News about Nhs Dentistry

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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NHS dental charges for 2019-2020 increase by 5%

12th March 2019 | SpaDental Administrator

Dental Treatment Band 2019-20 Charge 2018-19 Charge Increase % Band One £22.70 £21.60 £1.10 5.09% Band Two £62.10 £59.10 £3.00 5.08% Band Three £269.30 £256.50 £12.80 4.99%   If you would like further details about treatment under the NHS (National Health Service) please ask your dental team a question or contact the receptionist at your…

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Decrease dental decay with 3 simple steps.

7th March 2019 | Vanessa Giraud

Updated on 23rd January, 2020 Published figures provide statistical evidence that the number of children needing extractions because of dental decay decreases each year.  Which sounds like great news. But in actual fact, taken as a percentage of the population from 0-19 years old, apparently the last set of statistical records showed no change from…

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Children’s oral health education, Plymouth.

15th January 2019 | SpaDental Administrator

Last week SpaDental Plymouth teamed up with Pomphlett Primary School, working their health education magic together again. Dental care tips for babies and children. On this visit, and were talking to Year 1 and 2. They spoke with nearly 100 children aged between four and five about the hidden danger of sugar in their diets….

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Smiles for life – make a Children’s Day appointment.

18th December 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

SpaDental Chard, Plymouth and Whitchurch can help your children to have the best teeth they can possibly have. So why not book a Children’s Day appointment during half-term? Updated February 2019 Our friendly staff are organising fun activities and waiting to see brilliant family smiles! Chard’s Children’s Day – 19th February, 2019 Plymouth’s Children’s Day…

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Here to support service veterans – SpaDental Plymouth

14th December 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

“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…

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Out and about teaching children how to brush better.

23rd November 2018 | SpaDental Administrator

Our talented duo and are out in the community again. They’re on a mission to teach children how to brush teeth better. And they’re not alone. Henry the Helpful Brushasorous goes with them too, and keeps everyone smiling. Helping children to brush better It’s so important for children to learn how to look after their…

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A day to remember and reflect.

11th November 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

2018, and the 100 year anniversary of Armistice Day falls on Remembrance Sunday. Today muted bells will chime in remembrance, and then ring out in peace. Armistice day marks peace. Peace achieved after so much loss. It is hard for us now, a whole century later, to imagine the suffering men and women, on the…

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No-show NHS patients in Plymouth – “It’s a shame”

3rd November 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

In the Plymouth practice, we’re painfully aware of gaps in our busy day. No-show NHS patients give us a break, but it’s not a welcome break. It means that someone who would really benefit from seeing a dentist misses an opportunity. And a skilled professional, one of our dentists, therapists or hygienists, is wasting time….

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SpaDental Chard supports Dental Check by 1

1st November 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

This week SpaDental Chard* Children’s Day was great fun for the staff, and we hope it was fun for the children too! We were also on Fore Street to meet with families out and about Chard enjoying Hallowe’en. It’s not too late to register! Contact SpaDental Chard If you weren’t able to make it to…

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Children’s Dental Health Coordinators go back to school.

1st November 2018 | SpaDental Administrator

Our Children’s Dental Health Coordinators go back to school! Mrs and Mrs are having interactive educational talks with primary school children in the Plymouth area. They are proving very popular, especially with the help of Henry, our lovable Brushasorous! What do we do? The talented duo visit schools on an arranged time and day to deliver…

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NHS dental fines for ticking the wrong box continue.

14th September 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

NHS dental fines continue because the NHS charges patients who make a wrong claim for dental care costs. The automatic system that sends out penalty charge notices (PCN) began as a way of checking up on the large number of false claims that were being made with deliberate intent to avoid payment. However, the system…

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NHS penalty charge notices for dental treatment.

16th August 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

No-one wants to receive an NHS penalty charge notice in the post. They are triggered by an automated checking system introduced ten years ago to make sure people pay the correct fee for dental care. The NHS penalty charge is here to stay. The automated system was brought in to tackle the high number of…

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August 23rd is Children’s Day in Plymouth

1st August 2018 | Heather Cresswell

Why not come along to SpaDental for our next Children’s Day in Plymouth? We’re a family-friendly surgery every day, but on these special days the atmosphere is even more relaxed and welcoming for our younger patients. SpaDental Plymouth is currently registering babies, children and teens as NHS patients. On Thursday 23rd August, our dentists are ready…

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It’s time to think about registering for your children’s oral health checks.

6th July 2018 | Heather Cresswell

A worrying time for children’s oral health. At SpaDental Plymouth, we too are concerned about the education and health of pre-school children. In support of the NHS initiative for dentists to see an additional 70,000 pre-school children this year, we are reaching out to spread the news that we are accepting new NHS patient registrations…

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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

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Thank you for your understanding.

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