Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Tariq Drabu Discusses Front Teeth Replacement Options

Tariq Drabu is a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon based in Manchester in the United Kingdom. He is the owner of the successful Langley Dental Practice and caters to patients of all ages on a daily basis. He mentioned that he works with hundreds of patients each year who have lost a front tooth either caused by an accident or tooth decay.

Losing a front tooth can really dash confidence levels and patients are very aware that their tooth is missing, which stops them from showing their teeth when they smile or hiding their mouth when they smile. Speaking may also be affected

There are three options available for patients who are looking to replace a missing front tooth.

Dental implants

Tariq Drabu advised that dental implants are used by patients to replace their missing tooth with a natural looking false tooth which doesn't affect their eating or speech and that they can feel comfortable with. A dental implant comprises of a titanium screw which is placed into the jaw bone. Over time the jaw bone fuses with the screw, holding it in place in the long term.

On top of the screw, the dentist places a crown, which is a false tooth. The crown is matched to your natural tooth colour and based on a mould of the mouth, ensuring it fits into place and blends in seamless with the other teeth, looking completely natural.


Bridges are often used by patients with one or more front teeth missing. A bridge is a type of denture or false tooth which is then held in place by attaching it to the adjacent teeth. This is an affordable option and is relatively long lasting. Patients will feel an instant tooth of confidence once the tooth is in place, though it may take longer to get comfortable with the tooth than with an implants.


Another option is a partial denture. These are removable, so you can remove the tooth to clean the surrounding teeth and gums to ensure the best level of oral hygiene at all times.

A denture is attached to a plate which is held against the roof of the mouth or lower area under the tongue. While dentures are affordable, they can take some getting used to and its not uncommon for patients to struggle with eating and their speech while they get used to the dentures.

Cooking Tips to Reduce Sugar

Tariq Drabu advised that sugar is one of the leading causes of tooth decay in the United Kingdom. He also mentioned that there has been a lot of discussion regarding sugar and its effects on teeth and also overall health, including being a top cause of obesity nationwide.

There are numerous options and tips you can use in your daily cooking to reduce your families sugar intake, thereby reducing the risk of tooth decay and diabetes. Tariq Drabu advised that there are thousands of five year olds in the country suffering from tooth decay, the majority is caused by sugars. The same applies to diabetes patients, many of which have diabetes due to obesity, with sugar being one of the top causes for obesity.

Natural sugar alternatives

Tariq Drabu mentioned that there are numerous alternatives to sugar that are completely natural and beneficial to the human body. Try using raw honey or agave nectar to replace sugar in tea, coffee and even when cooking to ensure healthy sugar free foods at all times and help protect the teeth and gums in the long run.

Look for healthy recipes

When looking for new and exciting family meals, look for healthy options. If the family has their favourite dish, which you know contains sugars, look for healthier recipes online so you can give them their favourite meals without worrying how much sugar they are consuming.

Test new recipes

Tariq Drabu advised that when you are used to cooking a dish a certain way, you need to try new ways of cooking it to get it just right, especially when you are using something like raw honey to replace sugar you would normally add. Play around until you get the right taste, so that you and the family can enjoy healthier meals with ease and confidence.

Sugar free gum

Tariq Drabu recommends that you keep sugar free gum in your bag or in the home or office. This gives you something to chew after meals, rather than having a chocolate. The sugar free gum doesn't contain any sugars, but surprisingly is good for teeth and gums, removing any food and plaque from the teeth without causing any damage.


Tariq Drabu advised that everyone should throw out all sugared drinks, this includes fizzy drinks, fruit juices and smoothies and replace them with water, which is more than adequate enough to hydrate you.

Friday, 11 November 2016

Fun Brushing Tips for Kids

Tariq Drabu, a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon, has advised that tooth decay in children in the United Kingdom has become a very serious concern for the dental profession over the past few years. Younger patients are finding themselves being hospitalised for tooth extractions that cannot be carried out in the dental chair with a high percentage of children under the age of five suffering with dental decay.

The concern, for TariqDrabu, is that children can wait up to one year before they get a hospital appointment, which means that they are experiencing pain and sensitivity, all of which is preventable.

In order to get children into the habit of brushing twice a day, flossing and attending routine dental appointments, it's important that parents put a good oral health routine into place while the child is young, so they can follow the habit well into their adult years, protecting their permanent teeth and preserving them for as long as possible.

Have a dance party

Brushing should be carried out for a full two to three minutes twice a day. In order to make this fun, Tariq Drabu recommends parents turn tooth brushing into a fun dance party by turning up the child’s favourite song and dancing and brushing in time to the tune. Turning brushing into a fun experience promotes positive reinforcement and gets the child eager to brush without too much argument. Tariq Drabu does want to remind parents that they must supervise brushing to ensure it is being done properly.

Routine and reward

Tariq Drabu advised that from a young age children benefit from a set routine, so in order to make brushing fun, parents need to set up a routine that the child can follow with ease and confidence. Get the child into set times for morning and evening brushing and remember to offer them rewards so make it more motivational and fun.

Family affair

Make brushing a family affair. Get the entire family in on the fun and get the children involved in the brushing and flossing of their teeth. Get mum, dad and children into the bathroom, music blearing and brushing. Tariq Drabu does recommend using an egg timer or phone timer, set for two minutes, to ensure that the child brushes for the full two minutes.

Tariq Drabu Provides Advice on Finding a Dentist

Finding a dentist in the United Kingdom, especially in your local area, can be quite challenging, according to leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon Tariq Drabu. NHS dental practices only take on so many new patients at a time, which means that anyone moving to a new area may struggle to find a good dentist. At the same time, there are thousands of people who travel to other areas, a fair distance from their home, to find a dentist that can provide them with the treatment and care that they need and deserve.

Tariq Drabu advised that there are four steps to consider when looking for a dentist to ensure you get a the dental care you need now and in the future.

NHS Choices

The NHS Choices website is the best start to finding a local dentist, according to Tariq Drabu. The NHS Choices website not only provides you with valuable information on each dental practice, butt also if they are accepting new patients along with reviews from current and past patients, which can help you identify which dental practice you feel more comfortable with.

Tariq Drabu advised that the Langley Dental Practice is enjoying glowing reviews on NHS Choices, so patients can use their services with confidence. You can view their reviews here.

The Basics

Next you will want to take a look at the basics. The basics include the location of the practice and its proximity to your home or office. Also note their opening hours to ensure that they can accommodate your schedule and read up on how many dental professionals they have on staff, so you know that you will always be able to see a dentist when you need one.

Focus on distance to be travelled and times you can get a dental appointment, the basics will help you focus on what is important to you when choosing a dentist.

Private or NHS

Tariq Drabu mentioned the next step is to determine the type of treatment you need. Are you in pain and need urgent care or are you looking for a tooth whitening treatment? This will identify if you need a NHS or a private dentist. NHS, National Health Service, dental practices offer the basic and urgent dental care, while private dentists offer the basic treatments along with cosmetic treatments that patients can rely on.


The final step is to identify the treatments on offer from the practice so you can check to see that they do offer what you need whether you need a filling or you need dental implants, veneers, tooth whitening, root canal or more.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Children Vulnerable to Second Hand Smoke

Tariq Drabu, a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon in Manchester, has advised that millions of children are being protected against second hand smoke after the ruling came in that smoking is banned from cars carrying children up to the age of eighteen.

This specialist dentist has advised that second hand smoke is a leading cause of mouth cancer, also referred to as oral cancer which affects thousands of people in the United Kingdom alone. Oral cancer rates are increasing globally each year with over seven thousand six hundred new cases being diagnosed in the United Kingdom each and every year.

Children exposed

Up until the legislation came into effect stopping people over the age of eighteen smoking in the car with minors, there were approximately three million children under the age of eighteen being exposed to harmful second hand smoke in vehicles daily. This is three million children that are at a higher risk than children not in a vehicle with a smoker of getting oral cancer at a later stage.

Saves the NHS

Oral cancer is costing the NHS millions each and every year. With the number of oral cancer cases climbing, it is only going to cost more in the long run. By banning smoking in cars with children under eighteen, it is preparing for a future where oral cancer risk is reduced and thereby saving the NHS money moving forward.

Children are vulnerable

Tariq Drabu advised that children are more vulnerable to second hand smoke than adults, though don't be fooled, it is dangerous for both. Second hand smoke is brimming with dangerous chemicals which are inhaled and this can lead to numerous diseases and illnesses, including mouth cancer, which if not caught early can leave the patient with a very low life expectancy.

Chemical overload

Tariq Drabu did mention that what many parents and adults don't understand is that second hand smoke contains more than four thousand chemicals. These are chemicals that children breathe in when exposed to smoke from an adult smoking in the same room or car as them. By banning smoking in cars with children, the government has managed to reduce the risk of children being exposed to these harmful chemicals and reducing their risk of mouth cancer in the future.