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.