November 18th, 2019

Periodontal disease is inflammation of the tissues which support teeth and attach them to the jaw. The disease occurs in 3 stages Gingivitis, Periodontitis and Advanced Periodontitis.

Gingivitis – plaque and bacteria cause the gums to become red and swollen and bleed easily. Small pockets occur where plaque gets into the space between the tooth and the gum. Good oral care and visits to the hygienist are usually enough to restore healthy gums.

Periodontitis – over time if left untreated the disease spreads below the gum line and the inflammation reaches the bone causing deeper pockets and bone loss. Treatment at this stage is aimed at preventing further damage.

Advanced Periodontitis – as the bone is destroyed teeth become loose and the pockets become deeper, abscesses can occur. Sometimes the gum shrinks and part of the root is exposed. Periodontitis may reach the advanced stages without causing pain.

Visit us at Tavistock Drive Dental Care regularly, for advice on how to look after your teeth and gums.


November 13th, 2019

We offer hygienist appointments every day except Tuesdays and alternate Thursdays.

Cleaning our teeth thoroughly is an essential part of a healthy daily routine and our experienced hygienists will be able to explain the best way for every person’s teeth.

Everyone’s teeth differ and there are many inter dental brushes, flosses and mouthwashes on the market.  Make the most of your appointments and get advice from the horse’s mouth!

We look forward to seeing you soon. Don’t forget to book in for a lovely clean before Christmas!


November 6th, 2019

If you are putting off visiting a dentist because your are nervous it is advisable not to.

Maybe you have had a bad experience in the past or because you know your dental health is not up to scratch you are worried about coming.

Make an appointment with Tavistock Drive Dental Care and let us put the smile back on your face.  Our dentists are used to people being worried about treatments and will make every effort to put you at your ease.

We are here to help you maintain or improve your smile and to offer the best guidance on cleaning and products available to ensure you are able to keep your mouth clean, healthy and fresh at all times.


October 28th, 2019

At Tavistock Drive Dental Care we take cross infection prevention very seriously, we undertook our training on 25th October 2019.

It is impossible to completely sterilise the whole practice, but we adhere to strict regimes in the decontamination of instruments and all clinical areas.

We aim to keep our policies and procedures up to date and carried out to the best of our ability.

Please inform us if you have any concerns. Tel 0115 9602717


October 21st, 2019
It’s school holidays so children will be riding their bikes and running around enjoying themselves – but accidents do happen.
Here is what to do if your child loses a tooth accidentally :-
  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.

Tavistock Drive Dental Care, 0115 9602717.


October 8th, 2019

Root Canal Treatment is a routine dental procedure. (RCT)

RCT is needed when the nerve of a tooth is damaged.  This can happen because of decay, infection or injury and may lead to a dental abscess.

If RCT is not carried out the infection could spread and the tooth could be lost.

Treatment usually involves  local anaesthetic and will feel no different to having an ordinary filling, although it will involve two or more visits to your dentist.

At the first appointment the dentist cleans out the root canal (the space in the centre of the tooth) and shapes it in preparation for the filling.  The dentist will place a temporary filling in the tooth and then leave it to settle down.

At the next appointment the dentist will check whether the infection has cleared and may clean the canals again if there is any infection remaining.

When the infection has completely cleared the dentist will replace with a permanent filling.

You may need to have the tooth restored with a crown to give it extra strength and support.

There may be some tenderness in the area afterwards and this will usually subside within 7 to 10 days.

Root treated teeth should be looked after in exactly the same way as other teeth.

Ask your dentist to explain your options fully, before deciding upon the right treatment for yourself.  You need to understand the pro’s and con’s.

At Tavistock Drive Dental Care we provide you with all of the treatment options and give you a full written estimate for the cost.

Contact us on 0115 9602717 if you would like further information.


October 2nd, 2019

We are very happy to announce our new dental nurse is starting next week.

Helena has worked with us before and missed us so much she wanted to come back, we are delighted to have her.

I am sure Helena will settle in quickly, but please be patient with her as she grows accustomed to our ways again.

It has been a very unsettling period recently and we truly regret having to change appointments and do hope yours have not been changed more than once. Here’s to a more stable future!

Tavistock Drive Dental Care, 0115 9602717.


September 23rd, 2019

Do you find yourself abstaining from certain foods or drinks in an effort to avoid uncomfortable symptoms?

Sensitivity can vary from mild discomfort to more severe twinges in the teeth or to sharp shooting pains which can last for hours at a time.

Identifying the reason for tooth sensitivity can be tricky, especially as there can be many factors.

Sometimes, sensitivity can be caused by hot, cold or sweet foods and drinks.

The condition occurs when the receding tissue exposes the dentinal channels therefore allowing the offending foods and drinks to touch the nerve causing discomfort and pain.

If you would like to make an appointment with us at Tavistock Drive Dental Care on 0115 9602717, we can offer you the very best guidance on treatments and products available to help combat these symptoms.


September 11th, 2019

Dry Mouth is a common symptom and may be caused by prescription drugs which limit saliva production, or sleeping with your mouth open.

Not only is a dry mouth uncomfortable and sometimes painful, it can affect your dental health. Saliva is essential to neutralise plaque acids that cause tooth decay.

Plaque is a sticky soft bacterial deposit that sticks to your teeth, especially close to the gum line and between the teeth.

When you eat foods which contain sugars and starches bacteria produces plaque acids, which if not removed can dissolve the enamel on your teeth or combine with minerals to harden and form tartar deposits.

Plaque will always be produced, but with careful brushing and flossing you can minimise the effect on your oral health.  Regular chewing of a sugar free gum can help to reduce the amount of plaque which forms.

Brush your teeth twice daily, use inter-dental aids and visit us at Tavistock Drive Dental Care for advice on controlling this problem.  0115 9602717.


August 27th, 2019

Anyone with children is probably getting uniforms and stationary ordered in time for the new school year.

Don’t forget the sports that your child will be involved in and consider a Sports Mouth Guard,  then you know you are doing everything you can to protect their teeth.

How often do you watch television and notice one of your sporting idols has lost or damaged teeth caused by sports injury to the face?

Unlike a bone the teeth do not heal and the consequences of an injury can be very expensive to rectify.

In the majority of cases damage to the teeth could have been prevented or dramatically reduced by wearing a custom fit mouth guard.

A mouth guard will help by reducing the force of the impact and spreading the impact over a larger area, acting as a form of shock absorber in the mouth.

A custom fit sports mouth guard can be made in a range of colours and can be fitted for adults and children even if fixed braces are worn.

You will not get the same protection from a shop bought mouth guard which is why the British Dental Association, Rugby Football Union and England Hockey recommend only custom fit dental mouth guards should be worn.

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