Dental Recall

February 14th, 2012

Six-monthly dental check-ups have been customary in the General Dental Service (GDS) in the United Kingdom since the inception of the NHS. In recent years there has been significant debate over the timing of recall intervals for dental check-ups, and this has coincided with a move towards making NHS dental services in England and Wales more oriented to prevention and more clinically effective in meeting patients’ needs.

The recommended shortest and longest intervals between oral health reviews are as follows:

  • The shortest interval between oral health reviews for all patients should be 3 months

A recall interval of less than 3 months is not normally needed for a routine dental recall. A patient may need to be seen more frequently for specific reasons such as disease management, ongoing courses of treatment, emergency dental interventions, or episodes of specialist care, which are outside the scope of an oral health review.

  • The longest interval between oral health reviews for patients younger than 18 years should be 12 months

Recall intervals of no longer than 12 months give the opportunity for delivering and reinforcing preventative advice and for raising awareness of the importance of good oral health. This particularly important in young children, to lay the foundations for life-long dental health.

  • The longest interval between oral health reviews for patients aged 18 years and older should be 24 months.

Recall intervals for patients who have repeatedly demonstrated that they can maintain oral health and who are not considered to be at risk of or from oral disease may be extended over time up to an interval of 24 months. Intervals of longer than 24 months are undesirable because they could diminish the professional relationship between dentist and patient, and people’s lifestyles may change.

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Six Month Smiles – Cosmetic braces system

December 6th, 2011


Six month smiles is a revolutionary orthodontic system that provides a fast and economical way for adults to begin smiling with confidence. Regardless of age or gender, EVERYONE should be able to smile with confidence!

How can the Six Month Smiles system straighten teeth in only six months?

 Six month Smiles braces and wires are barely noticeable – they blend very well with the colour of your teeth. These definitely aren’t metal braces.

The system employs new and specific orthodontic technology that provides for safe, comfortable and efficent tooth movement. Additionally, the aim of six month smiles is to correct the items that you are unhappy with and not make time consuming changes to the way your back teeth bite together.

Six month smiles involves light forces to gently move your teeth to their new position. The process is comfortable. The short treatment times are not achieved by using high forces on the teeth.

Will i have to wear a retainer?

With all orthodontic treatment, a retainer is necessary to maintain the straighter position of your teeth. If you don’t want to wear a removable retainer, you can have a bonded retainer placed behind your teeth. There are a variety of options that you can choose from according to your personal preference and situation. 

Does it really finish in 6months?

Six months is the average treatment time. Most patients finish right around 6 months, but treatment times range from 4-9 months. 



Kids Sonicare Toothbrush £45

November 17th, 2011


We now have a Special offer on all our Kids Sonicare toothbrushes!

RRP £61.50, now £45.00

Make toothbrushing time fun!

Please see our reception staff to purchase your kids toothbrush today.

Sonicare toothbrush £69.50

November 17th, 2011


We now have a special offer on all our Sonicare Healthy White toothbrushes.

RRP at £90 now down to £69.50.

Don’t miss out on this special offer!

Please see reception staff to purchase your toothbrush.


Tooth Sensitivity

February 16th, 2011

Our dentists have noticed more and more patients are complaining of sensitive teeth when attending their routine examination. There are many factors which contribute towards sensitivity. These could include:

. Improper tooth brushing technique. The gums may recede through overbrushing with the wrong toothbrush technique. We would recommend a soft to medium toothbrush with a small head, brushing in small circular motions. Do not be tempted to brush when using an electric toothbrush, they are designed to do the work for you.

. Acidic foods/drinks. Over consumption can cause acid erosion which will make the teeth sensitive. Such foods and drinks are advised at meal times. We also advise to reduce snacking throughout the day as this would prevent the frequency of an acid attack.

. Age causing the gums to naturally recede


There are desensitizing products avaliable to purchase such as toothpastes and mouthwashes. Your dentist will be able to advise you on the most suitable product for your individual needs.



School Visits

October 28th, 2010

One of our nurse’s at the practice, Amy Knight, has recently trained to be an oral health educator. She has organised some talks and demonstrations with schools and nurseries in the local area.

She will be educating the children on:

. Cleaning their teeth and why this is important

. Healthy Diet

. Why it is important to visit the dentist

. Answer any of the childrens questions about their teeth.

Hopefully your children will see Amy in their school soon!

New payment policy

October 20th, 2010

Due to large amounts of outstanding accounts owed to the practice, we have had to review our payment policy.

From 11th October 2010 we will require advanced payments towards the cost of your NHS or private treatment plans. Patients will be provided with a detailed estimate of the costs of each appointment.

You can pay for your dental care by Cheque, credit/debit card or cash. 0% finance is available with any treatment plan costing over £600; please ask for details at reception.

If you fail to return for you’re appointment we will complete the course of treatment and the money will be added as a credit to your account.

Many Thanks

Notice to all Dr Alison Simpson’s NHS patients.

September 21st, 2010


As from the 21st september 2010, Alison Simpson will no longer be treating NHS adult patients.

This is due to expansion and limits within the NHS.

All current patients with NHS treatment plans with Alison will continue to have their treatment completed.

If you have any worries or queries, please speak to Alison or Caroline Mann our Business manager.

Many Thanks.

Dental Hygienist

August 19th, 2010

A dental hygienist is specially trained in the prevention and treatment of gum (periodontal) disease, which is the main cause of adult tooth loss. They will give you advice on all aspects of oral health.

What will the hygienist do?

  • Give oral health advice and instruction.
  • Demonstrate effective tooth brushing techniques.
  • Discuss the lastest oral hygiene products.
  • Detailed explanation, treatment and prevention of periodontal disease.
  • Removal of plaque and calculus deposits.
  • Discuss secondary factors that cause periodontal disease.
  • Give diet advice.
  • Advice on fluoride and apply fluoride varnishes to help remineralise early signs of tooth caries.
  • Polish the teeth to remove stains.
  • Help make the mouth healthier by changing the gums from red and inflammed to a healthy pink, stop gums bleeding, prevent teeth from becoming mobile and drifting and help prevent bad breath.

Sometimes the presence of periodontitis reflects that a systemic illness is occuring, such as Diabetes, Mellitus, White cell disorders and Coronary heart disease. Therefore it is essential to be aware of how healthy your gums are.

How long is the appointment?

The appointments are usually 30 minutes long, but this can differ depending on the treatment required.

What is the cost?

Treatment with the hygienist is a private service and costs £45 for a 30min appointment.

Will it hurt?

A scale and polish is usually painless. If you experience any discomfort, the hygienist can use anaesthetic creams and solutions.

Can the dentist do the same treatment?

The dentists don’t have the amount of time to carry out the work of a hygienist. Therefore they recommend an appointment with the hygienist who has been specially trained in treatment and prevention of periodontitis and who has the time and equipment to give you the best treatment.

What other treatments does a hygienist offer?

Other treatments include airflow, which is an advanced stain removal service. They are also able to offer whitening treatments. For more information, ask your dentist or hygienist.

How often should i see a hygienist?

We generally recommend seeing the hygienist every 6 months, however for some people this can be too much or too little. The hygienist will advise each individual the best plan for them.

Dental Implants

June 1st, 2010


Many people lose teeth due to poor dental health and gum disease. Leaving the space of the missing tooth can leave you with some consequences such as:

  • . The teeth adjacent to your missing tooth can change position to fill the gap
  • . The loss of your missing tooth’s root can cause your jawbone to shrink, making your face appear prematurely older. This may also affect the pressure on the teeth when chewing, and have an impact on the surrounding muscles and joints, resulting in pain and other symptoms such as headaches.
  • . A missing tooth in the front of your mouth can affect your smile and your self-confidence.

A dental implant takes the place of the missing tooth’s root. Then a crown is attached to the implant to form the missing tooth. One or more implants can be placed depending on the size of the gap and number of missing teeth. These would then be restored with a bridge.

Advantages of dental implants.

  • . Dental implants are accepted by dental professionals for over 40years, as a successful and trusted method of tooth replacement used today
  • . They act like your natural tooth and do not feel different
  • . They are made of biocompatible materials which means they are accepted by your body
  • . A dental implant can last you a lifetime with proper care and good oral hygiene
  • . They are minimally invasive. Your adjacent teeth are untouched
  • . They help to maintain healthy bone and minimize further bone loss
  • . They provide stability and comfort, with no adjustment necessary after placement.
Please do not hesitate to contact the surgery for more details or to book an appointment for a consultation. You can also find more information at