As you are aware, the Coronavirus (Covid-19) has severely impacted on all our daily lives. We have a responsibility to ourselves, our family and to others.

It has brought major challenges for us, caring for our patients. We must do everything we can to protect you and our dedicated staff here. We are all advised to stay at home, whenever possible; this is essential to reduce the spread of this potentially deadly Virus.

If you have dental pain or any worry, please telephone us on (0131) 664 4768, so that we can discuss your situation. If you wish, we can easily set up a video call: Facetime, Skype, Messenger, WhatsApp. Together we can decide what is best for you.

In the Practice, we are required to comply with the instructions of the British Dental Association and the Chief Dental Officer (Scotland), changing frequently, but now we have to cease all routine treatments and if necessary, any operative emergency treatment has to be referred to Specialist Centres.

We will advise you, please do not worry, be reassured that we will be here for you every day and will be keeping our web site fully informed, as time progresses, so check back regularly for updates.

If you were due for a Dental Exam or Hygienist appointment, we need to delay this, for a while, to avoid any possible contamination, (via the aerosols produced). In most instances, this will not be a problem, in the short-term. Please remember to care for your teeth and gums, with a concerted effort, for excellent toothbrushing and flossing, as we have shown to you.

As soon as we return to normal life, we will endeavour to complete all dental treatment planned, as soon as possible, offering extended hours, in order to bring our care of you, up to date.

Thank you to all our Patients, for your continued loyalty to us and you have our promise to look after your dental needs, to our highest standards, both now and in the future. In November this year, our Practice will be fifty years old and we intend, God willing, to have some celebrations!!

Kindest regards,

Richard D. O’Donnell, Fraser Borland, Dental Surgeons and Sharon Cahoon, Dental Hygienist.

Alison Douglas, Practice Manager

Cancer Research has just published new figures showing that men are more than twice as likely to develop oral cancer than women; 5,300 men to 2,500 women. In addition , it is often diagnosed in younger men of ages between 45 to 59 years.

Nine out of ten cases are preventable if people cut their risk by reducing their alcohol intake and cease smoking. Regular visits to our Practice will allow your Dentist to find anything out of the ordinary at the dental health exam appointment and immediately commence remedial treatment either by ourselves or by referral to Specialist help.

We do not find serious problems very often but your Dentist can save your life, if you come to see us, so that we can help you with our specialised knowledge and experience.

Research by King’s College, London and the University of Southhampton showed that gum disease is associated with an increase in cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s disease, possibly due mechanisms linked to the body’s inflammatory  response.

The inflammatory molecules , which have been associated with an elevated risk of other outcomes such as cardiovascular disease, can be reduced to a level closer to that seen in a healthy state, by effective gum treatment by the Hygienist or Dentist.

Without being too much of a kill- joy, research has also shown that the modern habit of drinking coffee and tea – on average four cups per day - with one in three British adults adding sometimes two to three teaspoonfuls of sugar to their drink, increases seriously , the frequency of acid attack on the teeth.

Each teaspoonful contains 4g of sugar whih means that four cups of tea or coffee per day, with just one teaspoonful of sugar, could in itself make up half of a person’s daily recommended sugar intake.

Information courtesy of the Oral Health Foundation.

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During normal Practice working hours

If you need urgent treatment during normal working hours please telephone us and we will arrange an appointment for you as soon as possible.

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On days and times when the Practice is closed, such as weekends and holidays, our Emergency Service operates between 9am and 6pm. Please telephone us to obtain help and information.

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