Keeping Your Smile Happy And Healthy This Christmas!

Flossing teeth for oral health

10 Festive Tips From Abbey Road Dental

Christmas seemed to be here at the end of August when the Christmas tins first went out. Then we blinked, Halloween happened and now it is nearly Christmas Day!

It comes around so fast every year and there is always a sudden feeling of panic, because everybody else seems so much more prepared. We are only just giving the garden its final winter trim and everybody else seems to be picking out the perfect Nordic spruce to decorate.

Between choosing your perfect ‘works do’ Christmas party dress and trying to get the best deal on the must-have toys this year, hopefully you are also going to have plenty of time to relax and be merry. There are endless parties, buffets, family do’s, work do’s, cosy coffees and events at Christmas to enjoy spending time with those you love (and maybe plenty that you’re not so keen on too!) Lets not forget, there is also a seemingly endless conveyor belt of delicious food and drink at Christmas. Mince pies, chocolates, Christmas market German hot dogs, pretzels, Bucks Fizz, egg nog hot chocolate, sausage rolls, turkey sandwiches – there is no end to the excess.

Sadly, although a delight for your taste buds, Christmas food and drink is not a great time for your teeth. Our dental clinic in St John’s Wood sees a lot of post-Christmas patients who have developed oral health issues as a result of holiday over-indulgence. Or they may have exacerbated existing problems through their holiday habits.

Sadly for some, their oral health problems don’t wait until January and they find themselves utilising the NHS 111 service to get emergency dental care during the holidays.

Nobody wants to spend Christmas with a toothache, and nobody wants to go into 2019 with oral health issues that are avoidable. Luckily, these top tips from our dental team can help you keep your smile happy and healthy this Christmas:

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Did You know Your Smile And Your Self Esteem Are Likely Linked?

confident white teeth smile

The link between smiles and confidence explained

Having a big, beautiful white smile is typically an indication that the gums, teeth and surrounding tissues are healthy and working well.

That means you can chew and speak well, and your facial structure is maintained by your teeth and their roots.

As well as helping physical form, dental health also has a huge role to play when it comes to your self esteem and confidence. And it makes sense right?

We express ourselves with our smiles and our teeth are used in other processes too, not just eating. For example, our teeth also help to keep our faces free from premature hollowing due to ageing. If our teeth are not the way we want them to be, we won’t feel that great about how we interact with other people. Even something as simple as a bad breath problem can be enough to make a person self conscious and affect their social interactions with others. Your smile means so much more than a great selfie, or the ease of eating, and it is important to recognise its value in enhancing your confidence too.

Smiling Helps You Feel Good

Lots and lots of research shows that if you feel good about how you look, you feel good about who you are and who you are presenting to the world. When your teeth are clean and beautiful, you can smile and relax and laugh; you can be confident. Some studies even suggest that the simple physical act of smiling causes us to feel happy, and our smiles will then spread to others because smiling is actually contagious!

Smiling Helps You Look Good

Smiling is known to make you look more attractive to others and it is also known to help make you more employable. Having a big happy smile lets others around you know that you are feeling good, and that they should feel good around you. Smiling is also known to make people assume you are optimistic, outgoing and sociable. It can even suggest we are more intelligent and trustworthy! Many studies suggest that our smile really does have a huge part to play in our confidence and it really can hold the answer to making you look and feel good around other people.

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Sleep Apnoea & Your Dentist

We can help!

Sleep apnoea is a condition a lot of people have heard of, perhaps through friends and family, through their own experiences with it, or through it being mentioned on the TV or online.

However, what a lot of people don’t know is that their dentist can help to recognise sleep apnoea and help with treatment for it too.

Your dentist is in the perfect position to diagnose sleep apnoea because they likely see you more often than your family doctor and they know how to look for signs and symptoms of the condition. Often diagnosis is the most important step in a treatment plan because it means that you can start the road to recovery. No more feeling exhausted, no more snoring and keeping your partner awake, and importantly, no more damage to your teeth!

What Is Sleep Apnoea?

Sleep apnoea is a truly exhausting condition where the person has issues with their breathing as they sleep. They may breathe very short, shallow breaths. They may stop breathing completely for a few seconds, or even a few minutes. This can happen many times through the night, sometimes over 25 times every single hour. Often the person is ‘woken’ out of the breathing pause by choking or snorting that wakes them up. There are lots of reasons for it, and lots of potential symptoms. It can be very scary for the partner of the person experiencing it because of the pauses where breathing stops and overall, it tends to be exhausting for both parties because it causes disturbed/ lack of sleep.

The Different Types Of Sleep Apnoea

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Your Consultation at Abbey Road Dental in St John’s Wood

dental treatment consultation

What we do and why it’s so important.

At Abbey Road Dental when you speak to us about starting a new type of treatment, we typically request that you come in for an appointment to start the process.

This first appointment is called a consultation and will usually be necessary for many of our advanced cosmetic and restorative dentistry treatments.

A lot of our modern, transformational treatments are extremely popular. As such, patients just like you are eager to come in and get them started to gain the great results as quickly as possible. However, you need the consultation first so that your treatment plan gets off to the best possible start and you are fully informed. It really is the very first step in your transformation journey and it even has some benefits you might not know about.

A Consultation Is…..

An appointment at Abbey Road Dental in St John’s Wood that may be 15 minutes long, or even an hour long depending on the type of treatment that you require. It is often the very first step in a detailed treatment plan that is made just for you.

We can book you in at any time during our opening hours which are Monday to Thursday 9AM-5PM and then Saturdays 9.30AM-4.30PM. Over the ‘phone we need to know the treatment you are interested in so you can be booked in with the right member of our team. Our number is 02076241603 and we can also give you basic information about our services on this number if you need more information before booking your consultation.

A Consultation Occurs…

At the very beginning of your treatment plan and it is the very first thing we do before any treatment begins. This is so that the most appropriate treatment for you is selected. We can only offer the right dental treatment for you following a detailed consultation process, which involves diagnostics, conversation and information sharing. By performing a consultation first, we ensure you get the very best possible results for your needs.

A Consultation Involves…

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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.

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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!

Veneers

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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:

Circulation

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.

Heart

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.

Stomach

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.

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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.

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