Frequently Asked Questions
Some of your most common queries
Making your life as easy as possible, we answer your most frequently asked questions.
We endeavour to answer as many queries as possible to ensure you have all the information needed about our dentistry service. However please call us on 01425 272250 should you need to speak with us.
We would arrange a new patient examination for you in order to discuss your dental history, take any necessary x-rays and discuss your treatment going forward.
All of our dentists are extremely patient and understanding of dental anxiety. We would take any treatment one step at a time, being led by your concerns. Comfort breaks can be accommodated in longer treatments and we can also recommend meditation and hypnotherapy practitioners that we are more than happy to work with.
We do run late clinics so we could find you an appointment to suit you from 8am to 8pm or on Saturdays too.
Really it depends on the individual and there might be all kinds of factors that influence how well you are able to brush your teeth at different times in your life. You can be sure we will advise you how you are doing every time we see you!
No, don’t stop. Your gums are bleeding due to the bacteria that has collected there and caused gingivitis (an inflammation of the gum tissue). You have to continue your dental hygiene routine in order to remove all the bacteria. The bleeding should stop once the inflammation has subsided.
At our practices we have the lowest and fastest dose of radiation digital X-rays. Dental X-rays are one of the lowest radiation dose X-rays performed. A routine exam which includes 4 X-rays is about 0.005 mSv, which is less than one day of natural background radiation. It is also about the same amount of radiation exposure from a short airplane flight (~1-2 hrs).
No, rinsing flushes away the fluoride from your toothpaste. Spit but don’t rinse. Ideally, avoid any drink for 45 minutes after brushing to give the fluoride time to work.
It’s never too early to bring your child to the dentist. Even before they have teeth, children should be accustomed to seeing their parents at the dentist so that they can see it is nothing to worry about.
Yes, our practice has a lift within Sainsbury’s and is fully accessible once inside.
We say stick to a well known brand and brushing your teeth thoroughly with fluoride toothpaste is one of the most effective ways of preventing tooth decay. Toothpastes containing 1350-1500ppm fluoride are the most effective. Your dentist may advise you to use higher-strength toothpaste if you or your child is at particular risk of tooth decay.
There are many gentle things you can try from wrapping an elastoplast around their thumb to sticker rewards and weird tasting nail varnishes.