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All The Merry Best!



Ensuring they see their dentist before Christmas is an essential for many of our patients. And we agree that, for peace of mind, it is always a good idea to book a check-up before the inevitable festive onslaught for your teeth, to avoid any dental-dramas over the Christmas break.

However, we would like to reassure our patients that we will not be disappearing over the holiday season, and that there are always options for our patients in the unfortunate case a dental emergency.

  • If you are a Denplan Member, remember that you can always call the 24 hour Denplan Emergency Hotline on 0800 844 999 for help and advice in the case of an emergency. For example, if you are more than 40 miles away from home, they will available to source you advice and treatment 24 hours a day throughout the festive season.
  • Likewise, Oak Lodge will always have one of our dentists on-call over the holiday period. Just call the practice on 01428 723179 and listen to the instructions on the answer-phone to contact either Dr Bolton or Dr Lloyd in the case of an extreme dental emergency.

Our Christmas opening hours at Oak Lodge Dental Practice are as follows:

real-christmas-tree23rd December 2015 08:30am – 12:30pm

Christmas Eve 2015 – Closed

Christmas Day 2015 – Closed

28th December 2015 – Closed

29th December 2015 – Closed

30th December 2015 08:30am – 5:30pm

31st December 2015– Closed

1st January 2016 – Closed


That being said, we wish all of our patients a healthy, happy Christmas and hope you have no need to call us with an emergency over the holidays! We look forward to seeing you all in 2016!red-christmas-header


Afraid to ask that question…?



We consider ensuring our patients learn how to look after their own teeth one of the most important things we do.

‘Preventative dentistry’ is the attempt to tackle an outdated trend of visiting a dentist and sitting in a chair quietly whilst someone rummages around in your mouth and rebooking for the same service in six months time. With no advice on how your brushing is going, no mention of hygienist services, or what on earth an electric toothbrush does, the fate of your own teeth is forever in your dentist’s squeaky latex-gloved hands!

It’s a system that benefits nobody in the long-term. Patients leave with a sense of confusion and helplessness regarding their own oral health and dentists are faced with a constant uphill struggle against poor oral health.

Linda Geddes, a freelance science journalist for The Guardian answers, in the article below, the questions we all have, but forget to ask, or feel we should somehow already know the answers to. Questions like, “is chewing gum good or bad…?” or “do I brush before or after breakfast?”

It’s a wonderful article that adds to the increasing amount of information available to help you learn that your own teeth are not a mystery. That looking after them routinely is a big step towards looking after them properly and that your ongoing oral health does not have to be an exact science that only your dentist can provide once every six months. (Although it does help!)

You are always welcome to ask our dentists any questions you may have about your teeth, or dental products you may have seen, or what their views are on fluoride, or electric toothbrushes or even chewing gum! No matter how unrelated you think your dental question may be, Dr Bolton and Dr Lloyd are here to help provide you with an answer and help you gain more control of your own oral health.071912_First_Question_1725x810-PAN_18905


The Truth about False Teeth


As tempting as it is to regard your dentures as a handy prosthetic that requires minimal interaction, the truth about dentures is that they require almost as much care as your natural teeth. 

It can all seem a bit daunting and confusing at first, but as with cleaning your teeth- it’s all about educating yourself on how to care for them and, of course, establishing effective daily habits and routines.

The British Dental Health Foundation have very helpfully released an article regarding denture care and have provided the answers to a lot of the questions we get asked regularly by denture wearers. 

How often should I clean my dentures?

It is important to treat your dentures as you would treat your natural teeth. You should keep them as clean as possible so that you don’t lose any more of your natural teeth, or have inflamed gums or bacterial and fungal infections. We usually recommend that you clean them thoroughly last thing at night and at least one other time during the day, and after eating if you need to.


How should I clean my dentures?

imagesThe general rule is: brush, soak and brush again. Always clean your dentures over a bowl of water or a folded towel in case you drop them (remember- they don’t bounce!) Brush your dentures before soaking them, to help remove any bits of food. Using an effervescent (fizzy) denture cleaner will help remove stubborn stains and leave your dentures feeling fresher. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Then brush the dentures again, as you would your own teeth. Be careful not to scrub too hard as this may cause grooves in the surface.

Most dentists advise using toothpaste and a small- to medium-headed toothbrush. Make sure you clean all the surfaces of the dentures, including the surface which fits against your gums. This is especially important if you use any kind of denture fixative.

Is there anything I should avoid?

It is important not to use any type of bleaching product to clean your dentures. Bleaching can not only alter the colour of your dentures, but may also lead to weakening of the dentures. Do not use very hot water to soak your dentures. Again, it can weaken the dentures, causing them to break.

agefoto_rm_photo_of_dentures_soaking_in_glass_of_waterShould I remove my dentures at night?

Dentists often recommend removing your dentures at night to give your mouth a chance to rest. If you remove your dentures, it is important to leave them in water to prevent any warping or cracking.

Do I still need to see the dentist?

It is important to visit your dental team regularly even if you don’t have any of your natural teeth. Dentists do not check just your teeth, but also the soft parts of the mouth, including the tongue and cheeks. These examinations are just as important, so the dental team can spot any infections, mouth conditions or even mouth cancer at the earliest stages.

dca-blog_dentures-mature-woman-appleWill I be able to eat with dentures?

Eating will take a little practice. Start with soft foods cut into small pieces. Chew slowly, using both sides of your mouth at the

same time to stop the denture moving. As you become more used to your denture, add other foods until you get back to your
normal healthy diet.

Will dentures change how I speak?

Pronouncing certain words may take practice. Reading out loud and repeating difficult words will help. If you find that your dentures occasionally slip when you laugh, cough or smile, reposition them by gently biting down and swallowing. If this happens a lot, see your dentist.

How long will my dentures last?

If you treat your dentures well, they should last several years. However, your dentures will need to be relined or re-made because of normal wear, or a change in the shape of your mouth. Bone and gum ridges can shrink, causing your jaws to meet differently. Loose dentures can cause discomfort, and health problems including sores and infections. A loose or badly fitting denture can also make eating and talking more difficult. It is important to replace worn or badly fitting dentures before they cause problems.

Whether it be how to care for them, or what to expect from the experience of getting your first dentures, the whole team at Oak Lodge are dentally trained and qualified, so we are all on hand to answer your questions.

If you are interested in discussing dentures with your dentist, please call 01428 723179 and our reception team will be happy to help you. 

Saying G’bye to Kirsten…


20151026_133859 (2)As many of you may have noticed, we have had a familiar face sat at reception intermittently for the past few months. Kirsten, being one who suffers from a severe case of ‘Wanderlust’, has been a recurring member of the Oak Lodge team between her adventures, for years now.

However, she is now embarking on one of her biggest adventures yet and is emigrating to New Zealand for six months!


Armed with one backpack (after a lot of careful deliberation over shoe choices) we waved her off last week and wished her all the best with her travels.

She plans to work on North island, on a winery and enjoy the Kiwi lifestyle for as long as possible. And we know if anyone can make it abroad, Kirsten can. We are certain she will flourish in her new job and circumstances and we will be delighted to see her again next summer, hopefully once we’ve had a chance to catch up with her tan!

All the best Kirsten, you will be missed- g’luck and g’bye!

A Tail of Two Continents!


After an onslaught of furry critters back in February this year, we decided to release them to new owners and sent them home with our Acorns. There was one stipulation however, and that was to take their new squirrelly friends on an adventure and to send us some photos along the way.

The results were fantastic! We soon had pictures coming in from squirrels all over England, Scotland, Ireland, America and Spain. But by far the most impressive result we had was a story from Zoe and Fergus McEwan, who sent their squirrel ‘Nutmeg’ all the way to Australia!

nutmegWe were presented not only with a photo of Nutmeg getting ready to travel, but a whole photo album of his adventure while he visited Zoe and Fergus’s cousins Mia and Amelie in Sydney!

We enjoyed Nutmeg’s tale so much that we have since turned his adventure into a story book for our waiting room, so all of our other patients can enjoy it too!

All of the effort Zoe and Fergus (and Mia and Amelie!) went to to include us in Nutmeg’s adventure has landed them the grand prize of a Sony PSP as winners of our competition!!

Their dentist Dr Debbie Lloyd and our two remaining big squirrels were on hand to help present Zoe and Fergus with their prize when they came in for their check-ups. Congratulations to the Zoe and Fergus, we hope you enjoy your well-deserved prize!

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Keep an eye out for our next competition and to be in with a chance of winning, be sure to enquire by calling 01428 723179 and speaking to Emma.


Do you boogie while you brush?


Brush-DJ-iconMeet Brush DJ – the award winning free app that plays 2 minutes of your favourite song while you brush!

Guaranteed to keep you and your young ones brushing for the necessary two minutes, Brush DJ will play a song from the music library on your device and will reward you with a well-deserved round of applause when you have finished. You can even vote for your favourite tune on and keep up with the weekly chart!

Brush DJ is free and available on Apple and Android, so why not download it today for a boogie while you brush?


The Future of Brushing is Here (…and it’s very, very clean!)

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Choosing a new toothbrush can seem pretty daunting. A new electric toothbrush can sometimes have as many added bonuses, varieties and modifications as a new car!

Which is why we currently stock a selection of Oral B Pro electric toothbrushes that cover a range of functionalities and prices, from our simplest option, the Oral B 2000, to the all-singing-all-dancing Oral B 6000.

The great thing about Oral B electric toothbrushes is that all of the brushes have an oscillating, rotating and pulsating action. (Which to you and I, means that the brush head both rotates and pulsates, giving you a deep clean at angles and in places you just cannot achieve with a manual brush and elbow grease!)

Here’s our guide to our Oral B range’s added functions, to try to help you select which toothbrush may be the best option for you…

The Oral B Pro selection that we stock ranges, rather helpfully, from two added features with the 2000, to four with the 4000 and (you guessed it!) six added features with the Oral B 6000.

We’ve broken down the six features below and suggest that you pick the brush that can help you achieve as many of the targets that your dentist or hygienist may have instructed you that you must work harder at. (If you are not sure of your problem areas, speak to your dentist or hygienist at your next appointment!)

I must work harder at….

Brushing all of the surfaces of my teeth…


The Oral-B PRO 6000 SmartSeries electric toothbrush has intelligent Bluetooth® technology that will revolutionize your brushing experience. Combined with the Oral-B App, you’re able to track, monitor and chart your brushing performance like never before.

Paying attention to my brushing technique…


The Wireless SmartGuide syncs up with your toothbrush to give you real-time, dentist-inspired feedback for an extraordinary cleaning experience. It includes a Star Reward System for extra motivation: five stars that sequentially light up as you brush, giving you a five-star rating when you brush properly for the dentist-recommended two minutes.

Brushing in the correct way to achieve: a deeper clean, whiter teeth, cleaner gums, a clean tongue or to help my sensitivity…


Daily Clean Mode for exceptional cleaning of teeth and gums.

Deep Clean Mode for that dentist clean feeling.

Whitening Mode for removal of surface stains and polishing.

Gum Care Mode for the gentle gum stimulation.

Sensitive Mode for gentle yet thorough cleaning of sensitive areas.

And Tongue Cleaning Mode for a cleaner tongue and fresher breath.

Not brushing too hard…


When you brush too hard, the SmartGuide activates a visual warning, encouraging you to decrease pressure to protect your gums.

Making sure I brush for long enough…

BRUSHING TIME- Oral B 6000/4000/2000

Dentists recommend brushing for two minutes. With the SmartSeries Timer, that goal is more achievable than ever.

Using my electric toothbrush all the time, with no excuse of a dead battery! 

BATTERY- Oral B 6000/4000/2000
The rechargeable handle features Oral-B’s best performing battery that lasts up to 10 days between charges (when brushing 2 minutes, twice per day).

If you are interested in learning more about how an Oral B electric toothbrush can help you to look after your oral health better, or which brush is best suited to you, please ask at reception, or ask your hygienist to demonstrate a brush at your next visit.

Have you got the essentials covered…?



Denplan Essentials has become exactly that for many of our patients here at Oak Lodge, an essential.

  • Not only does the plan spread the cost of your routine care into monthly payments, but it actually works out as cheaper by being a member of the plan.
  • You are entitled to a 10% discount off any treatment required.
  • You do not need to be deemed ‘dentally fit’ and complete any outstanding treatment required, to begin the plan.
  • The plan acts a reminder to see the dentist and hygienist every 6 months.
  • You are covered by the 24hr Worldwide, Dental Emergency Insurance.

…and that is all at a cost of just £15.00 per month!

One of our patients describes her experience of the plan:

“It’s so freeing knowing that everything is already covered. I’ve also managed to persuade my husband to join and got a further 5% off my monthly payments!” Mrs F.

If you need any further information on what Denplan Essentials offers, just head over to our Fees page on our website, or call Emma on 01428 723179.

Oh, the places you’ll go…!



Having set our Acorns the challenge to take their squirrels on an adventure back in February, we are now drawing near to the end of our Squirrels on Tour competition on Monday 13th September.

So far, our Acorns have not disappointed with their entries!

But we are looking to recruit a few more photo’s of your squirrels’ adventures, before deciding on our winner of our star prize of a Sony PSP!440x305xpsp-3.jpg.pagespeed.ic.L2HHz63Rp2

Just remember to take your little squirrel friend with you on your next outing and take a picture of them somewhere you think we’d like to see. It doesn’t have to be quite as far as America or Australia, like some of our current contestants. Just a woodland trip, a picnic at the seaside, or a trip to London can be made into an adventure, with a bit of imagination!

Send your photographs to or drop them into the practice before 13th September (and don’t forget to tell us a little bit about your squirrel and their adventure too!) We look forward to seeing your pictures soon!




Swapping sugar, the easy way



We have watched excitedly while media attention is finally heading in the right direction over the hot topic at the moment: sugar. It has been likened to having the same effects on the brain as highly addictive drugs, such as cocaine and has been announced as one of the main causes of obesity in today’s society.

The dental world has known for a long time just how much sugar affects the body. We try daily to convey the following message to our patients: if this is what sugar is doing just passing on its way into the body, just think about what it’s doing on its journey throughout the rest of the body!

Sugars are hidden in everything. They are what make so many convenience foods taste so fantastic. And they are there to encourage us to reach for more once the buzz of the sugar rush wears off. It’s a nasty cycle.

But the positive thing is, it’s one that can be easily broken with just a few small changes. And the effects of these changes can be profound, both for your oral health and your overall health.

So, featured below are a few sugar swap tips from our own members of staff:

Emma Figg | Practice Administrator and Receptionist | Oak Lodge DentalEmma: “I was such a sugar-addict before entering the dental world. I knew the obvious stuff would be bad for my teeth: chocolate, sweets, fizzy drinks. But little did I know just how much sugar is in fruit juice! It’s often as sugary as fizzy drinks. So I swapped fruit juices and squashes for plain, cold water. Which took a little getting used to, but to help the transition I used to put lemon or lime slices in with it.”


debbie-lucasDebbie: “I used to crave sugary cereal in the mornings and it took me a while to figure out that I was getting so hungry mid-morning, because the sugar rush was fading. I’ve switched to porridge now. Which I put fresh fruit on. It takes barely any time to prepare and I stay full right up until lunch.”



JuliaJulia: “My sugar swap has been mainly focused on savoury foods. It’s so easy to be fooled into thinking that because a food is savoury, that there is less sugar in it. But take a look at tomato ketchup, Heinz ketchup contains 23.6g of sugar per 100ml, that’s almost as much as a can of Coca Cola! So we swap instead to making as much from fresh as possible.”


For more ideas on how you can introduce sugar swaps, have a look at the following article: or speak to your dentist at your next visit to Oak Lodge.