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26.10.2018

Ways to Encourage Your Child to Brush Their Teeth

Stubborn child? Try these tricks

There are few children out there who will routinely brush their teeth without some gentle encouragement. Or even with repeated nagging for that matter. Encouraging children to brush twice a day can be a challenge for many parents and guardians, proven by the recent news that 1 in 8 of all kiddos aged 3 suffer from tooth decay. It’s a serious problem but it’s not unfixable.

Today, I’m sharing my top five tips to encourage your children to brush:

1. Get a fun toothbrush – I bought my daughter an electric toothbrush covered in colourful cartoon characters. This helps to make cleaning my daughter’s teeth fun and exciting.

2. Warning – give your child plenty of prior-warning when it’s time to brush their teeth; helping to know what is expected of them. Even brush your own with them to encourage them to join you. Make funny noises when you do so they think it’s something enjoyable!

3. Flavourful toothpaste – of course, budgets can be tight, but no matter if you’re a pro or opposer of fluoride or a connoisseur of natural/organic, one thing is the main priority with kids’ toothpaste – taste. If they enjoy the taste, it’ll help them to enjoy brushing.

4. Create a rewards chart – kids love the feeling that they’ve achieved something. So, to help motivate them, create a rewards system for those who brush. Give them star stickers to pop on the chart when they brush and give rewards for those who consistently stay on track… just no sweeties!

5. Dental dancing – there are hundreds of educational apps to download on your phone or tablet that can make brushing a much more exciting time. Brushing games and cartoons can be easily downloaded, allowing dental care to be integrated into other aspects of their life.

If you have any other dental related questions, don’t be afraid to ask – I’m always available to answer!

Dr Uchenna

 
 
 
19.09.2018

Top Dental Myths Debunked

What is the truth about some of the most common dental myths?

Tooth be told, there is a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding surrounding our teeth. Whether it be what stands as proper dental care, or what reasons we should seek dental professionals out for, there are things many people believe that have dentists concerned.

Here are some of the top myths that I hear, debunked:

1. “Teeth whitening is harmful” – there’s no reason to lose colour when you think of teeth whitening services as there’s nothing to fret about. All teeth whitening treatments provided by your dentist have been assessed and many professionals can attest to them.

2. “You can’t go to the dentist while pregnant” – not only is visiting your dentist for a routine check-up safe, it’s vital! Cleanings and simple procedures, like cavity fillings, can be taken care of before your baby is born. There’s absolutely nothing to worry about – your dentist can even help alleviate certain pregnancy symptoms.

3. “You don’t need to floss if you brush” – you can’t have one without the other. If you don’t floss between teeth regularly, you run the risk of increased gum disease, dental plaque build-up, and cavities. Brushing only cleans the visible parts of your teeth, so make sure to floss to tackle those behind-the-scenes areas.

4. “If my teeth don’t hurt, they’re healthy” – often, conditions such as tooth decay don’t exhibit explicit symptoms until it’s already quite advanced. Dental professionals can spy the earlier symptoms that, while they’re not causing you pain, can eventually develop into something rather painful. Ouch. Save your teeth and visit a dentist!

5. “Sugar-free soda is okay to drink” – although they may contain low to no levels of sugar, many fizzy drinks contain high-levels of citric, carbonic, or phosphoric acid that can erode the surface of teeth enamel.

 
 
 
12.01.2017

Teeth Whitening

 

My mind is still waaaaaay over on xmas yet already easter eggs are in the shops and everywhere we are being bombarded with the commandment to love…has to involve buying presents or cards of course!

So in the same spirit I turn my attention to Valentine’s Day and our most popular treatment during this time? Teeth Whitening

You have dark-stained teeth, you avoid looking directly in the mirror as you can’t face seeing your teeth

Their colour reminds you more of daffodils than lilies and you finally decide it’s time to whiten them…good idea? Definitely! This is actually one of my favourite treatments, noone minds coming to see me for treatment that day.

Whiter teeth have been shown to make you look younger, more attractive, more intelligent and above all boost confidence; what’s not to like!

However, before you get it done, make sure the right person is doing it for you.  It is a totally safe procedure, as long as it is carried out by dental professionals; in fact it is illegal if anyone else does it for you!

So stay safe and make sure you ask the following questions before handing over your money:

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My Top Questions To Ask

Are you registered with the GDC (General Dental Council)? – If the answer is no, then bolt! Only registered professionals are allowed to do teeth whitening

Which dental school did you train in? – Another subtle way to check they are fully qualified

Will you carry out a comprehensive exam before we go ahead with treatment? – You want to be sure any problems are dealt with first, can include anything from cavities to gum disease

What if I have problems during the treatment? – Check that there is a contingency plan, as it’s when problems occur that experience matters

How much experience have you had doing this treatment?

There is no problem in asking questions, any good dentist will welcome them, at Londonsmiling we truly love talking teeth!

So please send me any questions you might have!

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13.03.2015

How I treat my mum on Mother’s Day!

Hello all,

What a beautiful week it has been in London – all I can say is I’ve got my fingers crossed the sun carries on shining for the rest of spring, or at least until the weekend so that the day is brightened up for all of our lovely mummy’s! I’ve always loved to spoil my mother and over the years I’ve done various things to celebrate this day, so this week I thought I’d share with you her favourite’s. Hope your enjoy!
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06.03.2015

A little peek into my makeup bag!

Hi everyone,

I hope you’ve had a fantastic start to your March so far! I’m sure you’re all aware by now, this time of year happens to be one of my favourites – the days are getting longer although it may still be crisp and cold outside, the sun is starting to shine brighter…what’s not to love? As I mentioned in my previous post, my winter hibernation period has officially come to end, so I thought that this week I’d share with you my top beauty & makeup tips for those lovely spring evenings out in London! Read more

 
 
 
27.02.2015

My favourite places to visit in London!

It’s that time of the year where I think it’s safe to say that the Winter season has officially passed, and Spring is now upon us (yay!). Although the colder months always bring a very festive and cosy atmosphere throughout London, those frosty forecasts seem to make me hibernate and spend my weekends wrapped up in a blanket with a hot drink! However, come March that will no longer be the case, and I will resume my active appreciation for what is commonly referred to as, the best city in the world!

On that note, I thought I’d share with you my 3 all-time favourite places to go in London…hopefully one of them will entice you enough to pay a visit.

1. For some culture…
One thing London definitely isn’t short of is tourist attractions, ranging from the countless museums, to the city view on the London eye. However, if you are an avid art fan, then I’m sure many of you will agree that the National Gallery is easily one of the best go-to’s for a fabulous exhibition, or just a leisurely artistic browse! As well as being home to some of the most renowned paintings in the world, their ‘Be Inspired’ collection is simply amazing – especially for those with wild imaginations (like myself) who love making up stories about the portraits!

2. For great food…
Having been countless times and never had a bad meal, Zuma is easily my favourite place to eat in London. From the amazing quality of food and delicious cocktails, to the spacious layout and grand round tables, Zuma combines everything you need for a blissful evening with friends. Admittedly, it’s not the most purse friendly menu, but as a massive foodie I assure you it is worth EVERY penny!

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Last, but certainly not least, Brick Lane on a Sunday morning – a place I have been frequenting since I was a child! As stated above, this spot really does have a little bit of everything. Worldwide food stalls, vintage clothing and jewellery, constantly lined with people and surrounded by amazing street art, the atmosphere is never anything other than vibrant and lively.
They also have street performers every now and then which only adds to the experience.

I hope you all have a great weekend, and if you’re stuck for ideas on what to do, well…!
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20.02.2015

My top tips for better oral health!

As lovely and romantic as Valentine’s Day was, I’m sure many of you overdosed on the jumbo sized boxes of chocolates, or the glasses of bubbly! Not to worry though – we’re all allowed to indulge every now and then, just as long as we’re tending to our teeth at the same time.

Below, I’ve listed some of my top tips for better oral health that you may not have known before. By incorporating these into your dental regime, there shouldn’t be any reason to torture yourself after a treat:

1. When to brush:
Yes, we should all be brushing twice daily to maintain a clean and plaque-free mouth, but the optimum time to brush your teeth is last thing before bed, and first thing in the morning before you’ve eaten or drank anything. Why? Eating and drinking naturally weakens the enamel on your teeth, and brushing straight afterwards can cause tiny particles of enamel to be brushed away.

2. How to get great gums:
As well as brushing, washing and flossing, your diet can contribute to a healthy set of gums. Research shows that by loading up on foods rich in vitamins, minerals, and fresh fruit + veg, this can significantly help to prevent gum disease.

3. Clean your tongue:
Did you know that the one major cause of bad breath is caused by the build-up of bacteria on the tongue, not teeth? Combat this by using a tongue scraper every morning to remove tongue plaque and freshen your breath.

4. Replace your toothbrush:
This tip is disregarded by most brushers out there, however it is very important that you change your toothbrush every 3-4 months. After this period of time, the bristles will begin to fray considerably, and as a result both the teeth and gums will not be cleaned adequately.

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If, like myself, you are a big lover of citrus fruits, you should definitely remember this one! Although oranges and lemons are a good go-to for your daily dose of Vitamin C, they also contain acid that erodes tooth enamel, which makes the teeth more prone to staining. Make sure to rinse your mouth out with water immediately after eating these fruits to wash the destructive acid off your teeth.

Have a fabulous weekend, and happy brushing everyone!

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13.02.2015

Kissable Lips for Valentine’s Day

Hi everyone,

I’m sure for the past few weeks you’ve noticed the abundance of giant teddy bears, bouquets of roses, and boxes of chocolate occupying all the aisles and windows of shops, which only means one thing… Valentine’s Day is upon us.

Now, although I happen to be a huge fan of St V myself, this holiday can create mixed emotions. Regardless of whether you’re opting for the traditional romantic dinner date with that special someone, or using it as a great excuse to party with your girlfriends, it’s always good to ensure you’re lip-lock ready… just in case!

Happy valentines dayBelow, I’ve listed my top tips to guarantee those kissable lips:

  1. First and foremost, MOISTURISE! As cosy and lovely as Christmas was, the season also brought around some frosty forecasts which didn’t do our lips any favours. To treat those winter chapped lips, opt for a balm that contains Vitamin B as this is proven to help condition the skin.
  2. Secondly, a proven trick amongst many MUA’s and celebrities alike is to slightly overdraw your liner, so that it sits just outside the natural line of your lips. This will make the lips look fuller and ensure your lipstick doesn’t bleed.
  3. Thirdly, when deliberating between what colour to apply, I’d suggest a red shade (after all, it is the colour of romance!) with a blue undertone. Why? Wearing a blue-based colour on your lips will counteract any yellow in your teeth, and accentuate those pearly whites.
  4. Last but certainly not least, no matter how luscious those lips are, if you’ve got bad breath you’re on your own. Make sure you brush thoroughly and especially your tongue to get rid of the bacteria that creates this social problem!



Have a great weekend and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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06.02.2015

My Fave Fashion Trends this Spring

So I know we’ve recently had the coldest weather for years hit London, it even snowed but I just can’t wait for it to be spring! Springtime is a time of hope – longer days, more sunshine, a glimpse of summer, so many reasons to smile more!

It’s also a time when I start thinking more about fashion, not just about the warmest coat! So I’ve been taking notice of the trends popping up recently…

Yellow was a colour seen on many catwalks and although it can be terrifying to add to your wardrobe I’m going to give it a shot after seeing the lovely ladies’ outfits below. I mean, Julianne Moore in that almost neon colour is mesmerising!  I think if you’re afraid of looking like a banana J by wearing yellow from top to toe you could give your black outfit a pick-me-up with a yellow bag, scarf or some cute shoes instead.

When I’m not treating patients and I’ve got a day off, a comfortable and perfectly-fitting pair of jeans are a must! I’m loving the jeans on jeans look at the moment.

Now black and white is always a classic and a look I tend to go for and therefore I’m glad it’s a trend I’ve spotted a lot recently. I’m going to try to mix it up a bit with bold patterns like the always fashionable Olivia Palermo. If you haven’t noticed already, she’s rocking all three of my favourite trends and this is no surprise as she’s constantly praised for being one of the world’s best dressed women. I know she’s young and modelesque but she’s a great fashion inspiration, Google her!

Until next time…

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30.01.2015

The battle of the toothpastes

You may have read an article in the Daily Mail this week that discussed commercial toothpastes and if they contain substances and chemicals that could be harmful to your health. I had the pleasure of being interviewed for this article and shared my views and opinions on what toothpaste ingredients may or may not cause damage to your oral and overall health. Read the article here: http://dailym.ai/1ELjGuG

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There are so many toothpastes available to you that it’s often really difficult to choose.  Is there really a difference between all of them?  Is it worth buying a branded one or will any old thing do? There is so much choice so here are some tips for choosing the right toothpaste:

FLUORIDE – It’s your champion as it coats your teeth and helps protect them from attack from plaque bacteria.  This is going to happen… as long as you eat 🙂 So by brushing with fluoride you are giving your tooth enamel extra ammunition.  It doesn’t matter the brand, as long as this ingredient is in the paste.

STAIN REMOVERS – Many pastes now have products to help repel stains. If you are flossing regularly this really does help as it prevents stains building in between your teeth. Everyone always asks me about whitening toothpastes and the best way to think of them is as stain removers.  You need to be careful to pick one that is not too abrasive.  I recommend OralB’s  3D White Luxe Glamorous Shine. It removes stains but most importantly it helps prevent new stains forming and it’s very gentle.

KIDS – It’s really important to buy kids their own toothpaste, don’t be tempted to share yours! With very young kids often they just eat most of the toothpaste so make sure you only give them a tiny smear.  Once adult teeth have started to come through, and certainly by about age 8 (which is actually the time I recommend they can be left to brush without adult supervision) then switch to an adult paste.

 

Happy Brushing!

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