Important Oral Health Tips to Follow for Life



To ensure the best oral health for life, it is important that you follow a few simple rules to ensure that you preserve your natural teeth for as long as possible. Unfortunately there are millions of elders who do not enjoy the convenience of their own natural teeth, some rely on bridges and crowns, and some have implants and other have dentures. They are also those that haven’t replaced their missing teeth, leaving gaps, which can also cause complications in the future.

It is important to note that during your lifetime you will have two sets of teeth. Your first teeth, known as your milk teeth, will start pushing through the gum at around six months of age. Your milk teeth will fall out and be replaced with your permanent teeth. Your permanent teeth are the final set of teeth you will ever have, which means you have to take the best care of them moving forward, reducing the risk of extraction, cavities and more.

Dr Tariq Drabu, a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon in the United Kingdom advised that the first important tip when it comes to oral health for life is to start as early as possible. It is imperative that children are given a strict oral health routine to follow from a very young age, getting into the habit of brushing twice a day and flossing can ensure that they follow this routine well into their adult lives. It can help ensure the best oral health moving forward and reducing the risk of tooth loss, cavities and more in the future.

The next important tip, recommended by Dr Tariq Drabu, is to use a good quality fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride is known to help strengthen and protect the teeth. Most toothpastes these days include fluoride, but it’s always worthwhile taking note of the ingredients on the toothpaste box before buying to ensure it will give you the strength and support your teeth need on a daily basis and in the future.

There are thousands of people around the world that only brush their teeth once a day in the morning, this is not enough. To ensure the best oral health at home you should be brushing your teeth twice daily. Once before bed and once more during the course of the day, most people prefer brushing after breakfast before leaving for work or school. Each time you brush it should be for a minimum of two minutes, focusing on thirty minutes each side top and bottom.

You must also floss at least once a day. Dr Tariq Drabu advised that you can floss once a day to get in between your teeth and remove any plaque and debris that your toothbrush probably missed. If you have any form of gum disease, then you will want to increase your flossing to twice daily.

It is advisable to rinse your mouth with water after each meal. You don’t necessarily have to brush your teeth, but a simple rinse with water is enough to remove any food particles left over and give your mouth a rinse to help remove any sugars and acids which may sit on your teeth and cause damage moving forward.

What you eat is also an important tip when it comes to your oral health. Dr Tariq Drabu recommends that you eat a healthy and well-balanced diet to promote good oral health. Eliminate sugars and acidic foods from your diet, which can be detrimental to your oral health. Crunchy fruits and vegetables promote saliva production, which is alkaline and protects the teeth.

Benefits of Dental Implants


I have seen an increase in demand for dental implants over the past few years,

which is no surprise with the benefits this dental procedure can provide to patients

who have one or more missing teeth.

There are a number of reasons why you should consider dental implants over

dentures, bridges and other solutions. When you have one or more missing teeth in

the front of your mouth, you want to replace them soonest to boost confidence and

improve your smile, dental implants can be a top choice to help you enjoy a natural

smile moving forward.

The first benefit of dental implants is that they provide a strong support for a crown.

A crown is a false tooth which is made in a laboratory to match the colour of your

existing teeth. A crown needs a supportive structure to rely on so that you can eat,

speak and enjoy life as normal in the future.

Dental implants can also help preserve the natural tooth tissues of the surrounding

teeth. If you choose a bridge, you will find that the dentist needs to cut into the

adjacent teeth to fit the bridge, this causes damage to the adjacent teeth moving

forward. By choosing an implant, you reduce this risk as the implant stands on its

own, the same as your normal teeth, thereby reducing the effects a bridge could

have on the teeth nearby.

When a tooth is extracted or falls out, the bone in the socket starts to deteriorate

over time. By choosing dental implants the risk of bone deterioration is greatly

reduced as there is something in its place. An implants uses a titanium screw which

is placed into the jaw bone, over time the bone attached to the screw, the same it

would with a tooth.

The good news is that dental implants are long lasting solutions. They look and feel

completely natural, no one will ever know that it isn’t your natural tooth that you have

in your mouth. You can choose to have one tooth done or you can have a complete

set, this is down to personal preference.

Unlike dentures or bridges, dental implants are completely comfortable. You won’t

find your speech or eating will be effected in any way. Dental implants can promote a

normal lifestyle moving forward.

How to Manage Toothache


There is nothing worse than waking up in the middle of the night due to unwelcome toothache. At this time of the night, all the dental practices in the area are closed, which means you have to effectively manage your pain until you can secure an emergency appointment with your dentist the next day.

Dr Tariq Drabu, a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon in the United Kingdom, advised that in the event your toothache starts late in the night or over a weekend and it’s too unbearable to deal with or you cannot manage it effective, you can visit your nearest accident and emergency centre, who should be able to assist you in managing your pain until you can get to the dentist.

Of course the most obvious way to manage any tooth pain or sensitivity is to make an emergency appointment with your local dentists. Most dentists keep a few appointments open each day for unexpected emergencies. Phone the practice as soon as they open to ensure you secure one of these emergency appointments to have your toothache treated and eliminated as quickly as possible.

Toothache is one of those pains you cannot shake. If you are suffering from pain or sensitivity caused by one of your teeth, then you are in for a painful experience until you can get to the dentist. Each of your teeth comprises of dental pulp. The dental pulp sits in the centre of the tooth and the root and houses all the nerves, which if become infected or if you have a cavity that works its way into the pulp, you will feel pain.

The pain can be sensitivity to hot and cold, it can be constant, it could be throbbing and it can be excruciating. The first thing you are going to want to do is gently brush your teeth and floss the bothersome tooth as soon as possible. It may be something as simple as a food particle getting caught between the teeth which is causing the pain. In some instances a gentle brushing can help alleviate some of the pain until you can get in to see your dentist.

Another option is to mix a heaped spoon of salt with some luke warm water, ensure the salt dissolves and then rinse the tooth. Salt is a wonderful disinfectant and it can help reduce inflammation and pain.

Head to your kitchen cabinet in search of some cloves. Cloves may taste horrific, but they do have anaesthetic properties. In fact if you have ever had a temporary filling, then you will be pleased to know that these include cloves. Clove oil is also effective in numbing the tooth for a period of time, or at least helping to take the edge off the pain until you can get some expert assistance.

Interestingly, vanilla extract can also be exceptionally helpful to fight pain when it comes to toothache. Even though you know sweet things are bad for your teeth, in this event, a small amount of vanilla extract on a cotton ball or bud and held on the tooth can reduce the pain until you get to the dentist.

The final option, you may want to try, is to place one or two drops of tea tree oil on some cotton wool and hold that on the tooth.

Dr Tariq Drabu advises that the only solution to manage toothache is a visit to the dentist. While there are numerous home remedies that may work, they are not long term solutions and should only be used until you can secure an appointment and see the dentist.

Benefits of Ongoing Education in Dentistry



Companies around the world benefit from providing ongoing education and training to their employees, one of these industries is dental practices. Dr Tariq Drabu, a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon, advised that there are numerous benefits to providing ongoing education within any dental practice.

The dental industry is constantly evolving. New discoveries are being made, new technology is being introduced and new software solutions are becoming available. Keeping your team updated on the latest dental products and services is the best way to ensure that your practice is constantly updated with the latest developments and trends. This is a benefit on its own and the reason so many dental practices ensure they provide all their team members with ongoing training to help them do their jobs to the highest standard at all times.

Of course with ongoing training comes improved productivity. When team members know how systems, software, products and solutions work, they are able to use them on a daily basis, helping your practice become more effective and productive. From the administrative team using a new invoicing and payment system to dental nurses using a new solution for teeth treatment, whatever it is, ongoing treatment is guaranteed to make an impact and assist your teams in being more productive on a daily basis.

You will also find that through ongoing education and training, your teams will have the ability to provide the highest quality of patient care at all times. Your patients are imperative to the success of your practice and you want to ensure that you are able to provide them with the latest techniques and treatments available. With your team constantly being trained, you are able to improve patient satisfaction, helping you push your practice forward each and every day.

Ongoing education can play a very important role in the retention of your current team. There isn’t a company in the world that doesn’t want to find themselves with a high staff turnover rate. In a small dental practice where the team works as a tight knit group, the last thing you want is to experience a high turnover of staff. You want the best retention rate possible. This doesn’t only make your practice a top choice with professionals who are looking for a position, but also reduces the risk of slowing down productivity and patient care by having to train new employees on your current systems and hardware.

You will also find that ongoing education can help you maximise profits in the long run. You will have a happy team, they will all be extensively trained and focused on providing the best patient care and experience at all times. This can result in you being the top choice when it comes to finding a dentist in your local area. The more patients you can add to your books and the better your level of patient care and satisfaction, the more successful your practice will be in the long run.

Your team will feel valued. Offering ongoing education and training makes team members feel valued members of the group. They have the feeling that you want to invest in them and their future in the company, this can help your team work together to help you grow your practice now and in the future.

Whether you choose to conduct in-house training or you choose to pay for your team members to have ongoing training at local colleges and universities is up to you. If a team member approaches you as they want to attend a course taking place, paying towards their ongoing education is a definite way to improve the productivity of your practice moving forward.

What Will Happen at a Dentist Appointment?


There are thousands of people who avoid going to the dentist as they are unsure what to expect. This fear can be reduced and even eliminated if you have some idea on what your appointment will entail and what to expect moving forward.

Whether you’re going to the dentist due to tooth sensitivity or you’re attending a routine appointment, you will find that the appointment will start pretty much the same. All dental appointments will start with an assessment, according to Dr Tariq Drabu, a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon from the United Kingdom.

During this examination, the dentist will check the teeth and gums and if the patient has arrived due to pain, they will identify the problematic tooth, identifying what could be the cause of the sensitivity.

During the initial assessment, the dentist will also discuss your general health to identify if you have any illnesses or diseases which may impact the outcome of any procedures, such as diabetes, where it may take you longer to heal after a procedure. They will also ask about your lifestyle habits, this will include tobacco use and alcohol consumption. Tobacco use can cause a number of oral health problems in the long run.

Many people avoid the dentist because they fear they will be scolded in terms of their oral health. Dr Tariq Drabu assures that this is not the process and the dentist will only make recommendations and offer advice. They are not there to tell you off, but rather to steer you in the right direction when it comes to your oral health moving forward.

Once the evaluation or assessment is completed and any potential problems have been identified, the dentist will discuss these in detail, helping you understand what the problem is and the best course of treatment available. There may be a few options for you to consider, each one should be described to you so you fully understand the process and the cost involved.

If you have arrived at the dentist for a first appointment because you are in pain, then work may be carried out once the problem has been identified and you agree to the treatment available. This may be something as simple as a filling to something a little ore serious, such as root canal treatment.

In the event that the treatment you need has to be carried out over a number of appointments, a follow up appointment will be made for you there and then. Even if you feel better and the pain has subsided, it’s imperative to attend this follow up appointment and not ignore it.

In most instances when you have follow up appointments for the same treatment, you will only be given a temporary filling. These fillings aren’t permanent and it will crumble and fall away in a few weeks, which is why you cannot afford to ignore your follow up appointments.

Once your treatment is over, the dental team will make you a routine appointment to see your dentist. This is usually every six months to a year, depending on your oral health. You also cannot afford to miss these appointments.

Routine appointments are an opportunity for the dentist to examine your face, mouth, teeth and gums to identify any problems. Catching these problems early can reduce the amount of treatment needed and can actually save you money in the long run.

Fun Oral Health Trivia and Facts

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How much do you really know about oral health? If you were to answer a questionnaire right now, how many of the questions would you get correct? I’ve put together some fun facts about oral health you may find interesting, some of which you may not have known.

  • Enamel. Did you know that the enamel of the tooth is the hardest substance in the body? Enamel is the outer coating of the tooth, it protects the tooth on a daily basis. Enamel can be damaged and does not grow back, which means once damaged, you will need a filling to protect the tooth moving forward.
  • We have two sets of teeth during our lives. Our milk or primary teeth push through from a young age, but actually start developing while we are still in the womb. Our permanent teeth start pushing through from the age of six onwards and these will never be replaced. In the event you lose one of your permanent teeth, you will have to consider a dental procedure to hide the gap in the future.
  • Before bed is the most important time to brush our teeth. We must brush our teeth twice a day, for two to three minutes a time. Nigh time is the most important time as when we sleep bacteria can breed. Removing plaque before bed reduces the risk of our mouths being filled with unwelcome bacteria until the next brushing.
  • Did you know that plaque is made up of more than three hundred bacteria? Plaque is a sticky substance that sticks to our teeth between brushing. It welcomes dangerous bacteria which can cause serious problems to our oral health if the plaque isn’t effectively removed twice daily.
  • Saliva is imperative to our oral health. Saliva is alkaline based and helps protect the teeth. What you may not have known is that you will produce enough saliva to fill two swimming pools throughout your life time.
  • If you don’t bother to floss at least once a day, you are not leaning up to thirty five percent of the teeth surface. This is why flossing is so important, reaching those hard to reach places that your toothbrush can’t get to.
  • Oral cancer has more than six thousand seven hundred new reported cases in the United Kingdom each and every year with over two thousand deaths annually. This is more than cervical and testicular cancers combined.



Advice on Finding a New Dental CPA


Recently I was faced with the daunting experience of choosing a new CPA for my dental practice. I have used the same CPA for many years and the news that they were retiring was a devastating blow. You don’t realise how much you rely on them and being able to trust your CPA can provide you with peace of mind on a daily basis.

As I went through this tedious process of looking at all the CPA’s and choosing the ones I felt were the perfect match based on my particular needs and requirements, I identified some key points that I found important and I hope it will help you in the future, should you ever be faced with this taxing task.

Specialise Dental Niche                                                                             

The first thing you are going to want to do is concentrate on CPA’s that specialise in the dental niche. They are best equipped to help you manage your accounts and with their knowledge of the dental industry, they can provide you with the highest level of service and support.

Understand the Tax Rules

Next you are going to want to ensure that any dental CPA you are considering is competent when it comes to the tax laws relating to your particular practice. They should have a firm understanding of the tax laws in your area and country and be able to use that knowledge to help you manage your accounts effectively on a daily basis.

Knowledge and Experience

When it comes to a CPA for your dental practice, you want to ensure you choose a company with a good reputation combined with years of knowledge and experience working with the dental sector. I found that this helped me narrow down my search considerably, eliminating those that had only been in business for a few short years and removing those from my list that didn’t focus on the dental industry in the UK.

Superior Communication Skills

This may sound obvious, but even with my years of dental experience and certifications, I am not an accountant. This means that I had to find someone that can speak my language when it comes to accounting. Someone who was able to explain my finances to me in words that I understood. This was so important to help me keep my finger on the pulse at all times.

Willing to Work with In-House Bookkeeper

While I have my basic team working in the front of the practice, they have basic bookkeeping knowledge, but they don’t have the knowledge and experience of an accountant. I had to find someone who was willing to work with my existing team, providing them with documents as and when requested.

Doesn’t Make False Promises

I was amazed during my search how many CPA’s made me promises I knew to be false. The best one is “I will save you money on your taxes.” I have often wondered how they would achieve this. I know how much my practice makes each month and have a basic idea of how much taxes I pay each year, there is no way I could reduce these. This was a red flag for me. I would rather use someone who provides me with ethical and professional services that I can rely on and trust each and every day, enabling me to concentrate on my patients rather than worrying what they are doing to my good name in the back ground.

Make Themselves Available

The final point I want to advise that I feel is important when choosing a dental CPA is find someone who is responsible and available. When you pick up the phone to check on your tax return, or you send them an email, it’s nice to know you get a fast response.

Tips to Starting a Private Dental Practice


Starting a new dental practice in any area around the world can be a daunting experience. In the United Kingdom, there are two different dental practices. There are the NHS practices which provide general dentistry and then there are the private practices. Private practices provide tooth whitening, veneers, dental implants and more.

Patients can choose their preference based on what type of treatment they are looking for. Private dentists do provide general and emergency care without the assistance of the NHS. These are privately owned practices and opening one takes careful consideration, research and marketing to ensure it is a success.

Dr Tariq Drabu, a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon in the United Kingdom, advised that the first step to opening a new private dental practice is to create a business plan. A business plan is imperative to any type of business opening their doors for the first time and becomes the manual that is used daily to identify goals, set targets and determine how to grow the business moving forward.

A dental practice is a business. The dentist will pay out of their own pocket for the property, the equipment and more. They are responsible for hiring a suitable team, putting a marketing strategy in place and more. This needs an easy to identify business plan, setting out the relevant steps needed to be successful.

The good news is that there is always a high demand for dentists. Whether its patients suffering from tooth sensitivity, those looking to brighten their smiles with a tooth whitening procedure or those who have lost teeth looking for implants to provide them with a natural smile to boost confidence.

Dr Tariq Drabu also mentioned that another important step to starting a private dental practice is to identify your patient base. As a private dentist, you will provide a host of treatments which are not readily available on the NHS, this means that you need to do your research to identify if this type of service is in demand in the local area and whether you will promote enough business coming through the doors to warrant opening in this particular area or whether you should be looking in another nearby location.

Put a detailed marketing strategy in place. Focus on targeting the local newspapers, online press and more. You will need a professionally designed website, online marketing and social media pages. The majority of patients these days will turn to the internet when looking for particular treatments, so you want to ensure that you reach your audience with ease.

It’s advisable to find an internet marketing company that can assist you with your customer analysis. This can help you identify your customer base and ensure that you direct your marketing to those potential customers, increasing the number of people visiting your website and improving the number of appointments on a daily basis.

Starting a new dental practice means you are starting from scratch. If you were purchasing an existing practice, it would come with the patients in place. With a new practice you have to drive your marketing forward daily to ensure you reach your patients effectively. This can be offering discounted specials for the first month or two to get the patients coming through the door and helping you build up your reputation for quality dental care in the area.

Ensure that you get the relevant insurance in place. According to Dr Tariq Drabu, it is imperative that you do not open the doors until your insurance is firmly in place. This can protect you on a daily basis and help you save money in the long run.

Eating to Promote Dental Health

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Many people don’t realise how their diet can impact their oral health. Certain foods can promote tooth decay, while others can help you enjoy healthier teeth and gums moving forward.

Keep Away From

There are certain things you should try and eliminate from your diet moving forward to help you enjoy healthier teeth and gums in the future. Sugars are a dentist’s nightmare. Sugared drinks and foods can cause decay and can lead to serious dental problems moving forward.

We see more children being admitted to hospital for tooth extractions in the UK, the majority of which are caused by sugars.

You will also want to cut back on the acidic foods that you may enjoy. While you may believe these foods are healthy, you should only enjoy them in moderation. This includes foods such as tomatoes and citrus fruits, which are very high in acid, which can eat through the hard enamel of the tooth and cause decay in the long run.

Reduce your alcohol consumption. While the alcohol alone will not cause problems to your oral health, alcohol does lead to dehydration. Dry mouth is one of the worst things for your teeth and gums. Dry mouth can encourage bad bacteria to breed, which can then result in tooth decay.

You should try and stop smoking if you are a smoker. While smoking won’t cause serious damage to your teeth, it will cause discolouration and staining. The only way to rectify this is to have a tooth whitening procedure carried out.

What You Should Be Eating

As with foods you should try and stay away from as much as possible, there are foods you should be trying to add to your diet on a daily basis.

The first thing you are going to want to include is water. Water will help hydrate you, reducing the risk of dry mouth. Water isn’t only good for your oral health, but can help keep your entire body hydrated and is fantastic at flushing toxins from your body on a daily basis.

Ideally you should be drinking a minimum of eight glasses of water each day.

When it comes to foods, try and incorporate as many fruits and vegetables into your diet as possible. Try and choose these items that cause a crunch when you eat them. Crunching on foods promotes saliva production. Saliva is alkaline and protects the teeth and gums.


Understanding Your Teeth


Everyone relies on their teeth each and every day. You use them for eating, chewing, tearing and biting, yet while they are valuable assets to your life, they are also easily damaged, decayed and can cause considerable pain.

It is imperative that everyone understands the structure of their teeth, helping them understand the importance of oral care and how easily damaged their teeth can get, according to Dr Tariq Drabu, a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon in the United Kingdom.

The first thing you will want to know about your teeth is the outer protective layer, which is responsible for keeping the inside of the tooth safe. This is called the enamel and it is the hardest tissue you can find in the human body.

The enamel has a big responsibility when it comes to tooth structure, it protects the inside of each tooth and is made up of calcium crystals. Incorporating calcium into your diet can help promote strong enamel, which is a light yellow to grey in colour. It is important to know that this does not have blood vessels or nerves and therefore cannot be replaced once damaged.

The next thing to understand about your tooth structure is the cementum. Cementum is a very important part of the tooth which is responsible for securing the tooth to the jaw bone, enabling you to chew, bite and tear without your teeth falling out of your mouth.

The Cementum is as strong as bone, but not as strong as the enamel that surrounds the tooth. This particular tissue covers the root, protecting it against periodontal disease, which is a severe form of gum disease. The cementum is a yellow colour and exceptionally hard and strong.

From here you will find the dentin. Dentin is mineralized tissue which can be found directly below the hard enamel layer. This makes up the majority of the tooth structure and is responsible for supporting the enamel. It is also yellow in colour. What many people don’t know is that this is made up of a high number of tubes, which are responsible for transmitting pain.

Then there is the pulp. The dental pulp is soft connective tissues which sit behind the dentin and is made up of nerves. According to Dr Tariq Drabu, the dentin is found in the crown of the tooth and the root and is responsible for nourishing the tooth, transmitting pain and also helps in the formation of dentin.

When you have a cavity, it will slowly eat away at the enamel, making its way into the dentin to the sensitive pulp. If the pulp becomes infected, then there is the risk of having to have a root canal treatment, which is when the dentist removes all the pulp from the tooth to eliminate the pain being experienced.

According to Dr Tariq Drabu, the safest option is to put a good oral health routine in place at home. Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste is the first effective step. Ensure you brush right before bed and each brushing should be at least two minutes, giving you thirty seconds per side to concentrate on each individual tooth, removing plaque and tartar build-up.

The next step to a good oral health routine at home is to floss at least once a day, floss twice daily if you are suffering from gum disease. Flossing helps you remove plaque and debris from the hard to reach places.

Finally, ensure that you attend your routine dental appointments. This helps the dentist identify any problems early on, reducing the risk of any cavities reaching the sensitive pulp and helping you preserve your natural teeth for as long as possible.