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Christmas 2019 Opening Hours

Please find below our opening hours over Christmas 2019.

24th December 2019 (Christmas Eve) – OPEN AM for emergencies only

25th December 2019 (Christmas Day) – CLOSED

26th December 2019 (Boxing Day) – CLOSED

1st January 2020 (New Years Day) – CLOSED

We are open from 9am on Friday 27th Dec, Monday 28th Dec & Tuesday 31st Dec for emergencies only

The surgery will re open for routine appointments on Thursday 2nd January 2020.

Changes to charges

Please note that if you need to return for further treatment, we will now require the payment of £22.70 (NHS Band 1 fee) for the examination appointment already attended, rather than full payment on completion.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Fluoride Varnish Information

As part of the West House Dental Practice drive to deliver better oral health, our dentists are now placing a fluoride varnish to all children’s teeth (aged 3+) as part of the routine check up appointment.

Fluoride is no longer added to the drinking water in our area. A number of scientific studies have shown that applying sodium fluoride varnish at least twice a year can reduce decay in deciduous (baby) teeth by 37% and by 43% in permanent teeth when used in addition to brushing regularly with fluoride toothpaste.

The varnish is a tooth coloured, flavoured (mint, cherry or melon) thin sticky varnish that is placed on the teeth and to be most effective you must not eat, drink or rinse for 1 hour after it’s application, eat only soft foods in the following 4 hours and avoid brushing for 4 hours.

The fluoride varnish is well accepted and considered to be safe but there is a small risk of allergy* so for children who have a history of allergic episodes requiring hospital admission, including asthma, varnish application should be avoided. If your child already has fluoride tablets/drops please let us know.

If you are at all concerned, would like more information, or do not wish your child to have the varnish applied, please speak to your dentist during their check up appointment.  Your dentist will not apply the varnish without your verbal consent first.

There is no charge for this service for children and if your child has had decay in the past we would recommend the varnish be placed every 3 months. It is also available for adults who have a high risk of dental decay and if placed during your routine check up appointment there is no extra charge if you are an NHS patient.

Are there any risks?

Children who swallow too much fluoride over long periods of time can develop white spots on their teeth. However, the risk of developing white spots as a result of fluoride varnish is very small.

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Why its important to visit your Dentist regularly

Remember to visit your dentist regularly and follow these six simple steps to prevent any serious problems developing in the future;

  • Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks.
  • Brush your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day for two minutes, with a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Clean between your teeth at least once a day with inter-dental brushes or dental floss.
  • Visit your dental team regularly, as often as they recommend.
  • Chew sugar-free gum to protect your teeth and gums in between meals when it may not be possible to brush with a toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Wait an hour after eating or drinking anything acidic before brushing your teeth so your saliva can help your enamel to ‘re-mineralise’ and harden again.