Make Your Smile Spectacular For Summer!

Handy tips from your St John’s Wood dentist to help those pearly whites look their very best.

whitened smileLast year heading into early summer, we all had little reason to smile, give or take a successful vegetable growing project or two.

This year though, with the vaccine programme rolling out like nobody’s business, everything is opening back up and we can see the people we love again in person!

Nothing is certain yet of course, but there is definitely hope on the horizon.

With so much to smile about right now, there’s one area of your appearance that you’ll definitely want to get right this summer, and that’s your smile. From summer selfies with sisters, to garden party pouts perfect for your next Instagram post, your lips and teeth matter. This summer more than ever, we think that your smile needs to be spectacular!

To help you prepare your smile for the coming months that will *hopefully* be much better for all of us, let’s take a look at how to get it looking its very best:

Pamper Those Lips

Over winter your lips may have become a little dry, crusty and cracked. Even with a ton of lip balm this can happen so don’t worry too much. Now that the warmer weather is here though, it is time to get the lips looking their best again because they frame your smile. Give them a good scrub with an old toothbrush every week and use a lip moisturiser that penetrates the skin.

If you’re looking for an extra boost in your pout, you may also want to speak to Abbey Road Dental about dermal fillers for the lips. Our NW8 team offer facial aesthetic treatments like lip fillers to help take that perfect smile even further. Applied by a professional, trained team, it can rejuvenate the lips and volumise an area that patients can commonly feel insecure about.

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10 Ways To Celebrate Easter That Don’t Involve Chocolate!

Looking to cut back on chocolate but boost the fun levels this Easter? Don’t worry, Abbey Road Dental has you covered.

Smiling peopleAt Abbey Road Dental, you might not know that we look forward to having a nibble or three on a delicious chocolatey egg come the big day, just like our patients do. There’s no desire from us for patients not to indulge in a little treat on Easter Sunday. It’s part of the celebration and we completely embrace that.

However, we also know that many patients do want to keep chocolate consumption to a minimum over Easter. This is especially true with parents conscious of their child’s consumption of chocolate. It can so easily go from one egg, to endless chocolate consumption long after the special weekend, which isn’t ideal for adult or child oral health.

To give you a helping hand to enjoy this special weekend without chocolate being the main focus, Abbey Road Dental has you covered. Here are 10 ways to celebrate Easter without chocolate:

Easter Tree

The Easter Tree is a decoration that has become more and more popular over the last few years. The good news is, it is open to your interpretation. You can buy them but you can create such cute versions for free, there really is no need to splash out.

You could secure a branch, use a piece of cute driftwood, use a miniature tree or even repurpose a mug holder! You then decorate it how you want to, within an Easter theme. Pastel ribbons, fairy lights and decorated eggs look particularly cute.

Egg Hunt

Egg hunts don’t have to actually be hunting for chocolate eggs. You could get empty egg cases, or even boxes or bags, and then place items inside. Those items could be little toys, books, healthy snacks, funny photos or activities – the fun is the hunt, not necessarily in what is found. Be creative!

Easter Movie Fest

Why not get some healthy snacks together and snuggle up for an Easter movie fest? Here are some suggestions:

  • Hop
  • Rise Of The Guardians
  • Peter Rabbit 1 & 2
  • Ice Age The Great Eggscapade
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Egg Painting

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A Spotlight On Oral Health Issues Specific To Women

Find out more about dental health challenges specific to women, and how to ensure they don’t affect your smile health!

Mouth inspection by a dentistInternational Women’s Day is celebrated on the 8th of March and Mother’s Day also features in this special month.

With that in mind, here at Abbey Road Dental we wanted to shine a spotlight on specific issues or challenges that may occur with oral health and women, specifically.

Let’s take a closer look at women’s dental health and what to be aware of:

Hormones, Women & Oral Health

Hormones have a huge impact on all kinds of aspects of your health. Your sex drive, your mood, your weight, your skin, your appetite – they rule everything in the body it seems. You might be surprised to know that hormones can also have a big impact on your dental health, or more specifically, your gums. This occurs because the estrogen and progesterone you produce as a woman can surge, which can cause more blood flow to the gums. This in turn can then make your gums really ‘angry’, irritated and sensitive.

Rather than the gums being irritated at a level we might expect for anybody with normal health, the irritation can be more extreme, even when the irritant itself seems fairly innocuous.

An example of this would be the presence of plaque around the gums. This will cause irritation in all people, especially if there is a lot of plaque building up. However, for ladies with a high level of hormones, even the smallest amount of plaque can cause a lot of irritation.

The result of this can be bleeding, inflamed gums that suggests the presence of gum disease. Without treatment, the gum disease can progress to full periodontitis (advanced gum disease) which can lead to tooth loss.

Let’s take a look at the different hormonal events a woman goes through, and how they may affect dental health:


During puberty a young woman’s hormones are positively raging, which makes you prone to gingivitis during this time. Teenage girls may find they have swollen, bleeding gums. The gums may well be much bigger than usual, causing a lot of pain and discomfort. Canker sores may also appear throughout this time, causing even more pain and soreness. If your child is going through puberty and seems to be struggling with gum issues, the best thing to do is speak to the dentist about it during their next NW8 dental appointment in Abbey Road. We can discuss cleaning the teeth more efficiently, and perhaps arrange more hygienist support in addition to dental checkups.

The Menstrual Cycle

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Losing Multiple Teeth – Are Dentures The Only Replacement Option?

Multiple tooth loss need not lead to dentures. There’s another option here in St John’s Wood ….

Multiple dental implantsIn the best scenario possible, everybody would have a beautiful, strong, healthy smile for life. This is perfectly achievable with excellent oral hygiene, regular checkups at Abbey Road Dental, and with support from our NW8 hygienist.

Whether you have a life with all your teeth or not can also relate to genes, luck with accidents, and luck with certain medication or health conditions too.

With so many potential issues leading to tooth loss, despite your best efforts, it’s no wonder that many of us don’t live our entire lives with all 32 teeth. It’s unfortunate, but it’s a reality for many.

Single Tooth Loss

When you lose a single tooth you may choose to leave the tooth as missing. Maybe it is at the back of the mouth where it can’t be seen, or you don’t mind the way the missing tooth looks. Here at Abbey Road Dental, we respect your decision to keep your tooth as missing. We do, however, recommend all patients consider a replacement for a single tooth to avoid the surrounding teeth moving because of the loss. We can provide a single dental implant, partial denture, or a bridge that uses the strength of the teeth either side to support a replacement tooth in the gap.

Multiple Tooth Loss

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Caring For Your Oral Health When You’re Under The Weather

Feeling a little unwell? We can help with these handy tips on maintaining your oral health through tricky times.

Dentist offers adviceDuring winter there can be all kinds of colds and coughs going around that can make you feel really unwell. We also have the Covid-19 pandemic; another big risk this particular winter when it comes to feeling ill.

Pregnancy, mental health issues, common tummy bugs and chronic illness are other reasons that you might feel under the weather.

Being ill is enough to cope with as it is, without then having to care for your oral health. However, neglecting your oral health even for a short time can lead to even more ill-health and feeling rubbish, so it makes sense to keep your oral care going as much as possible, even if you feel really unwell.

To help you keep your oral health in good shape whatever your cause for feeling under the weather, please read on:

Pregnancy Symptoms

During pregnancy you may get pregnancy gingivitis, which will show itself as swollen, bleeding gums. Hormonal changes can cause this to happen, and cannot be avoided. Your NW8 dentist and hygienist can help you with this condition. We may suggest that you switch up your oral hygiene regime to help. If you suffer from vomiting during pregnancy, it is important to keep up your fluid intake and drink water after being sick. Make sure you wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth, so you’re not spreading acidic residues around the mouth. If your toothpaste is causing you to feel nauseous, try and use an unflavoured version made to tackle these common issues.

When it comes to cravings, it is important to be careful with cravings for food like lemons, sweets or anything highly acidic or sugary. Please speak to us about these cravings if you have them so that we can monitor your oral health, and offer some suggestions to help.


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Love Your Mouth In February 2021

Personal oral care in February, the month of love!

Flossing teeth for oral healthValentine’s Day is the big holiday of February. Usually everyone is booking dinners and days out, looking at how they want to spend time with loved ones. Clearly, 2021 is not going to be a Valentines like we all know it to be.

Sure, there may be flowers and romantic meals at home, but that’s probably teamed with plenty of Zoom dates and solo ice cream eating sessions, like the last 11 months for many of us!

With that in mind, instead of focusing the love outwards this month, let’s take the time to look inwards and give some love to ourselves. In particular, we’re shining the spotlight on oral health and showing some love to your mouth this February. Not for a date, not for a picture, not for anything other than your love for yourself, just this one month.

Why Is Self Love Important?

For a lot of people self love can feel a bit awkward. It can feel a little bit cheesy, and a little bit woo woo. The fact is, self love is anything but woo woo, it’s essential to being happy. Being compassionate towards ourselves and loving who we truly are is the key to avoiding, or coping with mental health challenges. It is the key to being confident, having true self esteem and to having an abundance of love to give to others. Sure, we’re tackling oral health self love in this article, but that can just be the start for you. You can never have too much!

Why Is It Important To Love Your Mouth?

There are many great reasons to love your mouth. One key reason, is confidence. With our mouths we kiss, speak, smile and express ourselves. A lot of confidence radiates from this part of the body, which is why facial aesthetics to do with the lips are so popular these days. The same with cosmetic and restorative dentistry, it literally restores confidence in those who have found themselves ashamed of visible dental issues. On an aesthetic level, loving how your mouth looks is so important.

When it comes to your health, loving your mouth is really important as your oral health is directly related to your overall wellbeing. If your mouth is painful you may struggle to eat, or even perform daily tasks. With teeth missing, eating may be a struggle and possibly even dangerous.

Certain oral signs like ulcers or sores can suggest issues elsewhere in the body. Likewise certain issues with the body can show up in the mouth, such as kidney issues which can cause the breath to be sweet smelling.

Certain oral issues, like gingivitis, have even been linked to an increased risk of heart disease.

This is just a brief summary of why you should love your mouth. The fact is that if you think about it, you can probably think of many more reasons that it is a part of your body that deserves a ton of self love this February.

Love Your Mouth With Better Oral Health Habits

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Sleep Apnea? Here’s How To Sleep Better

Read about sleep apnea, its effects and how to get on a much-needed path to better sleep.

head and jaw painAs we move into a New Year it is a really good time to re-evaluate your sleep patterns. With New Year’s resolutions, health is usually on all of our minds already, so why not focus on something you really need, like sleep?

One of the most common issues that many people have with their sleep is an issue called sleep apnea.

It’s a serious problem, and we’re going to take a closer look at the condition and solutions to help you get better sleep whilst living with it:

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is when you stop and start breathing whilst you sleep. This can cause you to gasp, choke and snore loudly whilst you sleep. It happens because your airways relax and narrow, and can be caused by obesity, ageing or alcoholism, although anybody can suffer from it.

Getting Sleep Apnea Diagnosed

If you suspect you have sleep apnea it is very important you get a diagnosis. Common symptoms of sleep apnea can be:

  • Loud snoring
  • Snorting, gasping or choking during sleep
  • Waking up many times throughout the night
  • Stopping and starting breathing
  • Being tired in the day
  • Struggling with your mood in the day
  • Struggling with headaches in the morning
  • Struggling with tiredness in the day

You will first need to go to your GP who will refer you to a sleep clinic if they believe you have sleep apnea. If you do have it, you will be given a range of options for treatments to ease the problem, although it is thought lifestyle changes are the most effective solution for many people.

The Link Between Bruxism & Sleep Apnea

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Do You Need A Tooth Extraction At Abbey Road Dental? What To Expect….

Professional tooth removal and replacement options in St John’s Wood.

A dentist explainsIf you’re facing a dental extraction, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Lots of people need to go through this procedure at least once in their life, and without really knowing what it involves, it can be a scary prospect.

To help you feel at ease, we want to let you know exactly what to expect so you can feel assured that it won’t be quite as scary as you might think.

Why Extractions Sometimes Need To Happen

Tooth extractions need to happen for a number of reasons including:

  • Dental decay to the extent the tooth beneath the gum line cannot be saved
  • An abscess under the gum line that means the tooth cannot be saved
  • Advanced gum disease (periodontitis)
  • To make room for teeth to move, as with straightening
  • If teeth are consistently causing pain and issues (this most commonly happens with wisdom teeth)
  • If dental repair like fillings and crowns have failed and the tooth needs to come out
  • Broken teeth which are unable to be repaired following an accident

Every individual reason for extraction is different depending on the person, and we treat every case as such. That means you’ll be given an individual treatment plan to suit your needs, including suggestions for restoration moving forward.

What To Expect During The Extraction Process

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Is 2021 The Year You Finally Get The Smile You Deserve?

A handy guide about cosmetic dentistry to help you take the first step to a new smile you’re proud of

White teeth after cosmetic dentistryWe all have aspects of our body that we don’t like and for some people, the part of their body that they would love to change the most is their smile.

If you have a smile that is gummy, stained, misaligned, or missing teeth, there are many innovative cosmetic and restorative dentistry treatments available to restore your smile, and the confidence that goes with it.

There are probably a number of reasons why you may have avoided getting your smile corrected up until now? But equally there are probably just as many if not more reasons to have your smile restored and enhanced. Is 2021 the year you finally invest in a reason to love your smile again? Is it the year you stop letting things get in the way of getting the stunning teeth you deserve?

If you’re thinking about personal improvements for 2021, we’ve got a basic guide below about smile restoration and enhancement that you’ll want to read. So please read on, for the first step towards getting the smile you’ve always wanted:

What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is a type of service offered at Abbey Road Dental to improve how your smile looks. It is often combined with restorative dentistry, which is where crowns, bridges and dental implants etc can be used to bring back the functionality of the smile and effectively replace missing teeth. Veneers might be classed as restorative as well as cosmetic because of their ability to restore a damaged tooth in both functionality, and aesthetics.

Common Types

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12 Dental Care Days of Christmas From Your St John’s Wood Dentist!

12 easy oral care tips for maintaining a beautiful smile over Christmas and into the New Year.

Oral health teeth brushingOn the first day of Christmas this blog is here for thee, to keep you festive and smiley! Our rhyming skills might not be up to much, but our dental tips definitely are!

Here at Abbey Road Dental we’ve collated 12 easy-to-follow tips to help you keep your teeth and gums in great shape over the festive period. By following these tips, you’ve got a great chance of going into 2021 with great oral health:

Watch Your Buffet Habits

The buffet is where we all fail at restraint when it comes to delicious Christmas food. Although we might be at less buffets this year because of the pandemic, the fact is that most of us will have plenty of food to graze on over the holiday period. Avoid starchy, sugary and acidic foods if you can, and instead, opt for food like:

  • Veggie crudites
  • Bean dips
  • Healthy rice salads
  • Lean meat slices
  • Cheese chunks
  • Crunchy fruits
  • Olives

If you are tempted by foods that can stick to the teeth and cause acid attacks, like sausage rolls, crackers, sweets and chocolate, try to eat it in one meal so you limit the amount of time your teeth are exposed.

Don’t Use Your Teeth As Tools

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