Halloween At Home – How To Have The Best Time During The Strangest Of Times!

Top tips, tricks and ideas to help you have a fun Halloween despite the current pandemic putting a dampener on things.

Dentist Dr Diana SpencerHalloween is a holiday that usually involves a lot of parties, events and social activities – but sadly that won’t be happening this year. There will be some socially distanced events going on, but realistically, it will be a Halloween like no other.

With that in mind, Abbey Road Dental in St John’s Wood wants to help brighten up your Halloween with some creative, useful tips and tricks to help you celebrate this spooky holiday in a different way.

Here are our top tips for having the best time at Halloween, during a strange time for all of us:

Make Your Own Decorations

The shops are full of decorations that you can buy, but when you’re already lacking in a sense of occasion, it makes sense to perhaps make your own decorations. This gives the kids more to look forward to, and makes everything you do decorate with, that little bit more special. Here’s an article packed with ideas for DIY Halloween decorations you can enjoy making with the kids.

A Movie Marathon

Movie marathons are a really fun (and laid back) way to celebrate Halloween. You can keep it kid-friendly with classics like Hocus Pocus and the Simpsons Halloween episodes. Alternatively, make it more adult with the latest IT films, or all the Halloween films. Just be sure to turn the lights out and keep it super spooky!

Healthy Halloween Food

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Facial Aesthetics At Abbey Road Dental – Professional Beauty & Rejuvenation Treatments

Our Facial Aesthetics Clinic In St John’s Wood Offers A Wide Range Of Latest Treatments

Couple with good skinAbbey Road Dental understands that patients not only trust in hygienic, professional clinics like ours for general and cosmetic dentistry treatments; they also look to us for additional aesthetic services like wrinkle-treatment, lip enhancement and more.

With that in mind, we are pleased to have responded to demand from our valued patients and we now have a top-line facial aesthetics clinic at our NW8 location.

Whilst the availability of our aesthetic treatments depend on current government Covid-19 guidelines and customer suitability, it’s still a great time to let you know all about this exciting new aspect of our services.

If you are currently looking into the future, making plans for self improvement and better confidence beyond the pandemic, you might want to know what we have to offer when it comes to facial aesthetics:

What We Offer

We currently offer a range of aesthetic treatments including:

  • Body contouring
  • Micro-needling
  • Skin care consultations
  • Botulinum relaxant therapy (Botox)
  • Dermal fillers
  • Lip fillers

Some patients choose to have a combination of treatments, and some choose to specifically focus on one area. It all starts with a consultation where we will listen to your needs, expectations and questions.

Some patients will visit us with a very specific concern like a deep wrinkle or, wanting plumper lips. Other patients may like more of an input from our qualified team on how different treatments can help. In some instances, a programme of treatments can be prescribed for an overall facial rejuvenation effect.

It’s really important that we understand exactly what you want, and what you don’t. In some instances we may be able to combine the consultation with a treatment, but it depends on each patient.

Why Choose Us For Facial Aesthetics?

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Control Your Oral Health Future With These Handy Tips

Useful tips and tricks to help you value your dental health

Oral health teeth brushingHere at Abbey Road Dental and across the entire dental service in the UK, it’s been such a shock to see how quickly essential services can be shut down. Although we are back up and running now to a large degree at our St John’s Wood clinic, we certainly don’t take our reopening for granted.

For that reason, we know that it is more important than ever to promote preventative habits when it comes to dental care and how you care for your teeth at home is at the heart of your oral health. Although emergencies will always come up, the better you can care for your teeth at home, the less likely you are to find there is a problem that needs addressing.

Abbey Road Dental is always available for advice, checkups and treatment whilst we are open but should an unexpected circumstance close us again, we want you to be in the best possible position to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Things You Can’t Control

There are certain aspects of your dental health you cannot control. Knowing what they are is actually really helpful when it comes to the prevention of issues as it helps awareness of particular problems. You can then adjust your behaviour accordingly and protect your smile as much as possible. Here are some ‘out of your control’ factors that affect oral health:

  • Medicine you are taking
  • Certain treatments like radiotherapy
  • Pregnancy
  • Certain health conditions
  • Genes

It is a great idea to seek advice from your Abbey Road dentist if you do have a change in health status as that will enable your treatment plan to be adjusted accordingly. It will also enable your dentist to give you tailor-made advice in regards to your oral health so you know how to care for it most appropriately.

Things You Can Control

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Back To School: Healthy Habits For A Happy Return

Children heading back to school? Handy tips on building healthy habits for a happy daily routine

Family crowdLike many families, if you have children then you’re painfully aware of the fact that this school year is going to look very different to any before. Regardless of your school’s policies and approach to the ‘new normal’ and whether lessons take place at home or in school, the fact is, it’s time for routine.

The challenge is switching those late nights, irregular eating patterns, dedication to gaming and general embrace of chaos for better habits. Whilst we all need to encourage children to be adaptable to change, we also want them to feel secure and happy in their education.

Abbey Road Dental fully recognises just how changeable times are for families and we want to help our patients get back into a school term routine as easily as possible. To help you, here are our top tips to create healthy habits for happiness this coming school year.

Have A Daily Routine, Regardless

Whether it is the weekend, your kids are taking part in online classes, or they are in school, try to have the same routine. Of course the content may change, but the overall routine should ideally be the same. At the very least this should involve getting up and going to bed at the same time. You can also include additional structures like dental hygiene, showering, eating and activities too if you know you want your kids to do them every day. By having a routine that stays the same every day, your kids will hopefully feel less stressed, they will be on time, and their body clock will be shifted to a school schedule.

Healthy Daily Habits That Don’t Change

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The Spotlight On Oral Cancer During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Oral cancer remains present, reminding us all to stay vigilant!

Dentist's LightThe media are currently reporting on the potential fallout from the coronavirus of people suffering with cancer because of not going to the doctors with symptoms.

This is awful news, particularly for dental professionals who often spot a paticular type of cancer first – oral cancer.

A person may not notice the symptoms of oral cancer and so wouldn’t speak to a doctor about those symptoms. For that reason, your dentist in London NW8 may be the first to spot signs of cancer and refer you to your doctor. Whilst the pandemic carries on, we are more than aware that routine examinations have not taken place, and many patients may not seek the help they need if they do notice symptoms. This is concerning, because the sooner any cancer is spotted and diagnosed, the better the prognosis.

Whilst we can work hard to ensure we get back to normal as soon as possible, and encourage our patients to come in for their appointments, you can be doing your bit to protect your health at home by being vigilant about oral cancer.

Let’s take a closer look at what it is, what the signs and symptoms of it are, and what to do if you think you might have it:

What Is Oral Cancer?

Oral cancer is also known as mouth cancer and it is where a cancerous growth or tumour grows anywhere in or on the mouth. It can grow on the gums, the hard or soft palate, the lips, gums or cheeks. Tumours can also grow on the salivary glands, the tonsils and the entire throat area. The disease may be present in just one area of the mouth, or several.

There are several different types of mouth cancer including:

  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Adenocarcinoma
  • Sarcoma
  • Oral malignant melanoma
  • Lymphoma

The most common type of cancer is squamous cell carcinoma which can be present in various areas of the body including the mouth.

Signs & Symptoms Of Oral Cancer

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Making Plans For A Confident Smile – Now Or Never?

With A New Perspective On Life, Is Now The Perfect Time For A Perfect Smile?

Celebrity smileCovid-19 has had a devastating effect on the economy, many consequences of which won’t become apparent for some time. It has also taken many lives, and negatively affected the lives of people across the world.

Whilst there’s no belittling the sheer impact of such a challenging time, we know that seeing the positives and silver linings in even the smallest things, can be an uplift we all need.

It’s become clear that one silver lining throughout all of this, is that many people have embraced life to the full. Once you go through something that essentially threatens all life as we know it, and that for a time, changes the freedoms we took for granted before, how we see the future changes.

Many people are now making plans for the near future, to do the things they always put off doing. We all fear this outbreak getting worse again or even another virus doing worse damage than this one. So, many people are feeling a little more ‘make hay whilst the sun shines’ to give them a boost during these difficult times.

At our NW8 clinic, we have noticed there have been more patients who are interested in smile makeovers, patients who have previously put the work off. Now that the pandemic has happened, those who have struggled with a lack of confidence because of their smile are prioritising what makes them happy. Why not now? What’s stopping you getting the beautiful smile you always wanted?

Of course, clinics are still recovering from being closed and there is a delay on treatments, but many customers want us to know they’re the first in line for that all important smile makeover consultation. Because, if not now, when?

If that sounds like you, Abbey Road Dental can give you more information about what might be involved in a smile makeover that is just right for you. Everybody is different of course but, it can help to know that there is a solution for everybody. Here are some different aspects of a smile makeover and the kinds of treatments you can expect:

The Consultation, The Important First Step

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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 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.


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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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