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All You Need To Know About Teeth Whitening

If you’re planning a smile makeover that will leave you with sparkling white teeth and oodles of confidence, you don’t need to go to the trouble of booking a series of visits to a cosmetic dentist for veneers. It’s much easier and more affordable to invest in a teeth whitening treatment such as the type

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How To Stop Grinding Teeth

We often find ourselves grinding our teeth in stressful situations – while preparing for an exam (Particularly students) or worrying about making the best impression during a job interview. While tooth grinding disappears typically as soon as the stressful conditions are over, some people continue to grind their teeth throughout the day – even during

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What Does a Dental Hygienist Do?

Statistics published in December 2020 show that an amazing 49% of adults didn’t see a dentist in the previous 24 months. This increases to 55.7% of adults live in London haven’t seen the dentist in the past 2 years! Is this necessarily a problem? Dentists are able to spot the early warning signs of a

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What Is Teeth Bonding?

Did you know that your teeth have one of the toughest substances in your body? This happens to be the outer covering of your teeth called the enamel. Its toughness allows you to tear up and break down food into smaller digestible portions. Despite this toughness, it also has its limits. Your teeth can take

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Seeing an Emergency Dentist During Coronavirus

Are you in need of an emergency dentist visit? In the time of COVID 19, many people hesitate before going to the dentist. Most worry about the risk of catching the coronavirus while around many other patients. Some even fear having to take their masks off when they sit in the dentist’s chair. Yet, if

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NHS Dentist for Students: Do Students Have to Pay for the Dentist?

We all know that it’s important to look after our teeth. But despite the importance of regular dental visits, many people don’t make time to visit the dentist as often as they should.  When you’ve just started at university and perhaps left your hometown for the first time, finding a dentist is probably the last thing

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Going to The Dentist While Studying at University

You know that good oral hygiene practices like eating healthy, brushing twice every day and flossing can prevent tooth decay. However, as a busy UCL student, you may be giving some of those a miss. Staying up late to finish your assignments and going straight to bed without attending to your regular night-time routine may

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How to Stop Grinding Teeth at Night?

Many people grind their teeth at night for a variety of reasons including stress, bite problems and sleep apnoea. This article is dedicated to help people who suffer from teeth grinding (or Bruxism) at night. Bruxism can result in excessive tooth wear, this can affect not only how you look but also how your teeth

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Tooth Retainers – The Straight Talking Truth

The first thing to get straight (pun intended) is to identify what we mean about a tooth retainer. When you have orthodontics to have straight teeth you will typically have 2 devices: An active device – this will move your teeth to their new position. A passive device – this holds your teeth in the

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6 Alternatives To Conventional Dental Implants

Our dental practice, in London, prides itself on offering a range of options and alternatives to any possible treatment plan. In this article, we explore some of the best alternatives to conventional dental implants. Our six best alternatives to conventional implants are: Same-day teeth Mini implants Conventional dental bridge Adhesive dental bridge Partial denture Do

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10 Habits That Cause Dental Problems

We’ve all been there, and done things we shouldn’t do with our teeth. Here is our top 10 habits that can cause dental problems and what you can do about them, in no particular order… Crunching. Drinking too many sugary drinks. Using your teeth as a tool. Teeth grinding. Over brushing. Using a hard toothbrush.

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What’s The Link Between Your Dentist And Anti-Ageing Treatments?

With the attention that celebrities attract, they are often drawn to having facelifts or other forms of anti-ageing treatment. Most people don’t have either the kind of money required for these cosmetic procedures or the desire to go under the knife, but did you know that your dentist may be able to help you achieve

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How Can I Stop My Teeth Wearing Down?

Have you noticed that your teeth are wearing down? Perhaps they just look shorter, or you’ve noticed that your teeth, where the edges have worn, look darker and discoloured? The two questions most people ask are why is this, and what can I do about it? In this blog post, our London dentist, Dr Kala

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What Is The Cause Of Tooth Decay?

While the government is working hard to reduce tooth decay in children, in the past year alone 45,224 children needed hospital treatment because of tooth decay, with admissions rising to over 7,000. At the Dental Centre London we want to help reduce the incidence of tooth decay and have created a compendium of everything you

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Black Teeth: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

Black teeth can be a concern for many people; a black tooth will affect your smile and impact on your confidence. If you have a black tooth, read on to find out more about the symptoms and causes and treatments that may be available. What causes a tooth to go black? There are many reasons

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Why Is Dentistry So Expensive?

Why does dentistry cost so much? Dentists are often asked why their treatments cost so much, the simplest way to address this is to tackle each area head-on and answer your questions. The truth is that it’s not dentistry that costs so much, it’s neglect that costs! We will always recommend investing time (and money)

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How To Relax At The Dentist

Scared to go to the dentist? Did you know that being scared of going to the dentist is incredibly common? In fact, approximately 13-24% of people feel anxious or scared each time they prepare for a visit. For a small number of patients, the anxiety can heighten to an extent where it becomes a disabling

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Is Teeth Whitening At A Beauty Salon Legal?

With the increase of non-surgical cosmetic treatments, more procedures, such as teeth whitening, are being offered on the high street in beauty salons and spas.  But is this safe or, indeed, legal? Many beauty salons offer this service alongside their tanning, nail or semi-permanent makeup options as a way to provide the ‘whole package’ in

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Meet The Dental Centre At UCL Freshers’ Fair

The Dental Centre will be at the UCL Freshers’ Fair on 30th September and 1st October. So come along and say hello and find out what we can do for you. The UCL Freshers’ Fair will be brimming with exciting companies to join, from clubs and societies to independent shops and venues. But amidst all

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Is Your Mouth Guard Or Splint Up To Scratch?

Do you know how to choose the right mouthguard/splint? Did you know that dentists use two specific types of mouthguards? Can you tell the difference between a night guard and a sports guard? Before you bite the bullet and get a new one, read our helpful blog. If you’ve already invested in a mouth guard,

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Are Your Teeth Giving You A Headache?

Headaches and links with dental malocclusion The World Health Organisation estimates that almost half of the adult population have experienced a headache at least once within the last year. Those suffering from recurrent headaches may find that they impact their quality of life, both at home and work. What constitutes a recurrent headache? A headache

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Emergency Dental Treatment – Don’t Grit Your Teeth And Bear It

If you’re not prepared, a dental emergency can literally leave you pulling your teeth out. It’s crucial to stay one step ahead so, if you suddenly find yourself experiencing a dental emergency, you know what to do and where to go. Being prepared can minimise pain and ensure you benefit from quick access to dental

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Ten Quick-Fire Questions To Ask Your New Dentist

If you’re looking for a new dentist it’s easy to be bamboozled by lots of promises, dental jargon and new technology.  With so many dentists only offering limited NHS places, it’s also easy to jump on the first option available.  So how can you spot a quality dental practice amongst all that noise and ensure

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Dentures – Everything You Need To Know

If you have missing teeth, you’re probably busy researching how you can restore your smile and make eating more enjoyable once again. With so many options available, it’s often hard to see the wood for the trees. Dental bridges and dental implants often spring to mind but it’s important not to discount dentures as the

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Bridging The Gap – Dental Bridges Versus Dentures

Never underestimate the importance of replacing a missing tooth. Think of it like a domino effect; if you have a tooth missing it can soon impact a number of teeth within your mouth. The adjacent teeth on either side of the gap can tip inwards and the teeth opposite can over-erupt. Before you know it,

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Your Guide To Dental Cavities – Filling In The Gaps

Have you ever been asked by a friend or colleague how many fillings you have? Whilst the nation’s dental health is undeniably improving, our patients and the general public alike still use the number of fillings as a gauge to measure dental health. What’s important to recognise is that even patients who visit their dentist

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Dental plans – Can You Afford Not To Join?

Did you know that a staggering 9 out of 10 people report bleeding gums whilst cleaning their teeth? With only 10% avoiding the dreaded bleeding when brushing, it’s no surprise that more and more patients are turning to dental plans in a bid to future-proof their dental health……and bank balance. In this month’s blog, we

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Getting To The Root (Canal) Of The Problem

Getting to the root of the problem Just told someone that you’re having root canal treatment? Were you greeted with a sympathetic  face followed by a wealth of  over-imaginative horror stories? Let’s set the record straight. Root canal treatment does not cause any pain. In fact, a root canal treatment is there to relieve pain.

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Invisalign – A Straight-Talking Approach To Straight Teeth

We’ve all been there – looked at a wedding or holiday snap and wanted to change something about ourselves. Did you spot a twisted tooth or are your lips tightly sealed for fear of revealing terrible teeth? If this sounds familiar, this month’s article is a must-read. It’s not just about transforming your smile, it

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Teeth Cleaning – Brush Up On Your Dental Health

As food and energy bills soar and patients juggle the demands of work and family life, one question we’re often asked is how can you reduce the cost and time of visiting the dentist. Trips to the dentist do not need to be time-consuming or costly but, the old saying certainly rings true, prevention is

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How Much Does Cosmetic Dentistry Cost?

The face of cosmetic dentistry is changing. Gone are the days when only the rich and famous could afford to invest in, and enjoy, a winning smile. New techniques mean that a makeover is finally available with minimal dentistry. Just as importantly, the cost of cosmetic treatments are more attractive and accessible than ever. So,

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The Effect Of Smoking On Your Dental Health #NoSmokingDay

The health risks of smoking are well-known nowadays, the TV adverts and warnings on the side of cigarette packets give the message quite clearly. We all know that smoking causes lung cancer and heart disease, but did you know it has a large impact on your dental health also? You could find that you lose teeth

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Why Visit a Dental Hygienist?

Many people wonder if it’s actually important to visit a dental hygienist or not, in this article we will look at some of the problems that can arise and how a dental hygienist can help you spot these early symptoms. In a recent article, it was reported that sugar-free sweets and ‘diet’ soft drinks are

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All Smile For Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day makes many people smile, but what is in a smile? What makes up a perfect smile? And what can you do if you are unhappy with your smile? In this blog post we will look at the art of designing smiles and how much a smile can impact the way the world perceives

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Teeth Whitening – All Your Questions Answered

Teeth Whitening All Your Teeth Whitening Questions Answered Information and advice to people considering teeth whitening, including how does teeth whitening work, what are the different types of teeth whitening and where to go for whitening. As Christmas gets near it’s common to begin wondering about how you might look in all of those Christmas

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Mouth Cancer Action Month – November 2015

Mouth Cancer Action Month – November 2015 Mouth cancer action month was set up in 1998 to begin to combat the growing concerns about a significant increase in diagnoses of mouth cancer in the UK. The primary concern was that there seemed to be a lack of general awareness about the signs and symptoms of

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Are You Smiling for World Smile Day?

Celebrate World Smile Day® Friday, October 2, 2015 Did you know that world smile day is coming up? As is well known throughout the world Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts created the smiley face in 1963. That image went on to become the most recognisable symbol of good will and good cheer on

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Problems with Wisdom Teeth?

Removal of wisdom teeth People having wisdom teeth removed is one of the most common oral surgery procedures performed in the UK. Your wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last teeth to a erupt and are situated at the back of your mouth as tooth number 8 on each side. A typical person will

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Disadvantages Of Dental Implants

There are many blog posts and articles around extolling the virtues of dental implants, on the whole we agree that dental implants are often the treatment of choice to replace missing teeth for the following reasons. they prevent further bone loss in the area of the lost tooth dental implants support the teeth either side

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A Complete Guide To Invisalign Clear Braces

Invisalign versus braces Invisalign has taken the orthodontics world by storm and made straighter teeth available to more people than ever before. If you want straight teeth but don’t want anyone else knowing that you’re wearing braces then these clear aligners could certainly be an option for you. These aligners are computer-generated in a state-of-the-art

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National Smile Month – What’s All The Fuss About?

All smiles for Euston, London and WC1E National Smile Month is coming to Euston and The Dental Centre London Promotes this by offering a huge 55% discount on oral health assessments. Taking place from 18 May to 18 June, National Smile Month aims to promote and raise awareness of good oral health, and The Dental Centre London is

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The Importance Of Finding A Dental Home For You And Your Family

As we all strive to live healthier lives looking after your family’s dental health needs should be towards the top of your list. The link between dental disease and overall body health has become clear in recent years, according to many sources, so it’s never been a better time to find a dental home that

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How Does Invisalign Work?

With modern advances in technology orthodontic treatments have become more convenient and more accessible to wider a range of people. Historically, orthodontics was only offered to children is often in the form of fixed train track metal braces. In more recent years adults have begun to have orthodontics also but because of their high profile

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Unexpected Risk Factors For Tooth Decay

There are many unexpected risk factors for tooth decay, some of the more more obvious but some of them are rather surprising. In this blog post we examine some of those risk factors and what you can do about them. Sugary snacks and too much fruit juice are well-known risk factors for tooth decay. But there

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What To Do When A Tooth Is Damaged In An Accident

Although there are no official figures on how many people damage their teeth in accidents or assaults in the UK, it’s estimated that hundreds of thousands of people each year have their teeth chipped, broken or pushed out of place. A recent audit revealed there is huge confusion nationwide over what to do when someone

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Dental Phobia Still Rife Throughout UK

People afraid of the dentist are being reminded that dentistry has significantly changed after an alarming number of Brits say a visit is scarier than 10 of the UK’s most common phobias, a new survey reveals. One in three (33 per cent) said a routine check-up was scarier than interacting with other people. Visiting the

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The Cost Of Dental Implants. #4 Might Surprise You!

With costs seemingly rising here in the UK more patients are tempted to look overseas to replace missing teeth with dental implants, but what is the cost of doing this and what is the true cost of a dental implant here in the UK? To answer this rather intricate question a London dentist has written

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The Types of Dental Fillings

Dental fillings are unfortunately very common in the UK With 84% of adults having at least one or more fillings and each of those adults having on average 7 fillings. This is a direct result of only 42% of adults using a toothbrush and toothpaste for their oral care and only 21% of adults visiting

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The Causes And Prevention Of Teeth Grinding Problems

Do you grind your teeth during the day? How about grinding them at night? If you do it can disturb your partner whilst they sleep, destroy your teeth and cause headaches, so it is worthwhile seeing if you can resolve this problem and stop your teeth grinding habits. What causes teeth grinding? Many studies have

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Plaque – What You Need To Know

Plaque: What is it and how do we get rid of it? People used to think that as you got older you naturally lose your teeth. We now know that this is not true. By following easy steps for keeping your teeth and gums healthy – plus seeing your dentist regularly — you can have

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Afraid Of The Dentist?

Researchers in Japan believe that the fear of the dentist may be triggered by the grating sound of dental drills and the scraping of pointy instruments as oppose to the pain of surgery. A recent UK population survey of oral health indicated that around 10% of the population have extreme anxiety associated with going to

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Could Diamonds Be The Future Of Dental Implants?

Scientists have discovered that tiny spherical diamonds could be used to promote bone growth and improve the durability of dental implants, so in the future humans could have diamond-encrusted teeth to improve oral health and fight disease. The miniscule gems, which are invisible to the human eye, could be used to combat forms of bone

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What To Do In A Dental Emergency

It it is rare that you will ever suffer from anything that could be considered a dental emergency but in the unlikely event that you do with those it useful to give you some advice and guidance on what you can do. What is a Dental Emergency? We would consider it a dental emergency if

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7 Reasons to Maintain Your Dental Health

This poster was made recently for  National Smile Month we thought it was a great opportunity to discuss some of the issues raised. First off, take a look at the poster below… So let’s look at each of these in turn and discuss in more detail how you can both prevent problems occurring and deal

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Customer Care Training

On 17 April 2013 we closed the practice for a Team Training Day for the whole team. The aim of the training was to improve customer care for all our patients and learn to really connect with them. Our professional trainer, Nicola from Denplan, provided a bespoke day for our specific needs. Nicola has 20

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Xylitol Preventing Tooth Decay?

Gum disease and tooth decay are two of the most common conditions encountered by dentists and both of these are easily preventable by maintaining a high standard of oral hygiene throughout your lifetime. Patients should brush their teeth twice a day for at least 2 minutes each time and be encouraged to use dental floss

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Fluoride In Drinking Water Helps Reduce Tooth Decay In Adults

Research in Australia has found new evidence that fluoride in drinking water IS effective in preventing dental decay, and more particularly for those adults who have been exposed to fluoride for most of their life. This is in addition to the already established evidence that fluoride in drinking water already has dental benefits for children

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Can Blackberries Prevent Tooth Loss?

Blackberries could play a role in the prevention and treatment of gum disease according to new research published in ‘The Journal of Peridontal Research’. It shows that the antibacterial properties of blackberry extract could help to prevent or aid in the treatment of gum disease, which, if left untreated, may result in tooth loss. Natural extract

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Ad Reveals 17 Sugar Cubes In Cola

A hard-hitting ad campaign will expose ‘hidden nasties’ in everyday foods as a survey revealed 50% of people were unaware there are 11 lumps of sugar in a can of cola The ground-breaking new campaign helping people to be ‘food smart’ is launched today by public health minister Anna Soubry. Graphic new advertising from Change4Life reveals

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What Are My Options For Replacing Missing Teeth?

Many people living in the Euston area of London come to our dental  practice in UCL wanting to replace their missing teeth, it’s a conversation we have often and so we thought it would be a good idea to write a blog post to help these people out. So, what are your options if you

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