Family First – High Quality Family Dentistry At Our NW8 Clinic

Abbey Road Dental is here to support all members of the family in maintaining a healthy, happy smile.

Family with kidsOur local team in St John’s Wood has a reputation for offering excellent cosmetic dentistry treatments such as teeth whitening, veneers and adult teeth straightening. This is how you may have heard of us, but did you know that we are also a family dentist?

The latest cosmetic dentistry techniques are a core part of our services, but at our heart we are also a family dentist. We take pride in offering a broad range of  high-quality dental treatments and services for the entire family, from pregnancy right through to implant-supported dentures for the elderly.

If you’re thinking of joining a new family dental clinic in the NW8 area, Abbey Road Dental should be at the top of your list. Here’s an overview of the wide range of family dentistry offered here in Abbey Road:

Thorough Examinations For All The Family

Oral check-ups are incredibly important when it comes to preventing common dental issues like decay and gum disease. Regular checkups also allow us to look for any signs of these issues, acting quickly on any signs and symptoms.

Doing this, and checking any existing restorations, means that we can help you to avoid any lengthy treatment plans moving forward. We also check for signs of oral cancer as standard, so that should there be any issues, you have the best possible chance of a positive outcome because of early identification.

Oral Care During Pregnancy

During pregnancy you can be prone to a range of dental issues because of the way that your body changes. Pregnancy gingivitis, morning sickness and cravings can all have an impact on your teeth and gums. We can provide extra support and guidance during this time so that your oral health remains in great condition as you focus on your pregnancy.

We can also act in advance of you trying for a baby if you let us know. Some treatments you cannot have during pregnancy, like X-rays. So, if you do have dental issues or work planned, letting us know before you start your baby plans means we can provide that treatment before you become pregnant.

Baby’s First Appointment

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5 New Years Resolutions To Begin Now For A Great Start To 2022!

Find out why it makes sense to start moving towards those 2022 goals sooner rather than later.

Dentist at 81 Abbey RoadAre you hoping to try some resolutions out in the New Year? Perhaps you’re hoping to save to get your teeth whitened with Abbey Road Dental, or you hope to lose some weight.

Our question to you today is, why wait? If there is anything that the last couple of years has taught us all, it is that you never know what is around the corner.

Whatever your New Year’s Resolutions are, we’re here today to encourage you to start early. Why not get a head start on your goals and go into 2022 with positivity, progress and with your resolutions in full swing!

To inspire you, here are 5 common New Year’s Resolutions and why it’s a great time to start now:

1.  Quitting Smoking

Smoking is really bad for your overall health with over 78,000 people a year dying from the habit, 7 out of every 10 cases of lung cancer caused by it, not to mention how it enhances your risk of getting various heart conditions, other cancers and even fertility problems.

When it comes to your teeth, our NW8 clinic see’s a lot of smoking related problems in both the gums and teeth. Smoking can contribute to your risk of getting gum disease, dental staining and bad breath.

If you didn’t get on board with Stoptober but you know quitting smoking is on the cards, consider starting cutting down, or quitting now. The sooner you stop, the sooner your body has a chance to heal. Don’t wait until New Year to do probably the best thing you can do for your health.

2. Losing Weight/Being Healthy

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17 Immunity ‘Hacks’ To Help You Avoid The Winter Lurgy

Find out how to boost your immune system and avoid nasty coughs and colds this winter.

Dentist offers adviceThe news is consistently reporting on COVID-19 levels, winter flu levels and many people getting ‘the worst cold they have ever had’.

The harsher colds we seem to be experiencing could well be happening because as a community, we spent so long away from each other, our natural immunity dropped, and so infections that may have only been minor before, are giving us a run for our money this year!

With this in mind, Abbey Road Dental wants to help you give yourself the best possible chance of avoiding these lurgies. If you do catch them, we also want you to be able to fight them off.

We have collected 17 easy immunity hacks to help you get your immunity in better shape to face this winter:

1. Vitamin C

Vitamin C is essential to prevent cold and flu, with citrus fruits like oranges and lemons providing high levels of the vitamin. Kale, spinach and strawberries are also great foods to eat to boost your vitamin C.

2.  Oral Care

Here at Abbey Road Dental we are more than aware of how important the immune system is when it comes to oral care, and vice versa. Your immune system plays an important part in preventing, and combating infections and disease and if your oral health is not taken care of, you might struggle to fight off flu and cold. A good example of this is with gum disease. If your body is busy fighting off gum disease, so you may get signs elsewhere you are ‘run down’ and you might be experiencing more colds and flu than usual.

You can ensure your oral health is maintained by flossing everyday, and brushing twice a day for two minutes each time. Regular visits to Abbey Road Dental will ensure any issues are quickly diagnosed and treated.

If you do have any signs of gum disease like blood after you brush, or inflamed gums, please get in touch. We can often reverse early stage gingivitis with hygienist support. More advanced gum disease can also be stopped in its tracks and managed with NW8 hygienist and dental support. As with most things, though, the sooner you get the gum disease diagnosed and treated, the better.

3.  Vitamin E

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Easy Ways To Boost Your Health For Autumn & Winter

To help you thrive this winter, we have plenty of handy tips to help you boost your physical, mental and oral health during the darker months ahead.

Oral health teeth brushingAs the weather changes there are multiple reasons your health can take a turn for the worst. Seasonal colds and flu tend to start becoming more prevalent.

You may also be more inclined to exercise less and eat more comfort food as the weather turns, which can affect your weight and overall health. Let’s also not forget all the yummy food available for Halloween, Bonfire night and Christmas.

All of these actions can cause your oral health to worsen, as well as your mental health and overall physical health. To help you as the nights draw in, Abbey Road Dental have put together some really easy tips to follow to give your health a boost:

Smoothie Vitamin Dump

If you find it hard to eat a very healthy diet overall, a smoothie vitamin dump can be a great addition to your daily regime, especially in winter. Vitamins like vitamin C, D, B and zinc can boost your immune system helping you to stave off colds and the flu. You’re also boosting your oral health by including more fruits and veggies in your diet, as studies show they have a big role in a reduced risk of oral cancer.

Here’s an easy winter smoothie recipe to get you inspired:

Blend together:

  • Juice of two oranges
  • 1-2 thumbs of grated fresh ginger (2 or more if you like it hot!)
  • One medium grated carrot
  • One large frozen banana
  • One tsp turmeric
  • A pinch of black pepper or a tsp of coconut oil

Stay On The Lookout For SAD Symptoms

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Tooth Decay, Gingivitis & Enamel Loss – How To Stop Your Mouth Becoming A Horror Story This Halloween!

Find out how to stop your gums and teeth suffering as a result of the exciting and indulgent holiday of Halloween.

Hygienist working in St John's WoodThis time of year is the perfect time to enjoy all the spooky things like goblins, ghouls and witches, pumpkins, monsters and werewolves. It’s a fun time to enjoy all kinds of scary, festive celebrations.

It can also be a really risky time of year for your teeth because there are so many sweeties, desserts, buffets and drinks on offer. Just think of how many naughty treats you enjoy over a weekend with a Halloween party and trick or treating outing with the kids, not to mention that visit to the pumpkin patch and the cafe afterwards, and those toffee apples from Tik Tok you all made….

Phew, it really is easy to see how we all can overindulge for Halloween and put our oral health at risk.

The good news is that there are many ways to curb your enthusiasm and keep your teeth and gums healthier over this exciting holiday. Here’s how to stop your mouth become a real horror story this Halloween:

Know Your Limits

It might seem tempting to bite into a toffee apple, to chew on some toffee or bite into a nutty chocolate bar with no regard. However, if you have dental restorations, braces, weak teeth, false teeth or anything else that could cause your teeth to be damaged by these kinds of treats, avoid them. Toffees especially are very bad for the teeth and gums because they stick to the teeth and feed sugar into the mouth for a longer period of time than something that gets flushed away with saliva right away.

Brush Regularly

During a season of parties and exciting occasions that are outside of your usual routine, it can be easy to push your teeth brushing regime to the back of your mind. Maybe you brush for less time, less effectively or less often. Either way, those essential brushes are being missed and that can cause bacteria to build up putting you at risk of enamel damage, gingivitis and tooth decay. Try to stick to brushing twice a day for two minutes each time, and flossing at least once a day.

If you need help and advice when it comes to your oral health regime, why not make an appointment with our Abbey Road Dental hygienist? They can help you learn how to take care of your teeth effectively, professionally clean your teeth and provide further oral hygiene support.

Drink Lots Of Water

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Lockdown Weight Gain? 10 Great Reasons To Lose The Extra Pounds

Ten ways to a healthier lifestyle after lockdown

Healthy teethThe average weight gain in the UK during lockdown was around half a stone! Add that to all the yummy treats we consume during the summer holidays and winter 2021 is set to leave us all with more curves than we might like moving forward.

There’s no need to feel bad about gaining weight during such a traumatic time for the world. Things have been hard and not everybody sought solace in Joe Wicks’s PE videos on Instagram. That being said, here at Abbey Road Dental, we know the importance of good general health for your whole body, including your oral health.

Now that we’re socialising again and things are getting back to normal, it’s a really good time to think about losing those extra pounds for better health. If you need a little bit more inspiration to boost your health, here are 10 reasons to lose weight after lockdown:

Boosting Heart Health

The British Heart Foundation tells us that 28% of adults in the UK are obese, and obesity increases the risk of heart and circulatory diseases. Luckily, getting to a healthy BMI and boosting your health boosts your heart health, keeping your heart strong and healthy. You can boost your heart health by:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight for your age and height
  • Eating low-fat foods like fish, poultry, beans, nuts and low-fat cheese
  • Minimising your processed sugar consumption
  • Eating colourful fruits and veggies
  • Eating lots of whole grains
  • Eating less salt
  • Exercising at least 30 minutes a day to a point where you get breathless

Avoiding A Risk To Your Oral Health

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Back To School – Helping Your Child Back Into A Term-Time Routine

As school starts again, these tips can help you get your child back into their daily routine.

Family with kidsSummer soon comes to an end and the school term starts again. It’s a particularly challenging time as a parent because there have been weeks of fun, and plenty of time out of a routine. Getting the kids back into a school schedule after all this making hay can be tricky and it can take time to get them settled.

To help you, we have some tips to help you get your child back into caring for their teeth and gums everyday, as well as getting into the swing of a great daily routine overall:

Starting Your Routine Early Helps

It can be tempting to make the most of every second of the school holidays right up until the day before school starts again. However, this can make it really jarring for you and for your child when it comes to starting school again. Instead, starting to go to bed on time, and up at the time you have to when school starts a week or so before the first day back can make a huge difference.

Support Good Dental Hygiene Habits Everyday

In the holidays it might be that your child has their first tooth brushing session of the day later than when they are at school. They might have had a few late night before-bed brushes too. The good news is, that even though the brushing has taken place at a different time, it is still taking place. By emphasising that dental hygiene habits are important everyday whether you are on holiday, you have had a lay-in, or you’re tired, your child will understand why brushing is an important part of their school routine.

If they do seem hesitant about brushing along with everything else that has to happen when getting ready for school, it can be challenging because you don’t have the time to endlessly ask them to get the job done. Luckily, there are a few methods you can try to make it easier including:

  • Let your child choose a new age-appropriate toothpaste and toothbrush for term time
  • Buy a few flavours of age-appropriate toothpaste so your child looks forward to choosing the flavour for the day
  • Use a two minute brushing song they brush to (and dance to!)
  • Brush your teeth with them

If the challenge continues please do speak to us here at Abbey Road Dental during your next appointment. We have a wealth of tips and tricks to help kids get enthused about their oral health regime.

Keep Treats As Treats

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10 Staycation Tips For A Healthy, Happy Smile

Find out how to care for your teeth and gums for a happy, healthy staycation with a smile to be proud of.

A dentist explainsThis year, the staycation is the main option for a family holiday because going abroad is still a little complex.

That being said, the UK is a stunning place and a staycation is a fantastic way to appreciate the Great Britain that you call home.

With so much to smile about on your staycation you don’t want to have those selfies ruined with dental issues. Nobody wants to be in pain when they’re meant to be enjoying fish and chips on the beach or a barbecue at the campsite!

To help you keep your oral health happy and pain-free on your staycation adventure, follow these 10 helpful tips:

1. Locate The Local Emergency Dental Services

Just like you would check where the local hospital is, or the local walk-in centre on any holiday, it is also important to check where the local emergency dental services are. If you have a dental emergency and call 111 they should be able to tell you where the nearest place is and help to book you in.

But if you will be particularly rural or off the beaten track, knowing it may take you a couple of hours to drive to the emergency services is really important to know ahead of time.

2. Maintain Your Usual Brushing And Flossing Regime

It is so important to keep flossing and brushing like you usually do, even when you’re on holiday. It is really easy to have lie-ins, late nights and being off routine, and letting your oral routine follow suit. The problem with doing this is that it can damage your gums and teeth really quickly.

Brushing as you usually do – two minutes in the morning, two minutes in the evening plus flossing – will keep your smile looking and feeling great during your holiday.

3. Try And Get A Checkup Before Your Holiday

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All Your School Holiday Teeth & Gum Questions Answered In One Go!

To help keep the whole family smiling this summer we’ve answered the most common school holiday oral health questions for you.

Smiling peopleThe school holidays are a fantastic time for families. The kids get to let off some steam after a hard year at school, and we all know that this last school year and half of the one before, have been particularly challenging for all of us. We all deserve a break!

Abbey Road Dental here in St John’s Wood, knows that there is a lot of reason to smile this summer, and we want to help keep the whole family smiling with some Q&A’s that commonly come our way around this time of year. So sit back, sip on some ice water and enjoy reading all your school holiday teeth and gum questions answered in one go:

How Do I Help My Child Protect Their Teeth And Gums During Summer Sports Camps?

Summer sports camps are a fantastic idea for kids who love to play football or rugby. They help them get better at the sport, making new friends and keep them entertained too. You are right to be concerned about their teeth and gums though, as they are at risk during sports, especially contact sports.

The good news is that Abbey Road Dental can make your child a bespoke mouthguard to help protect their teeth and gums during sports. These guards are important because they protect the sensitive gums and teeth of your child, which can be permanently damaged by the impact of a sporting injury.

Are Internet Whitening Kits OK To Use Pre-Holiday?

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Love Your Smile? Avoid These Selfie & Social Media Trends….

Thinking of risking your health for social media reach? Think again…

Worried dental patientThese days over 3.5 billion people use social media, and that number is predicted to be more like 4 billion by 2025. It can help us make friends, share happy memories and even earn you money so there’s a lot to appreciate about it.

Of course, there are downsides to social media, including certain trends that can affect your safety, and the health of your smile.

Abbey Road Dental want to put a spotlight on some of the most well-known risky trends and social media habits to help you avoid them, and keep your oral health and overall wellbeing in great shape!

Risky Selfies

As more and more people get onto social media and try to compete with posting more and more incredible selfies, the risks go up. There are many heartbreaking stories about selfie-takers falling off cliffs, bridges and even falling down waterfalls because risks were taken for the photo.

Of course, this is the worst case scenario and it goes without saying – it isn’t worth risking your life to take a good selfie.

Less advertised are the various accidents that can happen when risky selfies are taken. Many people have been robbed as they are so focused on their selfie, they ignore their surroundings.

More people than you might think trip and fall when they walk, filming a video or getting the right selfie light, breaking bones, spraining wrists or even breaking teeth! Whilst your NW8 clinic is here with all kinds of innovative treatments to help you if you do damage your teeth, we’d rather you kept your natural teeth safe, rather than risking them for a selfie.

If you want to take a nice selfie, check your surroundings are safe, don’t walk around whilst looking at your phone and never take unnecessary risks to take a picture.

Unsafe Aesthetics & Teeth Whitening To Keep Up With Others

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