News about Dentistry

Look after your NHS Dental Registration

17th September 2021 | Vanessa Giraud

It is important to look after your NHS dental registration. During the pandemic it may have been difficult for you to make an appointment. Even now with the vaccination programme having a positive affect, sometimes patients still have to cancel because they feel unwell or need to self-isolate. Please be careful to follow the advice…

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Children’s oral health – appointments for registered patients

15th September 2021 | Vanessa Giraud

This message is a follow up to last week’s information. It’s a reminder that we want to help you protect your children’s oral health. Children’s oral health appointments If you have a child or children registered with SpaDental, please book them a routine appointment if it’s overdue. Because we know access to dental care has…

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We’d love to see your children soon!

13th September 2021 | Vanessa Giraud

Now children are back in school, our return to our old routines is making life feel a bit more normal again. At the dentist too, we’re striving to get back to our regular services. We understand that for children in particular, the routines of dental care are important. Although dental practices still have to observe…

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Bite-sized elephant teeth facts for World Elephant Day.

11th August 2021 | Vanessa Giraud

The aim of World Elephant Day is to get people talking about the value of elephants to local communities and the world. And we mean their value when they’re alive, not when they’ve been killed for their tusks. As World Elephant Day is about bringing people together to help elephants, we bring you some surprising…

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Dental care for young adults – advice and tips

8th August 2021 | Vanessa Giraud

It’s the time of year when you may be getting ready to leave home. Exam results are out. The school holidays are nearing an end. You’ve been offered a place, or signed a job contract. Soon you’ll have packed your bags. With so much to think about we can understand why, as a young adult,…

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UEFA 2020: Do footballers have good teeth?

8th July 2021 | Vanessa Giraud

8th July – update What a game that was last night! It was great to see Harry Kane (read more about him below) net that rebound. Just one more to go now! 4th July – update With a resounding win against Ukraine, 0 – 4, England is through to the semi-finals! Now our excitement’s mounting…

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Reflecting on 73 years of NHS dental care

5th July 2021 | Vanessa Giraud

On 5th July 1948, the National Health Service began. Today, therefore, is a good day to remember just how much the service has reformed public health and risen to the challenges of ever more sophisticated standards of treatment. 73 years of NHS dental care In a joint letter to NHS dental practitioners, Sara Hurley (Chief…

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Can oral infections cause sepsis?

29th June 2021 | Vanessa Giraud

Yes, oral infections cause sepsis in some patients if left untreated. Any infection in our body can cause sepsis. Know the signs of infection, and take action. Oral infections left untreated can lead to serious complications so please use the button above to ask a dental professional for advice. Do you watch Coronation Street? If…

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Bite-sized fun facts about giant pandas’ teeth

16th March 2021 | Vanessa Giraud

Today is all about pandas – the giant pandas’ teeth in particular. Well known because they’re endangered, I believe it’s true to say that although we all have a good idea of what a giant panda looks like, not many of us have ever seen a live one. I know I haven’t. Currently the only…

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What’s fluoride varnish? And why do children need it?

18th February 2021 | Vanessa Giraud

Featuring expert advice from dental surgeon Lucy Smith, to help protect your children’s teeth. We all want our children to have the best – and that includes wanting them to have the healthiest teeth possible. Taking good care of children’s teeth from when they’re very small helps them to have stronger teeth as adults. Which…

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Bite-sized fun facts about penguins’ mouths

20th January 2021 | Vanessa Giraud

January 20th is usually a suitably chilly day in the northern hemisphere for us to think about those natives of the southern hemisphere – penguins. Although not all penguins live in the Antarctic, and some live in much warmer waters, some species are endangered. On penguin awareness day, the focus is on protecting their food…

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Home learning for children – dental info and more

7th January 2021 | Vanessa Giraud

If you’re facilitating home learning for children, I hope some of these tips will be helpful to you. With thirty years experience as a teacher and educational leader, both in the UK and overseas, I understand well the challenges and rewards of working with young people. So have fun with your children, help them to…

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Our top dental blogs from 2020

28th December 2020 | Vanessa Giraud

This year the messages we’ve needed to communicate have been a bit different to usual. Reviewing our top dental blogs helps us to know what matters to you. Not surprisingly, top of the list for the extraordinary year of 2020, is information to help people with dental emergencies. So here’s a quick summary of this…

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SpaDental Plymouth welcoming new private patients in January 2021

9th December 2020 | Vanessa Giraud

As you know, dentists at the moment are still catching up after the long closure earlier this year. Since returning to work in the summer, we’ve been seeing as many patients as we can. We have prioritised patients with pressing needs and patients who already had a treatment plan underway. During our phased return to…

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Home working away from your dentist?

30th November 2020 | Vanessa Giraud

Many of us have changed the way we work this year, and with that the location of our place of work. If you live in a rural location, the chances are you, or some of your friends, have had family from one of the big cities staying. Or perhaps you know of a house nearby…

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Understanding NHS dental charges from December 2020

24th November 2020 | Christopher Hilling

Dentistry is one of the few NHS services where you have to pay a contribution towards the cost of your care. The information on this page explains what we may have to pay for our NHS dental treatment to help our understanding of NHS dental charges each year, and how fees change. Read more about…

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NHS dental charges 2020-2021 up by 5% from 14th December

24th November 2020 | Christopher Hilling

From 14th December 2020, NHS fees increase by 5%. The increase comes after a freeze of NHS dental fees because of the coronavirus lockdown and closure of dental practices. “The 5% increase marks the fifth and final year of the Spending Review 2015 commitment to annually uplift dental patient charges by 5% for the duration…

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Telephone consultation with the dentist is NHS guideline

28th October 2020 | Vanessa Giraud

You may not have been expecting to have a telephone consultation with your dentist. A year ago, we wouldn’t have dreamed this would be how we’re ‘seeing’ our patients. But telephone consultations are an essential part of how we’re managing to help you to maintain your oral health, while at the same time protecting you…

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Share a poem or two during tooth-brushing time today

1st October 2020 | Vanessa Giraud

Today we’re celebrating National Poetry Day. Many of us think of poetry as something we had to suffer through at school, then never read again. But have you noticed how many advertisements these days are using poetry? That’s because it’s memorable and makes a point in as few words as possible. Humorous poems and serious…

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FAQ: Do I need my wisdom teeth out?

27th September 2020 | SpaDental Administrator

The thing about wisdom teeth, is that they’re not a problem until they are. Yet because of the location and size of wisdom teeth, they’re more likely to play up than other teeth. If they cause pain, swelling or the dentist tells us they’re impacted, then its better to have those wisdom teeth removed rather…

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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

SpaDental Whitchurch dentist is accepting new private patients. 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…

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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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Testimonials

Top Class Dentistry at SpaDental Whitchurch

We're delighted to share with you this thoughtful and informative testimonial from a patient, Mr Paul Robinson, who has recently completed several appointments with dentist at SpaDental Whitchurch. As you can read below, he's pleased he joined the practice. Top Class Dentistry "Spadental Whitchurch is located in Corser House, a 16th century grade II listed building which retains much of its original charm. It’s just off the main one-way street, that runs through the centre…

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SpaDental Chard - thank you for your kind support

It hasn't been an easy year, but our patients have been so understanding. Thank you all so very much for your kind support and the lovely feedback we've received. Your kind support is very motivating It means a lot to the SpaDental Chard team to read your feedback. Your feedback is important to us as it helps us work on continual improvement of our services. Our sincere thanks to all of you have taken the…

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SpaDental Whitchurch - your understanding is appreciated!

We've been catching up with our patients to find out how their treatment has been over the last months. This has been such a hard year for many of us, personally and professionally, and access to dental care has been affected in many ways by the pandemic. We'd really like to take this opportunity, therefore, to thank you for your understanding. We know that you have had to cope with cancellations and changes to our…

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SpaDental Tewkesbury reviews - thank you!

With the ups and downs of the last year, we'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of our patients for your support and understanding. Your thoughtfulness is reflected in the considerate comments we've received in response to our request for feedback. We truly appreciate your kind thoughts. Thank you from all of us for your lovely reviews of SpaDental Tewkesbury. A selection of your reviews: "The service during the last few months has…

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SpaDental Whitchurch dentist "kind and gentle"

SpaDental Whitchurch dentist is accepting new private patients. 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…

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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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September, 2021

Yes, we're open!

Some practices may need to prioritise appointments for urgent and essential treatment.

Thank you for showing your understanding to our staff.

We kindly remind patients to contact us at least 24 hours in advance to reschedule an appointment if it's not possible to attend.

Please note:

  • Entry to the practices is by booked appointment only.
  • Dental practices must still follow strict infection prevention controls. 
  • Please help us to keep staff and patients safe.