NEW STAFF

May 15th, 2019

We have a new member of staff, mainly working with our hygienists.

Abi is not yet qualified, so we hope our patients will  understand and make allowances as she gets to know everything.

Abi will also be working with Dr. Stead one day a week, to help her with her training course and give her a wider experience of treatments.

Tavistock Drive Dental Care. 0115 9602717.

RECOMMEND A FRIEND.

May 8th, 2019

At Tavistock Drive Dental Care we pride ourselves on the care we give our patients and the quality of dentistry our patients receive.

If you have a friend or relative looking for a good honest dentist then look no further, do them a favour and recommend us.

With many of our patients coming to the surgery on recommendation of an existing patient we hope that is a good enough reason to give us a try.

All of our Adult Care is provided on a private basis and it is easy to register.

Ring the surgery or call in to reception to book the Initial Examination which lasts up to 40 minutes and costs £45.00 (payable on booking) any x rays are charged at £16.00 on the day of the examination and a full written estimate is always provided before any treatment begins.

We explain all of the treatment options available to you clearly and allow you to decide on which options are best to suit your needs. You have the opportunity to discuss the options and ask any questions of the dentist at this appointment, so that you can make an informed decision on how you wish to proceed.

As we take pride in the service we offer we do not try to pressure you into having any treatment – the final decision is yours.

Contact our friendly helpful reception team on 01159602717 today for more information or to register and take the first step toward ensuring your smile is as well maintained as possible.

SENSITIVE TEETH

May 1st, 2019

Many people suffer from sensitive teeth which can mean anything from getting a slight twinge to having severe discomfort that can continue for several hours.

Sensitivity can start at any time and can be an early warning of a more serious dental problem.

Some causes of sensitivity may be:

Toothbrush abrasion – caused by brushing too hard
Dental erosion – a loss of tooth enamel caused by acidic food and drinks
Gum recession – gums can naturally recede exposing the roots of the tooth
Gum disease – where tartar and the build up of plaque cause gums to recede and can destroy the support of a tooth
Grinding your teeth – a habit which can damage the enamel of the tooth
A cracked tooth or filling

Using a sensitive toothpaste twice a day to brush your teeth may ease the pain of sensitive teeth.

If you would like more help or advice on sensitivity then contact the surgery and make an appointment to discuss this with your dentist.

Tavistock Drive Dental Care. 0115 9602717.

SIMPLYHEALTH – Denplan

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.

PROTECTING CHILDREN’S TEETH.

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.

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR CHILD KNOCKS OUT A TOOTH.

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.

EMERGENCY APPOINTMENTS.

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

MEDICAL HISTORY FORMS.

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.

COLD SORES.

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.

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