News about Dentistry

Did lockdown damage my teeth? 3 possible problems

23rd September 2020 | Vanessa Giraud

As we wonder whether we’ll end up in another lockdown (let’s try to make sure that doesn’t happen) we’re able to reflect on the last one. Please take the time now we’re open again to follow up on your oral health. Make an appointment, check for concerns and fix any lockdown damage. Dentists fear a…

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Advice for nervous patients who need a dentist.

8th September 2020 | Vanessa Giraud

Most people don’t like the dentist. The good news is that people who are dentists know that, and don’t take it personally. It may not help you to know that dentists are friendly, caring and sympathetic people, but they are and they genuinely want you to have a comfortable mouth and a healthy smile. The…

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Back to school tooth care answers for children

31st August 2020 | Vanessa Giraud

This year, parents are asking a lot of health-related questions as they prepare their children to go back to school. With new measures in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus, school may seem different for children. However, children are flexible, listen to explanations and respond to reminders. They will soon adapt to their new…

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SpaDental Whitchurch dentist “kind and gentle”

28th August 2020 | Vanessa Giraud

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…

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Look after your NHS Dental Registration post coronavirus.

22nd August 2020 | Vanessa Giraud

During the COVID-19 lockdown, dental practices were closed and emergency and urgent care only was available through the NHS in special centres. Now our practices are open again, there’s a high demand for treatment. Your NHS dental registration with a practice you trust is a valuable thing. Please treasure it. Keep your appointment to keep…

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Why do patients prefer independent dental care?

19th August 2020 | Vanessa Giraud

More and more people are recognising the benefits of independent dental care. Our expectations of how our teeth should function and look are very different this century to last century. The best way to have a healthy and attractive smile, it to take responsibility. This is what independent dentistry is all about. Preventive care and,…

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Can oral infections cause sepsis?

12th August 2020 | Vanessa Giraud

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update Our dental practices have resumed face-to-face treatment. Please note, however, that access to the premises is strictly by appointment only. We welcome patients, new patients and visitors to the area to get in touch so we can assess your needs, and offer help. Please contact us through our advice and triage service….

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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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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. At first we focused on the tragic impact on people’s lives. Now, as we resume work, the dental sector is having to consider the financial cost of a restricted return to work after three months of compulsory closure. Once…

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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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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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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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Learning for stay home children – dental info and more

24th March 2020 | Vanessa Giraud

How are the first no-school-school-days going? There’s so much happening in our lives right now that we hadn’t planned for. With many of us working from home, school cancelled and uncertainty, we have to wonder what the future holds. In the end we’ll all get though this together with a “Keep Calm and Keep to…

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Book an orthodontic consultation for an even smile

4th March 2020 | Vanessa Giraud

SpaDental Tewkesbury welcomes current, new and referred patients wishing for straighter teeth to book an orthodontic consultation. Begin with an orthodontic consultation We’re pleased to inform you that dentist is available to see patients on Tuesdays. She offers a range of private orthodontic options suitable for both adults and children. An initial orthodontic consultation includes:…

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Even in your twenties teeth need help

27th February 2020 | Vanessa Giraud

Are you twenty something? If you went to the dentist in the last six months, that’s brilliant. You’re doing the right thing. But, if you’ve let your preventive oral care slip, then now’s the time to book an appointment to get back on top of looking after your teeth in your twenties. As dentists, we’re…

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Children’s sensory processing challenges at the dentist

19th February 2020 | Vanessa Giraud

Lots of people tell us they don’t like going to the dentist. But for some people it’s more difficult than for others. In this article we’re looking at how to tackle sensory processing challenges at the dentist.  Do you have a child who has heightened sensory perception? Are you wondering how to prepare for a…

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Children’s dental review appointments – Children’s Day

13th February 2020 | Vanessa Giraud

We still have some free spaces for children’s review appointments on our dedicated Children’s Days this half-term. SpaDental Chard, Somerset – Wednesday 19th February 2020 SpaDental Plymouth, Devon – Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th February 2020 Please contact your reception team before the spaces fill up! Children’s dental reviews this half-term? Yes!   We understand…

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We’re registering! Children’s NHS appointments Whitchurch

11th February 2020 | Vanessa Giraud

We still have some spaces for children’s NHS appointments. Wednesday 19th February 2020 – book your children’s NHS appointment at SpaDental Whitchurch Please contact the reception team at SpaDental Whitchurch before the spaces fill up! Children’s NHS appointments this half-term? Yes! We understand you may have other plans for your half-term holiday. But trust us…

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3 oral health benefits of walking your dog

5th January 2020 | Vanessa Giraud

If you don’t have a dog then perhaps you won’t know that January each year is “walk your dog month”. The aim is to raise pet owners’ awareness of a dog’s need for regular exercise. But there are health benefits of walking your dog for people too! The benefits of walking your dog include: #1…

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Our top dental blogs from 2019

29th December 2019 | SpaDental Administrator

Sometimes it’s handy to have useful information all in one easy-to-find place. So here’s a quick summary of this year’s top dental blogs. Our aim is to provide useful information for our patients, and also for anyone who has questions about their oral health. We also write about general health because it affects our oral…

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Toothbrushing for people with reduced dexterity

3rd December 2019 | Vanessa Giraud

The ease of picking up a toothbrush to clean our teeth is a simple twice-daily act most of us are fortunate enough to take for granted. For some people, however, it’s difficult to manage toothbrushing because of their reduced dexterity. As a result, people who cannot manage their oral hygiene routines themselves need assistance. Carers…

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I’ve got yellow teeth. What do I do?

26th November 2019 | SpaDental Administrator

What’s the most common complaint we hear from patients who are not in dental pain? They’re usually concerned about their yellow teeth! If you’re concerned about the colour of your teeth, be reassured that healthy teeth are a wide range of lighter tones of yellow, brown and grey. The natural colour of teeth is not…

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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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Updated: 2nd August 2020

We are receiving a lot of calls and messages now, and are doing our best to follow up and reply to your questions as soon as we can.

Thank you for your understanding.

During our phased return to in-person service:

Not all of our dental services are available immediately, therefore patient needs are assessed before an in-person booking is made.

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