Dental Practices in England were given Permission to re-open for certain emergency procedures, from the 8th June 2020.

In Scotland, we heard from the Chief Dental Officer for Scotland on 18th June 2020 that the re-opening of Dental Practices could happen the following week – for Dental Emergencies.

It should be noted that Dental Practices will only be allowed to open ONE surgery, with one Dentist, and only see patients with a pre-arranged appointment, to examine them. We have still been limited to providing Advice, Antibiotics, Analgesics.

The crucial difference from Phase 1 is that we can now actually see our own patients for emergency appointments.

Read more: Phase 2 – Dental Emergencies From Tuesday 23rd June 2020

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.

Read more: Covid-19 - Practice Update 30 March 2020

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.

After a work-out, dehydration can develop reducing the protection saliva in the mouth gives to teeth.

Then, the fashion to “ refuel” with so called sports drinks adds to the acid attack on tooth enamel. Many of these have a pH or acid value of 2.4 to 4.5. Regular dental health exams enable any dental erosion to be monitored and specific advice given to help prevent any future damage .

Recent Research findings from Pharmacyoutlet of 2000 UK adults showed that 18% admitted to being aware of their bad breath but 80% of them left this untreated, sometimes placing strains on their relationships.

Others said that bad breath would put them off asking potential partners for a second date. In the majority of cases, we can help our Patients to treat and eliminate this.

The earlier young children attend their Dentist - we advise from one year old - the earlier any potential problems are seen, thus preventing children having to go through the trauma of operative dentistry or even having to have teeth extracted, under a general anaesthetic.

The other main advantage is that they are helped by our people to be happy in our Dental Practice and even to look forward to coming!

Figures published by the Royal College of Surgeons showed that only 20.2% of  one to two year old children visited the Dentist and in England , last year, there were 9,220 tooth extractions from children in hospital, with all the pain and distress that caused.

We welcome and look forward to seeing children, of all ages in our Practice.

Most people recognise the need to visit their Dental Practice regularily - but how often ?


Every six months used to be the advice, the problem is that some dental disease creeps up, causing no pain and is not easily noticed or even sensed.

We advise that the best way to prevent dental disease is for you to come to see us as frequency as advised by your Dentist.

Three monthly or six monthly or annually or for a few Patients, two yearly, might be enough. Sometimes, the less frequently people attend, the easier it is to forget to make an appointment and thereby lose the benefits of regular visits.

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Coronavirus Phase 2 - Dental Emergencies

From Tuesday 23rd June

Dental Practices in England were given Permission to re-open for certain emergency procedures, from the 8th June 2020. In Scotland, we heard from the Chief Dental Officer for Scotland on 18th June 2020 that the re-opening of Dental Practices could happen the following week – for Dental Emergencies.

It should be noted that Dental Practices will only be allowed to open ONE surgery, with one Dentist, and only see patients with a pre-arranged appointment, to examine them. We have still been limited to providing Advice, Antibiotics, Analgesics.

The crucial difference from Phase 1 is that we can now actually see our own patients for emergency appointments.

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