November 28th, 2018
The Mayor of London has announced plans to implement a ban on junk food advertising on the tube.
Under new guidelines, adverts for products that are high in fat, salt, and sugar will not be permitted on the underground. The ban will also include overground stations and bus stations and stops.
Sadiq Khan said that the measure would hopefully help to combat the “ticking time bomb” of childhood obesity in the city and contribute to healthier lifestyle choices and lower rates of dental disease. Tube stations and bus stops currently feature posters advertising items and products from fast food meals and chocolate bars to fizzy pop and energy drinks. The new ban will reduce exposure to junk food advertising for people who travel on the underground or via buses or trains on a regular basis.
Studies show that advertising can have a significant influence on consumer habits, and ministers are clamping down on advertising across the board. There are already bans in place at certain times of the day on TV, and shops and supermarkets are also being urged to eradicate displays of sugary and fatty foods close to the tills.
The TFL ban will come into play on the 25th February and will cover all areas and networks that are managed by TFL.
A consultation on the matter revealed widespread support for the ban. Of the 1,500 survey respondents, 82% supported the idea.
Mayor Khan said that it was crucial to take “tough action” to tackle preventable childhood illnesses, such as obesity, and stated that preventing exposure to advertising would make a difference, not just to children, but also to their parents and carers.
Professor Dame Sally Davies, chief medical officer for England, described the ban as an “important step in the right direction.”
December 21st, 2016
New research has suggested a link between gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Scientists have discovered that bacteria associated with gum disease could also increase the risk of rheumatoid arthritis.
Professor Felipe Andrade, from John Hopkins University, explained that the findings may bring us closer to establishing the root causes of rheumatoid arthritis, an immune system disorder, which causes the joints to become stiff and sore.
Lead author of the study, which has been published in Science Translational Medicine journal, Dr Maximilian Konig, suggested that the study may play a significant role in helping to prevent and treat cases of rheumatoid arthritis, a condition that affects more than 700,000 people in the UK.
Natalie Carter, from Arthritis Research UK, said that there have been other studies that suggest an association between poor oral hygiene and an elevated risk of rheumatoid arthritis; however, this study is different because it identifies a specific strain of bacteria, which is thought to trigger symptoms in some individuals.
The team decided to carry out further research building on projects that analysed the role of a group of bacteria known as porphyromonas gingivalis. Researchers couldn’t establish a link with this group, so they searched for alternative strains, which could play a role. Their research led them to discover that a different infection, known as aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans, was common in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. It is thought that the presence of bacteria triggers the production of specific types of protein, which affect the function of the immune system. The team analysed 196 samples during the project; they found evidence of the infection in 92 samples.
Professor Andrade is now hoping to conduct further research and trials to see if one day, it could be possible to prevent some cases of rheumatoid arthritis.
October 18th, 2014
Have you ever woken up with headaches, migraines or pain around your jaw? Does your jaw or your facial muscles feel tense or stiff? Has anyone ever told you that you grind your teeth in your sleep? If so, we may have a solution.
Bruxism, also known as tooth grinding, is a common problem, which tends to affect people when they are stressed or under pressure. It occurs when the top and bottom arches of teeth clash or grind together. In some cases, bruxism is only very occasional and this is usually nothing to worry about, but if you grind your teeth on a regular basis, there can be potentially serious consequences for your teeth.
What causes bruxism?
Studies show that stress and anxiety increase the likelihood of bruxism and tooth grinding may also be linked to damaged fillings or crowns and orthodontic issues, which affect the alignment of the upper and lower arches of the teeth.
The effects of bruxism
Bruxism can cause tooth wear and damage, in addition to symptoms such as headaches, muscle pain and stiffness around the jaw and the TMJ (temporomandibular joint), ear ache and clicking and popping noises when you move your jaw. If you chip a tooth, there is then an increased risk of further damage.
Dealing with bruxism
If you are suffering from the effects of tooth grinding, we can provide you with a custom-made bite guard to prevent your teeth from coming together during the night. This appliance is similar to a mouth guard and it helps to protect your teeth. If bruxism is linked to issues with the bite, we may recommend orthodontic treatment.
May 7th, 2014
If you chip a tooth it can look unsightly, but it can also increase the risk of more damage in the future. Thankfully, we have amazing restorative options available to restore your smile and reduce the risk of injury further down the line.
We offer a range of restorative and cosmetic treatments for chipped, broken and decayed teeth and one of the best solutions for chipped teeth is composite bonding. This treatment is fast, effective and inexpensive and the best news is that it is completely painless.
Composite bonding is a procedure used to enhance the aesthetic of the smile, but it also has restorative benefits. This is an ideal solution for chipped and worn teeth.
The actual procedure takes around one hour and there is no need for anaesthetic prior to treatment, as there is no pain involved.
Your dentist will use their skill to carefully mould dental composite, a material, which has a putty-like consistency, to repair the chips and build up the tooth structure. Once the composite is in the correct place and your dentist is happy with the result, they will use a curing light to set the composite. This process takes just a few seconds and there is no pain involved; you will be asked to wear glasses to protect your eyes at this point.
Could composite bonding benefit me?
If you have a chipped tooth or your teeth or worn or discoloured, composite bonding may be an ideal choice. Bonding is a simple, painless and quick treatment, which costs much less than veneers and the results are amazing. Despite the fact that the changes made to each tooth are minor, the overall impact is really impressive and treatment can have incredible benefits for the look of your smile, as well as your confidence.
December 23rd, 2013
Some conditions in your mouth can be quite dangerous if left to fester and one of the worst is a tooth abscess- and in some cases, it can prove to be fatal in London. An abscess only breaks out if you have been flippant with your oral hygiene and allowed your teeth to be ravished tooth decay; the situation can also be caused by gum disease. Once a tooth has become infected inside, the roots will become diseased and then infect the surrounding gum tissue; hence, an abscess is likely to break out. Once this happens, it will be extremely painful and your face will swell up badly, but that is only the start of your problems. You will require antibiotics immediately to counter the toxins that will poison your blood and get into your brain; this can take a day or two; if your dentist is not available, then go to the hospital. Once the antibiotics have kicked-in, then your tooth can be treated, probably with a root canal and a crown in order to repair the damage done. However, abscesses don’t go away easily and once you have suffered from one, they have the tendency to return and the only option here is to have the tooth extracted to prevent the problem returning.
September 14th, 2013
Your body system is very delicate in the city of London; it relies on you feeding it properly, and looking after your oral health as well, for only then will it serve you well when you go to sleep at night. When you get into your bed at night, your body switches into automatic; the brain sends signals into your heart and lungs to function. These three are vital to your bodily actions when you are asleep and when you are awake, but if a blockage occurs when you try to take in air when you go to sleep at night, you will be running the risk of suffering from sleep apnea. This can be a killer because if this entire delicate network is fouled up with breathing problems, it will overload the system and make it work harder in order to keep you alive. This will also fatigue you in the day-time to. However, during all of this, it will stress your heart out and over a period of years- it will cause it to fail- be warned.
June 30th, 2013
If you have ever had bad breath or indeed are suffering from it right now, you will be only too well the social and working implications it can have on your life in London: people may well shy away from you and it can damage your prospects in the work place. Once you have identified you have a problem though, it can be quite difficult to overcome, as there are many reasons behind the cause. Your first stop should be a dentist and a hygienist. The will search for signs of tooth decay and gum disease and if need be, fix any problems that may be there. But it is with a hygienist that you can get the best help, not only will you have some deep cleaning done above and below the gum line, its then time to sit down and discuss you: poor diet, poor oral hygiene and a loose lifestyle with fags and booze are major players when it comes to bad breath, so you need to chat and find a way that you can turn your life around for the better- and then go and do it. Change your diet, cut down on the excesses you love (at least for a while), and go out and get the best products you can, even herbal ones, to keep your mouth clean at all times. This is a process of elimination, but however, if all of this doesn’t work, the reasons behind your breath could be more complex which may well involve getting help from your doctor….and quickly.
June 17th, 2013
Bad breath is a condition that is very complex and one you need to avoid if you want to keep your friends in central London, but it also indicates that you are having problems throughout your body and so it would be better to prevent it from happening in the first place. A strong body that is healthy with a good diet and that has a good immune system will mean a healthy mouth, as well as having a high amount of saliva in the mouth, as this helps to fight off bacteria in a natural way- as long as your mouth is hydrated, it with be healthy. The way you care for your mouth is imperative to your breath as well: good brushes, pastes, flosses and mouthwashes will promote good oral hygiene among your gums, teeth and tongue. Finally, always be sure that you keep up with regular visits to the dentist, because tooth decay and gum disease add to the problem of bad breath and if caught early before they get a hold in your mouth, your dentist can nip them in the bud and also advise you how to steer clear of them in the future.
June 1st, 2013
There are a lot of people wandering around central London that may be completely oblivious that they suffering from bad breath and unless they have been informed by a very good friend that they have go it, this continuing ignorance can become dangerous in the long run. Bad breath is a sign of this going badly wrong from your mouth to your body and it needs attending to quickly: the obvious place to begin is with a dentist because of you are suffering from gum disease and tooth decay, they contribute to foul breath and you can get treated. But it doesn’t stop there; talk to a hygienist about your diet because a poor one will weaken your immune system that helps keep the saliva levels in the mouth high; saliva is the mouth’s fight against bacteria. Use herbal remedies and ensure your mouth is hydrated at all times; lay off the cigarettes and alcohol and try to steer clear of caffeine that will help to dry your mouth out. If all this fails you, go and see a doctor for if you are taking medication, this will always dry you saliva up, but if you aren’t, the cause of the bad breath may be gastric, so you need to get tested to see where the problem lies.
May 28th, 2013
It is a very weird thing to contemplate- dying in your sleep, although there are worst ways to go in London. However, you’d rather try to prolong your life as much as possible, but there are things that can creep up and be the death of you without you knowing it is happening and sleep apnea is one such thing. When your body goes to sleep at night, you have a system that takes over until you wake in the morning: it involves the regulation of your breathing with signals from the brain. It works your lungs, which in turn pumps oxygen into the bloodstream, enabling your blood to flow freely throughout your body- regulated by your heart- and then the cycle starts over again. If any part of this system becomes blocked, the body becomes confused, struggles to decipher the problem and the parts panic and have to work harder- over time there is a risk of one of these ingredients becoming very stressed and then fail- normally the heart. With apnea, this normally occurs at the point where air is taken into the body- the mouth. Obese people, people on heavy medication or people that drink and smoke heavily are particularly vulnerable to this condition because their air passage is put under stress and you can even stop breathing for up to half a minute before the body fights to get air. It isn’t easy to identify either at first, but you may feel very fatigued during the day and people with bad snoring can also suffer. Curing it is even harder but with therapy, it is achievable and you should seek immediate help if you feel that you are at risk.