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Meet the dental team

A visit to the dentist can involve a lot of people, from the dental nurse to the hygienist. Each member of the team has a specific job. Here's what they do. Dental receptionist The dental receptionist makes appointments, answers phone calls and often deals with the paperwork for the…

Dental check-ups

You may assume you should have a dental check-up every six months, but some people may not need to go so often and others may need more frequent checks. Your dentist will suggest when you should have your next check-up based on how good your oral health is. The time between check-ups…

Fear of the dentist

One in four of us dreads a visit to the dentist, but there are ways to overcome your fear. Being afraid of the dentist means different things to different people. Maybe it's the thought that treatment will hurt, or that the sounds and smells bring back…

Take care of your teeth and gums

Here's how you and your children can have healthy teeth and keep trips to the dentist to a minimum: Brush your teeth twice a day Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Read more in our teeth cleaning guide. Floss between your teeth…

Baby teething symptoms

When it comes to teething, all babies are different. But your baby will probably get their first tooth some time during their first year. Keep reading to find out how to spot when your baby is teething and what order your baby's teeth are likely to appear in.…

Dental treatments

This is a guide to the main treatments carried out by dentists. Some are readily available on the NHS, while some may only be available on the NHS in certain circumstances. As with glasses and prescription costs, you have to pay a contribution towards the cost of your NHS dental treatment.…

Dental treatment abroad

If you're considering dental treatment abroad, do your research and be aware of the potential risks. There are no official statistics on the number of people travelling abroad for dental treatment. But a 2007 survey by the consumer association Which? found dentistry is one of…

Braces and orthodontics

Braces are in high demand. More than 200,000 children and adults in England and Wales started orthodontic treatment last year. Here are the answers to some common questions about this type of dental treatment. Why have braces? The purpose of orthodontic treatment is to make the best…

Lifestyle tips for healthy teeth

Taking care of your general health and your mouth is the key to making the most of your smile. Brushing your teeth twice a day (last thing at night before you go to bed and on one other occasion) with fluoride toothpaste and having regular check-ups with a…

The health risks of gum disease

The state of your teeth affects your overall health, with gum disease linked to lots of health problems in other parts of the body. Therefore, brushing your teeth can prevent gum disease and improve your overall health. Did you know that gum disease isn't just…