Friday, 6 May 2016

Dental Facts That May Have You Visiting the Dentist Sooner Than You Thought


Tariq Drabu, a leading dentist, advised that many people in the United Kingdom avoid the dentist until they have little choice. Often a patient will wait until they are in so much pain that they need to make an appointment. In most instances patients will miss their routine appointments, cancelling or postponing the appointment indefinitely, all to their own oral health detriment.

There are some facts patients need to be aware of, which may help them make their routine dental appointment and ensure they visit the dentist before the pain really gets bad. Tariq Drabu has put some fun facts together which may have you dialling your dentist without delay.

  • Women smile on average sixty two times a day. If you have poor oral health, stains on your teeth or misaligned teeth then you are not going to enjoy smiling and chances are you are going to cover your mouth. Visiting your dentist can help you improve your oral health, you can have tooth whitening procedures done in confidence and they can recommend alignment solutions based on your unique dental needs.

  • Children are costing the NHS millions each year. More and more children are being admitted to hospital to have their teeth extracted under general anesthetic than ever before. The concern, according to Tariq Drabu, is that these children's decay is so severe it cannot be treated in the dental chair.

  • More than fifteen thousand children are being hosptialised for tooth extractions across the country each year. This has resulted on a strain on hospitals, longer operating hours and some children having to wait up to a year for an appointment. This means children are being left in pain until they can secure their appointment. This is something parents need to think about when giving their children sugared foods and drinks.

  • Periodontal disease is another serious concern across the country. This severe gum disease can result in tooth loss if ignored. Visiting the dentist regularly can ensure that any gum disease is managed effectively, reducing the risk of it getting to this point.


  • 7.591 people are diagnosed with oral cancer in the United Kingdom each and every year. This form of cancer results in 2,119 deaths each year. The concern is that ninety one percent of the cases are preventable.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Tariq Drabu Points Out the Importance of Caring for Baby Teeth




Tariq Drabu is a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon who works from his successful practice, the Langley Dental Practice in Middleton. Tariq Drabu's concern is that many parents don't show much attention to their childs baby teeth, because these are the temporary teeth children have before their permanent teeth push through. The problem is that baby teeth can still cause pain and this is the result that so many children are finding themselves in hospital to have teeth extracted under general anesthetic.

The reasons parents should be focusing on their childs oral health with baby teeth include:

  • Tooth decay is the most chronic disease worldwide and affects millions of children in the United Kingdom. It is currently costing the NHS millions to admit children into hospital to have decayed baby teeth extracted. In addition to this, there are children that are waiting more than a year to secure an appointment.
  • Children who have cavities in their baby teeth are at a higher risk of having cavities in their permanent teeth in the future.
  • There are thousands of children in the country who aren't getting treatment for their tooth decay.
  • Children with tooth decay will experience unwelcome pain, along with problems eating and talking. This can affect their everyday lives, having a negative impact on their school work and social lives.
  • Children who have had one or more of their baby teeth extract stand a higher chance of their permanent tooth coming in the wrong place or having poor alignment, which could result in the child needing orthodontic care in the future to fix the issue.

Parent education

Tariq Drabu has advised that the only way to reduce the risk of children developing cavities in their baby teeth and enjoying good oral health is to educate the parents. Parents should be leading by example and this includes eating a healthy and well balanced diet, brushing teeth twice a day for two minutes per brushing and flossing.

Children who learn the importance of oral health at a young age and get into a routine regarding their oral health are more likely to follow this routine into adulthood. Parents should encourage their children to brush their teeth before bed and again in the morning with a fluoride toothpaste to aid in the prevention of cavities and decay moving forward.


Friday, 22 April 2016

Tariq Drabu Discloses the Secrets to a Beautiful Smile



Tariq Drabu Discloses the Secrets to a Beautiful Smile

Tariq Drabu is a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon based in the United Kingdom. He is also the owner of the successful Langley Dental Practice in Middleton which provides top quality NHS and private dental treatments to patients in and around the area.

Good oral health

The first thing to brighten any smile and give you the beautiful smile that you can use with confidence is to focus on oral health. Tariq Drabu advised that a high number of people in the United Kingdom will cover their mouth when they smile because they are embarrassed by the condition of their teeth. Following a strict oral health routine can give you the confidence to show your teeth and feel good about it.

A good oral health routine needs to include:

  • Brush for two minutes twice a day focusing on each individual tooth and holding the toothbrush at a forty five degree angle.
  • Use a good quality fluoride toothpaste
  • Do not rinse
  • Floss daily to get to those hard to reach places
  • Visit the dentist regularly and never cancel routine appointments

Enjoy a healthy diet

Tariq Drabu advised that it's a fact that sugar is one of the leading causes for dental decay in the United Kingdom among adults and children.  Eating a healthy and well-balanced diet and reducing sugar and acid consumption can help you enjoy healthy teeth and gums. Further eliminating coffee and not smoking can remove the risk of tooth staining so you can smile with complete confidence at all times.

Drink water

Tariq Drabu also mentioned that everyone knows they should be drinking water, though not many know the benefits it provides for their teeth and therefore their smile. Drinking water reduces the risk of dehydration, which can lead to oral health issues. Further drinking water can help fight bad breath, giving you the confidence to show your teeth and smile without having to cover your mouth.

Tooth whitening

The final secret to a beautiful smile is to consider a tooth whitening solution. Tooth whitening will lighten your natural teeth by a few shades while hiding any stains. Tis is a safe process when conducted by an experienced and qualified dental professional.

Tooth whitening is affordable and two options are offered by Tariq Drabu at the Langley Dental Practice for added convenience.

Tariq Drabu on Children's First Dental Visits



Tariq Drabu on Children's First Dental Visits

The oral health of children in the United Kingdom is definitely one that can be improved and Tariq Drabu advises on how parents can ensure that the first dental visit their child has is a positive experience.

Tariq Drabu advises that oral health and dental appointments are all things that parents need to encourage. Parents lead by example. A child isn't going to want to brush their teeth when they see that their parents don't brush and it is common for children to fear the dentist if their parents suffer from dental phobia. The dentist should be a positive experience, setting the benchmark, so when the child is older and goes into adulthood, a visit to the dentist is a preventative and positive experience rather than a negative one.

Calming and fun

If you find that your child seems apprehensive about visit their dentist then you want to cheer them up, making it a fun experience. Ideally your child should have been visiting the dentist since their first tooth, but in the event you have moved and you're going to a new dentist, then look for fun and calming ways to make this experience good.

Some parents find that an afternoon in the park after the dentist is just what the doctor ordered. Rewarding children for attending their appointment and behaving throughout the appointment is the best way to ensure that they always associate positivity with their dental appointments in the future, advises Tariq Drabu.

Be prepared

Tariq Drabu also advised that he finds when he is treating children, they are always better behaved, more relaxed and calm when they know exactly what to expect. The parent needs to make sure the child is aware that they are gong to the dentist that day for a check up or because their mouth hurts.

Once at the dentist and in the chair, it is up to the dentist to follow this routine, telling the child what to expect every step of the way. Children like to know what is going on and asking their permission and working with them will help calm them and ensure that their dental appointment goes ahead without any issues.

Tariq Drabu also advises that dentists should consider keeping dental lucky packets on site for their younger patients. Giving children a small toothbrush or delicious flavoured toothpaste is a great way to promote oral health.