Thursday 25 February 2016

Tips to Avoid Staining Your Teeth

Tariq Drabu is a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon at Langley Dental Practice in Middleton. He provides patient with advice and recommendations daily to prevent damage

Wednesday 17 February 2016

Tariq Drabu offers dental tips for mums

Tariq Drabu offers dental tips for mums

Tariq Drabu has drawn attention to the oral health in mothers who are busy trying to juggle work life, family and homes. It is not uncommon for mums to forget about their own health to

Friday 12 February 2016

Oral Health and Age – What you Need to Know

As you age so do your teeth. This shouldn't be a surprise when you think that your permanent teeth start pushing through from around the age of eight or nine and they are with you throughout your life, at some point they have to start aging with you.

Wednesday 10 February 2016

Oral Piercings Have Negative Impact on Oral Health

Oral Piercings Have Negative Impact on Oral Health

Before you have your tongue, lip or cheek pierced, there are a few things you should know. Mainly the fact that what most people don't realize is that piercings can have a negative impact on your oral health, which can result in you spending more time at your dentist than needed.

The first things you will find when you pierce in or around your mouth is that you may find it difficult to chew, swallow and speak. This is completely normal due to a foreign object, which may be giving you some discomfort has moved into the space. Your mouth is imperative to your health, it is what you use to nourish your self and you need to be able to swallow. You may find, especially after  tongue piercing, that your speech is affected for a couple of days to a few weeks.


As with any piercing the risk of infections increases. Whether you have your ears pierced, your belly button pierced or your tongue pierced you need to keep the area clean and free of harmful bacteria. You may notice some pain and swelling, which should clear up soon after the piercing. In the event you don't get any relief within a few days, make an appointment with your doctor or dentist to ensure the site isn't infected.

Damage teeth and gums

Next you will find, especially with tongue piercings, that your gum, teeth and any previous fillings may be damaged. As you speak, eat and swallow, the stud may move around your mouth, knocking against your teeth and gums in the process, in turn this can cause significant damage. Remember your stud is made of strong metal which is hard inside your mouth and therefore increases the risk of chipping or cracking teeth.

Nerve damage

When the piercing is done it is very easy for the piercing to damage a nerve. This can go two ways, it can either numb the area completely as the nerve has no feeling or it can have the opposite effect, leaving you in unbearable pain and not knowing which way to turn to find relief.

A dentists nightmare

While you may think your new piercing looks cool, you need to remember that it is your dentists worst nightmare. It can make working inside your mouth exceptionally difficult, it can make it harder to reach problem teeth or use certain tools.

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Saturday 6 February 2016

After School Snacks That Are Healthy for Teeth

There is so much emphasis on oral health in children throughout the United Kingdom lately, that I thought I would take this opportunity to share some healthy after school snacks you can rely on that are tooth friendly.

The number of children being admitted to hospital within the UK each year is reaching serious levels and this has been a concern for dental professionals for some time now. In most instances it is down to parents not understanding what foods their children should and should not be eating, allowing children foods which promote dental decay. As you can imagine, this has put a strain on the NHS and has forced certain hospitals to extend their operating hours as a result.

Thursday 4 February 2016

Tips for Dentists to Ensure Patients Attend Routine Appointments

Over the years, I think one of the hardest things I have had to face daily is getting my patients back through the door for their routine appointments. Depending on their current oral health oral health, routine appointments can be set anything from six months to a year or more.

Speaking to my patients, I have identified that those who don't have pain and feel that they don't have issues tend to cancel or postpone their appointments, because they don’t' see the reasoning behind visiting the dentist if there is nothing wrong.

Tuesday 2 February 2016

Five Reasons To Attend Your Routine Dental Appointment

One of my biggest concerns is the number of patients who miss their routine dental appointments. When a patient comes in to see me or one of the team at Langley Dental Practice, we set them up a routine appointment right there and then. We find that making the appointment is the easy part, getting them in for the appointment is a whole different story.

Many patients can't see the benefits of visiting the dentist if they don’t' have any dental issues or pain, but the fact of the matter is that we provide patients with routine appointments for a number of reasons.