Healthy Teeth Healthy Body









Your dental health is just as important as your overall wellness, everyone is more conscious of being more healthier these days with fitness and eating smart and looking the bet they can.

Improving your smile

Today cosmetic dentistry is more popular than ever, from whitening and shaping to closing spaces and replacing teeth. We have a wide range of treatments that could suit you for improving the look of your smile.

Teeth Whitening –One of the simplest, quickest and most effective ways to improve the appearance of your smile is a tooth whitening treatment. We offer a FREE Consultation and a SPECIAL OFFER!

Veneers – As we age. Our teeth can chip, crack or become discoloured, many of us suffer from crowding or unsightly gaps between the teeth. Your smile is important! With porcelain veneers they can mask these minor cosmetic imperfections and revitalize your smile, giving you that celeb look.

Crowns – If your tooth is cracked or damaged the crown will give it the strength it needs. Crowns are sometimes called caps as they sit over your real tooth, covering it whole surface. Friars Walk Dental Practice have invested in the Cerec state of the art in-practice cad-cam same day crown system.

Dental Implants – Dental implants are a permanent replacement for lost teeth and dentures. Once placed they will feel more like your natural teeth and give you back the confidence you deserve and quite literally enable you to smile again with confidence.

Keeping your teeth healthy has a big impact on your overall health. Healthy gums can protect against heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and other medical conditions. It also helps protect against a lowered immune system, which can cause you to suffer more frequently with colds, flu and other viruses. Healthy teeth can help prevent or control obesity.

Should you have any questions about the blog or would like to talk to one of our members in our team to discuss your oral health, then please contact us on 0158 2638908

Dentist in Dunstable




Your Local Dentist in Dunstable

If you are looking for a dentist you can trust and recommend to friends and family in Dunstable, or even the surrounding areas, look no further than Friars Walk Dental Practice . We offer private, dental care to the whole family.

 Specialist Treatments

Being a dentist in Dunstable we offer our patients a range of specialist treatments including Dental Implants, facial aesthetics, Laser Dentistry, Crowns, Tooth Straightening, Tooth Whitening, Veneers and much much more.

Not only do we offer a range of specialist treatments here at Friars Walk Dental Practice but also we give you great prevention advice and hygiene care. We want all our patients to have healthy teeth and gums and we encourage you to visit the hygienist at least every three months.

 So here are the reasons why you should choose Friars Dental Practice.

Dr McKeon has been looking after patients for over 40 years and has evolved to meet the demands and needs of our patients. Mr McKeon is our technology geek, always keeping his eye on what is the latest dental tech that can benefit you the patient. Being a skilled operator of our Cerec “Crown in a Day” system, he can design and create a brand new crown in one appointment visit.

Experienced team Our team of highly experienced dental professionals is committed to delivering the latest and expertise in preventative, restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Dentists build long-term relationships with their patients treating generations. We continually strive to expand our knowledge through extensive training.

Five Star Experience Patient comfort and care is our key motto. From the minute you enter the practice you will be greeted by our friendly receptionist and you will be able to wait for your appointment in a clean and comfortable environment. Our dentist will discuss all treatment options with you and together you can decide on a treatment plan that suits you. All our treatments plans are clearly written, transparent and easy to understand. During treatment, you are in complete control and so we will stop treatment at any time if you need a break.

Please take a look at what our patients are saying ……

So don’t look any further for a great Dentist in Dunstable as we can fulfil your entire dental needs right here at Friars Walk Dental Practice.

You can call us on 01582 263 8908 or book on line





Facial Aesthetics – In Dunstable










Are you looking in the mirror, and the image staring back at you appears to be that of a ‘older-looking’ or is your skin feeling dull and, are they really laughter lines?

Would you like your complexion to look smoother, natural and more youthful?

The good news is we can do something about this for you!

As we age wrinkles start to form, volume and elasticity is lost and it all heads in a downward direction, if you don’t do anything about it.

The effect of ageing hits both women and men, but thankfully we have a range of aesthetic treatments that will help re-contour and build volume and provide lift where needed restoring a more youthful look you always wanted.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal or soft tissue fillers are a great treatment for adding volume, filling depressions, folds, lines and wrinkles, as well as creating shape and structure, which is exactly what we want to achieve when redefining the jaw line.

Botulinum Toxin

Botulinum toxin, most commonly known as Botox®, is a prescription only medicine which can be used to treat lines and wrinkles on the face, but also has many other applications which are less familiar to most people.

Pucker Up Those Lips

Are you are interested in a little plumping on the lips or would like a subtle enhancement to your lips, to improve their natural appearance? There are many ways lip fillers can be used to enhance your lips without anyone even knowing you’ve had them done. They can add more definition and shape.

You may have an occasion event, where we can offer some pre-wedding advice to brides and bridesmaids who would like cosmetic treatment before their big day or party.

Who We Are

Miss Qayum or Adeela as you may know her has had extensive training in the injecting of facial treatments. She qualified as a dentist in 1994 and completed her facial aesthetics course in 2006 after which Miss Qayum did an advanced facial aesthetics course in 2007. She has many successful and happy patients who are completely confident in her experience. For your reassurance Miss Qayum has full medical protection insurance in all aspects of her scope.

Any questions? You can call us on 01582 639008 or e-mail us at











Dental Veneers


Ever wondered why the celebs have perfect teeth? Most of them were not born with them!

When the celebs hit fame they always have a smile makeover, from whitening, straightening, veneers it goes on… They want to have that perfect natural smile!

Good news is you can too, here at Friars Walk In Dunstable we have treated so many clients and we have to say look amazing! Just Saying!

What Are Dental Veneers?

A cosmetic veneer is a thin shell fitted securely to the front surface of a tooth to conceal defects. Veneers are usually made from ceramic, porcelain or a composite material, and are a minimally invasive way to enhance your smile.

You may have discoloured, misshapen or even damaged teeth, or would like to conceal gaps.

What Is The Process To Have Dental Veneers?

A very thin layer of enamel is removed; this is so the veneer will fit in with your teeth. Impressions will be taken, so a veneer can be produced just for you. Finally the veneer will be bonded to the tooth with a strong dental adhesive.

 What Is the aftercare?

Porcelain veneers are very strong and should not break under normal circumstances.  They can brake, as can a natural tooth, if subject to trauma. If gum shrinkage (recession) occurs over time the root of the tooth may become exposed.  Patients may want a new veneers to cover the root.

Guide to wedding teeth preparation



Your Wedding Day is one of the most important days of your life and the one-day you are guaranteed to be smiling the most.

At Friars Walk in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, we can give you the perfect smile for your perfect day.

At Friars Walk we have seen a number of patients looking for cosmetic treatments. You may just want a small change to give you a boost for your big day or you may want to go all out and transform your smile completely.

From Teeth whitening and teeth straightening treatments; cosmetic bonding to veneers; implants and smile makeovers, including facial rejuvenation, we can offer you everything you need to enjoy a memorable day.

Weddings are successful through preparation and planning and the same is true with your smile. At Friars Walk we want to support you in your planning of you big day with our Dental Treatments and our Facial Rejuvenation.

Remember all cosmetic treatments take time and require planning, so be sure to leave enough time to get the smile you want. We will guide you on the time when to start treatment

Teeth Whitening –Is a safe and effective way to improve the attractiveness of your smile. It is one of the simplest cosmetic dental services that we provide and does not damage teeth in any way.We recommend at least 4 weeks before your wedding

Hygiene & Polish – We offer a ‘scale and polish’ this jet wash system gives you an instantly brighter smile by blasting away stubborn stains, this is a brilliant cleaning system that can restore teeth to their former shining glory. We recommend 1 week before your wedding

Facial Rejuvenation – We understand how important it is to look and feel your best. Beauty comes within…. But there is nothing wrong with making the best of our looks! We offer wrinkle and muscle relaxing treatments. We will discuss after the consultation what is best for you but would suggest at least 4 weeks before the wedding.

Veneers – Designed to substitute for tooth enamel, veneers are hard, thin shells of tooth-coloured material that can mask a variety of dental imperfections. We will discuss after the consultation what is best for you.

Dental Implants – Are a solution to the problem of missing teeth and are the next best thing to healthy, natural teeth. This needs considerable planning and needs at least 6 months before the wedding if not longer.

Tooth Coloured Fillings – Offering you a quick and practical solution to tooth cavities. We can fix dark cavities in your teeth without causing the unsightly, dark areas to your smile.

Tooth Straightening – At Friars Walk we have treatments that will straighten crooked teeth leaving you with a healthier mouth, a more pleasing appearance, and teeth that are more likely to last a lifetime. This needs considerable planning and needs at least 6 months before the wedding if not longer.

You will receive the best advice on which treatments would be most effective for you and will have the opportunity to have all questions answered and any worries addressed before going ahead.

We welcome the Bride and groom and any other family and friends who would like to find out more call 0158 2638 908 or visit


Don’t Let Your Teeth Suffer! With The Flu virus








With the nasty flu strain that is doing the rounds thought to be reaching its peak, we obviously hope that our patients have and will manage to avoid it.

There is no doubt that the flu can make you feel very ill indeed, and many regular routines will go out of the window until you recover sufficiently from it should you be one of the unlucky ones to actually get it.

If you are unfortunate enough to become ill; however much you really don’t feel like doing so, it is important to continue to take good care of your teeth and gums. With your immune system compromised at times like this, problems such as gum disease are perhaps more likely.

Your Toothbrush

The flu virus is harbored in the mucus in your respiratory system, therefore it comes in contact with your teeth and mouth every day you are infected. When people get the flu, they don’t stop brushing their teeth, in fact if they are frequently vomiting they may be using their toothbrushes more than ever. Congestion can cause the nasal passages to become blocked and cause a person to snore while they sleep. The drying out of the mouth that accompanies snoring encourages the growth of bacteria and the formation of cavities. Further, vomiting brings stomach acid to the teeth, which erodes enamel and can spur the development of tooth decay.


Perhaps one of the most important things that you can do when you have a virus is to drink plenty of water. From an oral and general health point of view, staying well hydrated is very important. It will help to contribute to your saliva flow which removes much ‘nasty’ bacteria and food debris from the mouth. It also prevents your mouth from becoming dry. This is important as bacteria multiply much faster in a warm dry environment such as occurs when you have a dry mouth.

Eat healthily

A diet high in fruit and vegetables is ideal for providing the vitamins that help to fight off illnesses. Anyone who has had the flu though will know that this is unlikely to happen, and, when we feel like eating at all, we are probably more likely to reach for the biscuits and chocolate than anything healthy. Naturally, these ‘comfort foods’ will contain high sugar levels which are damaging for your teeth. Try to minimise these as much as you possibly can, or at least return to a healthy diet as soon as possible.

If you have had one of the more unpleasant viruses which can last for a week or two; we recommend that you see your dentist at the Friars Walk Dental Practice in Dunstable to make sure that your teeth and gums are still healthy. It is far better to intervene at an early stage than to leave it several months, until your usual appointment, before any possible treatment is carried out. If you are concerned, please call 0158 2638 908

Why Dental Implants are a long term solution for Missing Teeth




How long does a dental implant last?

Once the implant is fixed in position and as long as you maintain careful oral hygiene, you can expect the dental implant to last up to or even exceeding 40 years.

This is why Friars Walk Dental Practice in Dunstable highly recommends Dental Implants They continue to be in very high demand for a variety of reasons. Implants are very strong, stable and long-lived, as long as you take good care of them, plus Dental implants also have the highest success rate of any tooth-replacement option

What is a dental implant?

Put simply, a dental implant is a substitute for a natural tooth root. It is an artificial tooth root which is used to provide support for a new tooth. The implant not only fills an unsightly gap but helps to prevent bone loss in your jaw bone which so often takes place when a tooth or teeth have been lost. Because a dental implant is fixed into the bone it provides stability for both the new tooth and your set of teeth as a whole. It also helps to keep your normal face shape, which is great, as you get older.

Is a dental implant right for you?

You will know if you are a suitable recipient for a dental implant after you have attended an appointment with our Friars Walk dentist. We will perform a thorough examination of your teeth and gums and will assess your bone density and the amount of available bone to accept an implant. You may have x-rays taken to determine these characteristics.

The process

At Friars Walk Dental , our implant surgeon, will be the one placing your dental implants. Fitting implants is a minor surgical procedure and can be carried out under local or general anaesthetic depending on the patient’s preference. Compared to other tooth replacement options, implants are osteoconductive. This means that over time, they will support the growth of the jaw bone and provide a firm anchor for your new teeth for better bone health.

Book a Dental Implant appointment in Dunstable

 Your dentist will discuss during the initial consultation which appropriate implant system is more appropriate on your case. Please contact us today to find out more about our dental implants in Dunstable, or to book a dental implant appointment. You may either leave your details on our contact page and wait for a quick reply from our team. You may also call our practice directly to discuss your requirements on 0158 2638 908 for dental implants in Dunstable.







Do you know about Gum Disease?

Did you know that nearly two thirds of adults will end up with some form of gum disease in their lives? That’s a lot of people, and the odds are good that you’ll end up in that group as well. While most people are aware that gum disease is a dangerous condition there’s something many people aren’t aware of: what gum disease is.

Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth, according to the American Dental Association. It is a major cause of tooth loss in adults.
Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it. Also referred to as periodontal disease, gum disease is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth.

Many people ignore the warning signs, which include:

• Gums that bleed easily.
• Red, swollen, tender gums.
• Gums that have pulled away from the teeth.
• Persistent bad breath or bad taste.
• Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite.
• Any change in the fit of partial dentures.

The factors that increase the risk of developing gum disease include: poor oral hygiene, smoking or chewing tobacco; genetics, crooked teeth that are hard to keep clean; pregnancy; diabetics; and some medications.

Why is important to treat gum disease?

Gum disease is the biggest cause of tooth loss in adults. It is important to maintain healthy gums if you want to keep your natural teeth for the duration of your life. Apart from the risk of loosing teeth, untreated Gum Disease can have significant effects on your general health. This is because the chronic inflammation associated with the disease can affect other organs of the body. The condition has been linked to increased risks of:

• Heart disease and stroke
• Type 2 Diabetes
• Premature, low birth-weight babies

Prevent Gum Disease With Three Easy Routines

Brushing your teeth needs to become something you don’t just do, but you do with precision. Brush twice a day for at least two minutes

Flossing daily is another important routine to get used to. You can’t neglect this important practice – it’s just as important as brushing your teeth! You should be flossing every night, either before or after you brush. Flossing gets plaque out of hard-to-reach spaces that are especially prone to gum disease.

Getting professional dental care at Friars Walk Dental Practice every six months is the third part of the equation. With regular cleanings and exams we can identify, treat, and stop gum disease in its tracks. It’s essential to get a professional cleaning twice a year – that’s how you establish a nice, clean baseline to start from!

So, for the sake of your teeth and general health, make sure that you maintain healthy gums by brushing thoroughly twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist regularly. You can reach us on 0158 2638 908 or visit

Give Your Mouth An MOT! – Why Dental Health Check-ups Are Important!


Where better to look for a great dentist in Dunstable, look no further than Friars Walk Dental Practice.
It is a perfect time of the year to assess your dental habits before you embark on vacation somewhere nice and hot!

Why don’t you give your mouth an all-important MOT, after all it isn’t only your car that needs an annual check up: our mouth, teeth and gums need regular TLC too, especially when you are going on a trip you do not want to encounter any extra costs while on holiday.

According to research from NHS Digital (previously the Health and Social Care information Centre) half of UK adults haven’t been to the dentist in the last two years. More than a quarter of adult only visit the dentist when they have a problem.

The infrequency and irregularity of dental check-ups is causing a huge number of problems for us. The facts say a lot here with 31% of adults having tooth decay, 66% of us having visible plaque and 29% of the population suffering from regular pain in the mouth or teeth.

Why Dental Check Ups Are So Important

The problem we have is that many of us ignore the health of our mouth, especially when we compare it to our overall body health. We allow problems to develop before we actually visit the dentist.

Your dentist can check for problems that you may not see or feel. Many dental problems don’t become visible or cause pain until they are in more advanced stages. Examples include cavities, gum disease and oral cancer. Regular visits allow your dentist to find early signs of disease.

There are a wide number of issues this creates but we have listed the two most common issues left unchecked;

Allowing Gums to Bleed

Allowing your gums to bleed helps create cavities and inflamed gums – pockets develop under the gum-line filled with bacteria that eat away the teeth and eventually the bone causing tooth loss. Visiting the dentist regularly can ensure your gum health is properly maintained and early treatment prevents serious problems developing like gum disease.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is a very common condition where the gums become swollen, sore or infected.

Most adults in the UK have gum disease to some degree and most people experience it at least once. It’s much less common in children.

If you have gum disease, your gums may bleed when you brush your teeth and you may have bad breath. This early stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis.

If gingivitis isn’t treated, a condition called periodontitis can develop. This affects more tissues that support teeth and hold them in place.

If periodontitis isn’t treated, the bone in your jaw may be damaged and small spaces can open up between the gum and teeth. Your teeth can become loose and may eventually fall out.

Tooth Pain

Tooth pain is most often caused from cavities forming. Once a cavity reaches the stage where it is causing pain then root canal treatment (or possibly tooth loss) is more likely, or an extensive filling. Regular check-ups ensure that the beginnings of a filling can be identified, treated and additional brushing routines created.

Overall dental check-ups will dramatically decrease the potential for all oral health problems becoming serious. They are also cost effective compared to paying for expensive major dental works such as tooth replacements, crowns and gum repair.

If you would like to book in for a Dental Health Check-up anytime then please CALL 0158 2638 908



Do you suffer with cold sores?

Your dental treatment may have to be postponed but we can treat the cold sore using our Diode Healing Laser.


It is not advisable to have dental treatment if you currently have a cold sore or the beginnings of one. Apart from the discomfort it can put both yourself and the dentist at risk of spreading the virus.

Your dental treatment may have to be postponed but we can treat the cold sore using our Diode Healing Laser.

Most people get a tingling or burning sensation 24-36 hours prior to a cold sore developing. This is called the prodromal stage and is an ideal time to treat with the Diode Healing Laser and prevent from manifesting.

What we do?

You will be asked to wear protective eyewear while the Diode Healing Laser tip is directed at the lesion site for several short timed sequences, without touching directly. You may feel slight heat and tingling of the area being treated.

How it works

Treatment with the Diode Healing Laser seals the nerve endings giving immediate relief from itching, burning and tingling sensations. The Diode Healing Laser also bio-stimulates the area to encourage the energy producing portion of the tissue cell to be more efficient to mount its own defence, aiding quicker healing.

In the case of a herpetic lesion (cold sore) being at a stage of active, where it is weeping or has scally crust the Diode Healing Laser will destroy the viral particles and the lesion is transformed from active to healing stage. Lesions that have been treated with the Diode Healing Laser rarely recur but if they do, the outbreak is often less severe.

Treatment of one area will not change the outbreak frequency of other areas, they will need to be treated as well. Once treated the pain and discomfort stop and healing will occur over 4-6 days. There will rarely be any evidence that the procedure was done after and if a lesion recurs it will often be smaller or less severe.

Anti-viral topical medications are very helpful but neither will have the long term positive effect of the Diode Healing Laser treatment of the lesion.

Don’t forget to let the receptionist know if you think you feel that you either a getting a herpetic lesion (cold sore) or already have one.

Contact us

Tel. 0158 2638 908

Email: – dent.friars@btconnect .com

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