Sweet tooth? How to minimize sugar damage

We all love a sweet treat on occasions but is there anyway to eat chocolates without risking cavities? The Smilepod team in Holborn have prepared their best tips on how to reduce sugar damage to your teeth.

1. Minimize frequency.

Its never about the quantity with sugar its all about the frequency. Dentist Zahra  Fernandes comments “If you are going to have a treat it is far better to have a dessert than eat a bag of sweets throughout the day”

2. Keep your coffee sugar free!

Dentist Ana Polidoro says, clients can be very unaware of the sugar in teas coffees and fizzy drinks. “If you have sugar in your coffee you will likely be sipping this for long periods of time causing prolonged sugar exposure. It’s far better to have tea or coffee without sugar. Try it skipping the sugar for a few weeks and see if you can give it up.”

3. Alcohol in moderation

All of our dental team agree alcohol in moderation is key for a healthy mouth.

Alcohol, such as wine, contains both sugar and is highly acidic. In an ideal world we would all limit consumption. Enjoying alcoholic beverages in moderation shouldn’t cause dental damage but too much alcohol can lead to dental damage.

 4. Good oral hygiene

Hygienist Charlotte Wong says while its best to avoid too much sugar in your diet for a number of reasons, if you have good oral hygiene you are far less prone to cavities and dental problems. For the best possible oral hygiene use an electric toothbrush twice a day for at least two minutes. You also have to floss! As long as you floss on a daily basis you are helping reduce the risk of gum disease. If you floss daily you can avoid so many problems. Finally come and see your hygienist regularly!

5.  Mouthwash

Dental Nurse Andrea says if you are going to treat yourself to chocolate then you can minimize damage afterward by rinsing your mouth out. Ask your dentist or hygienist to recommend the right mouthwash as some are more effective than others. We recommend using an alcohol free version.

6. Use a straw

If you are drinking very sweet drinks you can help to minimize damage by using an environmentally friendly straw. Don’t rest the straw against your teeth it needs to be positioned towards the back of your mouth. Using a straw can help avid cavities and decay.

Fighting your fear of the dentist.

The dark, clowns and dentists are some of the top phobias with 15% of people admitting to being scared to go to the dentist.

We know that fears are not always rational ( did you know that it’s possible to have a phobia of bananas? ) but rational or not phobias can affect your life if they aren’t tackled.

At Smilepod Holborn our team have come up with some ideas to help those dental phobic clients relax and beat the fear.

1) Make small steps

For someone who is really scared of the dentist just picking up the phone to make an appointment can be a huge milestone. Try and feel proud of the small steps you take on your journey to conquer dental fear

2) Build it up.

Dentist Zahra Fernades advises clients to take things slowly if they are feeling nervous. She suggests that “ Even if you cant do everything you need at once just get started. Come for a check-up so you know what you need – all that happens is we tell you if treatment is needed. I think some clients are scared we would start drilling but this would never happen! Then come for your dental hygiene which is easy and painless and will leave your smile looking aesthetically better. Then you get used to us and into the habit of coming to the dentist. The environment is what makes people scared but once you are used to it you’ll feel better.

3) Know why you are afraid.

Dentist Ana Polidoro recommends nervous clients think about the root cause of their fear. “What I see as a dentist is whenever you ask why people are scared it is usually due to having a bad experience when they were a child. Once yopu know this I can reassure you. Dentistry has changed so much over the years so your experience won’t be repeated. If you take a chance by coming to us we can make sure you have a positive experience and feel safe – my clients always say it’s much less scary than they expected”

4) Take back control

The fear of the unknown or what is going to happen can be scary for a lot of people. Hygienist Charley Wong says just removing the uncertainty can really help. “With my more nervous clients I always take things really slowly and explain what I am doing and why I am doing it. I also make it clear to my clients that if they need a break at any point they only have to ask. I think clients feel better when they feel like you are working with them. If you understand what is happening it helps anxiety.”

5) Music

Smilepod dentist suggests that for some clients just having the choice of music and a friend with them might help. We can make the experience very personal to each client and do our best to create a relaxed atmosphere.

6) Find the right dentist

Holborn dental nurses Onorina and Andrea suggest clients try and find a dentist  they trust. Onorina says, “Its important to have rapport and once you find the right dentist they will be kind and understanding about fears. “

Andrea adds “there is no need to be scared – we don’t bite! I understand fears –if you come to Smilepod our dentists are really nice will take really good care of you. I even hold some clients hands if they ask. We are understanding and kind here.”

Gum recession

London dentist Dr Carine discusses gum recession

Gum recession Overview

Healthy gums are generally coral pink in colour and firm around the teeth. You might see individual variations due to your gum thickness, teeth position and pigmentation. Healthy gums should not bleed when you brush your teeth. If your gums bleed when you brush, make an appointment with your Smilepod dentist so we can find out what is causing this and recommend a treatment to keep your teeth and gums healthily.




Gum recession is when the roots of the teeth are exposed. This can make it look like your teeth are elongated. It is when the gingival tissues are located more towards the apexes of the teeth roots.

Receeding gums are common in people who need to improve their oral health techniques but there can be a number of other factors which increase your risk of gum recession. The elderly tend to have significantly more prevalent, extensive and severe cases of gum recession.

Factors that can cause gum recession:

Gum inflammation
If teeth are not properly cleaned it leads to a build up of harmful plaque. When bacteria builds up on the gum line it can lead to sore and inflamed gums. Untreated this can cause gingivitis and then periodontal problem which will lead to receding gums and dental problems. Regular teeth cleans are necessary to remove the build up of this harmful plaque.

Brushing too hard
A scrubbing or fierce brushing technique with a hard bristles toothbrush can lead teeth to recede. Use an electric toothbrush, such as a Phillips Sonicare, to gently clean teeth and massage the gum areas. Do not scrub at teeth! Choose a toothbrush or toothbrush head with soft bristles.

Genetics
Unfortunately you might have wonderful oral hygiene techniques and still be prone to gum recession due to nothing more than genetics. If your parents have receding gums you might have also inherited characteristics such as a high insertion of the labial frenum, thin and narrow gum tissues. See your dentist to discuss the best way to manage gum recession.

Crooked Teeth
When teeth are non-aligned or crooked they don’t close together evenly. Over time this puts strain on the gums and bone which allows gums to begin receding. Crooked teeth can also be harder to clean which can lead to a faster build-up of plaque and calculus and cause gum inflammation and recession. If you are worried about this there are solutions such as regular dental cleanings. You can also look into orthodontic solutions to correct your crooked teeth such as Invisalign, lingual braces etc.

Grinding
Clients with a stressful job might be more prone to grinding teeth in the night. Common symptoms include headaches and jaw pain. Grinding and clenching can cause gum recession and dental damage so if you suspect you might be grinding at night speak to your dentist who can get you a night guard to prevent dental damage.

Injury
Any injury to your mouth or jaw can cause gums to recede. If you have recently had a dental injury or trauma speak to your dentist about managing potential gum recession.

Next steps

Receded gums do not grow back to the original position so seeking professional help and advice is important to manage gum recession.

Smilepod are here to offer advice, diagnose the cause and if needed apply measurements to stop your gums from receding further.

Your dentist will work with you to carefully devise the best treatment and prevention plan keeping you fully informed. Your dentist will also help you measure and improve your gum health score.

In more severe cases if gums have receded, ask your dentist about “gum grafts” which can be used

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Smoking and your teeth

When it comes to smoking, we are constantly told about the dangers to our health, but are you aware of the effects that smoking has on your teeth? London dentist Dr Jimena Calleja investigates.

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Dr Jimena works at both our Soho and Covent Garden Smilepod Studios and will be happy to speak to you further about smoking and your teeth to ensure you receive the best possible oral care and advice (even if you are not ready to give up smoking).

Contact Jimena.

The dangers of smoking:

Smoking has a proven association with a wide spectrum of diseases but did you know that smoking is also bad for your mouth?

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Risk of periodontal disease:

Increasing evidence points to smoking as both a cause and aggravator of gum/ peridontal disease. Moreover, smoking can influence the clinical outcome of nonsurgical and surgical treatments as well as the long-term success of implant placement in cases of tooth loss.

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The best solution to reduce these risks is simply to stop smoking. If you are not able to quit, it’s important to be aware of the signs of gum disease and ask your dentist about oral hygiene products which can reduce the risk of damage. Corsodyl Daily mouthwash, for example, is recommended as it can minimize the impact of smoking on the mouth. Ask your dentist to recommend the best products for you to use during one of your regular check-ups.

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What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease that affects the soft and hard structures which support the teeth. In its early stage, called gingivitis, the gums become swollen and red due to inflammation. This is the body’s natural response to the presence of harmful bacteria.

In the more serious form of periodontal disease, called periodontitis, there is not only gum inflammation but also a loss of supporting bone mass with potentially serious consequences such as tooth loss.

Cigarette smoke is a very complex mixture of different substances with over 4000 known constituents. Many of these components show a clear relationship between smoking and periodontal disease. A large number of studies comparing smokers and non-smokers with periodontitis have found that smokers have:

  1. Deeper probing depths and a larger number of deep pockets.
  2. More attachment loss including more gingival recession.
  3. More alveolar bone loss.
  4. More tooth loss.
  5. Less bleeding on probing.
  6. More teeth with furcation involved.

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Smokers may present with periodontal disease at an early age, be difficult to treat with conventional therapy and have progressive or recurrent periodontitis leading to tooth loss. Smokers should be aware that even with good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist, bone loss can still occur.

 

Prevention

no_smoking_your_teeth_will_thank_you_poster-rcb4bfb80de3f4ec8928aa94ac7476921_wad_8byvr_512As a smoker it is best to have very regular dental hygiene visits and dental examinations to ensure that symptoms are recognised and treated as quickly as possible to minimize damage. If you feel unable to give up smoking, it’s recommended to limit other damaging habits such as sugary drinks. At Smilepod, we have a Smoker’s Makeover hygiene clean that specifically targets nicotine stains and is a perfect solution for smokers. If you feel unable to quit, come and see us – we will offer you non judgmental advise help you maintain good oral hygiene.

Stop smoking today in order to

  1. Live a healthier longer life
  2. Have fresher breath
  3. Save money

 

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Your teeth and diet

The Soho Smilepod team are surrounded by tempting food all day long. Soho is truly a foodie heaven. However, for your teeth this can be a different story. The Soho Smilepod team of qualified friendly dentists, experienced dental nurses and lovely manager Angi have devised a guide for keeping your mouth healthy.

A HEALTHY DIET FOR A HEALTY MOUTH

Cariogenic foods and drinks:

Cariogenic is defined as “producing or promoting the development of tooth decay.” Foods with highly fermentable carbohydrate content and a sticky consistency break into small pieces in the mouth, reduce the pH in the mouth to less than 5.5 and are highly processed.

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If you try to avoid these types of food and drink, you will be able to decrease the possibility of caries developing.  If that’s too much to ask, we can recommend a few products to help maintain a healthy pH level in your oral cavity. These include mouthwashes, toothpastes, tooth mousses etc. We also advise drinking with a straw to minimise damage.

 

Sugary and starchy foods:

Fermentable carbohydrate foods are those that are broken down by the saliva in your mouth. Examples include starchy or sugary foods such as breads, crackers, sweetened cereals, candy, cakes or other sweets.

Products with a high sugar content

As bacteria break down these foods, they release acids. If the pH level in your mouth is below 5.5, the acids will begin to break down your teeth enamel.

Sugar lowers the pH level. The longer your teeth are exposed to a low pH and high acid content, the more likely you are to develop cavities.

 

Sticky foods:

Sticky foods such as dried fruits, fruit snacks and cookies can lead to cavities because they stick to your teeth. The acids released by the bacteria breaking down these foods remains in your mouth for longer periods of time leading to tooth decay. Foods that break into small pieces can also get stuck and remain in the crevices between your teeth or in deep fissures in your molars for long periods of time causing the same type of damage. To prevent this, try and invest in an electric toothbrush and brush carefully between meals.

Beverages:

d42961ff29393d54cbb1fc58b45c1ebfBeverages usually don’t stay in your mouth very long, but if you drink sugary drinks often throughout the day you increase the likelihood of developing cavities. If your teeth are constantly exposed to sugary drinks, the acids produced by bacteria remain in your mouth, causing decay. Drinking soda, juice or milk with meals and drinking water between meals will reduce your chances of developing cavities.

Other factors:

To try and prevent damage from sugary foods it is worth eating foods such as cheese, fruits and vegetables. These stimulate saliva production which rinses cariogenic foods out of your mouth and off of your teeth. Eating a larger amount of sugary foods at one time is better than consuming small amounts more frequently. This is because it reduces your overall exposure to cavity-causing foods or drinks.

For more information about your diet and your teeth drop into any of our Central London Smilepod Studios.

 

 

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Keep your smile young

We all want to look young for our age and looking after our teeth and smile is a great way of keeping a more youthful appearance. Here at Smilepod London, our friendly dentists share their tips on keeping your smile young!

Oral Hygiene – brushing and flossing:

Good oral hflossingygiene is vital for keeping a younger looking smile as healthy gums and teeth are what make a smile look beautiful. Brushing alongside either flossing or interdental brushing twice a day will help keep your smile sparkling. If you struggle to floss, ask one of our dentists to demonstrate simpler techniques or else try a Philips Sonicare Airfloss. Smilepod dentists have put together some tips and tricks for effective flossing here.

Brushing correctly:

toothbrush girlBrushing techniques are very important for maintaining a youthful appearance. If you end up brushing too vigorously, you can damage the enamel of your teeth or cause gum recession. To prevent damage, consider investing in a Philips Sonicare electric toothbrush. Next time you visit us at Smilepod, your dentist will be happy to show you the most effective brushing techniques to keep your smile looking its best.

Regular dental checks:
It’s important to visit your dentist once every six months to
ensure that any early decay is discovered. When it comes to dentistry, prevention is always better than cure.  At your dental examination your dentist will spot any leaking or broken fillings or restorations and replace them to keep your teeth at their best.

Regular hygiene appointments:

Make your smile dazzleTeeth will often become brown and stained due to lifestyle choices such as drinking tea. Regular hygiene appointments will reduce the build up of staining and remove plaque and tartar. At Smilepod we have a number of hygiene treatments which are designed to remove the build up of nicotine, tea, coffee or red wine stains. It is good to have frequent teeth cleaning to keep teeth healthy. In particular our Smoker’s Makeover or High Gloss Diamond Polish are great stain removal treatments.

Preventing grinding:
protectionNight grinding, which is often caused by stress, can make teeth appear worn and chipped over time. These imperfections make for an old looking smile. Teeth grinding usually happens at night and can cause pain to the muscles of the face when waking. If you have these symptoms, don’t hesitate to let your dentist know. They will look and assess the amount of wear on your teeth and recommend a night guard to protect your teeth from further damage. You may also wish your dentist to restore damaged teeth and give you back your younger looking smile.

Missing teeth:
Gaps in your smile due to missing teeth can make for an old
looking smile. During your treatment at Smilepod, your dentist
will inform you of all the options available for restoring missing teeth. These
include dentures, bridges or implants depending on the number of missing teeth and your preferences.

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Discoloration:
If your teeth have a yellow appearance you might benefit from a whitening treatment. Whitening can make teeth up to eight shades whiter giving you a more attractive younger looking smile. Book a free whitening consultation to see if you are suitable.

Crooked teeth:

It’s never too late to straighten your teeth! At Smilepod we offer a range of solutions to fit your lifestyle and preferences including nearly invisible straightening with Invisalign, lingual or traditional fixed braces. Book your free consultation today at Smilepod and enjoy a more youthful smile.

 

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Sports Guards

All you need to knowveronica about sports and your mouth:

Bank Lead Dentist Dr Veronica De Zan talks you through all you need to know about mouthguards for playing sports.

If you have any questions you can contact Veronica

 

Play Sports? Worried about injuries. A mouthguard might be just the thing for you.

Do you play sports or are you thinking about taking up a new sport? You might be concerned about dental injuries. Don’t worry, there’s an easy way to protect your teeth while still enjoying sporting activities.

Mouthguards can be used in a variety of different sports to avoid dental trauma and injuries. If you play sports and are concerned about injuries, why not pop in and have a chat with myself or one of the other friendly Smilepod Dentists to see how we can help.

Mouthguards used in sports to avoid dental trauma:

Sports fans around the world are probably already familiar with mouth guards because they see athletes wearing them regularly. Rugby players and boxers use them as well as hockey players and skateboarders. Currently, mouthguards are not common in most other sports such as basketball or football; however that may soon change.

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The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry reports that up to a third of school sports injuries involve some type of oral damage that a mouthguard could have prevented.

What’s more, according to the National Youth Sports Foundation, every year, in the United States, over five million teeth are lost due to sports-related injuries. This is why athletes who are concerned about their smiles sport their guards.

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So, if you  play a lot of contact sports or just want to take precautions to minimize your chances of injuries and dental damage, a mouthguard is a good solution

Pop into Smilepod and book a consultation with myself or one of the other experienced Dentists who will be happy to talk with you.

 

Dr Veronica De Zan, Lead Dentist at Smilepod Bank (located near to Monument, Aldgate and Bank Underground and a short walk from Fenchurch street) discusses sports guards and how to protect your teeth during sporting activities.

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Dental Extractions

Dr Juliana Hughes explains dental extractions.

What is a dental extraction?

A dental extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. It can be a simple or surgical procedure.

Why would you need to remove a tooth?

There are many reasons you might have a extract a tooth. If your tooth becomes broken or damaged by decay and is left untreated restoration might not be possible.

If you have a tooth that is heavily decayed, is causing extreme pain or has a cyst or infection extracting the tooth might be the best option. Your dentist will always talk through all the options and advise the best treatment and prognosis.

Before dental extraction

Before you have a tooth removed a radiograph will be taken to assess roots and how heavily damaged/decayed the tooth is. This will help the dentist to know how complicated the extraction is and if restoration is possible. We will take full medical history to ensure that you are completely safe to have the treatment in our studios

Procedure:

What is the difference between simple and surgical?

A simple extraction is performed on a tooth that can be seen in the mouth. In a simple extraction, the dentist loosens the tooth with an instrument called an elevator then an instrument called forceps is used to remove the tooth.

• A surgical extraction is a more complex procedure and usually done by an oral surgeon.

Follow-up

The patient can expect some discomfort after even simple extractions. Usually it is mild.
Your dentist will give you detailed instructions on what to do after the procedure, such as:

  • The use of anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen can greatly decrease pain after a tooth extraction.
  • Application of ice packs on the face to reduce swelling.
  • Eat soft and cold food for a few days.
  • Gentle rinse with warm salt water, started 24 hours after the surgery can help with the healing.
  • No smoking for 24 to 72 hours (smoking could cause dry socket, see below).
  • No spitting out or vigorous rinse.

Possible risks of dental extraction

Whilst there usually is nothing to worry about extracting a tooth has some risks. Your dentist will explain all of these to you and give advice to minimise risks and discomfort.

Dry Socket: this occurs when a blood clot does not form in the hole or the blood clot beaks off or breaks down too early (usually happens when patient smokes on the first few days after the procedure).

Infection, bleeding, swelling, bruising.

Accidental damage to the inferior alveolar nerve causing long lasting numbness in the lower lip and chin. This is rare and complete healing may take three to six months. The numbness may be permanent but this is very uncommon.

The fracture of the tooth/root during the procedure requiring subsequent surgical procedure.

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Spanish Speaking Dentist

Spanish Dentysta – Dr Claudia Calleja

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Probably, going to the dentist is not one of your favourite activities. And even less when you have to speak another language. We all have our own customs and in Spain we are not different. When we talk about dentist we like going back home as we know someone we trust. However, Smilepod speaks your language so you do not need to go back to Spain to have your dental treatment done. You have all you need at Smilepod, from General Dentistry to Orthodontic or cosmetic treatments.

We think that communication, feeling comfortable at the dentist and being able to explain with confidence your expectations of the dental treatment or what your problems are, are essential.

Smilepod speaks Spanish too, so don’t doubt in booking an appointment with us for that “feel-at-home” feeling again when you are at the dentist. If you are looking for a Spanish dentist, try Smilepod!

Dr Claudia Calleja works in London Holborn and Soho.

Sabemos que ir al dentista, probablemente no es uno de tus hobbies favoritos. Y menos aún cuando tienes que hablar otro idioma. Todos tenemos nuestras propias costumbres y en España no somos diferentes. Cuando hablamos del dentista solemos volver a casa porque conocemos a profesionales en los que confiar. Sin embargo, Smilepod habla tu idioma, y por eso no necesitas volver a España si necesitas tener algún tratamiento dental. En Smilepod tienes todo lo que necesitas, desde Odontología General a Ortodoncia o tratamientos estéticos. Creemos que una buena comunicación, sentirte agusto en el dentista y ser capaz de explicar con claridad que buscas de tu tratamiento dental o que problema tienes es esencial.

Smilepod también habla español, no dudes en reservar tu cita con nosotros para sentirte de nuevo “ como en casa” incluso en el dentista. Si estas buscando un dentista español, ¡prueba Smilepod!

Estamos en Londres, Smilepod Holborn y Soho.

Dr Claudia Calleja

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Smilepod también habla español, no dudes en reservar tu cita con nosotros para sentirte de nuevo “ como en casa” incluso en el dentista. Si estas buscando un dentista español, ¡prueba Claudia!

50 Years of Dental Implants?

Exactly 50 years ago, In 1965, a Swedish physician and research professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark, after years of research and studies, placed the first titanium dental implant into a human volunteer.

Thanks to his enormous contribution to the field he was touted as the ‘father of modern dental implantology’ and his work changed lives of millions of people around the world.

What exactly is an implant? It is a piece of metal (titanium or Trabecular Metal) which is placed in a jaw to imitate the root of a missing tooth. At the end of it, there is a screw-like abutment to which a crown can be attached.

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During the last fifty years not only the methods and materials used in implantology, but also our approach to dental implant has evolved. Nowadays, from the bioengineering point of view implant is the most advanced method of replacing a missing tooth, and from the patient point of view – considering its success rates and minimal aftercare required – it is the most convenient solution.

However, not only due to costs involved, but also because of people’s fear of having a ‘foreign object’ planted in their bodies, it is estimated that only 20 per cent of people with missing teeth use implants.

But, despite their wide use and popularity in modern dentistry, implants are not a modern invention at all. There is archaeological evidence that in ancient China people were using carved bamboo pegs tapped into the bone to replace missing teeth 4000 years ago. Similarly 2000 years ago ancient Egyptians have been using tooth-shaped pegs made of precious metals or ivory.

Some Egyptian mummies were also found to have transplanted human teeth! Well, it is always been the case: people with big money could afford anything.

In 1931 American explorer Wilson Popenoe and his wife were working at archeological site in Honduras, dated back to 600 AD. There they found the lower mandible of a young Mayan woman, with three missing incisors replaced by pieces of tooth-shaped. Bone growth around two of the implants indicated that they were functional as well as aesthetic.

So obviously, dental implants per se are not an invention of the XX century. But we are rather glad that precious metals replaced bamboo shoots

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Dental decay and your teeth

Tooth decay is one of the most common problems that dentists see. Dental or tooth decay occurs when the acid in your mouth begin to dissolve your enamel. If left untreated this can leave to cavities.

Our friendly dentist are always happy to help you with tips and tips to better oral hygiene to prevent dental decay.

10 things you didn’t know about tooth decay

1) It is one of the most common health problems in the UK.

2) It’s estimated that around one in every three adults in England have tooth decay.

3) There are no symptoms in the early stages of tooth decay.

4) A survey of five year olds identified that more than one in four had some level of tooth decay.

5) It’s caused when acids in your mouth dissolve your teeth’s outer layers

6) Later symptoms include toothache, grey or black spots appearing on your teeth and bad breath.

7) If left untreated, it can lead to cavities, gum disease and even losing a tooth.

8) Toothy decay is much easier to treat in its early stages.

9) Snacking between meals on sugary and acidic food and drinks can increase the risk of decay.

10) The best way to prevent tooth decay is by brushing your teeth thoroughly twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.

 

Even if you don’t have any visible problems with your teeth, it is still important to see your Smilepod dentist regularly so that they can check for any signs of decay. It is much easier to treat tooth decay when caught early on, and is often symptomless until it has reached an advanced stage. Book your appointment at anyone of our six Central London studios so we can keep your teeth healthy, clean and protected.

 

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Crowns Explained

How Do Crowns Work? 

A crown is used to entirely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment. A crown can also be placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure for function. Porcelain or ceramic crowns can be matched to the colour of your natural teeth. Other materials include gold and metal alloys, acrylic and ceramic. These alloys are generally stronger than porcelain and may be recommended for back teeth. Porcelain bonded to a metal shell is often used because it is both strong and attractive.

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At Smilepod we may recommend a crown to:

  • Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining]
  • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
  • Restore a fractured tooth
  • Attach a bridge
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover a discoloured or poorly shaped tooth
  • Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment

How many appointments will you need?

Fitting a crown requires at least two appointments. During your first visit, the tooth is prepared for the crown, an impression or mould is made of the tooth, and a temporary crown is placed over the prepared tooth. At the subsequent visit, the temporary crown is removed and the final crown is fitted and adjusted and cemented into place.

How long does a crown last?

Predicting the life expectancy of a dental crown is extremely challenging. Many factors affect their longevity: your oral hygiene, how often you visit the dentist, the technique used by the dentist, and the biting force applied to the dental crown. Research has shown that the average success rate of a dental crown is between 5 and 10 years. However, I have seen countless crowns last more than 20 years .

If you would like to know a bit more about having a crown done we invite you to come to see us at Smilepod and we can explain any doubts you may have in a relaxed, personal and friendly environment.

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Signs of gum disease

Gum disease and the warning signs
London Dentist Dr Gino Castro discusses warning signs and symptoms of gum disease. If you are concerned about gum disease Gino is available to see you in canary Wharf and Soho

If you have any questions, contact Gino.

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Worried about bleeding gums and infection?

What is gum disease? Gum disease is when the gums bleed, become swollen and sore or are infected. It’s a very common condition and it is estimated that half the adult population has some degree of gum disease. Most people experience it at least once in their lives.

Gum disease is a serious condition because, if left untreated, it can develop into its more severe form, periodontitis. It affects the tissue that supports teeth and hold them in place. If periodontitis is not treated, the bone in your jaw can decay and small spaces can open up between the gums and teeth. Teeth then can become loose and may eventually fall out.

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The initial stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. The symptoms of gingivitis are red and swollen gums that usually bleed after brushing or flossing your teeth. If it develops into periodontitis, you may also experience symptoms such as a bad taste in your mouth, loose teeth (which can make eating difficult) and gum abscesses (collections of pus under your gums).

Gum disease is caused by a build-up of plaque on the teeth. Plaque is a sticky substance that contains harmful bacteria. If you do not remove plaque from your teeth by brushing and flossing them, it will build up and irritate your gums, leading to inflammation and soreness. Poor oral hygiene is the most common cause of gum disease. You are more at risk of developing gingivitis and periodontitis if you smoke, have diabetes or have a weakened immune system (for example, due to conditions such as HIV, or certain medical treatments such as chemotherapy).

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Mild cases of gum disease can usually be treated or ‘reversed’ by maintaining a good level of oral hygiene. This includes brushing your teeth using an effective technique at least twice a day and flossing daily. If necessary, your dentist will be able to give your teeth a thorough clean and remove any hardened plaque (tartar). They will also be able to show you how to clean your teeth effectively to help prevent plaque building up in the future. If you have developed periodontitis, your dentist may need to refer you to see a specialist in Periodontics to treat the condition.

Healthy gums should be pink, firm and keep your teeth securely in place. Your gums should not bleed when you touch or brush them. Gum disease is not always painful and you may not be aware that you have it. This is why it is important to have regular dental check-ups. You should make an appointment to see your dentist if your gums are painful, inflamed or if they bleed when you brush your teeth.

Signs of gum disease to be aware of:

  • Bleeding gums when brushing
  • Blood in your saliva
  • Inflamed, red, or swollen gums
  • Bad breath
  • Wobbly or loose teeth
  • Abscessed teeth

If you are experiencing bleeding gums and need an emergency appointment click here to see the next available slots in our diary.  

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The Importance of a check-up

London dentist Dr Marcio Barcala talks about the importance of the dental examination or “check-up.” A dental examination or check-up at Smilepod is a full dental examination, including X-rays, if necessary.
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A check-up establishes if there is the need for dental treatment and also covers a number of other important areas, some of which are vital to your long term overall health.

First, your dentist will assess your teeth for decay. They will also be looking for evidence of erosion and attrition caused by diet or grinding, or a combination of the both. Your dentist will also offer advice on how to protect your teeth from grinding, and how you can improve your oral health through modifying how and what you eat.

Your dentist will also check for signs of gum recession or gum disease, as this can indicate that you may need to modify your brushing technique. The use of manual and electric toothbrushes, and specific interdental cleaning, will be discussed. With so many different dental products available on the market, it’s an opportunity to find out which ones will suit you best.

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The health of your mouth reflects the condition of your body as a whole. A dental examination will not only assess the health of your teeth and gums, it will cover a number of wider health conditions that your dentist will look for. Examples of which, range from vitamin deficiency to early signs of cancer.

Regular visits to your dentist will ensure that many health issues can be picked up and dealt with before they become serious.Your teeth also play a vital part in how other see you. Imperfect, stained or crocket teeth may make a poor impression and this can affect your confidence. Your dentist will discuss any aesthetic treatment you may have. This can range from teeth whitening to a full mouth rehabilitation including prostheses (e.g. crowns and veneers) or implants. Even complex cases can be dealt with by the Smilepod Specialists.
A visit to Smilepod will provide you with a friendly service focusing on your health, pain and any aesthetics concerns you might have.

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Dentista Espanol

SPANISH DENTIST IN LONDON

Dr Cris Diaz shares her experience of treating clients in their native language

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We all know we have million things in mind when moving to London and that we have to leave a lot behind to adapt to the new city.Also,many times we may struggle to communicate or to explain things in English if we are not familiar with the vocabulary.

Being Spanish and working in London as a dentist, has given me the chance to help other spaniards to overcome their fear to the dentist and to treat them as if they were in Spain, saving them the inconvenience of having to take holidays to have treatment done back home.

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If you have not being to the dentist for a while or you need to have any kind of treatment, from a routine check up to a hygiene session, feel free to contact us.

DENTISTA ESPANOL EN LONDRES 

Todos sabemos la cantidad de cosas que tenemos que dejar atadas al mudarnos a Londres, alquilar piso, encontrar trabajo…y una vez asentado, lo que menos piensas es en ir al dentista.

Otras veces, cuando surge un imprevisto, no nos sentimos comodos al explicar nuestro problema en ingles, ya sea por falta de vocabulario o por la desconfianza hacia el profesional o las leyendas urbanas que nos han contado.

El llevar 8 anos siendo dentista en Londres me ha brindado la oportunidad de tratar a muchos espanoles en casos de urgencia y a dar esa confianza que no tenemos al llegar aqui a la hora de cuidarnos la boca. Tambien he evitado el tener que coger vacaciones y volar a Espana para someterse a un tratamiento dental.

Bien si no has ido al dentista en mucho tiempo o necesitas cualquier tratamiento, desde un examen rutinario hasta una limpieza, no dudes en ponerte en copntacto con nosotros.

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Dental Implants care

Every patient with dental implants will require a lifetime of careful evaluations and maintenance to ensure implant health and longevity. Once a patient receives an implant, the single most important long-term determinant for implant success is diligent oral hygiene and home care by the patient. The dental professional plays a crucial role in the survival of implants in any practice.

We at Smilepod offer professional Hygiene cleaning for people with implants.

Important Facts:

After osseo integration of the implants has been confirmed and the final prosthesis or restoration is complete, the patient is largely responsible for the success of an implant and needs to understand the importance of proper in-surgery implant maintenance appointments every three months for the first year to help prevent infection or failure of the implant. After one year a mature level of bone surrounds the implant, the interval between maintenance visits can be less. The Dentists at Smilepod Soho will be able to advice on the frequency based on the patient’s general health, assessment of the implant, and home care.

The dental professionals working at Smilepod play a key role in the success of dental implants for the patients by providing the education, assessment, safe implant maintenance and home-care recommendations.

Implant Instrumentation and Debridement

Removal of deposits on the implant should be accomplished with special instruments that are implant-safe, that are unable to scratch the softer titanium implant surface. Instruments not recommended include stainless steel curettes or standard ultrasonic and sonic instruments. Stainless steel instruments, standard ultrasonic and sonic instrumentation have demonstrated damage to the titanium implant abutment.

The special type of implant scalers are available at the Smilepod Soho studio for a safe and professional implant debridement.

A rubber cup can be used to polish the implant surface with a nonabrasive toothpaste or fine polishing paste.

Patients with dental implants and periodontal concerns often need more frequent appointments to maintain oral health. Implant patients are typically scheduled for 3-4 month recare intervals during the first year and every 6 months after that.

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Bruxism: Signs and Symptoms

Do you sometimes find yourself waking up with a headache, even after a good night’s sleep? Or maybe you jaw hurts in the morning and you have no idea why? If so, you may be suffering from bruxism which is the grinding and clenching of teeth. Most of the times it occurs at night during sleep, therefore most people suffering from it are totally unaware of their habit until they start to feel some very unpleasant symptoms.

Is bruxism dangerous?

It is very important to know that during grinding the forces applied on your teeth are about 90 times higher than during normal chewing, therefore bruxism can cause teeth to become painful or loose, and sometimes parts of the teeth are literally chip or crumble away. Eventually, bruxism can destroy the bone and gum tissues surrounding the tooth. It can also lead to problems involving the jaw joint, most commonly the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).

How do I know if I have bruxism?

Because for most people bruxism is an unconscious habit, they may not even realize they’re doing it until e.g. a relative points out to them that they make a grinding sound while sleeping. For others, a routine dental check-up is when a dentist discovers their teeth are worn or their tooth enamel is fractured.

Other potential signs of bruxism include aching of the face, head and neck.

Your dentist can make an accurate diagnosis and determine if the source of facial pain is caused by bruxism.

How is bruxism treated?

Out of many different causes of bruxism, stress is the most common one. The appropriate treatment for you will depend on what is causing the problem. By asking careful questions and thoroughly examining your teeth, your dentist can help you determine the potential reason of your bruxism.

Based on the amount of tooth damage and its likely cause, your dentist may suggest:

  • Wearing an appliance while sleeping. Custom-made by your dentist to fit your teeth, the appliance slips over the upper teeth and protects them from grinding against the lower teeth. While an appliance is a good way to manage bruxism, it is not a cure.
  • Finding ways to relax. Because everyday stress seems to be a major cause of bruxism, anything that reduces stress can help-listening to music, reading a book, taking a walk or a bath. It may help to seek counselling to learn effective ways for handling stressful situations. Also, applying a warm, wet washcloth to the side of your face can help relax muscles sore from clenching.
  • Reducing the “high spots” of one or more teeth to even your bite. An abnormal bite, one in which teeth do not fit well together, may also be corrected with new fillings, crowns or orthodontics.

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Teeth grinding

Teeth Grinding – Everything you need to know about bruxism

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City of London Dentist Dr Veronica De Zan talks about teeth grinding and mouthguards.

If you have any questions you can contact Veronica.

Stressed at work? City life taking its toll? Do you wake up with a sore head and achy jaw?

You may be one of many people who are grinding their teeth. This is a common problem caused by stress. In order to relieve your symptoms and protect your teeth you might be in need of a mouthguard or nightguard.

Pop into Smilepod and book a consultation with myself or one of the other friendly and experienced dentists who will be happy to discuss solutions with you. I have detailed a few of the symptoms to look out for – see if any of this sounds like you.

Mouthguards for oral medicine purposes:

Some people have a habit of grinding their teeth during sleep. This is called bruxism. Most people are not aware of their bruxism. Only an estimated 5% go on to develop symptoms, such as jaw pain and headaches which require prompt treatment. A sleeping partner or parent may pick up on the behaviour first, although sufferers may notice pain symptoms without understanding the cause.

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Clients may suffer a whole range of symptoms including: anxiety, stress and tension, earache, headaches or migraines, chipped or broken teeth, gum recession, neck pain and, most commonly, a sore or painful jaw. If you have any of these symptoms, come and see me and I can look at making you a custom-made mouthguard or nightguard.

To create your guard all we need to do is to take a mould for a bite plate, sometimes known as a mouth splint. Although wearing a guard will not stop you from grinding your teeth, it will help relieve all kinds of symptoms and prevent temporomandibular joint problems (TMJ) as well as unnecessary wear and tear on your teeth.

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Researchers classify bruxism as “a habitual behaviour and sleep disorder.” The effects of bruxism can be easily identified by your dentist. What they will see is exposed dentin and pulp, which are normally hidden by tooth enamel.

Over time, if left untreated, the dental damage will increase. If enough enamel becomes abraded, the softer dentin will be exposed, increasing the possibility of dental decay and tooth fracture.

Sadly, despite being treatable, bruxism is the leading cause of occlusal trauma and a significant cause of tooth loss and gum recession. The causes of bruxism can be quite varied, ranging from allergic reactions or medical ailments, to trauma (such as a car crash), to a period of unusual stress. Once bruxism becomes a habit, early intervention by a dentist is strongly advisable.

Should you have any questions, get in touch with any of our studio managers or myself.

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Dr Veronica De Zan, Dentist at Smilepod Bank (located near to Monument, Aldgate and Bank Underground and a short walk from Fenchurch street) discusses the implications of teeth grinding and the best treatment plans.

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Root canal treatment London

Root canal treatment at Smilepod Moorgate, in the heart of the City

If you have been told you need root canal treatment it is important to understand what has caused this.

Here at Smilepod Moorgate in the heart of the City of London, we have a talented expert in endocare who can tell you everything you need to know about root canals including causes, prevention and treatment options. Dr Daiva Pitkauskiene is our in-house specialist in endocare and she will be happy to talk through any concerns you might have regarding your root canal treatment in our central London location.

Why do I need root canal treatment?

You will need root canal treatment if the soft tissue at the centre of your tooth (known as pulp) has become damaged.

Your tooth is made up of: the outer enamel, a hard layer called dentine and (right at the centre) a soft tissue known as pulp. This pulp is made up of nerves, blood vessels and tissue. When your tooth is growing, pulp is what helps to nourish the root.

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If you have been told you need root canal treatment this will be because the pulp within your tooth has become infected or inflamed.

If this pulp infection is left untreated the tooth can become painful and you might be at risk of losing your tooth.

Root canal treatment will have been recommended if your dentist has found any damage or an infection after taking an x-ray of your teeth.

If you have more questions about why you need root canal treatment contact us here. Our endocare specialist is available for consultations and appointments in our central London Dental Studio on Wednesdays.

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Teeth staining & Corsodyl

Dr Ana Polidoro offers her advice on treating stained teeth.

Ana is available to offer teeth cleaning and other dental services in Holborn and Bank.

If you have any questions click here to email Ana

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Did you know Corsodyl mouthwash can stain your teeth?
We often see clients complaining of stained teeth. Stains can appear on your teeth if you frequently drink tea, coffee, and red wine or if you smoke cigarettes, amongst other causes. However, most people are not aware that chlorhexidine gluconate containing mouthwashes can also be a cause of teeth stains.

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Some advertisement campaigns can be very misleading. Corsodyl ads claim to treat gum disease from the very first signs, which make people think their gums will become healthier just by using a mouthwash. In fact, gum problems are caused by plaque – a film of bacteria which forms on the surface of the teeth every day. Plaque has to be cleaned mechanically by brushing and flossing (or using interdental brushes). Should plaque not be removed on a daily basis, it will lead to the inflammation of the gums and bleeding. Once plaque hardens we call it calculus, which can only be removed with a professional teeth cleaning.

Corsodyl mouthwash does help to combat the plaque bacteria which cause gum disease, but it would be best used only when advised by a dentist. In such cases, patients are warned to avoid food and drinks which contain tannins, such as tea or coffee, especially for the first hour after use as to minimize the risk of staining.

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Luckily corsodyl staining is not permanent and it can be removed with a thorough cleaning session, most of the times requiring the use of airflow (sodium hydrogencarbonate powder) used as part the Smilepod High Gloss Diamond Polish teeth cleaning and stain removal treatment.

If you have bleeding gums or stained teeth, your Smilepod London dentist can help!

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Five Facts About Bad Breath

Bad breath is something most people have experienced but what do you really know about the causes? At Smilepod we reveal five things you need to know about bad breath

Bad breath causes

1 It’s common
Bad breath is nothing to be ashamed of- it affects one in four people regularly and, for the most part, is very easy to treat.

2. It’s often food related
Bad breath usually occurs when small pieces of food are stuck in the teeth. An unpleasant odour is released as bacteria begin to break down these pieces of food.

3. You can detect it yourself
Understandably most people would be uncomfortable asking someone if you’ve got bad breath, here’s a tip: lick your wrist and wait a couple of minutes for the saliva to dry. Once dry you should be able to smell for yourself.

4. Garlic and cigarettes are common culprits
As anyone who’s been on a date will know, bad breath is sometimes caused by the types of food you are eating. Strong smelling foods such as onion, garlic and spices will take longer to digest so an odour will remain. Cigarettes and alcohol will have a similar effect.

5. It can suggest dental problems
Bad breath can be a sign of a number of medical conditions including gum disease, dental cavities, dry mouth or an oral yeast infection. Sometimes illnesses in other parts of the body can cause bad breath including gastrointestinal, liver and kidneys problems. If you are concerned, give us a ring and we will be able to advise you.

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Regular hygiene cleans can keep bad breath at bay so if you are worried then just book into one of our seven Central London dental studios and we will advise you on oral health techniques and leave your teeth clean and fresh

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How to floss

Flossing your teeth – Smilepod London dentists share their tips and tricks

We all know that flossing is just as important as brushing our teeth as it removes plaque from areas a toothbrush just can’t reach like in between teeth and under the gum line. But flossing can seem like such a chore and is often easily forgotten. To help, we’ve come up with a few tips on how to floss properly.

1. Flossing should be done at least once a day, especially before going to bed. Try leaving the floss somewhere visible so it cannot be missed. Think about putting it next to your bedside table or near your toothbrush.

2. To start flossing, wind about 12-18cm of floss around you forefinger, leaving a few extra centimetres to work with.

3. Holding firmly with your thumb, slide the floss in between the tooth and gently move it in an “up-and-down” motion. This is important as it is the most effective way of removing the build up of plaque. Lean the floss against your teeth not the gums.  Gently curve the floss around the base of the tooth, making sure you clean under the gum line. Repeat this action for each tooth using a new section of the floss.

4. Remove the floss by bringing it up and away from the teeth.

Still having trouble?

If you are still struggling with your flossing techniques, maybe you should try floss picks… They are just as good and you don’t need to spend the time winding the floss around your finger.

You might also want to try interdental brushes which can be combined with flossing. They will remove plaque from the backs of your teeth and from small gaps which are often quite hard to reach with regular floss. They come in a number of different sizes so when you next come to Smilepod be sure to ask your dentist.

If you still aren’t able to floss every day, minimise the level of bacteria and plaque deposits around your teeth by using the Philips Sonicare Airfloss. It’s a quick and effective way to remove soft plaque and combines the brushing and flossing process. This is a far better option than skipping flossing all together.

Remember: daily flossing reduces plaque build-up which means less chance of you getting tooth decay or gum disease!

Did you know:

According to the British Heart Foundation (March 2012), ‘Good oral hygiene can help to protect you against endocarditis’ (inflammation to the lining of the heart). As you can see, it’s really important to clean your teeth every day and to visit your dentist regularly.

 

British heart foundation (March 2012) ‘Brushing your teeth – stops heart disease’

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Teeth cleaning at Smilepod

What happens during a dental hygiene treatment?

Clients often want more information about what happens during hygiene treatments so Becky, the manager of our Bank Studio (Leadenhall Market), has prepared a step by step guide to what to expect during our Classic Clean (scale & polish) treatment so you know what to expect from the moment you step through the door.P6023150_edited-1

All of our dental hygiene treatments are available without referrals saving you time.

Although your hygiene clean will be carried out by one of our friendly dentists there will be no dental work during this treatment.

We understand that nervous clients can find visiting the dentist traumatic and aim to ensure every stage is fully explained to you.

Do remember that if you are nervous, you can ask your dentist to stop at any point as you are always the one in control.

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As soon as you arrive at one of the Central London Smilepod dental studios one of the managers will greet you.

In the case of Bank Smilepod ( nr Leadenhall Market) , our friendly manager Becky willgreet you and help you feel at ease.

If it’s your first time visiting Smilepod, Becky will ask you to fill out a short ‘confidential customer questionnaire’ for your dentist.

It’s important that we have these details to confirm your address and to note any allergies you might have (such as to latex or penicillin) and to ensure the dentist you see can provide the best possible care for you..

 

It’s always a good idea to arrive a few minutes early for your appointment and Becky will be happy to make you a tea or coffee whilst you complete your form.

You will then meet one of our fantastic dentists (Dr Veronia De Zan is pictured) who will take you into one of the pods for your treatment.

The dentist will read through your questionnaire and ask you some general questions for example about your previous dental history and lifestyle habits so they can best advise you.

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The dentist will then sit you back in a comfortable dental chair, provide you with safety glasses (to block any spray) and then start the cleaning treatment.

The Classic (clean & polish) begins with scaling which carefully removes all the plaque and tartar build up using an ultra-sonic scaler and hand scalers.

The ultra-sonic scaler squirts water into your mouth whist the dentist cleans around your teeth and you will feel slight vibrations. If any discomfort occurs, let the dentist know so they can make it as comfortable as possible for you.

Your dentist will gently clear away all of the debris from around the teeth and under your gums using these methods.

Once all the plaque and tartar has been removed, your dentist will then polish all of your teeth using our special prophy paste to give your teeth a lovely silky feeling.The polishing can feel very tickly on the teeth and gums.

P6093407_edited-1Once the cleaning is complete, the dentist will talk you through different ways to maintain good oral hygiene such as flossing and using an electric toothbrush.

Once the treatment is over the dentist will sit you up in the chair, give you the chance to rinse your mouth and then hand you a mirror so you can have a look at your lovely clean teeth!

Is it scary?

The Classic Clean is not scary at all. All of our hygiene cleaning treatments here at Smilepod are carried out by professional and friendly dentists who make sure the treatments you receive are enjoyable and stress free.

How will my teeth feel afterwards? 

P6023226_edited-1After the Classic Clean you’ll feel like you have had a new lease of life. Your teeth will feel silky smooth and your tongue wont be able to leave them alone!

Why are regular cleans important?

Cleaning your teeth regularly is the most effective way of keeping your mouth looking and smelling healthy.  It also helps to prevent tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath.
Healthy teeth and gums will give you a more confident smile, make you feel good and also enable you to speak and eat properly.

A good daily oral hygiene routine with adequate brushing and flossing techniques will prevent teeth or gums problems from starting or developing further.

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Seeing your dentist regularly for early detection of problems is also very important.

Should you have any other questions or concerns contact Becky directly

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Dental Hygiene and diet

Dr Zara Fernandez discusses the importance of diet and healthy teeth

The foods you choose and how often you eat them can affect your general health and the health of your teeth and gums, too.

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If you consume too many sugar-filled sodas, sweetened fruit drinks or non-nutritious snacks between meals, you could be at risk for tooth decay.
Brushing and flossing is very important but diet and the frequency of sugar exposure is the key factor.
Every time you consume drinks or foods containing sugars the PH level in your mouth becomes highly acidic, creating a perfect environment for the bacteria which cause cavities.
It takes around 40 minutes for your mouth to regain a safe PH level again.
So the more you are snacking between meals the more often your mouth will be subjected to high levels of acid. My tip is to avoid having sugary snacks between meals and if you need to have something, the healthiest options would be water or a sugar free chewing gum.
With regular dental care, we can help prevent oral problems from occurring in the first place and catch those that do occur in the early stages, while they are easy to treat.

If you want to know more about keeping your mouth healthy book to see Zara at Smilepod

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Dental hygiene and orthodontics

Braces and dental hygiene

Good dental hygiene is essential when you are undergoing orthodontic treatment as you will be more susceptible to developing a dental problem than usual. This post will run through the basics, but if you have any questions just mention it to your Smilepod dentist at your next appointment and we can advice you.

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Why it’s important

  • When you are wearing braces you are more likely to get small pieces of food stuck in your teeth. This will lead to a build up of plaque that can cause problems such as bad breath, gum disease and dental cavities.
  • If you wearing braces or a retainer you need to make sure that they are kept in good condition so they can work their magic and give you the smile of your dreams.

Looking after your braces

When you are cleaning your teeth with braces you need to be vigorous to remove unwanted plaque and careful not to damage your braces. Getting this balance right will take some practice and these tips should get you off to a good start:

  • Try using a soft bristled tooth brush. These are better at getting into those hard to reach places than those with medium or hard bristles. Electric toothbrushes are fine to use, but be careful not to loosen any wires. If you are having trouble you could try a special toothbrush for braces.
  • Start brushing your teeth three times a day- once after each meal- to make sure there are no bits of food stuck in your teeth or brace. If you’ve eaten and can’t brush your teeth, try rinsing your mouth thoroughly with water.
  • Make sure you are taking the time to brush properly, we recommend 2-2.5 minutes. Using a timer can help you keep on track.
  • Flossing can be a real challenge when you are wearing braces, but it’s extremely important to persist. Speak with your dentist for advice on flossing and to find out more about special flossing instruments you could use.
  • Use disclosing tablets to check how thorough you’ve been. They will show any areas you’ve been missing.
  • Watch what you are eating as some foods are more likely to get stuck in your teeth or damage your braces. Either avoid or take extra care when eating sticky or hard foods such as caramel or sweets.

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Looking after your retainer

Removable retainers also need to be kept clean. You can use toothpaste and a toothbrush to do this, although, just like with braces, you need to be careful not to damage them. There are also some special cleaning solutions you can use but speak to your dentist about these. Don’t use hot water as it may distort the shape of your retainer.

 

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How to treat bad breath

Bad breath isn’t just anti-social, it’s our mouth’s way of telling us that we aren’t taking care of our teeth and gums. Realising that you have bad breath is a good reason to start taking oral hygiene seriously- and no- mints and chewing gum won’t hack it.

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So if you are worried about bad breath we have prepared some quick and simple ways for you to tackle bad breath.

Good oral hygiene
Ensure you are brushing for at least three minutes twice a day. We recommend an electric toothbrush such as Phillips Sonicare to remove all the build up of bacteria. Flossing twice a day is essential as this can remove pieces of trapped food leading to odours

Regular dental checks and cleans
Fight bad breath by keeping up to date with your regular dental appointments and cleans as this is one of the surest ways to prevent bad breath. A deep clean will remove any remnants of food and bacteria from places which are difficult to reach with even the best flossing techniques.

Drink and chew
Drinking water regularly can keep your mouth moist. Equally, chewing (sugarless) gum will stimulate the production of saliva which will help wash away any nasty bacteria and food remains.

Avoid smelly foods and cigarettes
Be aware of what you put in your mouth. Sometimes keeping a food diary can help you identify the cause of your bad breath. Whether it’s a particular type of pungent food or cigarettes that are causing the problem, the first step towards a cure is identifying the cause.

See your dentist
If your bad breath problem is persisting, you are up to date with your dental visits and you have been maintaining a rigorous dental routine, we recommend that you come and see your dentist. Your dentist will be able to advise you on alternative treatments and diagnose any further conditions.

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Save the world brushing your teeth

Brushing your teeth tips

Saving the world is not usually on most people’s to-do lists. However, it might surprise you to learn that it’s not as hard as it sounds.

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In fact, everyone has the opportunity to do so everyday. How? Well, the vast majority of people leave the tap on while they brush their teeth. Though this is only for a short amount of time, collectively it adds up.

Leaving the tap running wastes up to 9 litres of water per minute, so turning the tap off when brushing can save 12-18 litres per time. This is a huge waste of water that can be avoided – it’s a bit like having your toilet flush running the whole time you’re on it.

This is a practical tip to help save money and the environment whilst taking care of your teeth. Imagine how much water could be saved if everyone read this post?

Sometimes a simple change in daily habits can have a huge impact. So next time you’re cleaning your teeth, remember to turn that tap off

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The power of a good teeth clean

Lauren Holmes, one of our London Smilepod dentists, discusses the power of a good teeth clean:

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One of my clients has just left my studio a little teary eyed. Not because I have been a heavy handed or unkind dentist or because I have provided her with a life changing smile makeover, but simply because the power of a good clean changes how she feels.

Like many of us, my client enjoys her share of coffee, tea and red wine and hadn’t been flossing twice a day. This inevitably resulted in a build-up of calculus on the teeth and around the gum margin which led to stains, looked unsightly and encouraged a build up of bacteria. This ultimately has had an impact on the health of the teeth and the supporting gum and bone.

As the appearance and general feel of her teeth gradually worsened over time, the client admitted that she lost the motivation to floss regularly. She finally decided to do something about it as she was preparing for a family holiday to visit her sister. She wanted to get back that ‘clean teeth’ feeling before heading off as well as to re-start her flossing and cleaning routine.

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During the treatment I went out of my way to ensure she didn’t feel embarrassed about her situation. I have a gentle approach so she was able to open up and feel comfortable. We talked about the reasons for the build up of calculus and staining and ways she could prevent it in the future. I also carefully checked the health of the teeth, gently probing the gums and explaining the consequences of not removing the calculus regularly. One of the biggest risks is Periodontitis (gum disease) which is a leading cause of tooth loss.

As a dentist, I enjoy providing complex restorative treatments, root canals and aesthetic dentistry. I thrive off providing high quality treatments which make a big difference to the health and appearances of my clients. Having said that, it can be equally rewarding to take the time with clients to help them improve their oral hygiene, both through cleaning treatments and advice.

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The unique thing about Smilepod is that all hygiene cleans are carried out by fully qualified dentists. This means that we are able to discuss and advise on all dental needs including check-ups, treatments and cosmetic dentistry (such as Invisalign – the clear alternative to braces). In our team, we have a number of dental specialists and are very international, bringing expertise from all over the world to the heart of London.

I find that providing cleaning treatments for clients allows me to develop a good rapport and helps make them feel comfortable with me before undertaking more complex treatment.  A clean, healthy mouth also provides the best foundation for an exam or restorative treatment, improving success rates and longevity of the treatments carried out. It is good practice to have a hygiene treatment before undertaking any dental work.

cleaningAs she was leaving, my client told me that she felt like she had a brand new mouth. She also shared how she had previously felt embarrassed about the look of her stained teeth when talking to people. Part of the reason she had been neglecting herself was because of having a small child but the treatment helped to rejuvenate her and motivate her to look after her oral hygiene. A simple cleaning treatment clearly provided a psychological benefit.  After the treatment, I felt that wonderful sense of job satisfaction that gets me out of bed every day. It’s so amazing to know how much can be achieved with a simple clean!

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Which mouthwash to use

With so many dental care products on the market today, how can you know which ones to use? At Smilepod our dentists and dental team will happily recommend the right products for you.

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Read on to discover some useful facts from our dentists which will help you choose.

Smilepod Soho Manager Angi looks at some popular mouthwash options.

Angi is a trained dental nurse who runs our Soho Smilepod Studio in the heart of Central London.

Angi is fluent in English and Hungarian and is passionate about providing high quality dental care. If you stop by the studio, Angi would be more than happy to advise you on the best dental products for keeping your teeth and gums healthy.

 

If you are cavity prone:

Prevent cavities using mouthwash containing fluoride. Fluoride is a mineral naturally found in water and soil which coats the teeth with a protective film that strengthens tooth enamel. It helps to make your teeth stronger and more resistant to decay.

Fluoride is the only mouthwash ingredient that has been proven to prevent cavities. But it doesn’t protect against gum disease. Unfortunately, antibacterial ingredients are not compatible with fluoride so it’s not possible to have an ‘all-in-one’ mouthwash.

One very effective fluoride mouthwash, recommended by our Smilepod Dentists, is Fluoriguard (in its alcohol free version).

If you have gingivitis or periodontitis:

Fight gingivitis-causing germs with a prescription mouthwash.

Clinical trials have shown that chlorhexidine, the active ingredient in prescription mouthwashes, has much stronger antibacterial properties than the ingredients in over-the-counter brands such as Corsodyl or Curasept.

Note: Chlorhexidine can stain teeth, so it’s only recommended for short courses of treatment. Your Smilepod dentist will advise you on how long to use it for, which is generally for up to three weeks.

If your teeth do stain from using this product, don’t worry. Any staining can be removed by a thorough clean at one of our London Smilepod Studios. Ask for our High Gloss Diamond Polish cleaning treatment which will leave your teeth sparkling.

If you have irritated gums:

Stop the spread of infection. Colgate’s Peroxyl mouthwash is available at all our Smilepod Studios. This type of mouthwash contains an active ingredient called Hydrogen Peroxide which is good for stopping the spread of infection.

When Peroxyl comes into contact with mouth tissue, oxygen is released in a bubbling action which provides mechanical cleansing to flush out mouth debris and help with the relief of oral irritation.

Your dentist will advise you on the length of time for treatment, but generally it should not exceed two weeks. If you are unsure, pop into one of the Smilepod Studios where we can advise you further.

 

If you are concerned about bad breath or gum disease:

 

We all know bad breath can be embarrassing and when it comes to gum disease, prevention is better than cure. If you have any concerns, a good solution is an antibacterial formula which will fight bad breath, plaque and gingivitis.

Listerine, Corsodyl Daily and other products that contain thymol, eucalyptol, methyl salicylate, and menthol are the only over-the-counter antibacterial mouthwashes which effectively reduce gum disease and plaque.

Antibacterial formulas can reduce the bacteria count in the mouth by an average of 75% and many of these mouthwashes are available in pharmacies as well as our London Smilepod Studios.

We recommend that you regularly use mouthwash to maintain good oral health.

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Overcoming dental anxiety

Dental Anxiety and treatment in London

Rory James MacLaren-Jackson is a professional Clinical Hypnotherapist and can give you insight into dental anxiety and ways to treat it.

Dental anxiety is surprisingly common among adults and can range from a mild sense of unease (a rational response for most people) to acute episodes of anxiety and panic attacks.

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A general dislike of visiting the dentist or a sense of fear when anticipating a certain procedure is reasonable. However, it is when these feelings become excessive that they can become problematic.

The key consequence is simply avoidance – dental phobics do not visit the dentist and make almost any excuse not to. This could naturally lead to a plethora of dental and oral health problems building up as a result of missing regular check-ups. The potential seriousness is highlighted by my own mother’s experience of her dentist spotting the first signs of oral cancer, which she was later successfully treated for. If dental anxiety had prevented her from attending the routine check-up where her squamous cell carcinoma was discovered, there is a high chance she would not be here today.

At the Harley Street Stop Smoking Clinic, as well as hypnotherapy for smoking cessation, we help clients address a range of different fears and phobias, with overcoming dental anxiety being a frequent request. Whilst every sufferer of dental anxiety is unique, and our treatments are tailored to the nature of their individual fears, there are techniques and approaches that people can do on their own to lessen and overcome this anxiety.

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From my clinical experience, sufferers of dental anxiety exhibit a large amount of negative ‘self-talk’ in relation to visiting the dentist and how they expect to feel during the appointment. Thoughts such as “It will hurt” and “I can’t face the injection needle” create a negative expectation in the mind. This can be so strong and so powerful that even just mentioning the word ‘dentist’ can cause all those thoughts and feelings to rush back and set off the physical symptoms of anxiety.

The good news is that positive self-talk is just as strong and just as powerful, so it can be used to tackle dental anxiety instead of reinforcing it. In the run up to a dental appointment (or even in the process of booking one), I recommend spending some time getting into a healthier mindset by using a technique of affirmation and visualisation.

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Firstly, write positive affirmations or statements about what you ideally want from your visit to the dentist. It is important to express these statements in the present tense – as if they are already true or have already happened e.g. ‘I feel great having clean, healthy teeth’ or ‘I have an attractive smile’. You could even write these on a small note or record card to carry with you.

 

Once you have your positive affirmations, spend a little time each day relaxing in a calm, quiet place, closing your eyes and just silently repeating those affirmations in your mind. As you do so really imagine the experience you are describing. For example, for ‘I have an attractive smile’ really visualise yourself after your dental appointment: see yourself with shiny white teeth, hear the positive comments from your friends, really feel that fresh feeling in your mouth and the relaxation of an effortless big smile. You will find with practice that these positive feelings flowing from the affirmations begin to layer and build, creating a more positive outlook generally towards visiting the dentist. Even the word ‘dentist’ can start to trigger the positive feelings of all those things you stand to gain from each visit.

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These affirmations are also just as useful at the appointment itself. You can do them whilst calmly relaxing in the waiting room or during your treatment and they will serve as both a positive reinforcement and a distraction.

Good dental clinics also know the importance of communication skills in helping their clients to relax and reducing anxiety. Your dentist will explain the process in an empathetic way, both at the enquiry stage and during the treatment, which will help reduce or completely remove the core fear of the ‘unknown’ that many people with dental anxiety experience.

Rory’s Advice:

1. Choose a dentist who is experienced and sensitive to the needs of clients with dental anxiety, like all those at Smilepod

2.  Use the recommended affirmation and visualisation technique to encourage positive self-talk and thoughts in relation to visiting the dentist

3. If you still need help with your dental anxiety and wish to explore how hypnotherapy can help overcome it, please contact me on 020 7127 4554. 

 

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Advice for nervous patient

For some people, seeing the dentist can be a nerve racking experience. Here at Smilepod Moorgate we meet many clients who tell us they have been too scared to visit the dentist previously. These clients leave with (cleaner) smiles on their faces and we work hard to ensure their experience is both relaxing and pleasant.

What we do to make your experience pleasant:

London dentistAs soon as you walk into Smilepod Moorgate (or in fact any of our Central London locations) you will be greeted by the studio manager who will welcome you and offer you a drink. The studios themselves are spotlessly clean and our staff make it their number one priority to ensure you feel comfortable and at ease at all times. During all dental procedures, from simpler treatments such as regular hygiene to more complex procedures, we endeavour to provide stress and pain free dental care.

Music – a personalised experience:

If you are particularly anxious, why not let us know your favourite song? We can play this for you whilst you are in the chair so that when your treatment commences you will already feel relaxed and have something to take your mind of your visit to the dentist

Our Dental Professionals:

bank1The Dental Team at Smilepod have had years of experience treating nervous patients. Our Smilepod Dentists take a holistic approach to Dentistry where they deal with each individual client according to their needs.

Our Smilepod Dentists do everything they can to understand why their clients might be nervous about dental treatments . If the Dentist can understand, they can reassure and ultimately alleviate the sense of fear altogether. All of our Dentists will introduce themselves to you and explain carefully each step of the treatment as well as asking permission before starting. If you are uncomfortable with any aspect of your treatment they will be happy to talk through the alternatives. Some clients have toothpaste preferences, some clients prefer water to mouthwash, just let us know what works for you and we will do our best to help.

Oral Sedation:

At Smilepod we offer nervous clients the option of oral sedation by taking Diazepam which has anxiety-relieving and muscle-relaxing effects. Your Smilepod Dentist will discuss all the advantages of using Diazepam so you will be able to make an informed decision about whether this is the best treatment for you.

Still feeling anxious?

Smilepod Moorgate is located in the City of London close to Barbican, London Wall and Liverpool Street. Why not pop in so we can have a chat and take the time to put you at ease. Walk-ins are always welcome.

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Orthodontics Explained

Benefits of orthodontic

London dentist Dr Helia Barbeito has years orthodontic experience and she explains how straightening your teeth can have health benefits too.

straight teeth blog Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. Everyone appreciates the importance of a winning smile. It makes a pleasing appearance, promotes self-esteem and is valuable to social and career success.

Nice, straight teeth are the core of a great looking smile and millions of people worldwide go to great lengths to ensure that their teeth, as well as the teeth of their children, are straight and well aligned.

But did you realize that having properly aligned teeth provides more benefits than simply a beautiful smile? Straight teeth are easier to clean and that can make them more resistant to decay and less susceptible to gum disease and tooth loss.

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With straight teeth it is easier to:

  • Maintain proper oral functions related to chewing , breathing and speech
  • Correct improper jaw relationships and reduce stress on chewing muscles and joints

There are a number of different options available for people who want to straighten their teeth and achieve a great smile. These include; traditional braces, Invisalign (invisible braces).

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Whilst each option has its benefits there might be one solution that is better for you, depending on your teeth and jaw structure. These solutions should also fit in with your lifestyle.

If you are considering teeth straightening, have a chat with your Dentist who can advise you. No matter when your teeth are realigned or how it is done (braces or invisalign), it’s important to understand that the benefits offered by properly aligned teeth go far beyond aesthetics.

Dr Helia works in London Soho and Holborn. She is trained in Invisalign and orthodontics.

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Lip Enhancements

Lip Enhancement treatments are available at our Central London studios.

Lip enhancement is a cosmetic procedure that gives lips a more youthful look by making them plumper and more defined.

Nowadays, the most used injectable dermal filler contains hyaluronic acid, a substance that naturally occurs in our human body.

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Which parts of the lips can be enhanced

  • Upper and lower lips
  • Vermilion border to give definition
  • Marionette lines, from the corner of the lips downward
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  • Cupid bow definition – the V-shaped area of upper lip

 Is the procedure comfortable? 

The product contains lidocaine to reduce sensitivity and make the procedure more comfortable for the client.

An aesthetic cream or injectable aesthetic is applied for comfort. Dentists are experts in administrating aesthetics so rest assured you are in the best possible hands.

Dermal filler is then injected with a very fine needle. You can go straight back to your daily routine following the treatment, that normally takes 30-60 minutes, and results can be seen instantly. Some redness, bruising and swelling often occur after treatment which will fade within a few days.

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Allergic reactions

Treatments are unlikely to cause allergic reactions because they are made from substances similar to those found in the body. But you must let your dentist know before the procedure if you are allergic to lidocaine.

How many treatments will be necessary?

The effects last between 3 to 6 months, depending on the individual and the amount of product applied. To maintain volume and definition, a repeat application will be necessary because hyaluronic acid is a long-lasting but not permanent substance.

After care treatment:

  • Avoid wearing make up for up to 6 hours
  • Avoid the sun, as well as saunas and steam rooms for about 2 weeks
  • Avoid additional treatments in the treated area for the next 7 days
  • Clients can experience a little temporary tenderness, swelling or bruising around the injection sites.

For a perfect smile

Lip enhancement can make your lips more attractive but if you want to truly shine why not combine it with a teeth whitening treatment and save £100.

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Three benefits of straight teeth

At Smilepod London we never underestimate the importance of a straight smile. We have a range of options from Invisalign to traditional orthodontics to help you take the journey towards more confidence in your smile.

Pop in for a free consultation at any of our Central London locations to see how we can help you.

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Dr Helia Barbeitos – orthodontic specialism – Soho &

 

Three great benefits of straighter teeth 

1 Improved self confidence

A beautiful smile boosts your self-esteem. Having straight, white teeth dramatically changes your appearance and actively improves your self-confidence.

When you know you have a lovely smile you want to show it. You smile and laugh more on a daily basis, which releases endorphins; the chemicals responsible for making you feel happier and less stressed.

Those with crooked teeth often feel self-conscious and shy away from smiling. This can have a negative affect on your wellbeing and prevent you from feeling comfortable in social settings.

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Dr Karen Orempuller Canary Wharf Dr Claudia Calleja Covent Garden Both have orthodontic specialism

 

2 Healthier teeth and gums

It’s not all about looks. There are actually a number of health benefits to having straight teeth. Having teeth that are overcrowded or unevenly spaced can lead to gum irritation and rawness.

When teeth aren’t straight, pressure from chewing is unevenly distributed among them, which can cause your teeth to wear down.

Having straight teeth allows a balanced bite, preventing this damage to your teeth.

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Dr Raj Jabbal, specialist orthodontist

 

 

 3 Easy to clean

Crooked teeth are hard to clean. Some surfaces will be tucked away and hard to reach whilst brushing. These spots will collect bacteria more readily, which if left untreated, can erode your tooth enamel and wear holes in your teeth.

Straight teeth are easy to clean with a normal toothbrush, which allows you to remove any bacteria that has built up during the day.

straight teeth blog4So if we want to take the first step towards a straighter healthier smile come to Smilepod!

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Anti-Aging Facial Injections

Injectable facial treatments and you

Over the past few years, wrinkle smoothing treatments and dermal fillers have revolutionised the field of facial aesthetics. At Smilepod, we have a number of dentists including Dr Karen Orempuller who has written a guide to these products.

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Dentists and facial injectables

A common question which we are asked is “Shouldn’t these procedures be done by a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon?” Whilst these healthcare providers were the first to offer these therapies, the procedures can be offered by a number of qualified healthcare professionals including dentists.

Dentists have the advantage of rigorous medical training and an in depth understanding of the facial area. As part of their day to day work, dentists regularly engage in much more invasive procedures in the facial, peri-oral, and oral areas.

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Wrinkle Smoothing – how does it work?

Botulin toxin is a type of purified protein and can be used to give your face a younger, smoother appearance with fewer visible lines. It is injected into the facial muscles and works by blocking the transmitters between the motor nerves, not allowing them to contract. During this process there is no loss of sensory feeling in the muscles. By preventing the muscles from contracting, the dynamic motion which causes wrinkles in the skin is reversed.

Approximately 3-10 days after treatment, the skin above the muscles becomes smooth and wrinkles are significantly reduced. These effects usually last from 4-7 months, after which clients can come back for a top up treatment.

The most popular areas for this treatment are: the forehead, between the eyes (glabellar region) and the corners of the eyes (‘crow’s feet’).

 

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At Smilepod we may recommend our facial smoothing treatments to:

  • People wanting to maintain a youthful appearance
  • Those who are worried about injectables and want a safe pain free environment
  • Busy Canary Wharf workers who want to keep skin looking smooth
  • Those looking to prevent prematurely ageing.

 

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Invisalign consultations

Smilepod is here turn your dream of having straight teeth into reality.

Many people dislikinvisaligne the fact that they have uneven teeth but are worried about the cost of treatment or feel self conscious about wearing braces. Invisalign is a great solution for adults who want to improve their smile without the embarrassment of noticeable braces.

The first step towards getting a straighter smile is to visit one of our Central London Smilepod Studios for a free consultation. You can call us or just pop in to any branch.

At our five Central London Smilepod Studios we have a number of dentists who are fully trained and qualified Invisalign providers. They all have extensive experience working with Invisalign and will be happy to talk about your individual needs. During your visit, try and spot some of our member of staff wearing aligners – there are more than you might expect!

invisalign pictureDuring your Invisalign consultation, one of our professional dentists will exam your teeth to determine your suitability for Invisalign. Your dentist will explain more about Invisalign including what the treatment will achieve, how it works and what it will be like during the process. The Invisalign consultation is just that, a consulation, so there will be no clinical procedures and nothing to be anxious about.

If you are deemed suitable for treatment we will take a full radiograph to detect any decay to the teeth, gum and bone. This is vital as it gives your dentist a clear understanding of what to expect during your treatment.

Once you decide to complete the Invisalign treatment, you will be shown a video which will reconstruct the exact changes and movements which will occur during the treatment process. It is important to discuss any worries at this stage with your dentist– they are here to help you.

Sam Chapman InvisalignIf you want to have Invisalign but are worried about the costs, do speak to one of our studio managers. We have a range of payment plans where you can opt to pay as little as £69 per month.

Come and speak to us at one of our studios and let us help you have the confident smile you deserve.

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Wedding Day Smile

A brighter smile for your big day

Happiness is best conveyed with a smile and on your wedding day you should be wearing your biggest smile yet. Did you know that a whiter, brighter smile is associated with health and happiness?

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Here at Smilepod, we know how important it is to be proud of your smile. So let us pamper you and help you achieve the smile of your dreams for your special day.

Don’t let wonky teeth worry you on your wedding day. If you are an early bird and wish your teeth were straighter, you can have your teeth straightened in 12-18 months.

Talk to us about Invisalign, our almost invisible teeth straightening treatment. Consultations are free and we can advise you roughly how long your treatment will take.

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If you are looking for a quick fix just in time for the wedding photos then teeth whitening will be your best friend in the run up to the big day.

You can choose a combination of our in-chair whitening treatment perfectly paired with At-Home Whitening trays for the whitest of smiles. Book a consultation with one of our expert Dentists who will be happy to help you to achieve your dream smile.

If you only have a few hours, our Smile Styling cleaning will remove stains and polish your teeth to leave you with a shiny smile and minty fresh breath.

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Think of your teeth as a picture and your lips and cheeks the picture frame. Our Smoothies and Dermal Fillers will even out the lines on your face and give you a smoother complexion.

Come to Smilepod today for a consultation and our Dentists will discuss all the options available for you.

 

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Teeth whitening advice

London Dentist Dr Gino Castro explains teeth whitening

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Teeth whitening is without a doubt one of our most popular treatments. Everyone looks better with a beautiful white smile and many clients come in to find out more about teeth whitening. My clients are looking for a natural smile but are often worried about ending up with blindingly white teeth! Some are also concerned that whitening might damage their tooth enamel. I decided to prepare this short guide to give you some more information about the process and to dispel some of the common myths surrounding teeth whitening.

Firstly, to reassure you, whitening treatments are scientifically proven to be totally safe as long as they are performed by a qualified dentist. At Smilepod whitening is carried out by one of our qualified and trained Smilepod dentists (I work in Soho and Canary Wharf personally). The treatment will not damage your teeth enamel, nor will it leave you with a blindingly white smile. The great thing about the At-Home Whitening treatment at Smilepod is that you will control exactly how white your teeth will look.

What happens during teeth whitening?

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The procedure for home whitening is simple. First, I will need to see you for a quick, free whitening consultation which will take about 20 minutes. In this initial consultation I will check the colour of your teeth, assess any visible fillings, check your teeth sensitivity and identify the causes of any discoloration.

If you are suitable for teeth whitening, the next step is to take impressions of your teeth. These impressions are then sent to our lab where customised trays are made. On your next appointment I will fit your new trays and explain carefully how to use the whitening gels at home.


Sensitivity and teeth whitening

The only side effect that could arise during the At-Home Whitening treatment is sensitivity. Don’t worry though, the sensitivity is temporary and we can ease any discomfort if necessary. Just let me know if sensitivity is an issue and I will talk you through the different products you can use to alleviate it (including special toothpastes and mouthwashes). This means that even people who have naturally sensitive teeth can benefit from our home whitening treatment.

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I always like to take some time during your free consultation to understand your concerns and treat any potential sensitivity.  During this time I can also advise you on the shade changes we can expect as this varies according to the client. This consultation helps to ensure that we achieve the results you desire from your whitening treatment as it’s essential that we are both happy with the end results.
During the process, I do my best to maximise the effects of the whitening treatment without causing any (or very minimal) sensitivity. Generally, I recommend that clients use Sensodyne toothpaste for a week before their treatment starts.

Sensodyne contains calcium and phosphate which helps to replace lost minerals from the tooth surface. Regular application helps to strengthen the teeth and protects them from potential dental decay and erosion.

If you would like to have an informal chat about whitening, just book an appointment with me or any of our dentists at Smilepod. We can then work together to give you the beautiful white smile you’ve always wanted and leave you feeling happier and more confident.

There are many teeth whitening products available in London. The question is which one is best for you and how will you react to the treatment.

I am available for appointments at Soho and Canary Wharf and I speak fluent English and Portuguese.

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