April 15th, 2019

With the cost of living soaring is it time you considered having a dental payment plan to cover the cost of your dental care?

For a regular amount each month you could cover the cost of all examinations, hygienist sessions and x-rays, allowing you to make your appointments at a time convenient to yourself and not just dependent on pay dates and monthly budgeting.

The Denplan scheme (now called Simplyhealth), offered within the pracice can be set up quickly and easily.

All you need to do is check with your dentist that there are no current problems which need treatment.

If you are interested in finding out more then ask your dentist for the options available to you at your next visit.

Please note: The scheme does not cover existing conditions requiring treatment.

Tavistock Drive Dental Care. 0115 9602717.


April 8th, 2019

It is the Easter holidays, so time to book an appointment at the dentist before eating all that chocolate!

It is a good idea for parents to bring their children to the dentist with them at an early age.  This prepares them for future visits, the earlier the visits begin the more relaxed the children will be. You should then take them for regular check ups as often as the dentist recommends – usually every six months.

Cleaning your child’s teeth should be a part of their daily hygiene routine and should begin as soon as the first teeth start to come through.

Try to limit sugary or acidic food and drinks to mealtimes only and if you want to give your child a snack try to stick to cheese, vegetables and fresh fruit.

It is important to supervise the cleaning until your child is at least seven. Once all of the teeth have come through use a small-headed soft toothbrush in small circular movements concentrating on one area at a time. Remember to brush behind teeth and onto the gums. Make tooth brushing a routine in the morning and last thing before your child goes to bed.

Always encourage your child and praise them as this will often get the best results.


April 3rd, 2019
It’s nearly the Easter holidays so children will be riding their bikes and running around enjoying themselves – but accidents do happen and here is what to do :-
  1. Stay Calm.
  2. Find the tooth and gently rinse with clean water or cold milk to remove any large dirt particles.
  3. Avoid scraping or touching the root and hold the tooth by the crown – the top bit that sticks out of the gum.
  4. Replace the tooth as quickly as possible with the root going into the socket first and the crown pointing into the mouth. (Place as far into the socket as possible until level with the other teeth, a child will normally stop you as it will be sore before it is fully seated into place.)
  5. Keep the tooth in place by asking the child to bite on a piece of cloth.
  6. Seek immediate dental treatment with your dentist, the Emergency Dental Service (NEDS) or go to the Accident and Emergency Unit as soon as possible.

If you cannot replace the tooth at the site of injury:

  • Avoid scraping the root, put the tooth in a moist environment (preferably some cold milk) and arrive as soon as possible at the dentist for consultation and treatment.

Temporary Hygienist Nurse Required.

March 27th, 2019

We are currently looking for a dental nurse to cover sick leave.

The position is obviously only temporary but could lead to a more permanent position in the future.  The post involves working with the hygienist, some reception work and cover as required for holidays etc..

If you are interested or know anyone who is, then please call the practice on 0115 9602717 for more information.

Tavistock Drive Dental Care . NG3 5DU.


March 18th, 2019

At Tavistock Drive Dental Care part of the receptionist’s job is answering the phone to people who are not our patients but wanting an emergency appointment.

Emergency appointments on the day are generally only available to people who already attend the practice.  It is a little optimistic to expect an immediate appointment, if you have not been to us before and are not registered with a dentist, due to the administration involved and the staff care and time given.

Obviously this is not uppermost in your mind when you are in pain and we do not like patients to suffer, the best place to go for emergency treatment is the NHS walk in centre in town.

If you are prepared to wait until we have a gap, we would charge £45 to be paid before the appointment, which covers your examination and extra time given to discuss the issue with the dentist and fill in medical forms.  Any x-rays or treatment would be extra, but you would receive a written estimate which we would ask you to sign if you want to go ahead with the recommended treatment.

If you have moved locality, register with a new dentist as soon as possible to give you peace of mind and book in for regular check ups so emergencies are as infrequent as possible.

Tavistock Drive Dental Care. NG3 5DU. 0115 9602717


March 13th, 2019

Medical & dental history forms are issued to every new patient and take at least 10 minutes to fill in.  When we book a ‘New Patient Appointment’ we allow for the time to fill out the forms first.  The information needs to be up to date and accurate, as some medications may be contra-indicated in treatment.

At least once a year we will ask you to re-read your forms and to check your contact details so that our information is correct.

It is very important that you inform your dentist about any changes to your medication or state of health at every visit.

Thank you for your patience in this.

Tavistock Drive Dental Care. NG3 5DU. 0115 9602717.


March 6th, 2019

If you suffer from cold sores you will know how painful these can be.

A Cold sore usually appears on the lip as a small, painful blister which dries up to form a yellow crust and gradually heals in 5 – 7 days.

Cold sores are infectious and the virus can easily be passed to other people. It is most infectious whilst it is blistering. Always avoid touching a cold sore, so that you minimise the chance of spreading the virus.

If you have a cold sore, contact your Dentist or Hygienist before your appointment.  It is not advisable to treat patients whilst the virus is active, the area may be very painful, crack and bleed during dental treatment. Once the cold sore has opened up it will take a further 5 to 7 days to heal.

Please call us on 0115 9602717 for more advice if you need it.

Teeth Grinding In Your Sleep.

February 25th, 2019

Grinding teeth in your sleep is very common, many people are not aware that they do this.

You may have woken up with discomfort or pain in your jaw, shoulders or neck and not known what may have caused it.

Your dentist can tell you if there is any abnormal wear and tear due to grinding your teeth and if it has damaged the enamel.

To prevent grinding of your teeth your dentist can make you a night guard to wear. This is an appliance that keeps the teeth apart and allows the muscles to relax in a normal position.

If you feel that this might be a problem, visit us at Tavistock Drive Dental Care and we will be happy to advise on the best solution.


February 13th, 2019

If you are looking for a good dentist you may be wondering what the difference is between Private or NHS care?

It is not a matter of private dentists charging more for the same level of care as you receive in an NHS practice.  It’s about finding a good dentist who will do everything they can to help you keep your own teeth for as long as possible, whilst giving advice on the best methods of oral hygiene and preventive care.

Tavistock Drive Dental Care provide adult care on a private basis which allows us to spend chair-side time with you.  We believe it is not possible to offer the care current standards demand without the extra time spent.

We also offer emergency appointments on the same day, wherever possible, for any patient who is already registered and new private adult patients appointments within a week.

Our practice is on the NHS list as we have a contract to see children on the NHS (of parents who are seeing us privately).

If you would like to know more please call us on 0115 9602717. NG3 5DU.


February 6th, 2019

If your gums bleed regularly when you brush your teeth you may have GINGIVITIS – inflammation of the gums.

If this condition is untreated it could develop into PERIODONTAL DISEASE – the bone supporting the teeth resorbs and the teeth become loose.

Dentists look out for this condition at your check up appointment.  If it is detected early, the teeth can be effectively maintained.  We also recommend you talk to our hygienists who can give helpful advice on keeping your teeth clean and how to keep them in the best condition.

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