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As attendance rates fall, how often should you be seeing your dentist?

New figures for attendance rates have sparked debate among patients, professionals and dental organisations, but do you know how often you should see your dentist? Recent figures suggest that more than 55% of adults in London haven’t seen a dentist in the last two years, while more than 40 percent of children in England didn’t see a dentist last year.
In some cases, low attendance may be linked to poor access to services, but the vast majority of people should be able to get an appointment with a local dentist without a significant waiting period. In light of this, it’s worth talking about how often you need to see a dentist. Recently, dentists, including England’s chief dental officer, have spoken about reducing the frequency of dental visits, but there may be an element of confusion related to this advice.
The message dentists are eager to put across is the importance of seeing a dentist on a basis that is suitable for the individual patient. If you have strong, healthy teeth and a very low risk of decay and gum disease, you may only be advised to see your dentist once every year. If, however, you have existing dental issues or a high risk of developing conditions like gum disease, it is likely that you’ll be encouraged to attend appointments at least once every 6 months. Dentists also want to urge patients to be mouth aware and to seek advice if they notice any changes or any potentially dangerous symptoms, such as bleeding and swollen gums, slow-healing mouth ulcers, abnormal inflammation, lumps or tooth pain. In this case, patients are advised to call and make an appointment as quickly as possible, rather than waiting until their next scheduled check-up.
For children, dentists advise 6-monthly appointments. Routine checks are an effective means of preventing decay and infection, but they also flag up early signs of cavities and enable children to get used to going to the dentist.

Powerful In-chair Teeth Whitening with Zoom!

Nothing makes you feel more confident than a beautiful, bright smile. If your teeth are stained or discoloured, or you’d simply like to add a little extra sparkle, allow us to introduce you to Zoom!

Zoom! whitening is a rapid in-chair treatment, which produces incredible results in just one hour.

How does Zoom! whitening work, and what does treatment involve?

Zoom! whitening is an in-chair whitening system, which delivers amazing results in no time at all. The treatment process is incredibly simple, and you won’t feel any pain at all. When you have a consultation, your dentist will tell you all about the treatment and check that you are a suitable candidate for Zoom! When you come back for your treatment, all you have to do is sit back and relax while Zoom! works its magic.

Before you have treatment, your teeth will be cleaned thoroughly. Your dentist will then make sure that you are comfortable, and apply Zoom! whitening agent, which contains hydrogen peroxide, to your teeth. The agent is then activated using a light source, which is directed towards your mouth. This stage of treatment takes around 45 minutes. During the procedure, you won’t feel anything, but you will be asked to pop on some protective goggles to shield your eyes.

What kinds of results can I expect?

Every patient is different, but typically, Zoom! lightens the colour of the teeth by 6-10 shades. The results should last for several months, but this is not a permanent treatment, and we recommend repeat sessions once the results start to fade. It’s worth bearing in mind that your teeth will become stained as normal, so try to avoid smoking and drinking a lot of tea, coffee and wine, and brush twice a day for at least 2 minutes each time.

If you like the sound of Zoom!, why not get in touch with us today?

London “charlatan” ordered to pay over £15,000 after failed Illegal Whitening appeal

A man from London was described as a “charlatan” by the judge who quashed his appeal relating to a 2017 conviction for practising dentistry illegally, which led to the first-ever dentistry related Criminal Behaviour Order imposed in the UK threatening further criminal case.

Jeffery Lehman, a former dental technician, was providing teeth whitening services at the company Whitening Smile in Pinner. This was despite the fact that in May 2012, Mr Lehmann had been struck off the General Dental Council register for causing harm to patients, acting outside of his scope of practice, failing to accept accountability for his actions and acting without integrity.

After this, the GDC would receive a complaint that despite being not being legally allowed to do so Mr Lehmann was continuing to practice dentistry at Whitening Smile, a private practice in Pinner, North London. Undercover investigators then went to investigate, which found Lehmann was willing to practice tooth whitening which is a crime.

Lehmann was convicted last August and charged to pay over £10,000 between a £4,500 fine, victim surcharge and the legal costs of the GDC. The subsequent appeal was refused, with Mr Recorder Bellamy-James QC saying in his closing remarks that Mr Lehmann flouted the law intentionally and flagrantly, showing “arrogant disregard” for the law, legal policy and public safety, for a law intended to protect the public.

The costs have now risen to over £15,000, with a ten year criminal behaviour order preventing Lehmann from practicing or offering to practice dentistry, advertise any treatment, advice or attendance to any member of the public, not offer any tooth whitening or denture fitting treatment, not own any tooth whitening kit that can’t be bought in a shop unless prescribed by an actual dentist, not advertise any services, or premises owned as a dental clinic, nor make any dentures other than copies made and obtained from a registered dental practitioner. Breaking any of these would lead to a five-year prison sentence.

Teeth whitening is a dental treatment, which can only be legally carried out by a dentist, dental therapist, hygienist or clinical dental technician working to a dentist’s prescribed treatment. Tooth whitening practised illegally can open patients up to potential dangers and damage to teeth.

The GDC recommends that anyone considering whitening treatment check their register of qualified professionals to make sure they legally can provide dental treatment.

Dental Implants: the after effects in London

Dental implants have become quite a refined operation over the years, thanks mainly to computer and laser technology that has crept in London’s dental surgeries; most dentists are at it these days. It involves going through the gum with a laser and the screwing in of a small titanium root into the jawbone. Now because of how efficient laser surgery is, coupled with healing techniques post-op, it has become a very easy and sturdy way to fight tooth loss- it is also over and done with very quickly. However, each of us is different; we all react to operations differently and having a foreign body placed into the system may have its side effects- the body may even reject it and this could lead to complications. There might even be a lot of pain and swelling afterwards in the mouth, as well as infection, so you really need to monitor and be wary of how your mouth is healing after your treatment. If the pain is still on-going after a week or so, even if you have done everything that you can, then you need to get back to your dentist for a check-up. Implants are safe and brilliant in the fight against tooth loss, but they aren’t for everyone, so be aware of any situation that may arise once you have had them fitted, and act swiftly if you feel things going wrong.

Invisalign over Braces- Central London decides

There are a myriad of ways you can knock your ungainly and crooked teeth into shape these days in central London; orthodontics has got better and better over the years and has become vastly improved with time. Just take a look at Invisalign; this remarkable device can have your teeth in place from anywhere from 6 months upwards. It is a programme that delivers a series of transparent and removable aligners throughout with the utmost of discretion. The thing is though, with all its fast, delicious brashness and gusto, it doesn’t deliver with more complex disorders in the mouth. Traditional fixed braces work on very complex situations and though they will take more time, look ‘ugly’ and are a nightmare to clean, they work with the utmost precision to deliver you with a perfect set of teeth at the end of it. Only your dentist can help you out with the decision you will invariably make; do your research and then settle on what will give you the best results at the end of your treatment. Everything procedure has its place; just make sure you choose the right one.

Don’t be shy! Opt for Dentures in London

It’s funny, but dentures still have a bad status whenever you think about them in London, but then they always gave of bad press in the past and sometimes, this was justified:- dentures have always been notoriously hard to keep in the mouth. Thank the heavens then that a lot of research has been ploughed into dentures and now, they are starting to make a fashionable comeback. For a start, better treatment of gum disease has led to less teeth being pulled these days, so this has seen a huge rise in partial dentures being worn by people; they are cheap and easy to manage each day, aside from looking natural. There has also been a large development in full dentures too: More comfortable and natural looking materials, better cements/adhesives and the use of the mini-dental implant has made dentures more comfortable than ever to wear, as well as them being anchored in the mouth firmer than they ever were in the past. Yes dentures come with years of bad press, but don’t dismiss them out of hand; they are a good alternative to tooth-loss and have become very user friendly over the years of development that has been plied into them.

Fitting your Child out with a Dental Sealant in the City of London

Children will be notoriously excited about all that the city of London has to offer them as the start to grow older, especially as they start to get the taste of sugar; sweets and fizzy drinks are full of all tasty things that are a beacon for children. Now as a parent, you will give it your best shot in order to teach your kids all about the dangers of tooth decay and the necessity for oral hygiene, but at this age of growth, it may fall on barren ears and problems may crop up that can become quite costly to repair at the dentists. Now you can’t always keep an eye on your kids and what they stuff in their mouths, but you can take precautions to protect them from tooth decay by fitting them out with dental sealants. This involves covering the more vulnerable surfaces of the teeth with a thin film of plastic in order to stave off a build up of bacteria on the enamel; it is easy to do quickly and can last up to 10 years. The teeth will be totally protected from decay and as a parent, you can sleep easy at nights knowing that you have not only protected your kid’s teeth, but also saved a lot of money in the future.


The Baby, the Bottle and Tooth Decay in the City of London

Getting your kid’s teeth to grow properly is probably one of the toughest things you will be confronted with as they start off in life in the city of London; this is even more poignant when they are just babies. Getting things right from the off will define your child’s oral future. The thing is though, you must be very vigilant about is tooth decay in these early years and it comes from many angles. Now with a baby, there is a tendency for parents to stuff a bottle of milk in the mouth to pacify the child when it is crying or feels agitated. This may well do the trick, but too much bottle can add to tooth decay if you are not careful: the milk can be quite sticky and will form film on the teeth and then bacteria will break out very quickly, attacking the surfaces of enamel. Damage now will impair the growth of the secondary teeth for the future and then it could take a lot of work to repair the problems when they grow older. You need to seek advice from a paediatrician and dentist as soon as your child is born in order that you can make the right decisions for your kids and their teeth.

How to get fine Teeth in the City of London

If you have started to feel that your teeth have become a little shabby of late and that you have neglected them, don’t beat yourself up too much, but make sure you address the problem as soon as you can. Looking after your teeth can reward you visually and from a health angle, so the first step is to ensure that you have a good oral hygiene programme going on at home; good brushes, good toothpastes- aligned with flosses and a good mouthwash. Of course though, if things do go wrong, there are many cosmetic alternatives available to get your smile back on track. If your teeth have just become a little faded, then there are many whitening options for you to put the glitz back into your smile again. If however age has taken its toll and left you with worn down teeth with gaps in between, then it is very easy to opt for veneers or some cosmetic bonding; these treatments will have you smiling again before you know it. Also, if things do start to go awry, you always have your dentist to fall back on in times of need, so keep in close contact: the city of London can be a demanding place and it expects you to look your best at all times, but the help is there if you want your teeth to look great.

London deplores an Abscess and Tooth Pain

There are a lot of things that can lead to pain in your teeth in London, but at the heart of it all, it will have been caused by some form of decay going on somewhere. Tooth decay is a direct result from bad oral hygiene that has allowed plaque to do its worst to your teeth and erode away at the enamel. It can also harden into tartar and this will infect the tissue that holds your teeth in place and then you are into the dangerous world of gum disease- the early signs are bleeding gums. When decay sets into your teeth, a filling will remedy the problem if you are quick- you may well notice that your teeth have become painful whenever you bite on them. Any longer and the inside of tooth will become poisoned and you will require root canal treatment in order to get over this. However, during all of this, you are leaving your mouth wide open to an abscess forming and now you can be in serious trouble; in some cases they have been known to be fatal, as they poison the bloodstream and get into the brain. Keeping ahead of the game with your oral hygiene and dental check-ups are the only ways to avoiding such awful situations in the future; if you have any doubts about any of these issues, then consult with your dentist.


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