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Category “Dental Pain”

London’s Mayor announces junk food advertising ban on the tube

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.”

Is our new obsession with posh popcorn contributing to rising rates of dental injuries?

shutterstock_697493491Have you noticed that supermarket aisles and café shelves are packed with all kinds of popcorn-based snacks these days?

In the last few years, there’s been a huge increase in the variety of popcorn products available, with manufacturers profiting from the nation’s obsession with healthy snacking. The trouble is that although popcorn may be lower in fat and contain fewer calories than crisps and biscuits, it’s not the most tooth-friendly food out there and dentists are worried that this growing trend is contributing to an increase in dental injuries, most notably, chipped teeth.

For a long time, sweets occupied first place on the list of foods detested by dentists, but popcorn is a definite rival. As well as posing a risk of chips and even fractures, popcorn is also a starchy food and most of us know all too well that it can get stuck in the teeth. Throw in the fact that most varieties are sprinkled with sugar or other sticky, sweet flavourings such as syrup, toffee or treacle, and popcorn is no longer the healthy treat many of us were looking for when we hit the local café with the best of intentions at lunchtime.

People often buy popcorn as a healthy alternative to crisps, cakes or chocolate bars, but close analysis will tell you that these products aren’t all that healthy, especially when it comes to your teeth. It’s easy for bits of popcorn to get stuck between the teeth and the kernels can be so hard that they break the teeth. Sales have soared by 50 percent this year alone while sales of crisps have fallen.

Dr Mark Hughes, a leading Harley Street dentist, claims that popcorn is one of the most common causes of dental injuries and the incidence of popcorn-related problems is increasing year on year. Just five years ago, around 1 in 20 cases was linked to popcorn, but Dr Hughes said that this figure is now more like 1 in 10.

Three Things You Can Do To Prevent Toothache

shutterstock_370294100Toothache can make life miserable. The good news is that most cases are preventable. If you’re keen to keep pain at bay, here are 3 simple steps you can take:

  1. Book regular check-ups: toothache is often a sign of decay, and you can reduce your risk of developing cavities by visiting your dentist on a regular basis. If you haven’t been for a check-up in the last 6-9 months, now is the time to pick up the phone and make that call. Dental checks and quick and painless, and they could save you a lot of discomfort further down the line.
  2. Brush up on dental hygiene: brushing and flossing are your best weapons against oral health issues. If you don’t already devote at least 2 minutes to brushing your teeth every morning and evening, it’s time to brush up on dental hygiene and start improving your regime. Brush gently, be thorough and set a timer if you’re worried that you’re not brushing for long enough. Once you’ve cleaned your teeth, use dental floss or inter-dental brushes to clean the cracks and gaps between your teeth.
  3. Step away from the sugar: toothache is often a sign of infection or decay. Your diet can have a very strong influence on your oral health, so watch what you eat and try and limit your intake of sugary foods. When bacteria feed on sugar, they release acids, which weaken your tooth enamel and irritate the gums.

If you do have toothache, don’t cross your fingers and hope for the best. Give us a call and we’ll have you smiling again in no time!

What to do When a Dental Emergency Strikes

Tooth painDental emergencies can strike at the worst of times. Often, when it’s that time of year when we need to renew our car insurance, pay car tax and then get repairs done for the failed MOT. Not to mention the money that goes on other living costs; To add a dental emergency to the mix is not what you were hoping for. But a dental emergency is an urgent problem, just like any other medical emergency.

Can’t I just take a pain killer?

Certainly not! A pain killer will not treat the root cause of the problem and the repercussions for your dental health could be serious, not to mention unnecessary. For example, not responding to a dental emergency such as a chipped tooth can result in damage to the nerves and blood vessels causing a serious infection that may spread to the back of the head and neck.

There is a very valid reason why the scenarios outlined above are classed as dental emergencies; you are not merely dicing with cosmetics.

How to prepare for a dental emergency

To prepare for a dental emergency, have a first aid kit to hand which contains pain killers, antiseptic mouthwash and cotton wool pads to stop any bleeding. Other materials, such as gauze and sugar free chewing gum (yes, sugar free chewing gum) are also essential for your dental emergency kit. See the ‘emergency procedures’ section below to find out why.

Be vigilant

If you attend your regular six month check-up with the dentist, you can prevent dental emergencies from occurring. For example, your dentist will be able to detect cavities and decay before serious pain and damage is caused.

Remember to brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss daily and rinse with an alcohol-free mouthwash, such as Corsodyl, after brushing.

How to Handle a Dental Emergency

Emergencies happen. For that reason, we at Baker Street Dental in London keep several ‘emergency’ dental appointments free every day. Here is how we can help you, and how you can help yourself, in a variety of emergency dental scenarios.

What if my tooth gets knocked out?

Firstly, try (if possible) not to lose the tooth as it is possible to re-insert it after it has been knocked out. No worries if you do lose a tooth though, we offer a variety of replacements. If you do still have the tooth, wash it carefully and attempt to re-insert it. If it won’t fit back in place, either put in a bowl with some milk or gently put the tooth in your mouth against your cheek. The faster you are at getting to the dentist, the more likely you are to save the tooth!

What if I fracture my tooth?

If your tooth is broken or fractured, please take advantage of our emergency appointments and call right away! Cleaning your mouth with warm water is useful. You can also use a cold compress to help with swelling.

What if I bite my lip or tongue badly?

Don’t trivialise this – you might need stitches! If you are losing blood, visiting your nearest emergency room is more than advisable.

What if I think my jaw is broken?

Apply a cold compress to your jaw to help relieve swelling. If your jaw hurts following an accident, we suggest visiting your local hospital for a check-up.

My tooth REALLY hurts!

Toothaches can happen for lots of reasons, but their most common cause is tooth infection. If your toothache is worsening, you can try to stave off further developments by rinsing the mouth with warm water and flossing to remove trapped bits of food. Specialised mouthwashes can also help fight excess bacteria.

DO NOT rest pain killers on your gums or teeth, as you risk burning your gums.  If the pain persists, contact us to receive treatment.

Dealing with Dental Emergencies in Central London

Emergencies can happen at any time in any place, and we have a dedicated team of experienced dentists on hand to care for your dental needs around the clock. If you need urgent dental treatment, we are here to free you from pain and patch you up. Simply call us and we will see you as quickly as possible.

Types of dental injury

There are various types of dental injury and illness that may require urgent attention, including:

  • Dislodged teeth (also known as avulsion): if you have a tooth knocked out, time is of the essence as it may be possible to save it. If you can find the tooth, call us and then make your way as quickly as possible. Try to avoid touching the tooth root and keep the tooth in a glass of milk or hold it in your mouth, between your gums and the inside of your cheek. If you can see a dentist in time, they may be able to insert the tooth back into the socket.
  • Broken tooth: if your tooth is badly fractured, this can be very painful and there’s a real risk of further damage. We can provide pain relief and take steps to strengthen the tooth to protect it. We will probably need to arrange further treatment shortly after the initial session. Treatment options may include crowning or placing an inlay or onlay.
  • Dental abscess: dental abscesses are fluid-filled sores, and are usually very painful. If you have a dental abscess, it should be treated by a dentist, rather than a doctor. We can provide you with pain relief and then treat the abscess by draining and removing it.
  • Severe dental pain: if you experience a sudden onset of dental pain, or you have had pain and it seems to be getting worse, you may need urgent treatment. We will try to ease any discomfort as quickly as we can and then find the underlying cause.

Don’t Forget To Visit If You Suffer A Dental Crack Attack

Dental injuries are sadly more common than you may expect. If you’ve chipped or cracked a tooth, it’s best to arrange to see your dentist to avoid dental pain and reduce the risk of further damage.

Dental cracks, chips and fractures can be caused by a range of different injuries and accidents, from sporting injuries and car accidents, to fighting and falls. Whatever your injury, your dentist can help and it’s best to act quickly, even if you haven’t got any pain.

If you’ve chipped or broken a tooth, there is a risk that the injury could get worse and the tooth may be damaged further; there is also a risk of infection. Repairing and restoring the tooth will help to decrease the risk of injury and make the tooth stronger, so you can eat and chew without any problems and remain pain-free. Signs of a cracked tooth include weakness in the tooth, dental pain and toothache and increased sensitivity.

What can be done for a cracked tooth?

When you see your dentist, they will examine your mouth and probably X-ray the tooth to determine the extent of the damage. If the tooth is chipped or there is only minor damage, it may be possible to mend and restore it with a filling or a procedure called composite bonding. If the tooth is damaged more extensively, it may be necessary to use a crown to restore it; crowns are restorations, which are placed over the top of the natural tooth to make it. If the tooth has become infected, root canal treatment may be required before the tooth is crowned. This procedure helps to remove decayed tissue from the tooth to prevent further infection.

Preventing dental injuries

Sometimes, accidents are inevitable, but there are often steps you can take to protect the teeth from injury, such as always wearing a seatbelt and wearing a mouth guard when you play sport. Regular dental checks are also really important, as they enable dentists to identify any signs of weakness or damage in the tooth, which can then be fixed to reduce the risk of damage in the future.

Central London asks: Is It Wise to Leave Impacted Teeth in Place?

Impacted teeth most commonly refer to the wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars. The wisdom teeth are the final adult teeth to develop and they are located in the corners of the mouth; there are 4 in total and most people get their wisdom teeth between the ages of 17 and 26.

What is an impacted wisdom tooth?

Wisdom teeth are synonymous with pain, but many people get their wisdom teeth without any problems. In cases where the jaw is small and there is not enough space left for the teeth to develop and grow properly, the teeth may become impacted and this can be painful. An impacted tooth starts to grow at an angle, usually pushing against the neighbouring tooth.

Sometimes, impacted teeth can be very painful and if this is the case and your tooth is impacting on your everyday life, it is wise to extract the tooth. You don’t need your wisdom teeth so the best course of action is to remove them if they are causing problems. Impacted teeth are not always problematic and if your tooth is impacted but it’s not causing you any trouble, it may be best to leave it in place. We evaluate all cases on an individual basis and will discuss the treatment options with you.

If you have tooth pain, don’t suffer in silence! We can help to identify the problem and treat it so that you can enjoy your day without any pain.

There is no Wisdom in tooth pain in the City of London

Okay, so you have come through years of oral turmoil- decay, secondary teeth and braces; you may well have thought you’d got through the worst of it in the city of London by the time you hit 17….alas no. The final thing on the agenda is the surfacing of your wisdom teeth and for some this can be a right nightmare of a time. For the lucky few though, wisdom teeth will only cause discomfort as they beak through the skin- this can be combated with painkillers and some form of herbal medicine; plus when through, they may well sit happily in the mouth for the rest of your life. But for the majority of people, there is a good chance that these teeth simply don’t have enough room to grow into, and so develop in all directions and may never even surface; aside from causing a lot of pain, they can become a real issue to the rest of the mouth and the only option is to have them taken out. This is quite a major operation because they are very strong and deep-rooted teeth, and seeing as the best way is to have all four removed at once to get it over and done with, you may have to spend time in hospital as the procedure can be quite complex and yes, it will be painful after and you have to be on the ball to recover from it, but hopefully, this should be the end of your oral problems once you have healed.


Emergency procedures in the City of London

In any emergency, it is very easy to hit the panic button as during the melee, and sometimes the pain you just don’t think straight- which is a normal human response; such as it is with a dental emergency too. It would always be wise to clue yourself up about various dental problems before the event (should it arise), and you can do this by sitting down with your dentist and going through the possible problems that may crop-up in the future. Minor problems such as a tooth ache, the loss of a crown, filling and a veneer can be countered with some regular painkillers or some herbal remedies, just until your dentist can treat you. However, serious problems need instant attention: having a tooth knocked out or the eruption of an abscess requires instant work and if you can’t get to your dentist, then get to a hospital. The city of London is a 24 hour metropolis; it has dentists that work around the clock, as do the hospitals. There are help lines you can call as well if you are having problems. It can be easy to over-react to a dental emergency, but with a little knowledge behind you, you can give yourself peace-of-mind and look after your oral health in a crisis.


Baker Street

Dental Clinic

Dr Watson Chambers 102 Baker Street London, W1U 6FY

020 8563 8063

The Whiter Smile

Dental Clinic

9 Artillery Lane, London E1 7LP

0207 247 7151

Earls Court

Dental Clinic

221 - 225 Old Brompton Rd, Earls Court, Kensington London SW5 0EA

020 7370 0055

Kings Cross

LDN Dental

34 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DT

0207 278 6362