SpaDental News

Why do we have two tooth fairy days?

28th February 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

It was a surprise to me to discover that there are two days a year to celebrate the tooth fairy! Today, and also August 22nd are both marked on calendars as tooth fairy days. I can remember getting a coin under my pillow to replace a tooth. Actually, I think my mother still has a…

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Going the extra miles to support anxious patients

27th February 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

This weekend, our dental surgeon Lucy Smith clocked up around 700 miles to support anxious patients. She travelled from Plymouth up to Harrogate and back, to attend a course held for dentists who wish to offer IV sedation. Since she began working in SpaDental Plymouth last year, Lucy’s reputation has spread. New patients, are asking…

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We can help anxious patients feel comfortable

26th February 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

Are you anxious about going to the dentist? Is someone you know so afraid of going to the dentist that they’d rather suffer in pain at home, than make an appointment with the nearest dental practice? Nervousness, anxiety, and fear are real emotions that people can experience when they have to have something done to…

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Can I change my smile?

23rd February 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

There was a time when good teeth were a genetic gift. But nowadays good teeth are a gift you can give to yourself. If you ask, “Can I change my smile?” Our answer is, “Yes!” It may not be a simple process, there may be many steps, and you may not want to go the…

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Meet Jo Roberts, trainee dental nurse

22nd February 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

If you’ve been into our surgery lately, you’ll have seen a new face.  Jo Roberts, trainee dental nurse, joined the practice in January, and is really enjoying the experience! We asked Jo, why she decided to become a dental nurse. Here’s what she said: “I’ve always wanted to work with people, as that’s what makes…

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Plan for the future and turn back time

21st February 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

At this time of the year, we’re making plans for the future. So many big events take place in spring and summer, it’s a time we want to look our best. Yet planning a few changes to how we look is getting more complicated. There are so many new ways to turn back time! It…

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Meet our dental nurse team leader – Sian Cowper

20th February 2018 | Heather Cresswell

My name is Sian Cowper. And for me, dental nursing is more than a profession – it’s a way of life! So much of a nurse’s personality and enthusiasm goes into the job. As the dental nurse team leader here, I think it’s important everyone knows we love our work! I began my career working…

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Not feeling quite right? We can trust our local pharmacy to help.

19th February 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

Our local pharmacy is here to help us to be well and stay well! If we need a prescription filled, or we’re wondering which over the counter medicine to buy, we go to our local pharmacy. But actually they are able to do a lot more to help us stay well.  When we think about…

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Automated checks of NHS fees punish the wrong people

16th February 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

Over the last ten years, using an automated system to reduce fee evasion, the number of NHS dental patients fined has increased enormously. Some NHS dental patients are eligible for free dental care.  Others, as part of the NHS Low Income Scheme, are entitled to partial help with their fees. It is very important that…

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Flouride in our water? Yes or no?

15th February 2018 | Heather Cresswell

What is ‘fluoride’ and do we need fluoride in our water? When we talk about fluoride we are referring to the compound Sodium Fluoride (NaF), or another fluorine-containing salt. Sometimes fluoride in our water source occurs naturally. Some water boards add it.  Fluoride is also a key ingredient in everyday tooth-care products, such as toothpaste….

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Have the best fresh breath! Quick fixes and long term solutions!

14th February 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

It’s Valentine’s Day! Love it, hate it or ignore it, sometimes it’s not what we think that matters. Could be that it’s what someone else is thinking that makes the difference. Here are five simple ways to make a good impression: Spend some extra time on how you dress Pay attention to the person you’re…

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Look after your NHS Dental Registration or you may lose it.

13th February 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

Did you know that in order to keep your NHS dental registration at an NHS practice you need to attend regularly? Please read the information below and be sure to keep up your NHS dental registration. Many patients often forget to make regular visits to see their dentist. And then, before you realise, it’s been…

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“Invisalign helped my confidence,” our smiling patient says!

12th February 2018 | Heather Cresswell

We’d like to share with you a really positive testimonial from one of our SpaDental Whitchurch patients. He recently finished his Invisalign treatment and feels confident with his new smile. ‘When I was young I had metal braces and I didn’t want to have them again when most people my age don’t. I’d heard Invisalign…

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Some strange historical facts and good advice for National Toothache Day 2018

9th February 2018 | Louise Burgess

Today, Friday 9th February, is National Toothache Day. “National Toothache Day is certainly not anything to smile about as toothache usually makes those who suffer from it very miserable. A toothache can make it difficult for someone to eat, drink, sleep and even talk.”  Michaela ONeill, President of the BSDHT. The purpose of this special…

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More tips for cutting down sugar

8th February 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

For the second year running, Cancer Research is using the month of February to promote the advantages of cutting down sugar. Cancer Research is one of the organisations that is fighting the battle against our ever-increasing consumption of sugar. Here are their top five reasons for cutting down sugar. Or even better, cutting it out!…

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Brilliant tooth whitening offer! You have to read this!

8th February 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

You really mustn’t miss this special Valentine’s Day offer! Treat yourself to the gift of whiter teeth! Our truly brilliant tooth whitening offer opens today. It’s such a great deal, we think you’ll be delighted with it! After all, everyone wants whiter teeth! Our offer is: In-Chair Zoom Tooth Whitening treatment, including the take-home kit,…

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Freshen up your kiss for next week! There’s just enough time left!

7th February 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

Be sure that lasting impression is a good one! With only a week to go until Valentine’s Day, it’s time to freshen up your kiss! No-one wants lion’s breath*! In the majority of cases there are ways to make your breath smell better, with a bit of time and planning. Most cases of bad breath…

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Sarah Briggs – Trainee Dental Nurse

6th February 2018 | Heather Cresswell

Sarah Briggs is training to be a dental nurse with the help of SpaDental Plymouth. Here’s what she told us about her career choices: “I changed my career to become a dental nurse,” says Sarah Briggs ‘After returning from working abroad as a professional dancer in 2014, I became a fitness instructor. I loved teaching…

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Diana Marcus – Dental Surgeon at SpaDental Plymouth

5th February 2018 | Heather Cresswell

“My dentist Diana is so kind and puts me, a very nervous patient, at ease.” JC Above is a patient’s comment, which was added to an overall rating of our practice as  5* and “excellent”. Thank you! Diana Marcus joined our team of dental surgeons in January 2017. She is valued by both the SpaDental…

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Remember World Cancer Day

4th February 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

Don’t forget! It can make a difference if we remember World Cancer Day. World Cancer Day is a day we should remember. It’s a day for taking action! So now you’ve remembered the importance of today, there are two things to do right away: Put yourself first: remember the checks you need to do? Take…

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Charlotte Murie – Trainee Dental Nurse in Plymouth

3rd February 2018 | Heather Cresswell

Charlotte Murie explains: Why I want to become a Dental Nurse. ‘I am currently training to be a dental nurse at SpaDental Plymouth because I believe it’s important to help people understand the importance of looking after their teeth and gums. It is so valuable being involved in the day to day life of the surgery….

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Where’s Stephen? We had to find out what he was up to!

2nd February 2018 | Heather Cresswell

Where is he? Look behind you! Surely that’s not Stephen? Our SpaDental team in Plymouth had a special reason for enjoying a night out to watch the panto Aladdin. Every year the Ugborough Dramatic Society in Devon puts on a pantomime. The Ugborough panto draws in crowds from near and far. So off we went. Well,…

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It’s time to talk, because even a few words can make a difference

1st February 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

February 1st is “Time to Talk Day”. Time to reach out to a friend or colleague. The Time to Change campaign is led by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. The focus of this special day is to help us all realise that just by being there to say a few words, we can support someone….

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Testimonials

Here to support service veterans - SpaDental Plymouth

"This was my first dental appointment since leaving the Armed Forces 2 years ago, and having left it far too long I eventually thought I ought to try to get myself an NHS dentist. Recognizing the unique challenges that veterans face when they leave the military, Spa Dental's veterans policy enabled me to get an initial appointment and receive treatment as an NHS patient - exactly what I'd hoped for. The professionalism and friendliness of…

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"Absolutely delighted" with veneers - SpaDental Whitchurch, Shropshire

A glowing testimonial for Dental Surgeon - veneers SpaDental Whitchurch Shropshire. Veneers SpaDental Whitchurch Shropshire "Excellent treatment! Absolutely delighted! Dr Jindal replaced two veneers for me, providing throughout brilliant treatment. He advised me of the options for the veneers and I opted for the better quality ones. The whole process was methodical and precise, keeping me informed step by step during the whole procedure. Great attention to detail was given to myself and the implants…

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High praise for Lucy Smith and Maria Shrigley, Plymouth.

Dental Surgeon and her assistant are helping anxious patients to manage dental visits more easily. High praise for the team! We know that it can be hard for people to come in to see the dentist. Here's one message: "I just wanted to say a huge thank you for your care at my recent dental visit. Lucy, I know because of your care and attention to my needs I feel so much better attending an…

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A great dental service to Plymouth patients.

We really appreciate all the reviews we're getting from patients who visit SpaDental Plymouth. Your feedback helps us feel confident we give good advice and offer a great dental service to Plymouth patients. Thank you! Here are some recent reviews: These two reviews highlight the importance of regular examination of the soft tissues in the mouth. "I feel... grateful to [my dentist] for referring me to Derriford hospital for a lump to be removed from…

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Approval ratings are high for Ledbury! Thank you for your reviews.

At SpaDental Ledbury we're enjoying reading your reviews! In April, we asked you to share your experiences with us. We've been emailing our patients to ask you to fill in on-line forms so that we know how your appointments went. It's been heart-warming to read the kind things that you've said about us in your reviews. Thank you! Here are a few of the comments that we've received: "Very professional. Always polite and helpful. Easy…

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More Plymouth patient appreciation for SpaDental - thank you!

Since we piloted the online feedback form for Plymouth patient appreciation or dissatisfaction with our practice, we've had over 300 responses. Thank you so much for taking the time to submit your views. Our review rating of 4.7 stars (out of 5) highlights Plymouth patient appreciation for the work we do. We're smiling with pride, and happy that you're happy! Here are two recent reviews: "Fantastic experience - I was on the NHS waiting list for over…

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High praise for the Plymouth team

Earlier this week, one of our patients sent this lovely message to the Plymouth team. We really appreciate your praise! "I have been a patient at the Hyde Practice [SpaDental Plymouth] for some 46 years, so have seen many changes of staff etc. I have today, been compelled to email you as a result of my latest visit. Far too many people are quick to complain hence this email. I suffer a bit from arthritis. At…

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Nervous patients in Plymouth reassured

Our dental surgeon is expanding her list, so nervous patients in Plymouth can feel confident they will receive sympathetic, effective treatment. One of Lucy's patients had this to say: "I am extremely nervous/phobic when visiting a dentist. This was my first visit to SpaDental - I can honestly say I couldn't have been looked after better! From the receptionist to the nurse, to the dentist (Lucy) and the hygienist, everyone was so kind, gentle and…

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My Invisalign journey - a patient experience.

SpaDental patient, Laura tells us about her Invisalign journey and how it's going: Laura's Invisalign journey is easier than she'd expected! "I've always been paranoid about my front teeth. Whenever I went to smile I had my hands over my mouth, and I never felt confident in photos. I didn't think I could do anything with them. And I was over the moon when my dentist suggested it." Laura began her Invisalign journey with SpaDental…

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"Invisalign helped my confidence," our smiling patient says!

We'd like to share with you a really positive testimonial from one of our SpaDental Whitchurch patients. He recently finished his Invisalign treatment and feels confident with his new smile. 'When I was young I had metal braces and I didn’t want to have them again when most people my age don't. I'd heard Invisalign treatment was convenient and wouldn't affect the way I looked at all, so it sounded a good choice.  I work…

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