Monday 3 April 2017

Coconut Oil for Toothpaste – Is it the Right Choice

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TariqDrabu, a leading dentist and specialistic oral surgeon has advised that there has been a lot of hype about coconut oil recently. Coconut oil has become a favoured choice with people for all types of applications from cooking to using it as a hair conditioner. Coconut oil is brimming with healthy goodness, which is also effective for your teeth. If you are consideration using an organic toothpaste and it contains coconut oil, then here are a few things you need to know.

No chemicals 


Coconutoil is completely natural and Tariq Drabu advised that the one benefit is that it does not contain dangerous chemicals which can harm your teeth. He wants patients to note that the tooth is made up of various sections with the hard enamel, which is the hardest substance in the body, being the outer coating which protects the sensitive dentine and pulp found inside the tooth. Chemicals are abrasive and can start to harm the enamel, making it thinner and eventually making it easier for dangerous bacteria to make their way into the tooth and cause irreparable damage.

Fights cavities 


Coconut oil has proven to be effective in fighting cavities. When brushing your teeth the focus is to remove sugars, plaque, bacteria and more. You want your teeth to be clean when you have finished your two minutes of brushing. Coconut oil with all its' healthy benefits is effective in fighting cavities so if you are looking at organic toothpaste, it's worthwhile to ensure it contains this important ingredient.




You will be surprised at how affordable coconut oil really is. Most people are under the impression that something with so many health benefits is going to break the bank but this is not the choice. TariqDrabu does recommend patients speak to their dental professional before moving away from their regular toothpaste, bearing in mind that coconut oil does not contain fluoride which is essential in protecting the hard enamel to reduce the risk of tooth decay.


Brushing technique

Tariq Drabu also recommends that patients ensure that they are brushing properly and are taking the flu two minutes twice daily to brush. Each tooth must be focused on individually and brushed inside and out holding the brush at a forty five degree angle to ensure that the gums also enjoy a soft brushing.

Toothpaste and Mouthwash – What you Need to Know

Tariq Drabu is the owner of the successful Langley Dental Practice in Middleton and a leading dentist and specialistic oral surgeon. He advises that many people not only don't know how to brush and use mouthwash properly, but they don't know what the label says, they don't understand the products found in the products.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

This is what makes your toothpaste foam when brushing, which gives you the impression the toothpaste is working. What some people may experience is some irritation from the foam. This is something that should be discussed with your dentist so that they can recommend an alternative for you that can reduce the irritation.


Yes, Tariq Drabu has advised that many toothpastes and mouthwashes contain alcohol. This is what gives that slight burning sensation, again making you think the toothpaste or mouthwash is working. The problem with alcohol is that it destroys good bacteria in the mouth.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is effective in cleaning teeth and gums. If your toothpaste has this on the label then there is nothing to be concerned about. TariqDrabu has mentioned that it's not advisable to get rid of your regular toothpaste and use baking soda only, you need all the essential ingredients to kill germs, remove plaque and freshen breath.

Read the label

Tariq Drabu urges patients to read the label on their toothpaste and mouthwash before making a purchase. Identify the ingredients and understand what they are. If in doubt, your dental professional can make recommendations and help you choose the best products to improve your oral health moving forward.


He also recommends that patients learn to brush effectively. Your teeth should be brushed twice a day with a good toothpaste. This means putting some toothpaste on the brush and then concentrating on each individual tooth, both inside and out to ensure you remove all the plaque and any food debris, not to mention the dangerous bacteria lurking in your mouth. Tariq Drabu also wants to ensure patients understand that using a toothbrush with worn or frayed bristles will not be effective and will simply move the bacteria around the mouth rather than removing it.

Using mouthwash

Many people don't read the instructions on the mouthwash bottle and simply rinse the liquid around their mouth and believe it has worked. Tariq Drabu mentioned that every mouth wash is different, so read the label to ensure you are using it properly.

Friday 17 March 2017

Dental Veneers – How Can They Benefit You?

Tariq Drabu, the owner of the successful Langley Dental Practice, is a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon. He has advised that dental veneers are effective options for those who are suffering with a number of cosmetic dental imperfections that want to improve their smile appearance and boost their confidence.

What Can Dental Veneers Be Used for?

The first question asked by patients is why should they choose dental veneers. Tariq Drabu advised that they use dental veneers for a number of different scenarios to help patients improve their smile and confidence in the long run. The dental veneers can be used for:
  • Misaligned teeth – teeth that are not one hundred percent uniform in the mouth.
  • Chipped teeth – rather than extracting the tooth, the veneer can cover the chip and provide a natural finish.
  • Gaps in the teeth – patients who have a gap in their front teeth may want to hide the gap, the veneer can provide this option.
  • Discoloured teeth – those with badly stained teeth may choose veneers to hide the unwelcome stains.
  • Lightening – veneers can also be used to lighten the tooth colour on a permanent basis.

What are Veneers?

Dr Tariq Drabu advised that anyone thinking of veneers need to know what these are, how they work along with the negative implications involved.

Tariq Drabu stated that a dental veneer is a porcelain shell which is wafer thin and used to cover the front of the tooth. The process is relatively simple, the veneers are made based on a mould of the patients mouth to ensure that they are correct and can be used on one or all of the teeth with ease and confidence.

He did advise that patients need to be aware that in order to fit the veneers, some of the hard enamel which coats the tooth needs to be removed. The enamel is the hardest substance in the body and protects the delicate dentine inside the tooth. Enamel does not regrow, which means once the process is started for veneers, you can never go back and have them removed. He wants patients to understand this, as this is the only negative implication and should the veneer break, it must be replaced.

Once some of the enamel has been removed the veneer is bonded into place on the front of the tooth to provide a beautiful smile.

Thursday 9 March 2017

Overcoming Dental Fear – What You Need to Know

Tariq Drabu has advised that he sees a high number of patients each year at the Langley Dental Practice that suffer from dental fear. He mentioned that dental fear is not a reason to avoid the dentist and his main concern is that patients that fear the dentist will only go to the dentist when they are in serious pain, by then the damage is done and it can work out more expensive to treat.

Worry = Fear

TariqDrabu advised that worry will result in fear. Worrying can be due to a bad experience with a dentist in the past, being claustrophobic or even being embarrassed about the state of their teeth. He also mentioned that some patients are scared of injections or they don't like the sounds of the drill that they need to use. There are no excuses to not visit the dentist and he advised that there are ways patients can reduce their stress, by simply letting the dental team know their fears in advance.

How to cope with dental fear

Tariq Drabu mentioned that the first thing patients who suffer from dental fear will want to do is find a compassionate practice. A dental practice that understands that there are people who fear the dentist and go out of their way to reduce this fear. Speaking to the receptionist and advising them of the fear is the first step, the receptionist should make them comfortable and help them make their appointment without any hassle, while ensuring the dental team are advised before the patient sits in the dental chair.

Another option is to tell the dentist as you walk into the surgery. Tariq Drabu advised that by knowing a patients fear, he is able to work with the patient, giving them the treatment they need at a pace that is comfortable for them. Ignoring the fear only makes matters worse. He also advises that patients that fear the dentist should bring a friend or loved one with them to sit with them while they wait. Ideally the friend or loved one should not suffer from dental fear, so they are able to keep the patient calm.

Tariq Drabu also advises that patients that suffer from dental fear should ask for breaks throughout their treatment. A minute or two can give them the time they need to breathe deeply and use their relaxation techniques. A final alternative that he can provide is sedation, so the patient is only aware of the treatment being completed by the time they come around.