and used to make trays which are filled with the bleaching gel. The trays are then worn for a certain amount of time every day for a few weeks (depending on the system used).

In some clinics you can also get teeth whitening ‘in-house’ which is often completed in not much more than one hour. First your gums are protected and then the product is applied to your teeth before a special activating light is used to accelerate the whitening. After your teeth are whitened, we will show you how many shades difference there is between your smile at the beginning and at the end of the process. Both at-home and in-house treatments are incredibly convenient and quick and you’ll likely be amazed at the results!


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Are you Ready To Become Smoke Free?

Abbey Road Dental in St John's Wood

A critical step to better general and oral health!

According to NHS Smoke Free, smoking is the number 1 cause of preventable deaths in England, killing over 75,000 people annually. Out of two people who smoke, one of them will die from their habit.

Scary stuff, isn’t it? But the chances are, if you smoke, you already know the risks, and if you’re reading on, you might just be ready to become smoke free, which is great news.

So, why is Abbey Road Dental talking about this now? Well, the UK is approaching ‘Stoptober’ where those looking to quit their smoking habit attempt to avoid smoking for an entire month. The reason behind trying for a whole month as opposed to a week or, attempting to quit for good, is because the statistics show those who manage to abstain for a whole month are 4 times more likely to quit for good than those who abstain for less time. The team at Abbey Road Dental cares about your whole health of course, but your oral health is so deeply affected by smoking, we really hope we can support your efforts to quit if you feel ready to make that huge and healthy change this year.

The Negative Effects Of Smoking On Your Body

Smoking has a massive effect on your entire body and it is important to understand the potential risks this habit has:


When you smoke, the chemicals in cigarettes progressively thicken your blood, increase your blood pressure and narrow your arteries. These changes can increase your risk of a heart attack or stroke.


Smoking directly increases your risk of having heart disease, vascular diseases, a stroke and issues with the arteries supplying the brain with blood. Your heart is also strained most of the time, and overall, you are more likely to get a blood clot. Over time your arteries are increasingly compromised and you’re twice as likely to have a heart attack as a non smoker.


As a smoker you are more likely to get stomach cancer or other issues with the lining of the stomach. Smoking can also cause acid reflux and increase your risk of getting kidney cancer.


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Top Tips For Caring For Your Teeth When You’re Out And About

Dr David Bloom of Abbey Road Dental

Looking after your teeth 9 to 5 whilst away from home.

Whether you work 9-5, you’re always travelling around different cities for your job, or you’re literally just always on the go, there’s one thing you need to be pristine and that is your smile.

Your teeth help you speak, eat and help to let people know that you take care of yourself; so it is important that your smile is fresh, clean and healthy wherever you are.

Cleaning at home is easy enough, you just need to brush twice a day for two minutes; but on the go, away from your toothbrush and toothpaste and your private bathroom, it gets a little trickier.

With those constraints in mind, here are your St John’s Woods dentist’s top tips for caring for your teeth when you’re out and about. Dr David Bloom shares his guidance below:

Consider What You’re Consuming

Everything you consume will have a huge effect on your smile, at least temporarily. For example, eating garlic and onion will keep your breath odorous potentially for a day or so after the meal containing these pesky ingredients. Eating pesto or anything herby could result in you getting lots of bits stuck in your teeth. Drinking coke, red wine or coffee could temporarily stain your teeth. So think carefully about what you consume to make your short-term oral health care as easy as possible.

Keep An Oral Health Kit In Your Bag

It really helps to have a mini-kit in your bag so you can freshen up your smile if you need to. A mini toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and some sugar free gum will provide you with all you need to get your smile looking and feeling beautiful on the go.

Keep Saliva Flowing

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Dental Care Away From Home

Dentist Dr Diana Spencer

Prepare well in advance to avoid a dental emergency!

Going on holiday to somewhere in the UK or somewhere in Europe or an English speaking country like America, means that dental care is relatively easy. You know how to get medical attention for an emergency, you know supermarkets will have appropriate supplies, and you’re comfortable with your own oral care routine on the trip.

However, when a more exotic holiday comes along, a little more preparation is needed. Dental care or supplies might not be guaranteed or easy to access, and your routine could even be widely disrupted. To keep your smile looking great wherever you go on holiday, take a look at Abbey Road Dental’s best exotic travel tips. Principal dentist Dr Diana Spencer, shares some basic advice below:

Before You Go

Before you go away, we would love to see you here at our NW8 clinic. We can give you personalised tips on keeping your teeth fresh on your holiday, and we can check there are no current issues which might cause you problems during your stay. Any irritated gums, broken fillings or signs of infection could easily start causing pain and problems. If we can treat any issues, or carry out preventative work like tartar removal before you go, your smile will be in the best possible shape for your far flung adventure.

We would also recommend that you be as diligent as possible with your ‘at-home’ regimen, so that your oral care is kept in good order day-to-day, before you travel.

During Your Holiday

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Sugar Free Chewing Gum

Should it be part of your personal oral health regimen?

Brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time is a standard part of oral health care. It is advised, along with eating a diet rich in fruit and vegetables, visiting Abbey Road Dental regularly for checkups and avoiding damaging habits like smoking.

Did you know, there may also be an extra action you can take to help your teeth be even healthier? Chewing gum that is sugar-free could be an extra tool to use in keeping your oral health in great shape, here’s how:

Saliva Production

Chewing sugar free chewing gum after you have eaten helps to stimulate saliva. Naturally this rinses away food debris and particles which may otherwise stick to your teeth and form plaque. The chewing action also helps to physically break away some food debris from the gaps in the teeth. The acid in your mouth after a meal is also neutralised by saliva, again reducing potential damage to the teeth.

Fresh Breath

Although chewing gum will not combat deeper bad breath issues, or combat eating lots of onion and garlic which will cause an odour directly from the stomach, it can help with short term breath issues. It helps remove food debris which can smell once it starts to rot between the teeth. Natural mint flavouring in chewing gum also freshens the breath short term.

Xylitol Could Be Good For Your Teeth

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Happy, Healthy Smiles For Children!

7 tips from Abbey Road Dental

It seems like every week there is a new statistic on how children’s teeth across the country are becoming more unhealthy and decayed.

The good news is, those issues are entirely preventable and you can prevent your child becoming part of these scary statistics. With the firmly in mind, here are 7 fundamental tips from Abbey Road Dental to help you help your children have a healthy smile:

1. Get Started Early

You can start getting your child used to the dentist as early as you want to and ideally you will bring them with you to your appointments at Abbey Road Dental, so they get used to the environment. Once their first tooth comes through they can have their first checkup with us, and you can start brushing their tooth for them!

2. Keep It Light

Although tooth care is important, kids don’t really do ‘serious’ all that well. As they start brushing for themselves, consider using music and special themed brushes to keep them engaged in the process.

3. Let Them Feel Grown Up

Children like to feel grown up, so don’t be afraid to emphasis how big boys and girls care for their smiles. You could also let them choose their own toothbrushes, and when they are old enough trust them to brush without supervision (with occasional checks).

4. Get Your Routine In Check

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Plant Based Food Trends And Your Oral Health

The main facts from your St John’s Wood Dentist.

Here at Abbey Road Dental we are not here to tell anyone whether it is right or wrong to eat any kind of diet, but we do recognise that statistics show that 7% of the UK population now identify as vegan.

There are also many people who are cutting down on meat regularly, experimenting with things like juicing, and others who identify as ‘flexitarian’ which is where you dip in and out of different diet styles depending on what you fancy.

With a plant based lifestyle, you do not consume any animal ingredients at all. This includes meat, eggs, dairy and honey. Some people identify as vegans which is where you are plant based, but also follow a lifestyle which is free from animal products like leather. Here at Abbey Road Dental, we want our patients to have beautiful teeth alongside the lifestyle they follow. With that in mind, we wanted to give you some potential pros and cons of veganism in relation to your oral health, so that you can be aware of certain issues you could face without the relevant diet adjustments and support from your NW8 dentist, and healthcare providers:

Vitamin Deficiency

There is no evidence to suggest that a well balanced vegan diet will be particularly lower in any vitamins and minerals aside from B12 which comes from animals bred for meat; so meat eaters consume the vitamin indirectly this way. However, a change in diet for anyone could result in accidental vitamin and mineral deficiency and a lack of balance. With that in mind, it is a good idea to take general supplements like vegan multivitamins at least at the beginning of your diet change so you can feel confident your entire body, including your mouth and gums, are getting the nutrients they need to be healthy.

Tooth Decay

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Taking Care Of Oral Health At University Or College

Healthy smiles with minimal effort!

Going to University is so exciting, and so daunting at the same time. There is so much to get done, and so many new people to meet, and hopefully, so many parties to go to!

One thing that can fall by the wayside as uni life gets under weigh, is oral health. You might be using your smile to meet tons of new friends, and your teeth to try all the new local food, but you may well be letting your oral health standards drop a little.

Here at Abbey Road Dental, we wanted to give you some tips on taking care of your oral health a university with minimal effort so oral infections, tooth decay and pain are one less thing to worry about as deadlines approach:

Register With Your Local Dentist

Register with your local NW8 dentist, or nearest dentist to you, as soon as you start university. Here at Abbey Road Dental in St John’s Wood we have plenty of students coming to us for their university dental care, and we’re happy to provide that support during these important years. It will only take you a few minutes to fill out a form, or make a ‘phone call to your nearest dentist, and then you have the service there to use as and when you need it.

Maintain Good Daily Oral Hygiene

With disrupted bedtimes, and lots going on, it can be so easy to forget about basic oral hygiene. However, just keeping up a basic routine can save you a lot of time, money and potential pain in the future. Many inconvenient and sore dental infections can be prevented by caring for your teeth every day. Just brush twice, for two minutes each time, using the right toothbrush and toothpaste. You should also visit the dentist for checkups every six months or more regularly if you need to, that will ensure any issues are prevented or picked up quickly, avoiding extra costs and treatments.

Try To Keep A Balanced Diet

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What To Do In A Dental Emergency?

head and jaw pain

Make fast decisions to quell pain and prevent further damage

With lots of medical emergencies, we tend to know what to do. We either book in to see our GP if we think the issue can wait, or we go to A&E if we need to see someone quickly. If it is a life or death emergency, then obviously you call 999 and get an ambulance as quickly as you can.

When it comes to dental emergencies however, a lot of people aren’t sure about what to do and so, sometimes the wrong approach can occur. This means a person may be in pain, or may miss out on vital dental care quickly, when the correct action will mean quick and efficient pain relief and treatment where it is needed.

Here’s what to do in a dental emergency:

When The Problem Can Wait

If you have some pain or soreness that has come on that you can easily manage at home with over the counter painkillers and rest, then wait to book in with Abbey Road Dental at your next available opportunity. You can call us on 02076241603 any time during the hours listed on our contact us page. We will then take some details and book you in for a time that suits your needs.

When The Problem Can’t Wait But It Is Not A Medical Emergency

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