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.”
August 31st, 2018
Fillings are restorations, which are commonly used to fill cavities and prevent the spread of dental infections. If you have a filling, it won’t last forever, and you may be advised to have your filling replaced. Here are 4 reasons why it’s beneficial to consider replacing your fillings:
- Your fillings are old and worn: fillings have a shelf-life, and they bear the brunt of general wear and tear. If you’ve had a filling for as long as you can remember, it may be advisable to replace the filling with a new restoration. White fillings typically last around 5-8 years.
- You have mercury amalgam fillings: if you have mercury amalgam fillings, there’s no need to panic, but many people prefer to have white fillings because they are more aesthetically-pleasing, and they are also safer and better for the environment. If you have old fillings, we can replace them with new composite fillings.
- Your filling is damaged: if you grind your teeth or you’ve been involved in an accident or sustained a dental injury, you may find that your filling is damaged. Replacing the filling will protect the tooth, prevent sensitivity and reduce the risk of cavity growing.
- You have toothache: if you have toothache, and you have pain in a tooth that has been filled, this may be a sign that the filling is cracked or worn. It’s best to fit a new filling to shield the tooth and reduce the risk of infection.
If you have old, damaged or worn fillings, or you haven’t had a new filling for a long time, why not call and book an appointment?
July 11th, 2018
Recently, it was revealed that the use of mercury amalgam fillings would be restricted. Having reignited the debate about the safety of amalgam fillings, is it right for us to be worried about old fillings in wake of the publication of new guidelines? If you have mercury fillings, you may be anxious about your health, but is there any real cause for concern?
On July 1st, it was announced that restrictions would be placed on mercury fillings to protect ‘vulnerable’ groups, including children aged under 15 and pregnant and breastfeeding women. Many of us take an interest in health affairs, and news of the modified guidelines may have provoked a degree of concern. With mercury fillings now off the agenda for some groups of patients, does this mean that it’s necessary for others to replace them, and are there risks associated with leaving them alone?
The reality is that there is a great deal of confusion surrounding the use of mercury fillings. Most organisations deem them safe, but they are gradually being phased out. There is a concern for safety among some campaign groups, but the move may also be linked to the fact that dentistry is evolving and modernising, and better materials, which are cleaner and safer, are now available.
The advice from dental organisations is that you don’t need to rush out and get your old fillings replaced if you do have mercury fillings. Equally, you don’t have to lose any sleep worrying about the potential impact of having mercury amalgam fillings. If you need a new filling, it may be beneficial to opt for a white filling, but there’s no need to panic. If you’re unsure about what to do about your old fillings, your dentist will be able to offer advice.
July 4th, 2018
A new BBC report suggests that new, more sophisticated MRI scanners could increase mercury leakage from amalgam fillings.
Trials have revealed that new scanners, which are more powerful, caused more mercury vapour to leak from extracted teeth than teeth that were scanned using older equipment. Using a test tube of artificial saliva, researchers found that more leakage occurred with newer scanners than older models.
MRI scanners may cause the fillings to heat up, which causes mercury vapour from amalgam fillings to leak. Studies that were conducted previous to this recent trial confirmed that there was no evidence to suggest increased vapour during MRI scans, but this latest study analysed the impact of newer scanners. For this trial, researchers used a 7.0-Tesla MRI scanner. This new scanner produces more powerful magnetic waves and it is primarily used for research and clinical trials. It is uncommon for this type of scanner to be employed for diagnostic tests and procedures.
The findings of the study could impact the use of this new breed of MRI scanners in the future, as the unit price is likely to decrease in years to come, which could mean that the scanners are used more commonly.
It is not known whether the results would be the same if the scanner was used on a patient with amalgam fillings, or whether the vapour could be absorbed by the body, producing negative side-effects, and further research is required to answer these questions.
March 29th, 2017
The European Parliament has revealed plans to ‘phase out’ dental amalgam by the year 2030.
Although there are plans to remove amalgam by 2030, it is hoped that practices will start to reduce amalgam use long before this date. Many clinics have already stopped using amalgam fillings, and a growing number of dentists are replacing old mercury fillings with white fillings.
Mercury amalgam fillings are made up a mixture of materials, including mercury, copper, tin, zinc and silver, with mercury forming around 50 percent of the filling. In the past mercury fillings were used routinely, but many people have concerns about the safety of mercury amalgam fillings, and there are also environmental issues to consider.
The British Dental Association claims that the announcement from the European Parliament has put an end to speculation about the future use of mercury amalgam fillings, but stressed that these fillings are still safe for use by British dentists. Dentists in the UK continue to have a wide range of materials at their disposal for patients with diverse dental needs, and this is expected to continue until legislation confirms an outright ban.
Most patients now prefer to have white fillings, which are made from dental composite and resins. These fillings are more aesthetically pleasing than silver fillings and they are better for the environment, but they may not last as long as mercury fillings.
January 22nd, 2016
At Baker Street Dental Group, beautiful smiles are our game and we use the latest treatments and techniques to repair and restore damaged and decayed teeth with minimal impact on tooth aesthetics. With white fillings we are able to fill cavities and protect a decayed tooth without detracting from the beauty of the smile.
About white fillings
If you have a cavity, you will probably be advised to have a filling. Fillings are designed to strengthen the teeth by filling the hole and protect them by reducing the risk of bacteria spreading through the tooth. Often, a filling prevents further damage to the tooth, which would result in the need for more extensive treatment, such as a crown, in the future.
White fillings are made from dental composite, which comes in lots of different tooth-coloured shades. We choose the closest match to your natural tooth for your filing, so that the join between the filling and the rest of the tooth will be completely undetectable.
In the past, white fillings were only recommended for the front teeth. However, modern materials are much more robust and white fillings are now suitable for most patients.
The procedure to fill a tooth usually takes around one hour. Local anaesthetic is used to numb the tooth beforehand to prevent pain. Before the composite is placed inside the cavity, the hole is cleared of decayed tissue and cleaned thoroughly. The composite is then put into the cavity and shaped to fit the hole. It is then set hard with a curing light and any final adjustments are made to ensure a comfortable fit and a flawless finish.
The advantages of white fillings
White fillings produce a much more discreet aesthetic than mercury amalgam fillings, and they are also safer and less harmful for the environment. If you have amalgam fillings and you’d like to have them replaced with white fillings, we can do this no problem.
February 27th, 2014
In the past, metal fillings were used to fill cavities and strengthen teeth that had become weaker as a result of decay. However, now, many people choose to have white fillings. White fillings are made from dental composite and resins and they are an effective treatment for cavities and tooth decay. Fillings are very common and most people have to have at least one cavity filled in their lifetime; many people have several fillings. Decay is caused by plaque and can be prevented with good oral hygiene and healthy eating. White fillings are generally more popular because of their aesthetic advantage over metal fillings; however, they are also regarded as a safer and more environmentally friendly option. Concerns have been raised about the safety of mercury fillings and some countries have banned the use of mercury amalgam fillings. Unlike metal fillings, which are clearly visible when you open your mouth, white fillings match the colour of the tooth and cannot be distinguished from the rest of the tooth. We provide new white fillings, as well as replacement fillings for metal amalgam fillings. A white filling will help to strengthen the tooth and protect it from injury and decay in the future and the best news is that it will be completely invisible, so you don’t have to worry about your beautiful smile.
November 27th, 2012
If you live in a demanding and fashionable place like the city of London, then good luck, because the place demands the best out of you at all times, and cobbled into this equation is the fact that you have to project your best side at every given moment in order to get on. Somewhere in all of this is how you smile and talk to people, and if your teeth aren’t as priceless as the outfit you are wearing, then you may be wasting your time trying. One of the more modern elements in this look of yours may be down to the type of fillings that you have: grey amalgam fillings are strong but they don’t cut the mustard in today’s fashion stakes because people are now opting for white resin/ceramic based fillings. White fillings are still finding their feet because as good as they look, they tend to be weak, fragile and their longevity is nothing like amalgam. However, they complete the mouth naturally and as the years pass, they are getting better and stronger as technology catches up with the demands of what people want. A pure white smile can be the difference between getting the job you want, the partner you want and giving the best possible projection throughout your life. If you have any questions on this subject, you should link up with your dentist and ask about the choices you have with your fillings.
November 12th, 2012
If you have been affected by any form of tooth decay in the city of London, then you would have had a filling at some point in your life. A filling will be a way of replacing any damage done to your teeth from this decay. The basic filling that you get is an amalgam one- you know, the grey looking things. Now, though this doesn’t cut it with the latest fashion of getting things that look natural, like white fillings, amalgam is very durable and strong and unlike their white counterparts, they will last you for life. However, amalgam has come in for some raw treatment of late as the main constituent of an amalgam filling is mercury, a very poisonous metal. In some countries, it has even been banned. Yet you have to wonder whether or not this is a little alarmist. There is no credible evidence to support that people die early from having amalgam fillings and if in doubt, just ask your grandparents. Yes, they do look a tad ugly by modern standards, but then that’s not their role; they are there to do a job- to ensure that your tooth decay doesn’t get out of hand, and they do the job perfectly. If you want to know more about amalgam fillings and the ‘possible’ problems they ‘may’ cause, then you should sit down with your dentist and talk it through before you make your mind up.
August 10th, 2012
There was a time when white fillings were considered to be rather frail compared to amalgam and were prone to falling out regularly. But in central London, white fillings have caught up dramatically as the materials they are made from have evolved enamel plus being one of them, boasting the longevity of amalgam. There are different composite elements that go into different white fillings, but one is a constant, the dye. This will ensure that the filling will match exactly the colour of the surrounding teeth, which is one of its greatest selling points: TV makeover shows have brought the white filling into the spotlight, promoting how natural it is in the mouth, whilst rather putting down the ‘ugly, tired and grey amalgam’ at the same time and so people have caught the trend bug and more and more are opting for this filling. However, white fillings can be quite fragile and to use them at the rear of the mouth may be a bit fool-hardy as there are a lot of chewing forces going through these teeth. If you still want the natural look though, you should sit down with your dentist and discuss what’s available and what you should go for and you won’t be out of pocket either with white fillings- on average, they start from around £40, which is not half bad for a pretty natural look to your smile.