Dental Hygiene Products – Your Easy Guide

Which products are available and how can they help you perfect your oral hygiene regime?

Flossing teeth for oral healthAlthough trips to see us at Abbey Road Dental are important to ensure we catch any issues with your oral health quickly, what you do to help your teeth and gums stay healthy everyday is what is really important.

The habits that you abstain from, the things you eat and drink, the time you put into cleaning your teeth – these things really do count.

To help you get a little bit closer to perfecting your oral hygiene regime we wanted to give you an easy guide to some of the most common dental hygiene products on the market. They can help you have an easier time keeping those gums and teeth extremely healthy, and some can even help with additional oral issues like dry mouth. With all of that in mind, here is a user-friendly guide to oral hygiene products from your NW8 dentist:


Mouthwashes were commonly thought of as an extra item you can use to clean your teeth and gums even further, whereas they are actually quite far-reaching in what they can achieve.

As a basic level they are a liquid you swish in your mouth for about two minutes and either contain alcohol or are alcohol free. Some mouthwashes are designed to kill bacteria in the mouth that aggravate the gums. Some are designed to help the gums heal or to reduce gum inflammation. Some mouthwashes are more specific to helping the mouth produce more saliva, which can be very useful if you suffer from dry mouth. There are also specific mouthwashes designed to help gently numb painful and inflamed areas.

As a general rule, mouthwashes aren’t needed and certainly cannot replace brushing, but they can be helpful if you have specific needs. Some can even work against the type of toothpaste you are using and can actively cause you problems.

For specific advice on the best mouthwash to use, if any, please speak to your Abbey Road Dental hygienist.


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Do You Know The Quickest, Safest WayTo Whiten Your Teeth?

Latest smile enhancements at Abbey Road Dental in St John’s Wood

White teethAlthough the whole year is in front of us, we often want everything right now. Technology, social media and convenience-culture has left many of us wanting everything as quickly and easily as possible.

But for results like weight loss, muscle-building, careers and education, you simply have to think longer-term, as some things need to be done more slowly to be effective.

For example, when it comes to the teeth, straightening is always better when done slowly, gently and under professional supervision. When it comes to whitening the teeth, unfortunately it can be a different matter altogether, as there are many dangerous shortcuts advertised online. Those whitening shortcuts you see might not only be ineffective at whitening your teeth but they could even damage them and your gums too.

It is important to know that there is no need to opt for dangerous whitening options, especially if you want brighter, whiter teeth quickly. We want to help you avoid gum burns, disappointing results, money wastage and more, by letting you know about the quickest, safest teeth whitening options available here in NW8. So please take a look at our guide to find out how you can brighten your teeth quickly in a hygienic, professional environment local to you:

A Visit To The Hygienist

A visit to our Abbey Road Dental hygienist shouldn’t be discounted as a quick and effective teeth whitening option. The visit will not whiten your teeth in the traditional sense, but it will brighten your teeth. Using non-invasive tools, your hygienist will clean your teeth, removing any hardened tartar and surface stains.

This is a really positive starting point for better looking teeth and healthier teeth and gums, the foundation of a beautiful smile. You can book in with our Abbey Road Dental hygienist independently of the dentist by calling our team on 02076241603.

At-Home Teeth Whitening

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Take These 10 Oral Health Tips Into The New Year

10 tips and tricks for 2020 to help make sure your smile is a happy and healthy one!

Oral health teeth brushingAfter Christmas there is a bit of a lull as we all try to relax and slowly digest all the food we have consumed! Most of us are also tired from all the running around, cooking and present buying that seems to happen in a whirlwind in the lead up to the big day.

Once all the turkey sandwiches have gone, and the decorations are down, most people start to look towards the New Year to think about their resolutions.

Instead of adding to your load when it comes to resolutions, Abbey Road Dental want to help you go into the New Year with a smile! Oral health can often get ignored as an important area to focus on, and yet, toothache can ruin everything when you are least expecting it. A lack of smile confidence can hinder us in life and certain oral health issues are known to affect other areas of our health too.

Oral health is actually a great area to focus on in the New Year because your smile  actually represents broader health and confidence in many ways. So to help you head into the New Year able to smile without pain, and with confidence, here are 10 oral health tips we want you to take with you into 2020:

Come And See Us!

One of the most important things you can do for your oral health is to ensure you visit our St John’s Wood NW8 dental clinic every six months, or more if you need to. We’re always happy to see you, and those regular checkups help to ensure that any problems are quickly diagnosed and treated.

Brush Twice Every Single Day

Brushing twice every single day for two minutes is an essential part of self care that everybody should be doing. Two minutes of really great brushing will ensure the food debris and plaque is cleaned away and the bacteria that cause issues have nothing to feast on.

Cut Down On Sugar And Starchy Carbs

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The Ultimate Christmas Smile Survival Guide From Abbey Road Dental!

Keep your smile healthy over Christmas and avoid an emergency visit to the dentist

Dentist Dr Diana SpencerChristmas is a wonderful time of year when all of us enjoy kicking back and enjoying parties and memory making with family and friends.

Despite Christmas being the time of year we all smile plenty, it is actually a really high risk time of year for oral health too.

Alcohol, partying, stress, naughty foods galore and other risk factors all contribute to an increase in dental issues over the festive period.

So to help you maintain your beautiful smile over the holidays, here is your ultimate Christmas smile survival guide from Abbey Road Dental:

Don’t Take Any Unnecessary Risks

It is so important that you do not crack nuts or open bottles with your teeth. If reading that this is the kind of thing that happens over Christmas shocked you, you might be surprised to know lots of injuries to the teeth and gums occur during the holidays due to these kinds of risks. Instead of using your teeth, it’s a good idea to use the correct tools for the job!

Take It Easy On The Naughty Foods Or Eat Them During Mealtimes

If you can take it easy on the pastries, chocolates, cakes and other Christmas treats, your oral health will benefit. There are so many things that are consumed over Christmas that can cause issues with the teeth. If we can’t persuade you to relax on the indulgence, could you consider only eating the naughtiest foods during mealtimes? One of the biggest issues with consuming naughty foods at Christmas is how the teeth are constantly exposed to sugars and acids because we all graze. Eating indulgent foods over mealtimes and especially following those episodes with water to rinse and perhaps sugar-free gum, limits that window of damage and helps your teeth and gums.

Try To Maintain Your Oral Health Routine

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SmileFast Dental Veneers

A spotlight on the latest treatments at Abbey Road Dental, St John’s Wood

White teeth after cosmetic dentistryAbbey Road Dental is proud to offer the most up-to-date dental treatments for our patients and we offer restorative, general and cosmetic services, as well as a range of additional treatments that commonly fall into various categories.

We are always looking to enhance our selection of services to patients with the latest that dentistry has to offer, which is why we are excited to now list SmileFast dental veneers amongst our broad range of cosmetic treatments.

SmileFast Dental Veneers At Abbey Road Dental

SmileFast veneers is a ‘cutting edge’ dental transformation process we are proud to offer at our modern local dental clinic. The treatment has been deemed a revolution in smile makeovers, and that is because many treatments can actually be completed in just 60 minutes. A new smile in under an hour! We couldn’t believe it either! Patients can get affordable, fantastic results quickly, leaving the clinic with their beautiful new smile without having to wait several sessions.

How Does SmileFast Work?

SmileFast is truly groundbreaking in its technique, bringing together various elements in the discipline of cosmetic dentistry.

We can help you to quickly see how your new smile will look, as well as providing a detailed plan of how it works, all following a consultation process to check suitability. We will only ever offer the treatment to patients who are able to get the most out of how it works. If there are any issues or outstanding dental health problems we can offer alternative treatments and referrals where appropriate.

Once we have agreed that you are suitable we can take photos and information before using 3D technology to prepare your smile for the transformation. We can design the perfect smile for you, and place a custom set of composite veneers in just one application. The veneers fit over the front social six front teeth enabling you to walk away with a stunning smile extremely quickly.

Teeth Whitening In Combination With SmileFast

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Confused By Dental Jargon?

Common Dental Terms Explained By Your St John’s Wood Dentist

Here at Abbey Road Dental in NW8 we make a huge effort to ensure that we explain any dental terms we use as well as we possibly can to all of our patients.

We also try to answer any questions you may have, as well as trying to avoid using confusing dental jargon when it isn’t necessary.

However, we want all our patients to feel empowered with their dental care and a great start to that is information. So to help you feel more ‘in the know’ about the world of dentistry and the words used, here are some of the most common dental terms explained:

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is a type of dentistry that involves making the teeth look better, whether that is with adult straightening, teeth whitening, veneers, crowns or cosmetic bonding. Often cosmetic dentistry is done in conjunction with other areas of dentistry as part of a complete smile makeover.

NHS Dentist

An NHS dentist is a dentist that may offer private services, but they also offer NHS services. If you are registered with an NHS dentist you can have treatment according to the NHS price band system, however some treatment may fall under private treatment, such as cosmetic dentistry. If you join an NHS dentist they will clarify the type of treatment you need and whether it comes under NHS price bands before treating you.

Private Dentist

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Jaw Pain

What are the main causes?

head and jaw painJaw pain is a common issue for many and yet most people don’t associate it with dental issues and don’t think to mention it to the dentist.

In fact, jaw pain and dental issues go hand-in-hand and one can cause the other.

If you are experiencing jaw pain you might be getting a wide range of potential symptoms in the jaw joint, such as:

  • Throbbing
  • Sharp pains
  • Earache
  • Headaches
  • Tingling
  • Aching

You might feel the pain when you eat or talk, or just all the time. It might have started all of a sudden or begun as mild discomfort and then developed over time. It could have begun after a certain procedure or injury. Understanding the cause of the problem is really important so you can get out of pain, and so that the problem doesn’t cause further issues with your jaw and other parts of the oral cavity.

Here are some causes of jaw pain and what they might feel like:

Clenching & Grinding Of The Teeth

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Dry Mouth

How It Can Affect Your Oral Health

Dry mouth is an oral condition that is often overlooked, despite the fact it can be extremely uncomfortable and cause a whole host of oral issues.

At Abbey Road Dental in St John’s Wood, we understand that there are lots of factors that affect your oral health, not just the way the teeth are cared for, or indeed lifestyle. Many different things can affect oral health including medications, illness, age, pregnancy and more.

We always have a broad approach to diagnostics to ensure that we consider each and every potential factor in any pain or issue a person is having with their oral health. Dry mouth is often a very simple issue that causes many complex problems and it can be caused by many different things. By understanding why dry mouth is present we can treat you accordingly and stop it doing any additional damage. We can also help you feel as comfortable as possible whilst you are affected by the problem.

What Is Dry Mouth?

Dry mouth means that you don’t have the amount of saliva in your mouth needed to keep your mouth lubricated as it is supposed to be. Everybody experiences dry mouth differently, but common symptoms can include:

  • A dry mouth or throat
  • A mouth or throat that feels sticky, as though the saliva is thick
  • Issues speaking
  • Issues swallowing
  • Issues speaking
  • A tongue that goes completely dry
  • Painful sore and cracked lips
  • Tooth decay that occurs more frequently
  • Unpleasant breath
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Issues with aggravated gums

Why Dry Mouth Happens

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Your First Hygienist Appointment

What to Expect At Abbey Road Dental In St John’s Wood

Here at Abbey Road Dental we are proud to have an exceptional dental hygienist on our team who works with us to provide the complete range of oral health services we offer.

Understanding the services offered by the hygienist is important for patients who may benefit from those kinds of treatments.

Sometimes we may refer you to a hygienist as part of a treatment plan, or you can independently book the hygienist yourself for certain treatments.

So, What Is A Dental Hygienist?

A dental hygienist focuses on preventative oral care and gum disease and helps patients in the quest to maintain good gum health and keep all their natural teeth long-term.

One of their key activities is to remove plaque and tartar on your teeth. If the plaque and tartar is not removed properly it can cause you to develop gum disease which is the leading cause of tooth loss in the UK. You may also suffer from tooth decay, which can also lead to tooth loss. The appointment will also include useful education for the patient to help them clean their teeth as well as possible between visits.

What Should I Expect From My First Hygienist Visit At Abbey Road Dental?

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Your Tongue And Oral Soft Tissues

An Oral Health Spotlight From Abbey Road Dental

Often when it comes to oral health, the spotlight from the general public is on the teeth and gums; at least for most of the time. This is understandable as the teeth and gums are primary structures within the mouth.

However, the teeth and gums are not the only important structures and the tongue and soft tissues in and around the mouth are incredibly important too. Although dentistry is often focused on the teeth and gums, the entire mouth requires careful care and attention to ensure you can enjoy a comfortable, functioning mouth day-to-day.

To help you understand more about these often overlooked parts of your mouth and their role in oral health, today Abbey Road Dental shines the spotlight on your tongue and other oral soft tissues.

Oral Soft Tissues And Tongue – What Are They?

Lots of areas inside your mouth are categorised as oral soft tissues, with many having parts that are internal and external. Your cheeks and lips are classed as oral soft tissues, and the roof of your mouth, your throat and the area under your tongue are all part of the oral cavity. The tongue itself is a muscular organ that is covered in tissue and tiny bumps and plays an important part at the beginning of the digestion process. The gums are also counted as the soft tissues of the mouth and they have their own category of care within dentistry called periodontics.

Oral Cancer

When it comes to oral cancer, all oral areas can show symptoms and signs of the disease. When the dentist at Abbey Road Dental does an oral cancer check as part of your checkup, they will look for any signs of abnormalities in the mouth. They will look around the lips, mouth and tongue for sores, white patches and general areas of irritated tissue. They may ask you about any areas they think could be suspicious, to see if perhaps a sore has not healed, or a patch of irritated or white skin which has been present for a while. In the instance where an area of the mouth looks suspicious the dentist might refer you to your GP or the hospital for further investigations. The sooner that oral cancer is diagnosed, the better the prognosis, which is one of the reasons regular checkups with your dentist are so important.

Injuries To The Soft Tissues And Tongue

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