News about Dentistry

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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Children’s half-term dental appointments in Whitchurch

27th October 2019 | Vanessa Giraud

Our spaces are filling up quickly, so please get in touch soon to make a child’s half-term dental appointment with SpaDental Whitchurch. Half-term dental appointments for children? Yes! We understand you have more fun ways to spend your half-term holiday. But trust us – if the children haven’t been been to the dentist in the…

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Help children keep healthy teeth at home

23rd October 2019 | Vanessa Giraud

Dentists around the country are doing their best to try to help children keep healthy teeth. But it’s not just up to dentists! As at least 95% of cavities are preventable, we’re trying to spread the word so parents and carers can help children have better teeth than generations before them. A recent BBC report…

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Break the silence on teething gel ingredients

4th October 2019 | Vanessa Giraud

This is certainly news worth sharing if you know someone who has a teething baby. At some time or other, many parents use pain relief products bought from a local chemist. Most of us don’t look at the list of teething gel ingredients – I know I never did. I trusted well known brands to…

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Plymouth: community outreach keeping teeth healthy

18th September 2019 | SpaDental Administrator

Two years ago, Spa Dental Plymouth set up a dental education project to help children keep their teeth healthy. The community outreach team, and , regularly visit schools around the region delivering educational workshops. When they visit your school, they’ll bring along Henry the Brushasaurus, as well as handfuls of toothbrushes, tubes of paste, timers…

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Dental care for young adults – the NHS and other tips

27th August 2019 | 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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Free sugar in baby food is higher than we realise

21st August 2019 | Vanessa Giraud

The time when a baby starts to transition onto solid foods, is a time when we want to make sure baby is getting good nutrition, and establishing sound habits for the future. To help us make sure baby’s getting the best ingredients, we’re likely to turn to products specifically made for infants by established brands….

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Keeping healthy for longer with NHS care

2nd August 2019 | Vanessa Giraud

People dreamed of living longer, and now that’s a reality. But what we need to do to enjoy our increased life span is to live in good health. As we are living longer, we need to be keeping healthy for longer – not just with NHS care, but with the care we invest in our…

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Bite-sized fun facts about tigers’ teeth

29th July 2019 | Vanessa Giraud

International Tiger Day aims to raise awareness of the decline in tiger numbers around the world. As tigers are an endangered species, this special day celebrates the important work done to conserve tigers and their habitats. An additional but important factor in helping tigers to survive is, of course, their magnificent tiger teeth! WWF work…

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SpaDental welcomes Saltash to the group

28th July 2019 | SpaDental Administrator

It’s with great pleasure that we welcome a new practice to our group – SpaDental Saltash. Working together for the best dental experiences The talented and cheerful Fore Street Dental Practice team joins the SpaDental group. Now, we very much look forward to meeting our patients, and working alongside the clinicians and staff. On Saturday…

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NHS children’s dentist offers educational programme

24th June 2019 | Vanessa Giraud

The SpaDental outreach initiative has achieved a lot in the last year. Nursery and primary schools across Plymouth have invited our children’s dental health coordinators to visit. Since the programme started, they have met with about 1,500 children. Now SpaDental expands the programme to Chard. NHS children’s dentist in Plymouth visits schools Answers to your…

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Turtle teeth? Tooth brushing facts for World Turtle Day.

23rd May 2019 | Vanessa Giraud

Each year, May 23rd is dedicated to raising awareness of turtles around the world. It’s a day that embraces tortoises too. And terrapins. So if you’re interested in learning more about these unusual, shy creatures, then read on to learn everything you need to know about turtle teeth. Here are some interesting turtle facts you…

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Testimonials

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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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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Updated: 27th May 2020

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