10 September 2021

Lesley and Hilary have left us

Lesley and Hilary have now (after more than 50 years at Tavistock House, between them) hung up their scrubs and gone into well-deserved retirement.

We know that they will be very much missed by patients and staff alike, and their cheerful welcomes and bright smiles have brightened up countless workdays of dentists, nurses, hygienists, and patients over the years. Their friendly and helpful manner on the desk has been a working example to us of the importance of the front face of the practice and the first point of contact for our patients.

We know you will wish to join us in wishing them both a very happy and healthy retirement.

Thank you, both of you, for all you have done over the years.

Lesley and Hilary

20 July 2021

Coronavirus update

At Tavistock House, we always take the safety and well-being of our patients and staff as our very highest priority.

We understand that a number of our patients fall into the high-risk group & exposure to Covid-19 is still a concern to them. We would like to advise and reassure all our patients that the safeguards we are taking have not changed.  We will be maintaining our very stringent and uncompromising precautions within the practice to perpetuate our safety procedures, IRRESPECTIVE of any changes or relaxation to government law, until we are satisfied that the pandemic is under control and no longer a threat to public health.

We would therefore request that patients continue to wear a mask when attending the practice, and we will continue to check temperatures along with adapted questions about recent medical changes, especially with reference to Covid symptoms, etc.

Let us all keep safe and well.  We look forward to continuing to keep our patients free of dental problems in the safest manner possible!

04 June 2021

Coronavirus update

We’d like to confirm that it's business as usual at Tavistock House! We are open providing both routine and emergency dental appointments for all our patients.

Find out more and keep up to date at our dedicated Coronavirus page: 

Please do not attend without an appointment.

Boris

18 May 2021

How to get your teeth whitened safely and effectively

In 2013, for the safety of the general public, the High Court confirmed that only dental professionals may legally carry out tooth whitening, therefore reinforcing the GDC position that tooth whitening is the practice of dentistry and can only safely and legally be offered by registered dental professionals in the case of GDC v Jamous [2013] EWHC 1428. This is regardless of the products used, as any form of prescribed whitening fall under the umbrella of dental treatment and not "merely cosmetic treatment".  Read more here.

You may have recently seen articles in the press regarding numerous prosecutions against unqualified individuals and companies carrying this out illegally and (being without the correct training and knowlege of dental professsionals) potentially dangerously.

There are many risks involved in the unqualified or inexperienced performing whitening such as major damage to the teeth, gums as well as other parts of the mouth, in addition to, allergic reactions, and severe burns.

The good news is that there is no need to take such risks. Tavistock House's professional tooth whitening service is tailored to your personal requirements and is always subject to a prior no-obligation assessment to ensure suitability. This assessment is carried out free of charge to our patients.

Philips Zoom!

Tavistock offers a full-service including Philips Zoom whitening and a customised home-whitening kit, or alternatively a home kit only.  Depending on individual tooth colours different treatments respond better to one or other type of whitening.

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Further reading

More Zoom whitening pictures

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-46427500

https://www.dentalhealth.org/news/increased-fines-prove-that-illegal-tooth-whitening-does-not-pay

16 April 2021

Top tips for family dental health

It is all too easy to neglect dental health, but as with most things in life – prevention is better than cure.  Teeth help us to consume food, chew, and aid in communication.  A healthy smile is a confident smile, so here Tavistock shares their top tips to avoid oral health problems:

  1. Brush twice daily to prevent decay, gum disease and bad breath. Preferably brush after breakfast and before bedtime, for a full 2 minutes, moving to a different quadrant of the mouth every 30 seconds.
  2. Use a good quality fluoride toothpaste and - if possible - an electric toothbrush.
  3. Change your toothbrush (or the head on your electric brush) every 3 months.
  4. Spit – don’t rinse. This allows the fluoride more time to be effective.
  5. Use floss or the correct sized interdental brush every day.
  6. Visit your dentist every six months and your hygienist every 3-6 months as advised.
  7. Avoid snacking on sugary foods, or try to restrict them to straight after mealtimes.
  8. Pass on good habits: teach your children good oral hygiene as soon as possible, supervise brushing until at least age seven, and get them in to see the dentist as soon as their first tooth appears.

Tavistock can help.  We can show you how best to brush your teeth and give you specific advice on what is best for your personal oral hygiene routine.  Request an appointment now.

12 March 2021

The importance of visiting your hygienist

Most of us understand the importance of regularly visiting our dentist.  However, there’s perhaps less understanding of the role of the dental hygienist.

Happy women receiving hygienist treatment

Tavistock House Dental Practice’s highly experienced hygienists help you look after your teeth by polishing unsightly surface stains and advising you of the best way to look after your teeth and gums.

In addition to advising you about areas you might be missing, they also remove the hard and rough scale deposits (“calculus” or “tartar”) from above and below the gum line.  These scale deposits are harmless if kept clean.  However, the presence of these hard deposits makes cleaning the tooth surface difficult and compromises hygiene efforts at home.  As a result, scale left above and below the gum line can harbour bacteria, causing gum inflammation (gums go red and start to bleed).  If this becomes chronic the bone supporting the tooth can recede and the tooth may eventually become loose or even be lost.  Accumulated bacteria is also a cause of bad breath.

Illustration of normal teeth vs. Periodontitis

Why should I visit a hygienist?

A clean and healthy mouth can help to provide confidence with fresh breath and improved appearance, but most importantly to prevent tooth decay and loss of supporting bone. Your hygienist can dramatically reduce the need for active treatment, whilst ensuring the longevity of fillings and other more complex work.

Our practice has four hygienists who work Monday to Friday including early mornings and some evenings.

You can find out more about the hygienist team here:
Hygienists

You can request a dental or hygienist appointment here:
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10 February 2021

The fuss of floss - is it important and how should it be done?

Most of us understand how important it is to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, there is more mystery surrounding flossing.

Flossing is a common method of “interdental cleaning” which means cleaning between the teeth.  It helps to remove debris and plaque that can be hard to remove with a regular toothbrush.  An increasingly popular alternative to floss are “interdental brushes” – handheld toothbrushes designed specifically for use between the teeth.

TePe interdental brush and Oral B Glide floss

Tavistock House Dental Practice recommend their adult patients perform interdental cleaning daily.  Recent research has also demonstrated that interdental cleaning before brushing is the best way to clean our teeth effectively.

The study found that flossing loosens bacteria and food debris from between the teeth, which allows brushing to be much more successful at removing plaque.

Dr Nigel Carter OBE, Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation, believes the findings of the study illustrate why it is so important to make interdental cleaning part of our daily routine.

Dr Carter says: “While brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste is absolutely essential for a good oral health routine, this study shows that interdental cleaning also has a big part to play when it comes to keeping our teeth and gums healthy.

The Oral Health Foundation’s Guide to Interdental Brushing

Interdental brushes come in a range of different sizes, from as thin as 0.4mm to as thick as 1.5mm. Whichever one you use should fit between your teeth snugly but comfortably; you shouldn’t have to use much force. You may find you need to use a couple of different sizes, but the best way to find out is to ask your dentist or hygienist the next time you have an appointment.

  1. Hold the interdental brush between your thumb and forefinger.
  2. Gently place the brush through the gap between your teeth – don’t force the brush through the gap.
  3. Brush in and out of each space between your teeth.

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Using a small amount of fluoride toothpaste or Corsodyl gel on the Interdental brush and “pre-bending” it will help it glide between your teeth and stop it catching.

If you have any questions or would like assistance looking after your oral health, Tavistock House can help – call us on 01296 481615 or alternatively request an appointment here.

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Mazhari F & Boskababy M et al. (2018) The effect of toothbrushing and flossing sequence on interdental plaque reduction and fluoride retention: A randomized controlled clinical trial. Wiley: Journal of Periodontology. 2018 Jul;89(7):824-832

05 January 2021

Business as usual at Tavistock House

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 4th January, we’d like to confirm that it's business as usual at Tavistock House! We are open providing both routine and emergency dental appointments for all our patients.

Find out more and keep up to date at our dedicated Coronavirus page: 

Please do not attend without an appointment.

Boris

We are proud to have been awarded membership of the British Dental Association Good Practice Scheme since 2011 and we are constantly trying to improve the quality and range of services we can provide to our patients.

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To provide the highest quality dental care across the whole spectrum of dentistry.

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