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Getting married?

CONGRATULATIONS. You have the dress, shoes, photographer but what about the SMILE? Do you want a whiter, brighter smile for the big day? Tooth whitening can restore discoloured or yellow teeth and give that extra sparkle for your photos. You don’t want to look back at your photographs and think what if. Give us at least two weeks […]

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Straight teeth faster with Orthopulse

  Want straight teeth but can’t wait months? Then OrthoPulse® may be your answer, it is a clinically proven device that uses light energy to speed up tooth movement. Just 10 minutes a day will take months off your treatment time. OrthoPulse® uses low levels of near infrared light to gently deliver energy to the bone and […]

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Female dentist

In my teens, when I decided to pursue a career in Dentistry, all the dentists I had met, except for my orthodontist were male. I hadn’t paid particular attention to it, but my family pointed out I was going to pursue a career that at the time was mainly male dominated. However I strongly believed […]

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How to get a good night’s sleep with your dentist

World Sleep Day takes place this month (17 March). Designed to be a celebration of sleep, it coincides perfectly with National Bed Month, another campaign reminding us all of the importance of a good night’s rest. However, it’s not all sweet dreams and beauty sleep for a large number of us. The survey, Sleep: A […]

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Quit smoking, get healthy and make your smile sparkle

According to figures from ASH, every year, around 100,000 smokers in the UK die from smoking-related causes, with two-thirds of current smokers wanting to quit but only about 30-40% attempting to in a given year. With smoking-related diseases causing 17% of all deaths in people aged 35 and over, we are here to help you […]

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Free teeth whitening

Our Lifetime Whitening Programme One of our goals is to help our patients enjoy the whitest, brightest smile in London! To support that goal we are offering patients our ‘lifetime whitening programme’.  Here are the details: The ‘lifetime whitening programme’ applies to patients who receive in-office whitening or our custom take-home trays at Bow Lane. […]

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Mouth cancer screening

oral cancer

According to Cancer research UK there were around 11,400 new cases of head and neck cancer in the UK in 2014, that’s 31 cases diagnosed every day. Bow Lane Dental is proud to offer OralID in this fight against mouth cancer. A proven, optically based technology from the United States called, “fluorescence technology.” OralID’s fluorescence […]

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Cfast braces

Cfast is a fast, simple and affordable, minimally invasive cosmetic treatment that aligns your front top and bottom six teeth. Cfast uses clear orthodontic brackets and tooth-coloured wires to move your teeth, making it more aesthetic than traditional braces and more predictable than clear aligner systems. Cfast is great for adults that want to correct minor […]

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Clean your dentures, orthodontic appliance or splints

  Over time, your dental appliance will pick up stains and bacteria. It loses its shine and becomes unattractive and smelly! Bow Lane has just acquired a Renfert high-performance cleaning machine. In just 20 minutes, we can disinfect your appliance getting it smooth, free from bacteria and looking like new again! It can even remove smoking and […]

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29% of Londoners report teeth grinding

The pressures of London life can have a significant impact on stress levels.This was substantiated by the findings of a recent survey of 300 Londoners (i) conducted on behalf of Bow Lane Dental, which found that money worries cause the highest stress levels, with commuting and job pressures being the next most frequently cited causes […]

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Veneers

A common question we get asked is what is the difference between a dental veneer, a porcelain veneer, Lumineers or Durathin veneers. They are all made of porcelain and do the same job of improving the appearance of your smile. The main difference is how thin they are and therefore how little we need to […]

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Dentist survives horrific crash and joins tough mountain cycling tour to help dental charity

One of our implant surgeons Mark, whose passion for cycling almost cost him his life, is back in the saddle to square up to the Pyrenees in a 450-mile ride to raise money for dental charity, Bridge2Aid. In May, Mark Vardon-Odonkor, an implant surgeon at Bow Lane Dental , was in a collision with a double-parked […]

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Bad breath, yellowing teeth and men v women in the flossing stakes

Tea, coffee, cola and fruit juice may be amongst the nation’s favourite drinks, but when it comes to Brits oral care, it appears they are public enemy number one. Nearly half of all Brits (46%) believe ageing causes a decline in the appearance of their teeth, with 77% of women aged 65 and over believing […]

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What does your smile say about you?

More and more of us are seeking teeth-straightening solutions to fix a crooked smile. That’s according to new statistics out this week that reveals a spike in the number of adults looking for orthodontic treatments. A survey released this week – and carried out by the British Orthodontic Society, that represents dentists who offer teeth-straightening […]

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Goodbye to Floss?

It does not prevent tooth decay that is down to good diet, genetics and brushing twice a day for 2 minutes. But is it effective against gum disease, again NO. Research shows that the use of small brushes daily between teeth is. Say goodbye to your floss unless you get something stuck between your teeth. […]

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Bring the children to meet our London dental team this summer

A survey by Mintel research recently revealed that although the vast majority (80%) of British parents take their children to routine dentist appointments, this leaves one in five (20%) who only take their children to the dentist when needed or are unsure about the frequency of visits. Similarly, while 81% of parents with children aged […]

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We can help you to keep smiling, keep calm and carry on!

It may be a time of great uncertainty for the nation but, if there’s one thing we can rely on, it’s our smile The irony was not lost on many political commentators. In the same week the UK faced its biggest political upheaval in 50 years following the referendum result to leave the EU, an […]

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What to pack for a healthy picnic

It looks like we are finally getting our summer so have you started planning for your family picnic? It is all too easy to pack pre-packaged foods, crisps, biscuits and chocolate, they contain high amounts of saturated fat, salt and sugar. Bow Lane has some healthy tips to create a picnic that’s as exciting to […]

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Bad teeth hurting career prospects?

A new survey by YouGov for the British Dental Association shows that 77% of respondents felt that decayed teeth or bad breath would hinder a candidate’s chances of securing employment in public or client-facing roles. 62% felt applicants with visibly decayed teeth, missing teeth or bad breath would be at a disadvantage securing any job. […]

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Healthy mouth and healthy body

Fitness and health expert Shannon Cunningham – and a patient at Bow Lane – teams up with dentist James Goolnik to offer some key fitness advice to keep you in tip top condition this summer Stay hydrated. Shannon says: Did you know our bodies are up to 60% water and our brain consists of up […]

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Dentist in Lycra

Ever seen your dentist in Lycra? Bow Lane’s Mark Vardon will be cycling across the Pyrenees in September in aid of a charity that helps those in developing countries out of dental pain. Here, he shares his passion for two wheels and the Bridge2Aid charity How long have you been cycling? I have always cycled. I took […]

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Stress and the mouth

are you grinding your teeth

Modern life can be stressful. With Men’s Health week coming up, it is a good time to reflect on what we put our bodies through and how we can minimise the impact of stress. Stress can manifest in the mouth as pain, bruxism, temporomandibular disorders (TMD), mouth ulcers and gum disease. One of the most common symptoms in […]

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How’s your smile?

gum disease

It’s Gum Health Awareness Day! Gums diseases are very common particularly periodontitis which affects almost 1 out of every 2 adults over 45 and almost 85% of all those over 65 years of age. It is the leading cause for tooth loss in many parts of the world. Gum treatment strategies have the highest success rate […]

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Bow Lane community campaign

The Bow Lane team are shocked by the number of children every day who are having teeth removed due to tooth decay. Over 100 children in the UK are having teeth pulled every day. Dental disease is PREVENTABLE. James and his team are working with the corporation of London to educate under 5’s in the […]

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When is it Appropriate to Call an Emergency Dentist?

London Emergency Dentists

We Brits too often take a ‘stiff-upper lip’ approach to visiting the doctor or dentist, but it’s important to get appropriate medical treatment in a dental emergency Dental visits should be a yearly or twice-yearly occurrence for the average patient. Dental practitioners use this time to assess your oral health and to keep an eye […]

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Dental Veneers: Something to Smile About

London Dental Veneers

Using veneers, you can shake up your whole look and face the world with healthy, white, perfect teeth. Most of us take great pride in our outward appearance — it demonstrates a certain standard of self-worth and self-respect. We all want to look as good as we possibly can. The addition of a beautiful smile […]

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Nutrition & Hydration Week – 14-20 March

Do you ever stop to think what you are putting in your mouth? With our ever increasingly busy lives, food and drink can sometimes be considered a quick fix by many of us – grabbing the nearest can of fizzy drink or opting for sugar-laden fast food and ready-packed sandwiches. We all need to refuel, […]

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What is “All-On-4”?

If you have lost all your teeth in a jaw or need to have them all replaced we can now remove failing teeth, place implants and provide you with a fixed bridge all in the same day. The good news if you need to replace your teeth with dental implants is that you do not […]

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Importance of mouth guards when playing contact sports

Why a mouth guard? Mouthguards or sportsguards offer unbeatable protection against sporting injuries to the teeth, jaw, neck and brain. They protect (most commonly) from broken and damaged teeth and broken or dislocated jaws. The American Dental Association (ADA) found more than 200,000 oral injuries are prevented each year by wearing a mouth guard. Put […]

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5 alternatives to your sugary coffee shop addiction

  A survey by Action on Sugar revealed 98% of hot flavoured drinks have excessive sugar. 35% of these have more sugar than a can of coke. Top of the list is the Starbucks’s Hot Mulled Fruit which contains 25 teaspoons of sugar. Remember the maximum ADULT daily intake of free sugars is 7 teaspoons. […]

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