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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Change You Life With Dental Implants


Do you have missing teeth? Having missing teeth can have a significant impact on your life and your overall confidence? The team here at Friars Walk Dental practice in Dunstable could have the perfect solution for you.

However you may have lost teeth, either through decay or an accident, missing teeth should never have a negative impact on your life. That’s why we recommend dental implants as a long-lasting and discreet solution to restoring you back to full smile!

Unlike other tooth replacement solutions, dental implants are a replacement tooth root and actually promote healthy bone growth, integrating the bone and being osteoconductive. In most causes they can be placed in a small surgical procedure carried out under local anaesthetic,

Missing teeth do not only effect the function of your dental system; these may effect your facial aesthetics in ways you have not considered, as well. Without teeth, the stimulation of your jawbone will not be facilitated. This in turn may lead to the collapse of the facial contours, a factor that will make you look old.

What’s more, your social life is set to transform! Have you been missing out on some of your favorite foods or meals? You wont have to worry after implant therapy. Dental implants are tough and sturdy and able to tackle even the crunchiest, chewiest or complicated meals. All your favorite menus are back on the table!

Dental implants provide a long-term, cost effective and naturally beautiful looking solution. With implants you’ll not have to worry about replacements either.

If you are interested in restoring your dream smile to its natural beauty and you want to understand the radical impact of dental implants then please contact the team at Friars Walk Dental Practice to arrange your consultation. Our amazing team can guide you through the next steps so you’ll be in caring hands from beginning to end.




What You Need To Know About Teeth Whitening

Thoughts have dramatically shifted over the last several years with many people now considering it as a ‘must have’ rather than a luxury.

With so many unqualified unregulated tooth whitening procedures available on the market it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep track of them

But what are the facts around tooth whitening that you really must know before going ahead with treatment? We have put together a handy guide to help you figure out what’s safe and what’s not when it comes to whitening your teeth.

The Decision!

So you have decided to get your teeth whitened. There are many reasons why you may have decided to do this. Everybody is different and very few people have brilliantly white teeth, they may become discolored with age or stained through the food and drink you consume. All you know is that you want them whiter.

Do your research!

There are many ways to get your teeth whitened, you may be tempted to try a supermarket whitening kit, while these are much safer than the unregulated whitening kits you can purchase on the internet they are also less effective. So don’t expect sparkling pearly whites after a few goes, and definitely don’t expect the same results as a professional, regulated tooth whitening service. Professional bleaching from your dentist is the most common and safest method.

Whitening is Safe! Depending where you have it done!

It is illegal for anyone other than a regulated dental professional to perform professional tooth whitening. You may see a sign up in your salon offering treatment but warned this may lead to all kinds of trouble and you are putting yourself at risk. A professional will discuss with you what treatment is appropriate to you and develop your treatment plan to give you your desired result.

How about the cost and Time?

The cost will vary on what treatment you decide to go for which will be discussed thoroughly with your dentist. We all want brilliant white teeth tomorrow! Usually treatment will take three to four weeks depending on your teeth – so all good things always come to those who wait!

How White!

Tooth whitening can only whiten your existing colour. Always get advice from your dentist to ensure that you are not disappointed. If you fall into this category and really must have whiter teeth, then veneers or crowns may be an option, but we will discuss this in detail.

Like any treatment teeth whitening should be maintained. To ensure your teeth stay exactly as you want the hard work is over to you. You can help keep your teeth white by cutting down on the amount of food and drinks you have that can stain teeth. Also stopping smoking will also help prevent discoloration and staining.

So when you are scan the Internet looking for Teeth Whitening in Dunstable look no further than Friars Walk Dental practice. You can CALL us on CALL 0158 2638 908


Wedding Smile Ready?

At Friars Walk Dental Practice we understand the importance of looking and feeling your absolute best on your Big Day – All eyes will be on you for the most important day of your lives!

For this reason, having a great looking smile and being full of confidence is more important than ever before. We offer a range of treatments, which will help to give you the perfect smile for your big day.

Your smile will be on show to everyone present we want you to look back on your wedding day with fond, happy memories. Having dental treatment before the big day will ensure you look great in your photographs, as well as giving you the confidence to show off your gorgeous new smile.

You may just want a small change to give you a boost or you may want to go all out and transform your smile completely. From teeth whitening and teeth straightening treatments; implants and facial rejuvenation, we can offer you everything you need to enjoy your memorable day.

Choose from our range of treatments and create a unique smile to make your special event or wedding day.

Our wedding treatments includes:

Dental Implants

Teeth straightening

Oral Hygiene

Teeth whitening

White fillings

Dental veneers

Facial rejuvenation

Our team will be with you every step to ensure you achieve the results in time for your special event or wedding day. You will receive the best advice on which treatments would be most effective for you and will have the opportunity to have all questions and any worries addressed before going ahead.

Remember that all cosmetic treatments take time and require planning, so be sure to leave enough time to get the smile you and your wedding party want.

We suggest the best way forward is contact our lovely team on 0158 2638 908

Celebrity Smiles – We can improve yours to!

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A great smile is something we all want. Gleaming teeth make us look healthier, happier and more attractive. For the Hollywood starts, a set of prefect straight teeth is a must!

You can have this too! With our treatments at Friars Walk Dental Practice

Tooth Whitening – Are you looking to impress at an important job interview? Do you want to make the best impression at an upcoming party? Or do you just want to feel better about the appearance of your smile? If you are looking for a safe affordable way to whiten your smile, the whitening services at Friars Walk Dental Practice may be the solution you are looking for!

The Benefits

  • Teeth Whitening removes stubborn stains
  • Boosts self confidence
  • Our methods are gentle and safe

Orthodontics – If you feel embarrassed or uncomfortable because of your crooked or misshapen teeth, you no longer have to go through life feeling this way. At Friars Walk Dental Practice we have helped so many patients smile again with out specialise Orthodontics

The Benefits

  • Can dramatically improve the appearance and the way the teeth fit together.
  • A beautiful straight smile can improve long-term confidence
  • Correctly aligned teeth have significant health benefits by making the teeth easier to clean
  • Improves the function of the teeth while eating

CEREC –Same day Crowns What is CEREC? – This software is the latest technology advancement in cosmetic dentistry and allows dentist to prepare a tooth and install a crown in the same visit.

We may decide to use CEREC to create a crown or cover a cracked tooth or weak tooth, an implant, a tooth with a large filling or one that has undergone root canal.

The Benefits

  • Complete your restoration in one visit – less time at the dentist!
  • Provides a customised, precise fit for a natural appearance
  • More convenient for YOU

Its no secret that celebrities have the ability to change their looks with the professionals at their finger tips. Friars Walk Dental Practice will be able to advise and guide you through – its all possible for YOU to take that next step!

If you are ready to smile like the starts Friars Walk Dental Practice can help YOU! If you would like to find out more on the above treatments CALL 0158 2638 908

Teen Dental Problems


Friars Walk Dental Practice is here to help and advise

We all know that your teens are a time of great change and challenges! You are maturing into a young adult and your emotions and body undergo rapid shift; being a teen is pretty tough! That’s why worrying about your dental health can be sometimes just like another problem to add to the pile of adolescent life.

Teenagers can be tough on their teeth. They are so busy with school, jobs, sports and social activities and do not spare time what is required for proper dental care. They also tend to eat a lot of junk food. Just combine these two things and you’ve got a situation ripe for tooth decay. Not surprisingly teenagers develop a lot of tooth cavities.

At Friars Walk we understand the worries you face. That’s why we want to help you through this time of your life and we have put together a list of common dental concerns and how you can avoid them. We want you to come out of this with a bright and healthy smile and continue into adulthood.

Smoking and drinking

You may find yourself offered cigarettes or alcohol. Apart from being damaging to your health, both of these habits have specific risks for your dental health. Smoking can cause bad tooth staining, contributes towards gum disease and, far more seriously different cancers of the mouth. Smoking is one of the worst things you can do to your dental health; please avoid at all costs.

Alcohol is generally very high in sugar. This high contribution can contribute to tooth erosion and tooth decay.

Playing sports

Being active is great, and many young people belong to sports clubs and team. However, when playing sports it pays to make sure that your teeth are protected from any potential damage, especially in sports such as hockey, rugby Playing sports that require a mouthguard should be followed up carefully – the best mouthguard is one that has been custom fitted by your dentist.

Making Time For Your Teeth – Top Tips for Teens

  • Brush your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day, with fluoride toothpaste. Use toothpaste with a small- to medium-sized brush head with soft to medium bristles, and brush for two minutes.
  • Limited your sugary food and drinks.
  • Visit your dental team at least once a year, or as often as they recommend.
  • Clean in between your teeth with ‘interdental’ brushes or floss at least once a day, to help remove plaque and food from between your teeth.
  • Use mouthwash to freshen your breath and kill bacteria
  • Use a straw if you have fizzy drinks, as this helps the drink to go to the back of your mouth and reduces the numbers of acid attacks on your teeth.
  • Wait for at least one hour after eating or drinking anything acidic before you brush your teeth.
  • Chew sugar-free hum after eating to help make more saliva and cancel out the acids which form in your mouth after eating.

So if you are a looking for a dentist in Dunstable CALL 0158 2638 908 or email





Dental Health Check-ups at Friars Walk Dental Practice


group of people3You may assume you should have a dental health check-up every six months, but some people may not need to go so often and others may need more frequent checks.


Why do I need a dental check-up?

A check-up allows your dentist to see if you have any dental problems and helps you keep your mouth healthy. Leaving problems untreated could make them more difficult to treat in the future, so its best to deal with problems early, or if possible prevent them altogether.

20 people a day are diagnosed for mouth cancer a day in the UK – We can look out for what you can’t detect in your mouth!

What happens during a dental check-up?

At each check up we will:

  • Examine your teeth, gums and mouth
  • Ask about your general health and any problems you’ve had with your teeth, mouth or gums since your last visit.
  • Ask about, and give you advice on, your diet, smoking and alcohol use, and teeth-cleaning habits.
  • Discuss a date for your next visit.

Your dentist will ask questions about your general oral health, your previous dental experiences and any current concerns or problems you may have. You will be asked about your views on any improvements you might like to make to your oral health and in the appearance of your smile. You will have plenty of opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have.

What should you do between visits?

Be sure to take care of your teeth and gums between regular dental visits. Plaque is always forming on your teeth, but you can get rid of it by brushing and flossing regularly, here are some tips for good oral care at home.

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Be sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride.
  • Floss at least once a day.
  • Use a mouth rinse to help gets rid of plaque bacteria. This will also help to freshen breath.

Oral health check-ups are just as important as annual physicals they not only keep your mouth healthy, but also are important for keeping your whole body in tip top shape.

For more information on regular dental visits, Call our friendly team at Friars Walk Dental Practice on 0158 2638 908 or visit







What is Waterlase? – Laser Dentistry


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The incredible Waterlase System

At Friars Walk we use Waterlase Dentistry it is a safe and gentle alternative to traditional dental tools. Using laser and water spray, Waterlase can perform many procedures without a shot or a drill – Finally, going to the dentist is fun!

Waterlase has many benefits, if you are scared to go to the dentist because of a number of reasons, then these dental fears can be minimized with a Waterlase dentist. The Waterlase is a dental laser that enables the dentist to use minimal and in some cases even no aesthetic or drills to perform many routine dental procedures.

The Waterlase combines water, air and laser energy for safe use on human tissue in the mouth. Our teeth are partially made up of water and when laser makes contact with the tooth it excites the water molecules to cut through the tooth. The laser continuously sprays out water it keeps the tooth hydrated preventing heat and giving you a virtually pain free experience.


Accuracy & PrecisionWaterlase dentist are able to remove tooth enamel decay (the hardest substance in the body), bone and gum tissue precisely while leaving surrounding areas unaffected.

Reduced Trauma – Drills can cause hairline cracks and fractures in the teeth. Waterlase reduces damage to healthy portions of the tooth

Less Bleeding & Swellings – Due to its conservative cutting action, the Waterlase performs may soft tissue (gum) procedures with little or no bleeding and less post-op swelling.

Fewer Dental Visits – Since you often do no need shots of anesthetic, a Waterlase dentist can perform cavity preps in all areas of the mouth in just one visit. It also gives the ability to perform many procedures that were previously referred to specialist, saving you time and money for your family.

Versatility – The Waterlase is extremely versatile. It can be used for a wide range of hard and soft tissue procedures. From decay removal, cavity preparation, root canals, smile design, gum and bone surgical procedures and many more. 

If you would like to find out more or like the sound of Waterlase, we will be happy to go through everything with you, please CALL 0158 2638 908 or email us on

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Tips on how to cure bad breath



Bad breath, otherwise known as halitosis, is a common problem, which affects everyone from time to time varying degrees, with one in four adults in the UK suffering from regularly. It can cause embarrassment in social situations and can lead to people becoming anxious and paranoid. Fortunately, there are some tips than you can adopt which will reduce your chances of suffering from it.

Most cases of bad breath are caused by poor dental hygiene and can be resolved by improving one’s teeth-cleaning routine. Strong smelling foodstuff such as onions, garlic, cheese and coffee can all cause short-term bad breath, as can the build-up of decaying food on the surface of your tonsils.

Tips on how to keep your breath fresh:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day. Use fluoride toothpaste. Correct and regular brushing is crucial to keeping your breath smelling fresh.
  • Brush or scrape your tongue. Brushing your tongue can remove bacteria at the back of the mouth.
  • Floss your teeth. Brushing alone only cleans up to about 60% of the surface of your teeth. Flossing removes food trapped between teeth, which would otherwise turn stale and smelly. Another product you can buy to clean between your teeth is an interdental brush.
  • Use an antibacterial mouthwash. The best time to use mouthwash is just before bedtime. There are many different types of mouthwash. Most are alcohol-based. Alcohol can dry out or irritate your mouth, so if you have problems, switch to an alcohol-free brand that contains chlorhexidine or hydrogen peroxide.
  • Use sugar-free gum. The chewing stimulates saliva and stops your mouth drying out. A dry mouth can lead to bad breath. But gum is not a substitute for proper oral hygiene. Always clean your teeth thoroughly, even if you’ve chewed gum.
  • Have a check-up with your dentist at least once a year. It’s a chance to have a deep clean of your teeth and review your oral hygiene practices. You’ll also get a definitive answer on whether you’ve got bad breath.
  • Quit smoking. If you smoke, your breath is likely to smell of stale smoke. Smoking cigarettes also increases your risk of getting gum disease, which is another cause of bad breath.

If you have persistent bad breath, try keeping a diary of all the foods you eat, and list any medicines you’re taking. Take this diary to your dentist – they may be able to suggest ways to solve the problem. It is important to bear in mind that bad breath can also be caused by medical conditions, such as diabetes, gastritis, dry mouth, and liver and kidney problems.

Our receptionist at Friars Walk Dental Practice will be happy to talk to you and answer any questions you have.

CALL us on 0158 2638 908 or email