New Year, new Dentist

“I’m terrified of the dentist” This is the number one thing we hear from new patients who come to us, bad experiences, anxiety and negative thinking all contribute to people putting off registering and attending routine dental examinations,
So we wanted to break down that first appointment for you, because knowledge is power and understanding the process may ease some of those nerves…….

Medical History

The first thing that our team will ask you is how your health is. It is very important that we gather as much information as possible in regards to your health so we will give you a questionnaire to fill out once you have signed in with one of our friendly receptionists. After you have filled out that questionnaire we will then give you two other forms to fill out, one will ask you questions about how you feel about coming to the dentist and the other will ask you how you feel about your teeth and smile.
Meet the dentist and nurse

The next step is to introduce you to the dentist and their nurse. After completing the forms in the reception area, you will be shown into our lovely waiting room complete with magazines and a television to keep you entertained whilst you wait. You will then be greeted and taken to one of our clinical rooms where you will meet your dentist and nurse. You’ll have the opportunity to chat to them about any concerns you may have and what you are hoping to achieve.


After chatting to your dentist they will then lay the chair back (if of course you are comfortable with this) and carry out their examination.
This examination includes checking the following areas; lymph nodes, soft tissues in and around the mouth, gum health and the heath of your teeth.
It is a misconception that routine examinations are purely to check up on the heath of your teeth, there are so many other areas of your mouth to consider.
Exams are painless and are really an opportunity for you to put your mind at ease whilst the dentist gathers important information about your health.


Now that the examination is complete, your dentist will give you the results and findings, although hard to believe, this can often be a reassuring moment for patients.
If any treatment is required the dentist will thoroughly discuss options with you and quite often, you get a say on how and what treatment you have done.
All of our team members are fantastic at supporting nervous patients and that includes our dentists too!
So what is stopping you?

Call up to arrange your New Patient Examination today and take your first step towards a new you this year.

All the best,
The Foley Park Team

Data Protection Policy

Data Protection Policy

This practice complies with the 1998 Data Protection Act and this policy describes our procedures for ensuring that personal information about patients is processed fairly and lawfully.

What personal data do we hold?

To provide you with a high standard of dental care and attention, we need to hold personal information about you. This personal data includes:
• Your past and current medical and dental condition; personal details such as your age, national insurance number/NHS number, address, telephone number and your general medical practitioner
• Radiographs, clinical photographs and study models
• Information about the treatment that we have provided or propose to provide and its cost
• Notes of conversations/incidents about your care, for which a record needs to be kept
• Records of consent to treatment
• Correspondences relating to you with other health care professionals, for example in the hospital or community services.

Why do we hold information about you?

We need to keep comprehensive and accurate personal data about our patients in order to provide them with safe and appropriate dental care. We also need to process personal data about you in order to provide care under NHS arrangements and to ensure the proper management and administration of the NHS.

How we process the data

We will process personal data that we hold about you in the following way:

Retaining information

We will retain your dental records while you are a practice patient and after you cease to be a patient, for at least 11 years or for children until age 25, whichever is the longer.

Security of information

Personal data about you is held in the practice’s computer system and/or in a manual filing system. The information is not accessible to the public; only authorised members of staff have access to it. Our computer system has secure audit trails and we back up information routinely.

Disclosure of information

To provide proper and safe dental care, we may need to disclose personal information about you to:
• Your general medical practitioner
• The hospital or community dental services
• Other health professionals caring for you
• NHS payment authorities
• The Inland Revenue
• The Benefits Agency, where you are claiming exemption or remission from NHS charges
• Private dental schemes of which you are a member.

Disclosure will take place on a ‘need-to-know’ basis, so that only those individuals/organisations who need to know in order to provide care to you and for the proper administration of Government (whose personnel are covered by strict confidentiality rules) will be given the information. Only that information that the recipient needs to know will be disclosed.

In very limited circumstances or when required by law or a court order, personal data may have to be disclosed to a third party not connected with your health care. In all other situations, disclosure that is not covered by this Code of Practice will only occur when we have your specific consent.

Where possible you will be informed of these requests for disclosure.


You have the right of access to the data that we hold about you and to receive a copy. Access may be obtained by making a request in writing and the payment of a fee for access of up to £10. We will provide a copy of the record within 40 days of receipt of the request and fee (where payable) and an explanation of your record should you require it.

If you do not agree

If you do not wish personal data that we hold about you to be disclosed or used in the way that is described in this Code of Practice, please discuss the matter with your dentist. You have the right to object, but this may affect our ability to provide you with dental care.

Child Tooth Decay

Developing your child’s understanding of the importance of looking after their teeth is imperative for the future health of their mouth. Establishing a good relationship with the dentist in the early years, enforcing good eating habits and cleaning routines can all contribute to ensuring your child has a happy, healthy, smile filled future.


We all know however, that getting your little ones to brush their teeth can be difficult, so in this post we will provide you with useful dietary information to reduce your child’s sugar intake and useful tips and tricks to engage your little one to make tooth brushing a little more fun for both of you.


Sweets and other yummy treats.

Every child at some point will want to eat sweets (so will most adults too, did someone say lemon sherbet?) so it is therefore unrealistic to deny children the odd sweet treat every now and again so here are a few tips to think of when treating your little sweetie;

  • Steer clear of sticky sweets that will stick in the fissures of the teeth
  • Do not allow your child to snack repeatedly, it is much better to give them one bag of sweets straight after a meal. T
  • he more your child snacks on sugary foods they have more sugar hits through the day (we recommend ideally no more then 4 sugar hits per day – and don’t forget that includes hidden sugars too, think baked beans.)
  • Dried fruits such as raisins are very high in sugar, they are also sticky and should be seen as an occasional treat. Like sweets they should not be given as a snack through out the day.
  • Fizzy drinks are not advisable and fruit juices should be kept to a minimum. They are also best given at meal times.
  • Always wait at least 20 minutes after eating or drinking anything (other than water) to brush your child’s teeth – this is the amount of time it takes the Ph levels in the saliva to return to a normal non-acidic level.


We all know that the best kinds of teats and snacks are raw vegetables and fruits, however they can seem a little boring to children, so here are a few cleaver ideas off the internet to make healthy snacks a bit more appealing…









Engaging your child and making oral heath care fun!

Tasty Toothpaste

Choosing the right toothpaste flavour is important for kids. Some find certain flavours too strong, and some don’t like the taste of mint. Try out different flavours until you find one that your child likes, check that the fluoride ppm levels are 1,350 or above, only use a smear of toothpaste for a child under 3 years old and a pea sized amount for 3+years, be sure that your child doesn’t eat or swallow the toothpaste and never ask them to rinse with water afterwards as that washes away all that good fluoride!

Choose a fun Toothbrush

Make buying a new toothbrush a treat – make it fun, children love things that are brightly coloured or have their favorite characters on them there are even toothbrushes that flash!

Timing, timing and more timing

Two minuets feels like a very long time and all too often we rush brushing our teeth. Discourage this bad habit early on by making this twice daily 2-minute “chore” as fun as possible. Why not dance around to a song or use an app such a brush DJ or the Aquafresh Brush Time!

Stickers for Sparkling Smiles

Children love receiving a sticker at the dentist so try incorporating this reward system at home by using a calendar and stickers to offer positive reinforcement for excellent brushing.


It starts with you

6Children look up to their parents, they want to be like you and by watching you spending time on your dental routine, allowing them to see you brushing your teeth from a young age and even spending time brushing together will install a positive attitude from very early on.

Dental Implant case

We are delighted to welcome Dr. William Yu to Foley Park Dental Practice.

Will brings skill and expertise to allow us to provide routine dental implant treatment, helping our patients have missing or unrestorable teeth replaced in the most natural way.


Here is one of Will’s cases.

This 58 year old gentleman saw Will, complaining of how unhappy he was with his missing front tooth. He currently had this replaced with a denture, which he found uncomfortable and embarrassing. Especially, as it kept breaking.

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After a comprehensive examination, and direct measurement of the bone, a treatment plan was formulated which would involve placement of a bone graft, as well as placement of the implant.

An implant, made by ‘Sweden and Martina’, along with the bone graft, was placed and left to mature for 3 months. Once the implant had fused to the bone, a crown was connected to the implant.

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This picture was taken immediately after placement of the new crown. The patient was thrilled, and the gum will continue to settle around the new crown over the coming months.


If you would like to talk about replacing your missing teeth with dental implants, contact the surgery on 01562 822653, to arrange your free consultation.

Root Canal Treatment

Recently, we have started to perform a lot more root canal treatments at our practice. So I thought this would be a good topic for our blog.

When people hear the term “root canal” feelings of pain and fear tend to shudder down your spine almost instantly. But it really doesn’t have to be that way.

First of all, let’decays talk about why a tooth would require a root canal treatment

When the blood or nerve supply of a tooth (the pulp) becomes injured, through trauma, tooth decay, fracture, large fillings due to large cavities in the past, then the pulp begins to die off.



The pulp can die off painfully or silently.

tooth pain cartoonIt is when it dies off painfully, that people have the dreaded raging toothache, and can’t tell from where the pain is coming!



Whether the pulp dies painfully or silently, it will ultimately result in a “dead space” in the tooth, where there is no blood or nerve supply. As such, your body’s immune system cannot reach this and it becomes a feeding ground for the normal bacteria living in your mouth.

Long-term this can result in the tooth becoming infected, causing pain as the bacteria slowly leaches out of the tooth and eventually a dental abscess, where your face becomes swollen.


So what do we do?

-          First the decay in the tooth needs to be removed. If the tooth is so heavily decayed that there is little tooth left afterwards to retain even a filling, then unfortunately the tooth would be best removed.

-          The pulp space is then accessed and the canals of the tooth which the pulp of the tooth resided would be located.

-          We then use fine instruments called files to open and clean the space so that we can use solutions to disinfect the space.

-          Once we are happy that the inner parts of the tooth are cleaned and disinfected, the space is dried and then filled with an inert material. This is usually a material called gutta percha.

-          A filling is then placed over the top.

-          Teeth that have had a root canal treatment tend to be more brittle and therefore weaker, so your dentist would likely recommend a crown to protect and strengthen the remaining tooth structure.


Does it hurt?

With good local anaesthetic technique, the treatment should b e painless. However, when the tooth is already at its most painful, then sometimes it can be difficult to completely numb the tooth. We refer to this as the “hot pulp”.

There are ways to manage this also, and it is usually this part of the treatment that patients attribute “the pain of root canal treatment” to.

I’m really nervous. Can I be put to sleep?

We don’t put patients to sleep for routine dental treatment. We are, however, able to offer dental sedation which relaxes you, calms you down, and can make treatment a lot easier and more comfortable.

How long will treatment last?

The picture below is a reconstructed 3D image of a typical root canal system in a molar tooth.


You can appreciate the complexity of the internal anatomy of your tooth. This is why root canal treatment is one of the most difficult and time-consuming treatments in dentistry.


We cannot guarantee that every single aspect of that internal space is thoroughly cleaned and filled, as such, the treatment can at some stage in the future fail, which would require either the root canal treatment to be re-done or the tooth removed.

Please speak to your dentist about chances of success.

Sometimes, the treatment can be so complicated, we would advise the opinion of a specialist, or a dentist who solely works in root canal treatments.


What are the alternatives?

The alternatives to treatment would either be to either

-          Leave the tooth and no treatment. This is not recommended, as said earlier, this would allow infection to develop, resulting in a dental abscess.

-          Extraction and replace. But you have then lost your natural tooth



For more information, please do not hesitate to contact the practice on 01562 822653

Smoking causes more than the characteristic “Smoker’s breath”

Patients of our practice are probably familiar with our medical history form, which asks if you smoke and how many a day. Smokers-breath-1-300x200

You’ve probably also been asked about your smoking habits by our hygienist, encouraging you to quit.

We know quitting smoking isn’t easy, but here’s a couple reasons why you should make the effort.

Gum Disease

Smoking not only causes bad breath, but increases your risk of tooth loss by reducing your body’s ability to respond to infection in the mouth.

Because your body can’t help fight off the bacteria that cause gum disease, you may find that teeth are more likely to become loose, move and eventually fall out!


Smoking significantly raises your risk of developing oral cancer, which includes cancer of the mouth, throat, salivary glands, tongue or lip.

In the early stages, oral and throat cancers can have symptoms similar to a toothache or they are painless. Many cases of oral cancer are seriously advanced by the time they are detected, which can make life-saving treatment difficult. That’s why, as part of your regular dental health check appointments, your dentist performs an oral cancer screening, which includes assessment of your lymph nodes down your neck, as well as the ling of your mouth. If oral cancer is identified early, it is almost always treatable.


Dentures have been the oldest form of tooth replacement. They are usually made of hard acrylic, but can sometimes be strengthened with metal.

Complete dentures is the term used to describe upper and/or lower dentures that replace all your teeth in that jaw. Upper dentures usually stay in with suction on to the roof of your mouth.

Lower dentures, are something that end up ‘floating’ on your gum, and are retained by the muscles in mouth and face, getting used to the denture being there and helping to keep it in place.

Advantages include:

  • Easy to maintain
  • Easy to clean
  • Relative cost

Disadvantages include:

  • Removable – you have to take them out to clean, and leave them out whilst you sleep
  • Difficult to get used to
  • Can feel ‘big’ in the mouth
  • Can move about in the mouth, especially the lower denture
  • Difficult to eat hard or tough foods


The disadvantages of dentures can be mitigated by placing implants. Implants are artificial tooth roots, that are placed in your mouth and they can hold your dentures in place, allowing you to eat, drink and speak better, without the embarrassment of them falling out.


If you have a denture, that won’t stay still. Or if you have been through multiple sets of dentures that just won’t sit right, then implants may be the solution for you.


Please contact the practice on 01562 822653 to arrange an appointment for a consultation.



Partial Dentures are removable, just like complete dentures, filling in any gaps around your natural teeth. They can be made of either hard plastic, hard metal or a flexible plastic-like material.

Advantages of partial dentures include:

  • Easy to maintain
  • Easy to clean
  • Can be used as a quick temporary replacement whilst other treatment is being done or whilst waiting for a permanent fixed replacement
  • Relative cost

Disadvantages include

  • Removable – you have to take them out to clean, and leave them out whilst you sleep
  • Difficult to get used to
  • Can feel ‘big’ in your mouth
  • Can rub against the gum and tooth causing gum recession


If you have missing teeth, and would like a partial denture, or are suffering the disadvantages of a partial denture and would like to explore fixed replacements of your teeth, then please contact the practice on 01562 822653 to arrange an appointment for a consultation.