Can diabetes affect oral health?

Diabetes and Periodontitis are both very common diseases and the association between these two conditions have been recognized by dental professionals for many years. Many studies have identified that diabetes is a major risk factor for Periodontitis and it is true to say that diabetes can affect many parts of the body including teeth and gums. The effect of the diabetes is even greater if the blood sugar is not controlled which makes it harder to fight bacterial infections.

People with diabetes are more likely to have infections of the gums and bones that hold the tooth in its place. Diabetes also decreases the blood sugar supply to the gums making them more susceptible to diseases. High blood sugars can also make the mouth dry making gum disease worse.

Plaque buildup

Plaque buildup is one of the leading causes of gum diseases and infections. Plaque is a clear sticky layer of bacteria that forms on the teeth and requires to be removed efficiently in order to prevent oral issues. If your high blood sugar is not maintained or controlled it may lead to a faster plaque buildup which means that the risk of oral health problems becomes greater.


Gingivitis is a kind of gum disease that results in red, swollen gums and it is caused by a buildup of plaque or tartar on the gums and teeth. As mentioned earlier, if you have diabetes it is harder for the body to control plaque bacteria and its buildup. This is the reason why people with diabetes are at a much greater risk of getting gum diseases.

Be sure to see your dental professional if you have any of these symptoms:

  •         Red gums
  •         Swollen or
  •         Tender gums
  •         Gums that bleed easily

Periodontal disease

If you do not treat gingivitis it can turn into a larger problem- Periodontitis. This is a more serious form of gum disease which pulls away the gums from the teeth causing teeth to become loose.

Your oral health can also affect diabetes. If you have an infection like gum disease, it can affect your blood sugar also. This is why diabetes patients are urged to follow the vital oral care habits at home and protect the oral health to manage diabetes.

For more information on diabetes and oral health, talk to your dental team on 0208 371 4386

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Dental Cavities and Tooth Decay

Dental Cavity is a hole in a tooth and it is one of the most common dental conditions affecting both children and adults. You obviously know what a cavity is but do you know why it starts and how it can be reversed?

How does a cavity develop?

Our mouth is home to different kinds of bacteria. They live on our teeth, gums, tongue and every corner or space in out mouth. Not all are harmful but there are a few that play a crucial role in the development of cavities. These kinds of bacteria use sugars in the foods to form acids over time, forming a cavity in the tooth.

When the teeth are exposed to acid frequently, with foods which contain sugars or starches, they cause the enamel to lose minerals. A white spot appears which the sign of early decay. At this point, it’s possible to stop or reverse tooth decay with the help of minerals from saliva or fluoride found in toothpaste. However, if the process continues and minerals are lost more, the enamel is further weakened and destroyed. A cavity is then a permanent damage which the dentist repairs using a filling.


How can we avoid tooth cavity?

Tooth cavities are avoidable and reversible if spotted early. You can perform certain dental care routine making your mouth healthy.

Using the mineral fluoride can reverse the process of decaying as it works to protect the teeth enamel. It prevents the loss of mineral in the enamel and also helps in replacing it. It also works by reducing the ability of the bacteria to make acid. You may increase fluoride exposure to your teeth by taking fluoridated water or brushing with fluoride toothpaste. Taking care of the diet by limiting sugars and starches is also very important if you wish to avoid tooth decay. Brushing the teeth after every meal can help fight the acid attack by foods. A regular visit to the dentist can also keep you updated with the problems occurring or starting in your mouth. It is very important to visit the dentist or hygienist regularly for they perform the following essential procedures:


  •         Remove dental plaque which decays tooth
  •         Check for any areas of early tooth decay preventing it from developing further
  •         Show you and your child how to thoroughly clean the teeth with demonstrations and good tips
  •         Apply a fluoride gel or varnish, if needed
  •         Schedule your next regular check-up

Our dentists at Dazzle Dental Care are readily available for dental checkups of the entire family. For all hygienist services you can get an appointment and rid your child and yourself of tooth cavities.



Dental Facts Every Expectant Mother Needs to Know

It is important for an expectant mother to maintain her oral health and take care of her teeth. It can be done by following a proper hygiene regime, eating a balanced diet in which starchy food along with sugary snacks is avoided and visiting the dentist regularly.  Good and healthy diet provides you with the necessary calcium, phosphorous and vitamins that are needed for the bones and teeth of the baby. Your doctor will be helpful in evaluating your specific health needs throughout the course of pregnancy. Here are a few commonly asked questions that are asked by an expectant mother.

Does calcium for my baby’s teeth come from my teeth?

It is a common myth that calcium for the baby’s teeth comes from the teeth of the mother. This is completely false and the truth is that calcium for the baby’s teeth comes from the mother’s diet.

What is the best method to care for my teeth?

In order to prevent tooth decay or gum disease, it is very important to brush the teeth regularly preferably twice a day. Also be sure to clean the teeth daily with floss and anti-plaque mouth rinse occasionally. To learn the perfect way to brush and floss, ask your hygienist to demonstrate it to you. It is observed that gingivitis and inflammation of the gums are very common during the second and eighth month of pregnancy which is why it important to keep very good care of the teeth during pregnancy.

Does fluoride help?

It is expected by many women that taking fluoride supplements help children form stronger teeth but the fact is that the benefits of prenatal fluoridation are  yet to be studied properly. It is not necessary that the fluoride supplements will help the process of enamel formation as fluoride works best when n the teeth are fully formed and erupted in the mouth.

Can pregnancy affect my gums?

It is normal for hormone levels in the body to rise considerably during pregnancy. Gingivitis and inflammation of the gums are s very common during the second and the eighth month of pregnancy. This causes red, puffy gums which tend to bleed when brushed. This enhanced sensitivity is the response to bacterial plaque and is because of an increased level of the hormone called progesterone in the system. Sometimes, overgrowths of gum tissue known as pregnancy tumors may also appear especially in the second trimester. These localised growths or swellings are found between the teeth and are related to excess plaque.

So if you observe any changes in your mouth during pregnancy, it is best to phone our friendly dental practice in Finchley and book an appointment. Our dentist will arrange and examination appointment at

Finally, we hope you have a safe pregnancy and an easy, healthy delivery.


Just The Right Pre-holiday Smile Booster: Teeth Whitening

It is the time of the year when families and friends gather for vacations and holidays preferably to enjoy the sun. Everybody wants to look good in their holiday pictures but is your smile ready to dazzle in the summer? If your smile makes you frown and feel uncomfortable because of tooth discoloration or staining then it is the right time to visit Dazzle Dental Care and avail our amazing teeth whitening options.
Teeth whitening is a part of cosmetic dentistry and is one of the most safe and gentle way to enhance smiles. It is also the most effective way to make your smile brighter and whiter within a short time period. Teeth are stained overtime due to our habits or foods we eat. These discolorations make our teeth appear yellower or dirtier and cause many to hide their smiles. Drinks such as red wine, tea or coffee are known to stain teeth. Also some medical conditions and smoking could be a cause of it. Without doubt, tooth discoloration is a common phenomenon and happens to literally everyone but does it mean you have to live with it? They surely are the reason behind the misery of many. Stained teeth have resulted in shattered confidence in a lot of people. Dazzle Dental Care believes it is the right of every person to dazzle with their beautiful, shiny smiles especially during the summer!

Everything is just perfect – the weather is sunny, the sky is bright and the waters are bluer than ever. You deserve the smile whiter than glowing pearls.
How is it done?
Teeth Whitening treatments are carried out with special dental bleaching gels which are gently used to safely remove the years long stains on the surface of the teeth. It works for both the surface and deep seated staining. When you visit our practice, our dentist at Dazzle Dental Care will assess the nature of the stains and then evaluate the best teeth whitening treatment for them. Sometimes the teeth are permanently discolored which are benefited from other cosmetic dental treatments for example porcelain veneers.
Our practice offers two types of Teeth Whitening procedures.
Home whitening
As the name suggests, this treatment can be practiced at home but with the instruction of the dentist. Our Nite White Home Whitening Procedure lets the dentist measure your for whitening trays in which little gel is placed. This is worn overnight for two weeks to make your teeth appear whiter. This is the best option for patients who don’t mind whitening while they are sleeping. The result will be a beautiful, bright white smile.
Power whitening
Power whitening is carried out by a dentist here in our Dazzle Dental Care in Finchley. ZOOM! In-Surgery Whitening System is used to lighten your teeth up to 8 to 10 shades within one seating. For an individual with a busy lifestyle or routine, it is the perfect option.

Call us on 0208 371 4386 or visit our website to book your appointment.

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Dental Implants

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant (or fixture) may be used to support one or more false teeth and can be used when the root itself has failed. Dental Implant a screw that can act as a replacement missing  tooth.  It is installed in the jawbone.

Implants interface with the bone of the jaw or skull to help  support crowns, bridges, dentures or to act as an anchor. Made out of titanium, implants are compatible with body tissues and form an intimate bond to bone during healing. Currently, there is a lot of evidence from studies and from clinical experience directing towards the safety and convenience in using implants as a way to replace lost teeth with natural-looking results.

With the advancement in technology and procedures, placing dental implants is considered to be a reliable treatment with results similar to a natural looking teeth.


 Pre-requisite for Dental Implants

You must make sure you have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant, before getting it. A bone graft may be required in cases where the bone is too thin or soft and unable to support an implant. Alternately, if there is not sufficient bone height in the upper jaw or the sinuses are too close to the jaw, you may need a sinus lift.

 Benefits of Dental Implants procedure

Dental implant provides sufficient support that acts as a natural tooth as you eat, chew, smile, talk, unlike dentures. They are designed for a long-term solution for missing teeth and has become the regular tooth-replacement option.

Being attached to the interior jawbone, implants are not subject to decay and they don’t put stress on surrounding teeth, both of which are common problems with dental bridges. In addition to replacing lost teeth, implants also support the facial skeleton and, indirectly, the soft tissue structures – gum tissues, cheeks and lips. This means they also help maintain the jawbone’s shape and density.

 Can I have Dental Implants

Our experienced dentist, Dr. Punit Shah  will assess and plan dental implant placement and restoration — the making of crowns, bridgework or dentures that are attached on top of the implants and are visible in your mouth. Dr. Shah will be able to give you a rough timetable at the start of your treatment.

Placing an implants will consist of a surgical procedure in which precision channels are created in the jawbone, often with the help of a surgical guide. This is often easier than taking a tooth out and is usually done using a simple local anesthetic. Typically, you will not feel any pain during surgery. The implants are then fitted into the sites, so that they are in close contact with the bone. Generally, they require two to six months to fuse to the bone before they can have tooth restorations attached to them for the process to be complete.

If you have single or multiple missing teeth, please call us on 0208 371 4386 or visit us on: to book your Complimentary Consultation with Dr. Shah

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