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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Abbey Road Dental’s Seasonal Health Watch – 20 Ways To Get More Exercise This Winter!

Find out how to boost your immunity, oral health and overall vitality by getting more exercise this winter.

Dentist offers adviceAs winter creeps in it can be tempting to become more sedentary. It is so much more tempting to snuggle up under a blanket and watch a new TV series than go out in the wind and rain for a run, isn’t it?

The problem is, winter is when we need exercise more than ever.

The flu and Covid-19 are big threats this winter, particularly if you are vulnerable or if you are unlucky enough to get both at the same time. Exercising can help to boost your immunity, and strengthen your overall health, so if you do catch either virus you have a robust immune system to help fight back.

Exercising can also bring many more benefits including:

  • Keeping your heart strong
  • Boosting circulation to your gums, for better oral health
  • Strengthening your bones and muscles
  • Improving your overall mood
  • Helping with weight loss
  • Reducing your risk of chronic disease
  • Improving sleep quality
  • Improving skin health
  • Giving you more energy

Exercising is essential to great overall health. Here at Abbey Road Dental we want to help our NW8 dental patients gain control of their health as much as possible during these challenging, colder months. To give yourself a health boost, why not consider one of these 20 ideas to get more exercise this winter:

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Abbey Road Dental’s Seasonal Health Watch – 20 Ways To Get More Vitamins This Winter

Find out how to boost your vitamin intake this winter to help boost your immunity, vitality, and oral health.

Healthy teethVitamins are important all year round, but in winter they always get some additional time in the spotlight. This is because it is a time when seasonal illnesses are rife, and we all want to boost our chances of avoiding those nasty cold and flu viruses as much as possible. This year, we’re also avoiding another pesky virus too, and so we all need to boost our chances of fighting it off if we do get it.

As if that wasn’t enough, vitamins and minerals have lots of other important reasons to stay top priority including:

  • Boosting your overall oral health
  • Boosting your energy levels
  • Supporting your cognition
  • Protecting you against many common illnesses
  • Helping reduce your risk of many cancers, including oral cancer
  • Maintaining healthy bones and muscle
  • Boosting hair and skin health
  • Keeping your eyesight in good condition

These are just some of the reasons vitamins are important. Another example where we need to take care is with Vitamin D which our body produces directly from sunlight. In winter as we get less light exposure, it may mean that we need to take vitamin D supplements to ensure that we reach healthy levels.

Would you love to be able to consume more vitamins and minerals in your diet? Here at Abbey Road Dental we have rounded up 20 easy ways to help our local St John’s wood patients to get more vitamins this winter:

Smoothies

Switch your morning coffee for a smoothie to start your day full of vitamins. We love fresh ginger, cinnamon, banana, spinach, apple, pear and almond milk for a delicious winter warmer smoothie. Do keep it to one a day though to minimise the sugar and acid attack on your teeth.

Juicing

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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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