The Spotlight On Icon White Spot Removal

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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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The Link Between Alzheimer’s And Poor Oral Health

Latest studies reviewed….

Here at Abbey Road Dental we are always really careful to explain that any potential links between oral health and medical issues and conditions are only ‘potential’ unless proven otherwise.

However, it is also important to understand the potential links between certain illnesses and your oral health, so you’re as informed as you possibly can be.

The more you know, the more in control of your oral health journey you are able to be!

With that in mind, we wondered if you had seen the recent news reports suggesting there is a link between poor oral health and Alzheimer’s? An article shared by The Independent recently looked into a study published in a US science paper that suggested the link between poor oral health and Alzheimer’s is present. More specifically, the link is between gum disease and Alzheimer’s with the risk doubling if you struggle with gum disease for a decade or longer. The test itself involved mice who presented with active gum disease and specific cells from the condition were found to spread to the brain, destroying nerve cells once there. The evidence was so strong that human drug trials will begin later in 2019 for additional evidence.

The article continues on to explain that gum disease is thought to potentially act as a factor (along with lots of other factors) and not a complete cause at this stage.

This isn’t so much of a surprise because it is known that gum disease can be a contributory factor to lots of medical issues such as heart disease, although the evidence isn’t final.

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is a condition that occurs when plaque and tartar builds up on the teeth and the naturally occurring bacteria contained therein, produce acid bi-products which irritate the gums. The early irritation can cause swollen gums, red gums, bleeding gums and in some instances, minor symptoms that may not be noticeable at all. Once developed, gum disease can progress to be periodontitis which can eventually cause tooth loss.

Gum Disease Risk Factors

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Spring Cleaning For Your Smile

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Top Tips From Abbey Road Dental!

Spring is the time of year most of us will spend time clearing away those cobwebs in the home, making the decor feel fresh and renewed ready for sunnier weather and lighter days. Spring cleaning doesn’t have to focus around your home though, in fact, this time of year is a great time to think about improving important areas of your life too.

In not too long you will already be a quarter of the way through 2019! Time goes so fast, it makes sense to think about your goals and direction regularly, and especially in Spring when everything feels so full of new opportunity.

With that strong sense of renewal and improvement in mind, Abbey Road Dental wants to help you focus on spring cleaning your oral health regime. Your smile is an asset and it pays to take care of it in spring and all year round. Here are our top tips for ensuring your smile remains fresh and beautiful for spring, and the rest of 2019 and beyond:

Check You Are Using The Right Equipment

Your toothbrush is a valuable tool when it comes to removing the plaque and food debris from your teeth every day. You can choose electric toothbrushes which can have rotation, vibration and other useful features, and the most effective tend to combine most or all of these. You can also choose manual toothbrushes which come in lots of styles and sizes and the main difference lies with whether the brush part is soft, hard or medium.

You can get advice on the best type of brush for your needs from our Abbey Road Dental hygienist, who will also be pleased to provide guidance on how to use the brush effectively. They will also advise you on which type of toothpaste to use too. Regardless of the brush you choose we recommend you change it every 3 months or when the brush begins to wear (whichever happens first) and you keep it separate from other toothbrushes, protected from the bathroom environment where possible.

Start Flossing

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Engaged?

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Now Is The Time To Plan Your Wedding Day Smile!

Congratulations! You’re engaged! What an exciting time for you and your partner or rather, soon to be husband or wife. During this time, you’ll likely want to enjoy the excitement of it all, telling those you love and basking in how lovely it all feels.

When it comes to planning the wedding, it all depends when you plan to have it. If you’re waiting for a full year after engagement, as is traditional, then you’ll have to start planning fairly soon because lots of venues and services get booked up years in advance.

There’s so much to think about; like the dress, flowers, cake, venue, favours; it can quickly seem like a giant task. You might be eager to start planning because although there is a lot to do, the reward at the end of it is a fairy-tale day where you marry your one true love.

Whilst it is obvious that things like the wedding date, venue and accommodation need planning and booking well in advance, one thing that many people may not think about planning well in advance is their wedding day smile.

As central as your smile is to your wedding day photographs and overall look, it can sometimes be a last minute consideration, which can be detrimental to your experience of the day. Abbey Road Dental is here to help you ensure that your wedding day smile is planned and perfected well in advance of the big day, so you’ll have nothing but a perfect smile to flash at your partner and at the camera, capturing your happiness on this memorable day.

So, Why Now?

The reason you need to start thinking about your wedding day smile now is because it may take up to a year to achieve the look that you want. Depending on how your smile looks now, and how you want it to look, it may be that treatments require a full year to fully take effect. It may be that you need time to save up for treatment, or to make time for treatments that require some level of recovery.

Your Starting Point Is Unique

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Your Complete Guide To A Date-Worthy Smile

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Are you ready for Valentine’s Day 2019?

Valentine’s Day is an event that can be either very exciting, or a reminder that your love life isn’t quite where you would like it to be at this time.

If you are looking forward to it, the best thing is, it is a whole day to express how you feel to that special person in your life. If you’re dreading it, then fortunately it is just one day. Before you know it, Easter will be on route, and everyone loves egg shaped chocolate right?

If you do intend to take part in Valentines Day, you definitely need to read our guide. Smiling is synonymous with love, and here at Abbey Road Dental, we know exactly how to ensure you’re grinning with confidence this February the 14th. Read on for your complete guide to a date-worthy smile, you don’t want to miss these tips!

First Things First, What Has A Smile Got To Do With Love?

We don’t mean to be dramatic but… lots!

Attractiveness is known to be related to looking youthful because we are genetically predisposed to look for a ‘mate’ who has youthful eggs/sperm. Your smile has a huge effect on how youthful you look as missing teeth can cause the face to sag and look ‘hollow’ in the cheeks. A big, healthy, white smile helps keep you looking youthful and maintains your facial structure. A beautiful smile is also known to be an important part of your overall attractiveness to another person, and some people rate it as highly as nice eyes when it comes to initial impressions.

It makes sense though right? If you like somebody, you flash them a smile, you laugh at their jokes, you grin from ear to ear for no reason. Our smile is a key way that we communicate to others how we feel, so it makes a lot of sense that it relates to how attractive we might feel we look, or appear to others.

Your Smile And Your Dating Confidence Could Be Connected

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Your Smile And Your Career

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How The Two Are Connected

Often at the beginning of a new year, we reflect on the year that has just passed which helps us to recognise how we want to progress moving ahead. Often health is the highest priority on everybody’s resolution list, with quitting alcohol, eating vegan and quitting smoking being popular goals all round. For some however, their New Year goals revolve more around their professional life, or to be more specific, their career.

We spend a huge amount of time at work so, it makes sense that you would want to feel happy whilst you are there. If your job has you feeling like you are not reaching your potential, your employer doesn’t align with your values in life, you find yourself dreading a workday, or you simply have designs on a more entrepreneurial way of life, then January is a wonderful time to start mapping out where you want to go, and how you are going to get there.

Your Smile And Your Career – The Link

Of course, Abbey Road Dental is not about to suggest that the one and only key to your career is going to be your smile. However, it could actually be a huge hindrance to you at present, at least, more than you realise. Here are some smile and career links you may not have recognised yet:

Low Smile Confidence Can Cause Lower Self Esteem

Plenty of people suffer from low smile confidence because of issues with their smile. It may be because you simply wish your smile was perfect, even though it is healthy already. It might be because you have neglected your smile and missing teeth, stained teeth or other visual issues causing you to cover your smile. This low smile confidence could well have caused you to have low self esteem, so you don’t go for that dream job when the opportunity arises, and you lose out because of how you feel about your smile.

Less Of A Smile Makes You Less Employable

According to research, a great smile makes an employer more likely to give you a job ahead of somebody who doesn’t smile. So if you’re not smiling because you don’t like your smile, you could be missing out on important career breaks.

Image Connects To Power

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Dry January & Your Oral Health

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Even More Reasons To Cut Down On The Demon Booze!

Everybody does something different for their New Year’s resolutions depending on their main vice or goal.

For some, food is the enemy which means certain food groups get cut out, or eating less altogether is on the cards. For others, they want to reduce their impact on the environment and so reducing single use plastic or doing Veganuary is ideal. Dry January though, where you don’t drink for a whole month, is by far the most popular New Year’s Resolution venture in the UK.

Alcohol & Your Body

14.2 million people were set to do Dry January in the UK this year, which is an amazing number of people making the effort to improve their lives in the way they feel they need to. There are many different reasons why people choose to ditch the alcohol for a whole month, including:

  • Wanting a detox after drinking a lot in December
  • Wanting to feel healthier overall
  • Seeking a challenge
  • Hoping to avoid hangovers that may have been affecting their life
  • Looking to drop a few pounds
  • Hoping to save money

Every single reason is valid for the individual and Abbey Road Dental commends anyone looking to reach personal goals.

For the health of your body, cutting down or quitting alcohol is likely to be beneficial, especially if you consume a lot of alcohol regularly. Just some of the known effects of drinking on the body include:

Sleep Issues

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New Year Dental Health Resolutions

Keeping You Smiling All The Way Through 2019!

New Year is approaching now, which is scary for some, but an opportunity for others. Here at Abbey Road Dental we like to think of it as an opportunity.

New Year resolutions are a fantastic way to grab the opportunity of a brand new year and make certain aspects of your life better in January, and all year round.

Lots of people choose to lose weight, to start a new hobby or even to go travelling or start ticking things off the bucket list. Of course, we support all our patients in making their life better in the way they feel is best and in today’s blog we want to provide some potential New Year resolutions to help with your oral health.

Your smile might not seem like an important enough feature to base any resolutions on. However, if you are in a highly social job or, you need a confidence boost with your love life, or even if you love a good selfie, then your smile is pretty important and there’s every reason you could base some New Year resolutions around it.

Here are Abbey Road Dental’s best New Year resolutions for oral health, to help you enjoy a beautiful smile in January, and all year round:

Eat A Full Range Of Fruits And Vegetables

Yes, excess fruit juice intake can damage the teeth, as can consuming endless acidic fruits. However, consuming lots of fruit and vegetables as part of a balanced diet will not affect your smile negatively, in fact you need to include them to maintain good oral health. Nutrients in fruits and vegetables help to boost your immune system and help you fight inflammation and conditions like gum disease. Crunchy veggies like celery or kale are excellent for naturally cleaning the teeth and fruits like apples and strawberries can naturally whiten the teeth. Lastly, not eating enough fruits and vegetables can contribute to your risk of oral cancer, which is a really, really good reason to include more in your diet. This works well as a resolution because it isn’t about cutting things out, it’s about including more of something in your life, which is much easier sometimes.

Quit Smoking

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Keeping Your Smile Happy And Healthy This Christmas!

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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:

Avoid Using Your Teeth As Tools!

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