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.

Ring today and book an appointment to have your mouth guard made.


August 19th, 2019

If you have a special birthday or a wedding coming up don’t forget that your teeth need to look their best too.

Do you feel embarrassed about the appearance of your teeth when introduced to new people, or friends you haven’t seen for years?

Old dental work or discoloured teeth can add on years,  we can advise on how to improve your smile – and confidence.

Often a simple case of teeth whitening can have a huge effect on your looks, but you may consider having  old crowns or bridgework replaced?

Call us at Tavistock Drive Dental Care today, to book your consultation with one of our experienced dentists.

0115 9602717. (NG3 5DU)


August 14th, 2019

Unfortunately our new nurse has decided not to take our vacancy so we are still looking for someone who is interested in our part-time post.

If you know of anyone or would like to apply yourself please ring us on 0115 9602717 and ask for more details.

Tavistock Drive Dental Care NG3 5DU.


August 8th, 2019

Many people are worried about going to the dentist due to cost or being nervous.  Our aim at Tavistock Drive Dental Care is to help you overcome nerves and fears.

As a valued patient of our practice you would be given an urgent appointment the same day, wherever possible, to assess the problem and relieve any pain.

By registering with the practice we are able to monitor your needs.   We advise you on how often to attend for routine examinations and possibly hygienist appointments,  allowing us to work with you to keep your oral health in the best condition.

We also offer Denplan Essentials, a monthly payment scheme to help budget for routine appointments.  It enables you to spread the cost to make budgeting more manageable (any treatment identified at the initial examination must be completed before you can begin a Denplan scheme).

If you are a Denplan member, now called Simplyhealth, you are also entitled to see a dentist, who subscribes to the scheme, if you are more than 40 miles away from your own dentist, for example – holidays!

Call us today on 0115 9602717 and register to become one of our valued patients.


July 31st, 2019

We look forward to welcoming Justyna – our new staff member who will be working with the hygienists from mid-August.

Justyna is fully qualified as a dental nurse with several years experience, we hope you will be ‘patient’ with her as she learns her new role.

Tavistock Drive Dental Care. NG3 5DU.


July 24th, 2019
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 practice 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.


July 15th, 2019

We are looking for a new dental nurse to work with our hygienists – it is a part-time post of 23.12 hours a week.

We are looking for someone who is dedicated and ready to be part of a team to keep the excellent standards our patients expect.

You would not necessarily have to be qualified, but this would be an advantage, training would be given but you would need to be enrolled on a dental nurse training programme.

For more details call us on 0115 9602717.


June 28th, 2019

Fighting the build up of plaque is a constant battle.

Every time you eat or drink, the PH level in your saliva is changed causing an ‘acid attack’ which increases your risk of dental decay.  Along with food debris becoming trapped between the teeth, you can see problems could occur if teeth are not cleaned thoroughly.

Patients often only realise the seriousness of a problem when it is too late.  Many people ignore the visible signs of Plaque or Calculus on their teeth.  Even bleeding whilst brushing teeth fails to alert them that something is wrong because the initial stages of gum disease are usually painless!

Interdental cleaning is an important part of your Oral Hygiene routine and yet many adults ignore this very important step in maintaining good oral health.

In truth brushing alone is simply not enough!  Interdental aids such as dental floss and inter-dental brushes really help to keep your teeth in the best condition.

Effective cleaning to reduce plaque reduces the risk of developing gingivitis (the initial stage of gum disease).

Here at Tavistock Drive Dental Care we believe in preventative care where possible.  The dentists and hygienists work closely together to show you the best methods for keeping your mouth clean and healthy.

Call Tavistock Drive Dental Care on 0115 9602717 and book an appointment and ensure you keep your mouth healthy for years to come.


June 18th, 2019

Many people do not have enough room in their mouth for thirty two teeth. The four wisdom teeth are the last to develop, usually between the ages of 18-22.  If there is insufficient room for a wisdom tooth to fully erupt it can become impacted, often leading to soreness because food gets trapped.  When areas in the mouth are difficult to clean properly decay can set in so extracting the tooth will prevent further problems.   If the tooth develops fully without any problems then no action is needed, any discomfort whilst the tooth is erupting  will disappear.  If gums become sore then a mouthwash of hot water with a teaspoon of salt in will help.  (Test the hot water with your finger to make sure it is not too hot.)   If the pain does not ease after a few days, make an appointment to see your dentist for advice.

Tavistock Drive Dental Care. 0115 9602717.

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