Understanding The 6 Stages Of Tooth Decay

Get closer to your teeth with Abbey Road Dental!

One of the main reasons teeth hurt is because of dental decay. This begins when enamel starts to break down and tiny areas of decay develop on the surface of the tooth.

“Bad” bacteria naturally present in the mouth create an acid bi-product which in turn eats away at the teeth, starting the process.

At some stages of decay, the teeth can be recovered with appropriate dental work coupled with improved oral hygiene. However, if it is left too late, a different level of dental restoration may be needed to restore teeth. Indeed, if left too long, it may not be possible to save the tooth.

It is a really good idea to understand the stages of decay so that you can be aware of your own oral health, and how to prevent things from getting any worse, alongside the guidance of your dentist.

Stage 1

The very first stage of tooth decay is when little white patches appear on the very outer layer of the teeth. This happens because the tooth is starting to lose calcium, and plaque has started to build up. As the bacteria in the mouth produce more acid bi-product, the tooth begins to slowly demineralise. This stage of decay is a really important warning sign and can even be reversed or stopped in its tracks by the correct treatment. Your NW8 dentist can speak to you about caring for your teeth and stopping the progression of any decay. As well as treatment, we will also emphasise the importance of an excellent dental hygiene regimen.

Stage 2

During the second stage of decay the lower level of enamel begins to deteriorate and there is no decay reversal available at this stage. The enamel and minerals will degrade and cause a small area of damage. The decay will continue to cause damage at this stage and the tooth will weaken and become susceptible to breaking. In the event that your tooth breaks you should always seek dental attention quickly.

Stage 3

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Dental Phobia

Don’t Let It Stop You From Having A Comfortable And Beautiful Smile.

Fear of the dentistDental phobia is extremely common, and yet when you suffer from it yourself, it can feel like you’re the only person in the world absolutely paralysed with fear at the thought of visiting the dentist. How can other people just happily visit their local dentist every six months without a second thought?

Here at Abbey Dental Road we completely understand how you feel. We have successfully helped people in different places on the  phobia spectrum, some with mild nerves about the dentist, some with extreme dental phobias. Our clinic in St John’s Wood has helped many dental phobic people get in that chair and get the treatment they deserve.

Our primary perspective on dental phobia is understanding that the reasons for it are different for everybody, and that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach.

Everybody has a different reason, or a combination or reasons for feeling so afraid of the dentist. For some people, they don’t even know where their phobia started. Regardless of how a dental phobia starts, the fact is that it prevents a person from getting the oral health support that they deserve. So it is incredibly important to sensitively and compassionately treat a person for their phobia first, so that the appropriate oral care can follow.

More Than A Fear Of Pain

Most people who are phobic of the dentist are not just ‘worried’ about their dental visit. Dental fear or anxiety can come with a wide range of symptoms such as:

  • Shaking
  • Issues with breathing
  • Nausea
  • Lightheadedness or even fainting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Panic attacks
  • Deep anxiety

A dental phobia can cause a wide range of symptoms that a person may experience just at the thought of going to the dentist. Often these symptoms are accompanied by a deep level of shame and embarrassment, exacerbated if the person’s oral health has deteriorated because they have avoided the dentist for so long. Worrying about what people think can often be an additional barrier preventing a person from even considering speaking to anybody about their problem. They worry about being judged, or that nobody will understand how afraid they are of the dentist.

What Abbey Road Dental Can Do To Help….

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The Spotlight On Dental Implants

Advanced replacement of missing teeth in St John’s Wood.

Dental Implants are considered by many to be the ‘gold standard’ in tooth replacement and we are extremely proud to offer them at our NW8 clinic in St John’s Wood.

Although dental implants have been around for a long time, it is only within the last decade that the treatment has truly been refined. An incredibly effective tooth replacement solution, implants look and feel as similar to natural teeth as is currently possible within modern dentistry.

If you have missing teeth and want to know how you can restore your smile with the latest in treatment technology, please take a look at our spotlight on dental implants here in Abbey Road.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a replacement for a missing tooth root, providing strong support for the tooth replacement at the gum level. The devices are made using titanium and are designed to be extremely durable and as similar to a natural tooth root as possible.

The implants are usually placed following a detailed consultation, and then left to bond with the jawbone for a few months, sometimes more. Once they have bonded with the jawbone the full restoration can be completed, and the implants themselves can last a lifetime if cared for properly.

Who Provides Dental Implant Treatment At Abbey Road Dental?

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It’s National Picnic Month – Keep Your Smile Healthy!

Don’t let overindulgence affect your teeth and gums – tips from Abbey Road Dental

If you didn’t get your fill of picnic tidbits during National picnic week in June, the good news is that the whole of July is National picnic month! So plenty of extra time to make up for any missed opportunities nibbling goodies outdoors with friends and family.

The bad news is, picnics aren’t always the best for your teeth. In fact, eating starchy snacks and sugary drinks for a while month and beyond could cause lots of issues for your oral health; issues that last well into the colder months.

To help you keep your smile healthy throughout National picnic month and all summer long, Abbey Road Dental has some handy information for you.

First Things First, A Brief History Of The Picnic

Everyone loves a picnic, including all of us here at Abbey Road Dental. But before we let you know how to keep your smile healthy whilst enjoying traditional al fresco dining, we thought you might enjoy a brief history of the picnic.

You might be surprised to know that it dates all the way back to the middle ages when taking things like bread and cheese to men out hunting was simply a way to provide them with sustenance without them having to come home between hunts. Things like a Ploughman’s Lunch, Cornish Pasty and pork pie were all invented for the same or similar reasons.

The name picnic though, is thought to originate from the idea of a meal where everybody brings something and the word itself is thought to come from french word Pique-Nique which loosely means ‘bring your own wine’.

Up until the 1800’s though it remained a practicality, until through trend, it became something quite fashionable. Everything from art, to books and poems began to feature at picnics where everybody who was anybody, wanted to eat al fresco. During the Victorian times the picnic really came into its own during summer. Hampers, picnic food and picnic blankets truly became a ‘thing’ and the trend spread across the world.

From then on in you could expect to see picnics occurring across Britain on any warm summers day and nowadays, they are a true tradition come a hot weekend, second only to the barbecue.

Can The Humble Picnic Pose A Threat To Your Smile?

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Your Complete Summer Guide To Oral Health

Smile ahead into summer with Abbey Road Dental!

Summer is here, hooray! Hopefully it will be a really warm one like last year, hooray again! There is so much to look forward to, everybody loves these longer, lighter months.

So, why are we here talking about oral health you might ask yourself?

The team here at Abbey Road Dental want to help you care for your oral health independently, between visits to us to help keep you on track. Of course we can help with all kinds of dental issues and needs should anything arise, but ideally, prevention is always best. It saves you pain, money and time. With that in mind, we are aware that summer can be quite the minefield when it comes to oral health. Holidays, summer sports, summer food and a change in routine can all be major potential risks for oral health. There’s also something to be said for planning ahead for the cosmetic dentistry you might want later on in the year. Going into 2020 is way off, but when it comes to certain smile treatments, you need to think in advance, and summer might be your time to take that first step towards your dream smile, and book in for your consultation at our St John’s Wood clinic in NW8.

To help you breeze through the bright and beautiful months with a gorgeous smile, and support your smile dreams looking even further forward, here is our complete summer guide to oral health:

Cosmetic Dentistry For 2020, Time To Think Ahead?

Cosmetic dentistry treatments like teeth whitening may not need much advance planning, and they can be booked close to the time you want the results if you opt for our fast, in-house treatment. For at-home treatment you need to allow a few weeks for the results. Otherwise, other more substantial makeovers can take anything from weeks to months. If you struggle with insecurity about your smile, if you dream of having missing teeth replaced, or misaligned teeth being straightened, now is the time to consider a consultation at our local clinic.

For example, if you want a straight smile for next summer, you may need a year in braces, which means getting them fitted now. It does all depend on your individual needs and treatment requirements, but the first step is a consultation. We can let you know a good idea of timescale, costs and potential results after we have completed your personalised consultation with us.

Curbing Your Enthusiasm For Summer Food?

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Oral Health Maintenance And Wearing Braces

All about brace care with Abbey Road Dental

A wide range of orthodontic systems (braces) are available at Abbey Road Dental and are an important part of dentistry focusing on aligning the teeth and jaw correctly so that the function of a person’s smile is healthy. Braces can also dramatically improve the way that a smile looks too.

If teeth are left misaligned, a person may struggle with confidence and they may struggle to maintain good oral hygiene. Teeth that are crooked are harder to keep clean. Jaw problems can also be a problem, slowly causing tooth damage and possible issues with the jawbone and jaw joint.

Prepare For Brace Care

When you have braces you should be prepared to put more effort into taking care of your teeth. With some types of braces, your teeth will be more difficult to care for because there are more crevices to catch bits of food which could lead to decay if left. So, your dental care has to be more applied than twice a day for two minutes, which can seem incredibly laborious; but without it, your oral health may suffer. You might even need to use braces for a longer period of time as a result. Getting braces at your local NW8 clinic is a positive move to a healthier and more beautiful smile but it does come with a responsibility that needs to be taken seriously.

Removable Brace Care

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Stay Healthy….

Whilst Maintaining A Healthy Smile!

The health fad that started a few years ago seems to be sticking around, as everyone and anyone seems to be doing something to improve their health at any one time. Perhaps you’re weight lifting, perhaps you are working on 10k steps a day, maybe you’re dabbling in a fitness watch and just getting to know what your peak heart rate is. Maybe you’re giving ‘keto’ or plant based a go?

Whatever your new healthy habits, we want to help you maintain your beautiful smile regardless of your activities or diet. Whilst any efforts to be more healthy are excellent and Abbey Road Dental actively supports anybody looking to improve their health in a safe way, we know that some healthy habits might not be so healthy for the smile. Certain things can be damaging for the teeth, gums or general oral area, but with a little more awareness you can make adjustments to ensure you’re smiling about your latest health scores with a beautiful healthy smile at the same time!

Here’s a run down from your St John’s Wood dentist, NW8 on some of the latest health trends and how they might affect your oral health.

Protein Shakes & Products

Protein shakes and bars are an entire industry alone now, as muscle-building has become the passionate past time of many. The problem is that lots of these protein shakes and bars are packed full of sugar, sometimes as much as your average confectionery! Even worse is that many bodybuilders are consuming these convenient protein products regularly throughout the day. So the teeth are getting regularly bathed in sugar which gives nasty bacteria a constant feast, enabling them to produce the acid that damages the teeth, eventually causing cavities. For a tooth-friendly alternative, do try to use products that have safe artificial sweeteners such as stevia or that are unsweetened completely.

Smoothies & Juices

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A Guide To Alternative Teeth Whitening Options

Do Any Of Them Work?

Within the last few decades, teeth whitening has seemingly been positively embraced by everyone and anyone looking to achieve the perfect ‘pearly whites’, previously only associated with celebrities.

Beautiful white teeth are no longer just for the rich and famous, and in some instances, some products claim you don’t even have to go to the dentist to get your teeth looking beautiful.

But how many marketing claims of the most recent whitening options are true? Are they all safe? Can any teeth whitening options away from the dentist actually properly whiten your teeth? Abbey Road Dental is here to take a look at all the latest teeth whitening options to give you the information you need to make an informed decision about the way you brighten your smile.

Please take a look at the latest whitening options currently available to you:

Coconut Oil Pulling

Coconut oil pulling is no longer the hottest health trend but it is still being heavily marketed as a way to whiten the teeth. It is an ancient technique where you take a teaspoon or so of edible coconut oil and swill it around the mouth for 20 minutes and then spit it into a tissue and throw it away. There are also branded versions that claim to have added whitening benefits. Does it work? Oil pulling cannot replace a good oral health regime, but lots of evidence suggests that it isn’t a harmful practice when using plain, edible coconut oil. It is unlikely to whiten the teeth, but it could actively clean the teeth and remove additional plaque and surface stains, brightening the teeth. Additional health claims like improving skin are currently unproven. However, it should be said that any product of this nature is no substitute for tried and tested oral care products.

Charcoal Products

Has everything got charcoal in at the moment? It seems like you can’t buy a face mask, toothpaste or smoothie without it being full of activated charcoal right now! Activated charcoal is carbon that has been treated to make it porous and it is those pores that then suck up all the debris and other things in the mouth (when using activated charcoal powder or toothpaste). When you rinse, all those particles are rinsed away too, leaving you with supposedly whiter teeth but, does it actually work? On the positive side, it could remove surface stains and clean the teeth as well as a standard whitening toothpaste. The negative of it is that it is an abrasive and it could harm the enamel of the teeth when used long term, depending on the product. In terms of whitening, it will clean the teeth but it can’t make the teeth any brighter than they are because there is no active whitening agent in there.

Standard Whitening Toothpaste

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The Spotlight On Icon White Spot Removal

The latest dentistry treatments at Abbey Road Dental in St John’s Wood!

Abbey Road Dental is proud to offer patients the latest in dental technology and treatments. We have a wide range of general, cosmetic and restorative treatments that help prevent oral issues, treat any problems and to completely transform the look of the smile if aesthetics are of concern.

Cosmetic dentistry is incredibly popular at our NW8 clinic in St John’s Wood and one of the latest transformative treatments we are proud to offer, is Icon white spot removal.

Harmless white spots on the teeth can be something patients wish they didn’t have and earlier techniques to treat them was typically extensive and often expensive. With Icon, treatment is a lot simpler and much more convenient and we are extremely pleased to offer it here at at Abbey Road Dental.

What Are White Spots On The Teeth?

White spots on the teeth are extremely common and you likely have them yourself, or you know somebody who has them. They don’t necessarily tarnish a smile, but for some people they are a problem and are something they wish was not on their teeth.

It is important to note that the white spots on the teeth are not usually harmful in any way or a sign of any dental problems.  They simply signify a loss of minerals on the enamel of the teeth. When they appear, sometimes patients can opt for a teeth whitening treatment which doesn’t actually treat white spots. Teeth still become whiter overall but the white spot remains in place, whiter than the rest of the teeth.

What Is The Cause Of White Spots On The Teeth?

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Easter Smile Health

The Ultimate Abbey Road Dental Guide!

Easter is a really lovely time to enjoy activities as a whole family. There are usually lots of amazing events going on, such as Easter hunts, Easter Discos and Easter walking trails.

Here at your St John’s Wood dentist in NW8, we love Easter and wish all of our customers a great time too!

However, there is one element of Easter that isn’t so dentist-friendly, and that is the chocolate and sweeties. Sugary treats at Easter may not seem like a long-term problem, but too much indulgence can contribute to oral issues, and might even be the final straw for a painful dental problem. It could even contribute towards long-term bad habits with eating and general dental care.

With that in mind, Abbey Road Dental wants to give you their ‘ultimate’ guide to keeping your smile healthy and happy over Easter, for optimum Spring oral health:

Before Easter

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