SpaDental News (page 2)

Lion-sized teeth problems

10th August 2020 | Vanessa Giraud

August 10th is World Lion Day. The day aims to raise awareness of the vulnerability of lions. Big cat numbers are declining worldwide as their historic habitats shrink. As humans encroach on their territory, big cats are threatened by poachers and illegal trade. Moreover, their prey becomes harder to find. Add to this the sort…

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My tooth aches. I’m in pain. What do I do?

7th August 2020 | Vanessa Giraud

Up until now it was easy to ignore that dull ache. But not anymore. Now your tooth aches so much you can’t think straight. In fact, now the whole of your head is screaming at you. Tooth pain is the worst. We can all ignore mild toothache. Even though we know it isn’t a good…

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Post-coronavirus dental appointment FAQs

4th August 2020 | Vanessa Giraud

As our procedures have changed so we can treat patients again, our patients often have questions before their first post-coronavirus dental appointment. We thought we’d share with you our answers to the four most frequently asked questions.  Before your dental appointment, when you’re talking to one our dental team, please feel free to ask your…

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How breastfeeding helps babies’ teeth

1st August 2020 | Vanessa Giraud

This week is World Breastfeeding Week. The slogan is: “Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet.” The Start4Life campaign highlights the “wide-ranging benefits of breastfeeding, from strengthening immunity and providing nutritional value to emotional bonding and building mental resilience.” It’s also a great time to learn a little more about how breastfeeding helps babies’ teeth develop….

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Private dental costs post-coronavirus explained

29th July 2020 | Vanessa Giraud

The cost of the spread of coronavirus around the world has been, and still is, enormous. Here is a brief overview to explain the increases in dental fees post-coronavirus. What do our patients need to know? Understanding increased dental costs post coronavirus Since we opened in June for the phased return to work, we have prioritised…

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Why does my hygienist recommend hand scaling?

22nd July 2020 | Vanessa Giraud

These days, even a regular visit to see the dental hygienist is not quite as straightforward as it used to be. This is because modern dental hygiene procedures use high speed tools with water to shift plaque. Your dentist may recommend hand scaling as an alternative. Although this method may take a little longer and…

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Answering patient enquiries, meeting your needs

9th July 2020 | Vanessa Giraud

We’re pleased to be able to introduce you to who will be helping answer your telephone and email enquiries, as well as booking appointments. Grace joined the team just before the country went into lockdown, and has now resumed work. She has been to meet with the  staff of SpaDental Chard to observe the new…

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When will dentists do fillings again?

29th June 2020 | Vanessa Giraud

More than any other treatment,  our patients ask, “When will dentists do fillings again?” Procedures to control the spread of Covid-19 means even a filling is no longer the standard procedure it used to be. Placing a filling now requires a new level of planning and protection. During our phased return to work, placing fillings…

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Do giraffe’s have long teeth to match their long neck?

21st June 2020 | Vanessa Giraud

Yes, it’s World Giraffe Day! While those of us in the northern hemisphere celebrate the longest day, it’s the longest night south of the equator. One fact that is clear, however, is that giraffes have a very long neck. But do they have long teeth? Fun facts about giraffe’s teeth Here are some fun facts…

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Dental staff in PPE welcome patients – Tewkesbury

18th June 2020 | SpaDental Administrator

Yes, behind our masks we’re smiling.  It’s a wonderful feeling to be open again with SpaDental staff in PPE ready to greet patients in-person again. Back in work this week, we’ve been trying on our additional PPE kit, to get a feel for what it’s like working with the adaptations we have in place. So…

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What can patients expect as dentists reopen? FAQs

15th June 2020 | Vanessa Giraud

As the country thoughtfully emerges from lockdown, and dentists reopen, we are beginning to see a limited number of patients for face-to-face appointments again. All service providers, from supermarkets to hairdressers and shops are having to adapt and introduce new ways of working. In a dental practice, we follow strict guidelines to keep patients and…

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Urgent care or dental emergency? FAQs

31st May 2020 | Vanessa Giraud

Advice to help you manage a dental emergency and urgent care when you have to stay home.

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Essential precautions to keep safe during the pandemic closure

27th May 2020 | Vanessa Giraud

Even while we are closed for face-to-face services, our teams take phone calls and respond to emails from our patients. While many staff can work from home, some are also coming into the practices. Two of the team explain the necessary precautions they take to keep safe working on site. In the video below you…

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Acts of kindness during Mental Health Awareness Week

20th May 2020 | Vanessa Giraud

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week (18-22 May 2020) and the theme is ‘Kindness’ We’d like to share with you this poignant recording of “Can you hear me?” composed by Thomas Hewitt Jones. We’re particularly proud because SpaDental Practice Coordinator ‘s daughter is one of the choir singing. Please take a moment to listen and appreciate their…

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Happier, Healthier Smiles – National Smile Month 2020

19th May 2020 | Vanessa Giraud

National Smile Month 2020 runs from 18 May to 18 June, led by the Oral Health Foundation, to promote the benefits of having a healthy smile. Run annually for nearly 50 years, National Smile Month raises awareness of important health issues that affect not only our smile, but general health too. The campaign is supported by dentists…

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Updated communications for better patient service

7th May 2020 | Vanessa Giraud

We are confident our updated communications will make your dental experience easier to manage. We receive lots of great reviews from our patients across all of the practices. Thank you! In fact, our overall satisfaction from patients is an excellent 4.7 out of a top score of 5. But we noticed there was one particular…

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SpaDental Plymouth team at home

6th May 2020 | Vanessa Giraud

For us all, patients and staff alike, we haven’t been spending our time as we’d expected! Here’s a snippet of what a few of the Plymouth team at home are getting up to. A common theme is caring – for family member or others in the community. As you know our staff from your visits…

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Dental triage and referrals for urgent care

1st May 2020 | Vanessa Giraud

April 2020 is a time we’ll all remember. It’s now over a month since dentists closed their doors. Although a necessary government decision, it has been hard for dentists to turn away patients from face-to-face treatment. (Why did that happen?) We understand the welfare of the whole population takes precedence over individual dental health. Yet…

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Anti-stress tooth care advice to save your teeth

22nd April 2020 | Vanessa Giraud

Stress is not only bad for our general health, it damages our teeth too. We don’t even have to be in a particularly high-powered job, or experiencing major emotional upheaval, to experience levels of stress that are harmful. Many of us respond to stress by learning to grit our teeth, quite literally. But this habit…

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Problems and solutions for Ramadan oral health care

16th April 2020 | SpaDental Administrator

During Ramadan, oral health benefits from special attention. In this article, dentist explains the changes that can occur in the mouth during the holy month of fasting. Below, he outlines the problems that can occur, and how best to prevent them. Dentist Aryaan Khalid offers expert oral health advice for people who are fasting during…

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Dental care and sensory processing – a patient’s story

14th April 2020 | Vanessa Giraud

Fortunately, most children feel comfortable about going to the dentist. With modern dentistry focusing on preventive care and a good range of effective fluoride products available, most children don’t suffer dental pain and have healthy teeth. Some children, however, find it hard to accept dental care. Sensory processing difficulties make the experience overwhelming. “Hygienist Appointment…

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Understanding NHS dental charges from April 2020

10th April 2020 | Christopher Hilling

Dentistry is one of the few NHS services where you have to pay a contribution towards the cost of your care. To help understanding NHS dental charges each year, the information on this page explains what you may have to pay for your NHS dental treatment. Emergency dental treatment – £22.70 This covers emergency care…

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NHS dental charges 2020-2021 on hold until October

9th April 2020 | SpaDental Administrator

NHS dental fees (patient charges) for 2020-2021 will be adjusted on 1st October 2020 this year. Until then, the NHS dental charges remain at the 2019-2020 rate.*   Dental Treatment Band 2020-21 Charge 2019-20 Charge Increase % Band One £22.70 £22.70 nil 0% Band Two £62.10 £62.10 nil 0% Band Three £269.30 £269.30 nil 0%…

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Stay safe, stay home and avoid accidents

7th April 2020 | Vanessa Giraud

Another day at home with the family? Staying at home will keep us safe. Staying in will help protect other people, and we need to do that. We can protect our key workers so they can work to look after our needs. It’s a fact, though, that many accidents happen at home. Slips, trips and falls…

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Managing dental pain at home during the coronavirus pandemic

2nd April 2020 | Vanessa Giraud

We’ve been told it’s going to get worse before it gets better. We’re staying at home, and being sensible, so we don’t contract or spread Covid-19. During the coronavirus lockdown managing dental care at home, therefore, could help keep us and other family members safe. But staying a home won’t stop us from getting tooth…

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Testimonials

SpaDental Whitchurch dentist "kind and gentle"

A new patient testimonial After the closure of my local dentist in Whitchurch I telephoned Spa Dental who made me an appointment. Unfortunately I had an abscess on my tooth before my appointment date, for which I was given an emergency appointment.   I am a very nervous patient and it took a long time to build confidence with my old dentist , therefore my nerves were bad and I was in pain arriving for my appointment.  This…

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Plymouth dentists "excellent care" and "professional service"

Kind words from our patients mean a lot to us. Thank you! We're very happy to read reviews that commend the  Plymouth team and the dentists "excellent care" and "professional service". Recent patient reviews commend our excellent care: "In safe and caring hands - Without exception the treatment I have received has been outstanding. From the reception staff through each of the individuals involved, their focus is on you and you're fully involved in any…

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Fantastic Saltash patient reviews - thank you!

We very much enjoyed reading the lovely Saltash patient reviews we've received in response to our recent request for feedback. On behalf of all the staff, thank you so much for your lovely comments. We sincerely appreciate your kind words, and will also use your recommendations in our planning. SpaDental considers your review comments carefully. We read them all, and use the information we gather to guide our practice so we can keep on improving…

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Thank you for SpaDental Chard patient reviews

A very appreciative thank you to our patients from the clinicians and staff at SpaDental Chard. It has been a pleasure reading your comments because if our patients are happy, then we're happy. Feedback about the team and treatment from SpaDental Chard reviews "Everyone in the practice is efficient, professional and knowledgeable." - HCG  "5 Star Dental Care - Being in the centre of Chard, [the SpaDental] surgery is easily accessible for most patients. The…

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Plymouth patient reviews and suggestions - thank you!

SpaDental Plymouth sincerely thanks everyone who responds to our request to review the practice. We love reading all your positive comments. That said, we also take on board the suggestions you make. Because we take Plymouth patient reviews seriously, we read them carefully to see if anyone is less than satisfied with their experience and we use that information to guide our practice. Our review rating of 4.7 stars (out of 5) highlights Plymouth patient…

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Reviews Tewkesbury - thank you for your appreciation.

This last week we asked our patients who have visited the practice in the last few months to submit their comments online. We truly appreciate your kind comments. Thank you from all of us for your lovely reviews. Read about our new treatment for patients who have breathing difficulties while they're sleeping. Your opinion is important. Amongst other questions, we ask patients whether or not they would recommend the surgery to their family and friends.…

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Here to support service veterans - SpaDental Plymouth

"This was my first dental appointment since leaving the Armed Forces two 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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8th November, 2020

Yes, we are still open!

As lockdown continues, our dental services continue without interruption. We're here to help you receive the face-to-face care you need from your dental team.

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