Top Tips To Help Boost Your Immunity Naturally

Help stave off ill health and boost mouth health too!

Smiling coupleThe team at Abbey Road Dental are always looking for ways to help valued patients when they come into the clinic, starting with professional, safe treatment to maintain, or regain optimum oral health.

As the pandemic subsides, at least locally, we are more aware than ever that we want to expand our role beyond immediate clinical duties where we can, particularly when it comes to providing useful information and advice. We’ve had to help patients over the phone as much as possible which has been challenging, but also very rewarding when our advice has helped somebody reduce their pain and discomfort until they were able to come in to see us in person.

Of course, we’re so glad to welcome you back into your surgery once again. However, we want to promote good health and oral care throughout all of our digital means, including our friendly blog.

Today, we want to give you some tips to help you boost your immunity. Immunity is important because it helps us to stave off, fight and eliminate infections in the body. Of course, boosting immunity becomes even more relevant in the midst of a pandemic.

Immunity is also very important when it comes to your oral health. It helps you to recover from treatment and it helps you fight gum disease (in addition to support from your hygienist). It helps you fight infection, and if you do get an abscess, a good immune system aids recovery after you have had root canal therapy or tooth removal.

Your smile, and being able to fight off illness are pretty good reasons for boosting your immune system, we think! Even better, it’s easier than you might imagine to boost your immune system and get it working better. To give you a head start, here are 20 ways which are considered to boost your immune system for better overall health:

1. Quit Smoking 

We know that Covid-19 attacks the lungs, so quitting smoking is a great idea for that reason alone. Why weaken a part of your body most at risk from a virus?

Smoking is also known to have negative effects on the immune system. Quit smoking as soon as you can to start seeing the benefits. You can find support to quit from your GP, your pharmacist or from NHS quit smoking services.

2.  Get Better Quality Sleep

Sleep and your immune system are linked. They key is to get better quality sleep, not necessarily more sleep, so your body is able to heal and recharge every night.

3. Eat More Plant Based Produce

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Welcome Back!

Abbey Road Dental In St John’s Wood Is Up And Running!

Dentist Dr Diana SpencerWelcome back! As you may well have known from reading the news, there was an announcement that dental practices were allowed to reopen on the 8th of June.

Although this is fantastic news all round, the headlines didn’t explain the vast amount of preparation needed in order for dental clinics to run safely. This kind of preparation is important, and it has taken lots of work and time to make sure both staff and patients are able to come into the clinic and be as safe as possible.

We know that a lot of patients who have suffered during this time with outstanding dental issues, were not able to be treated by us, or by emergency NHS dental services. Those people in particular will be relieved we are reopening and we are so glad to be back to help!

We want to reassure you that we have taken all the appropriate measures to ensure we can continue to provide excellent oral health care in a safe environment and whilst lowering the risk of COVID-19 spread. We currently use all of the recommended PPE (Personal Protection Equipment), infection prevention and IPC guidance in line with the NHS COVID-19 recommendations.

We are constantly checking and updating all our procedures to ensure we are doing absolutely everything possible to maintain the highest safety standards. This does mean when you come in to us you will be as safe as is possible within the dental environment. It also means that we ask you to kindly bear with us whilst we adjust and work within these new parameters.

Please Bear With Us Through A Graduated Reopening

We know it has been an incredibly difficult time for patients who have not been able to access care. Whilst we want to get up and running straight away, we have to slowly and gradually reopen services to give us the time to ensure everything is done correctly within the COVID-19 safety guidelines.

This means there will be a delay with some routine examinations and hygiene appointments. Our priority is helping those who are in pain and who are on our priority list. This may take some time, so we ask for your patience if you are seeking a routine appointment rather than emergency assistance.

We Work A Little Differently Now….

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Abbey Road Dental – Shining The Spotlight On Mental Health

Looking after your mind and your body

Happy couple smilingHere at Abbey Road Dental our focus is on providing exceptional dental treatments and support to all our patients. During the pandemic it is important that we continue to provide support as best we can whilst we follow the guidelines given to our industry.

We will try to help you as much as possible over the ‘phone and on our blog we continue to provide as much information as we can to help you stay healthy and happy.

Although a huge amount of what we do focuses on physical health, we think it’s important to also shine a light on mental health as it directly relates to your oral health. Studies tell us that those with mental health struggles are more likely to suffer from dental disease like gum disease, erosion and decay.

During the pandemic we are aware that anxiety and mental health problems are likely to see a surge in numbers. It’s such a challenging time for all of us. So what can be done about mental health to ensure that you feel more able to take care of your teeth and your overall welfare?

As mental health awareness week has just finished, we thought that drawing attention to this year’s MHA week theme – kindness – would be helpful for our patients.

So how are you kind to yourself and how can you support your mental health at home?

Let’s take a look at some easy-to-access forms of self-care that you can try, to promote better mental health for yourself and your family:

Exercise

Exercise is known to be great for mental health. There are so many reasons that this is the case as it helps with many things including (but not limited to):

  • Better sleep
  • Better sex drive
  • Lower stress
  • Better ability to cope with stress
  • A better mood
  • High levels of energy
  • Less overall tiredness
  • An overall better ability to cope with mental health issues.

You can find out more about the science behind exercise and mental health here.

It doesn’t have to be lots and lots of exercise either. It can be ten minutes strolling, or an hour gardening. The fact that you’re moving your body and increasing your heart rate is great news for your mental health.

Therapy

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Maintaining Personal Oral Care As We Ease Out Of Lock-Down

Staying diligent with your smile care

Healthy teethThe British Dental Association has advised that dentists’ surgeries can open in June with the proviso that correct safety procedures are followed including the use of effective PPE. The situation continues to be monitored and our surgery will update our approach to the situation continually, ensuring we keep the safety of patients and staff as our top priority during this challenging time.

Despite the easing out of lockdown, Abbey Road Dental wants to encourage you to continue to be vigilant with your smile self-care. It can be easy to feel a little bit more relaxed now as the reopening of dental surgeries begins to happen. However, it is important to keep up your smile healthcare routine as much as you have done over the last few months whilst surgeries were closed.

Avoiding Emergencies

Soon it will be easier to get oral care and support from our NW8 surgery and from other dental facilities as they reopen. However, it is still very important to follow new procedures carefully to maintain safety.

Avoiding extra visits to dental clinics and the dentist based at the hospital is so important as part of this new vigilance.

Do you think carefully about eating foods that you know may put your tooth at risk? Do you think twice about taking part in contact sports that may result in a dental injury? Are you continuing to be cautious and careful with your dental appliances?

It’s about being sensible and cautious where possible so that you avoid any unnecessary trips to the dentist or indeed any other medical facility, at least until some sense of normality is re-established.

Maintaining A Great Daily Routine Never Gets Old

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20 Fun Facts & Figures About Teeth And Gums To Make You Smile

The news is a little glum, but these 20 fun facts and figures about teeth and gums might just cheer you up!

Smiling groupHere at Abbey Road Dental we are no stranger to the fact that the news is a little bit glum at the moment. Limiting your time reading the news may help and whilst staying informed is important, you don’t need every update every hour to do so.

Instead, indulge yourself in plenty of movement, fun, digital social interaction and lots and lots of brain breaks.

To help give you just the smallest piece of escapism, we’ve got a collection of 20 fun facts and figures about yes, you’ve guessed it, teeth and gums!

Lets go….

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Dental Device Care – Your ‘At Home’ Guide

A guide to dental devices and how to care for them properly at home between visits to Abbey Road Dental.

Dental bracesThe team here at Abbey Road Dental is working hard to provide as much support for patients as possible during this challenging time.

Unfortunately the advice still stands that we are unable to complete appointments face to face, but we still have lots of knowledge to offer which we hope you will find useful.

In this blog we want to talk about different dental devices and how you can care for them well at home. Caring for these devices is more important than ever at a time when adjustments and replacements may not be readily available.

With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at different dental devices and how to care for them at home:

Braces

One of the biggest adjustments you have to make when you get braces is taking care of your teeth with this device in place. During lockdown, it is so important that you continue to take care of your teeth well whilst you are wearing braces. There are so many tiny little gaps to trap food, which can lead to problems if it is not removed. Because of this risk we recommend that you brush your teeth after every single thing that you eat, not just every meal. We also recommend you floss and and use the equipment provided to you by the dentist to clean your braces once a day.

By maintaining this routine you have a better chance to avoid teeth staining, cavities, gum disease and extra time wearing your braces.

Here’s an at a glance rundown of how your daily brace care should look:

  • Prepare the braces for brushing as explained by the orthodontist. That may mean removing the elastics or removing the entire device depending on your individual situation.
  • Hold your brush at a 45 degree angle to clean the wires and different parts of your braces. Clean the entirety of each individual wire and ensure each and every bit of food and debris is taken off.
  • Clean each tooth carefully, tilting the brush to clean all the way down to the gum line. Take care to switch the order you clean teeth to ensure there aren’t areas that get less attention regularly.
  • Floss and/or use the cleaning apparatus recommended by the orthodontist or hygienist here at our dental practice in NW8.
  • Rinse your mouth thoroughly and check your teeth and braces to ensure everywhere is clean. If you have missed anything, go back to those areas and ensure that they are clean.

As well as cleaning your braces and teeth properly, you can also do a lot to protect your device from damage. Namely, this means avoiding certain foods. Here are some of the worst offenders for breaking or damaging braces:

  • Crusty bread
  • Sticky toffees and sweets
  • Large chunks of very hard vegetables or fruits
  • Popcorn
  • Any food you have to bite into
  • Any hard foods like nuts

In addition to avoiding these foods you should also be avoiding very sugary food and drink as your teeth are more at risk of cavities.

Dentures

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Stories Of Hope From Around The World….

Helping you to keep smiling!

Smiling peopleWhilst we continue to try and support our lovely patients safely, and remotely, we wanted to give you something to smile about.

We have found that one of the positives to come out of an awful situation, has been hope and human kindness. Stories of hope and human kindness across the globe remind us all that, it isn’t all bad. The news is scary and the situation, a daily unknown. But human kindness and hope is all around is, which is something amazing to hold on to.

To help you smile today, we wanted to retell some of these incredible stories of kindness across the globe here on our blog. Make a brew, take a moment, turn the news off, and enjoy some of these beautiful stories of people doing great things during a time of crisis:

Worldwide Healthcare Workers Applause

Those on the very front line of this crisis, are those working tirelessly in the most dangerous places of all, the hospitals, doctors surgeries and emergency dental centres. These people are exposing themselves daily to potential infection, many, separating themselves from their family members in order to help patients.

In a display of solidarity, appreciation and support, many countries have applauded their healthcare workers at a planned time, from their windows and doorsteps.

In the UK, we too clapped for our healthcare workers on the doorstep. Cities, towns and villages across the country were filled with applause and appreciation, letting those on the frontline know that we appreciate all they are doing.

A Paramedic Gets An Applause From Her Neighbours

In a story of a neighbourhood who notices, a paramedic got in her car to go to work at her normal time and found a box of chocolate on her car. She was then applauded by the entire neighbourhood as thanks for her services. She cried of course, as did we when we read the story!

A Husband Sends A Message Of Love Everyday

A husband who has a wife in hospital having their baby, has left a message of love every morning on the pavement so she can read it from her hospital room.

Starbucks Send Gifts To NHS Workers

Starbucks, who has closed all of its coffee shops across the UK, has sent lots of chocolates and gifts to NHS workers in hospitals.

A Self Isolating Boy Gets An Amazing Birthday Parade

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Oral Health During Quarantine

We’re Still Here For You – If Only Virtually!

Abbey Road Dental in St John's WoodWe are all experiencing difficult and challenging times, and here at Abbey Road Dental we have continued to provide face-to-face treatment for as long as it has been safe to do so. However, we have now had to take the right actions needed to minimise the spread of the virus, and to keep our patients and staff as safe as possible.

Following recommendations from the British Dental Association released on the 22nd of March, our St John’s Wood dental practice is unfortunately closed for all routine dental care. This includes dental hygiene appointments, including routine cleanings and periodontal treatments.

We made the decision to do this based on the latest advice, and we will continue to act on guidance based on the best interests of our practice, our patients and our staff.

The team at Abbey Road Dental wants you to know that despite these temporary measures, we are very much still here to support you. We’ll be providing as much guidance as we can on the blog and via our regular newsletters. We’ll also be there on the phone and email in the event of an emergency and we will try to help you as best as we can during these very challenging times.

As a start to our online and remote guidance and help, we want to give you some advice on keeping your bathroom and oral health equipment in good shape. When routine appointments are not available, it is even more important for us all to take care of our teeth as much as we can at home and providing the right environment for oral health is a really good start.

Here are our top tips for keeping your oral hygiene equipment and environment healthy and in good condition:

Your Bathroom & Oral Hygiene Equipment

Keep Toothbrushes Seperate & Never Share Them

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Smile Makeover?

6 Quirky Ways To Get A Better Smile That You Want To Show Off More!

White teethThere’s a lot on our blog about improving your smile with various tips and treatments. We like to write about those topics because we are highly experienced in our field here at Abbey Road Dental, and we want to ensure our patients get the latest, useful information.

Today, we wanted to provide you with some handy tips that might be a little more of a surprise. Quirky tips that could help you get a better smile, and that could help you smile more often too. Who knows, something strange could be exactly what you need to get that grin ship shape!

Here are 6 quirky ways to get a better smile that you want to show off more:

1. Plant Power

Going vegan probably isn’t the way to get a better smile, but eating more veggies and fruits is definitely great for your mouth. Not eating enough fruits and veggies is actually a proven risk factor when it comes to how likely you are to get oral cancers. Whilst you’re at it, you might want to get munching on some cruciferous vegetables or crunchy vegetables, like kale, carrots and celery. Not only are they jam-packed full of vitamins and minerals but they can help to naturally clean your teeth just through the action of chewing. That in turn creates more saliva which also helps clean the teeth.

2. Fake It Till You Make It

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Is It Time To Spring Clean Your Dental Regime For 2020?

Put a spring in your step and a fresh smile on your face!

Oral health teeth brushingAs the weather begins to improve, new growth begins on trees and flowers, and we all enjoy the evenings getting lighter, it’s clear that spring is in the air.

This is the time of year that many of us look to blow the cobwebs away, perhaps starting with the home and garden benefitting from a deep spring clean ready for summer. It can also be a case of freshening up anything from your diet, to your exercise regime and even your career if you fancy it. It is a great time for change!

Today, Abbey Road Dental chips in by helping you spring clean your dental regime for the rest of 2020 ahead. We want to help you make easy changes and improvements that help you get healthier, happier smiles and then keep them.

Here’s how to kick-start your dental regime:

Good foundations are key

Before we start referencing the many things that you can do as part of your oral health regime, it is important to think about the foundations of good dental health. No amount of treatment or brushing can eradicate certain habits that can destroy your teeth so let’s take a look at some of the lifestyle habits to avoid or moderate:

Smoking – We all know smoking is bad for your health, and your mouth doesn’t escape the negative effects. Smoking can cause staining on your teeth, which is quite drastic if you have been smoking for a while. Brown streaks and overall yellowing of the teeth are common with smokers. You are also more likely to suffer from gum disease and cavities as a smoker. Lastly, your breath is affected by stale smoke and the dry mouth smoking can cause.

A Bad Diet – A diet filled with sugar and starchy foods will damage the teeth regardless of how much you brush your teeth. There’s only so much that your saliva and your brushing can defend your teeth against relentless exposure to sugar and acidic foods.

Drinking A Lot Of Alcohol – Drinking more than the recommended daily amount of alcohol is very bad for your health, and of course your oral health. It can leave you prone to gum disease and cavities.

Stress – Stress and anxiety can actually lower your immune system’s ability to fight diseases like gum disease. So if you have uncontrolled stress and anxiety you may find it showing itself in your oral health.

The above are just some of the key issues that can affect oral health. So, if you know that you have some habits like the above that could do with a change, seek some support from your GP, pharmacist, therapist or friends and family as a first step.

Your Daily Regime Matters

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