Top Tips on overcoming dental phobia



dental phobiaDental phobia is very common, affecting as many as one in four people. Fortunately, many dentists these days, like us here at Friars Walk Dental Practice, our understanding towards dental-phobic patients and do all they can do to make dental treatment stress-free. Of course, fear of the dentist will never go completely, and if you are one of those people who have put off visits to a dentist for years due to dental anxiety, you would probably discover that the experience is not as bad as you think. However, if you need further encouragement, here are some tips on how to keep your dental phobia at bay.


  • Find the right dentist who will understand. Search online for dentists in your area that specialise in dental phobic patients, or ask your friends and relatives if they can recommend one.
  • Visit the dentist’s surgery before the day of your appointment and have a look around, chat to the receptionist and dentist and get a feel for the place. Explain your concerns to them – this will make you feel better instantly, and it will help them ensure that they provide the right service for you.
  • On your first visit, take someone with you that you trust, such as a close friend who has no fear of dentists. It may even help to have them with you during the check-up or treatment.
  • Start gradually with a clean and polish, and then when you are more confident you can go for the more extensive treatment.
  • Agree some sort of sign with the dentist to signal that you need a break and want them to stop. It can be as simple as pointing your finger, and will help you feel more in control.

Hopefully, these tips will help allay your fears. If you have any further concerns relating to dental phobia, get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to help at Friars Walk Dental Practice on 0158 2638 908 or email

Which Mouthwash Should You Use?

With so many mouthwashes on the market today, how do you know which to choose? So here are a few facts that might help you make a decision about your oral health.

Mouthwash can do more than simply freshen your breath – it can ward of plaque, cavities, gingivitis and other gum diseases. But that’s only if you use a bacteria-fighting rinse after your brush and floss. A product with fluoride can help prevent tooth decay; it is best to wait at least 30 minutes after brushing to use a mouthwash. Rinsing with an alcohol-based mouthwash isn’t good for children under 6, who are more likely to swallow the liquid.

There are so many different types of mouthwashes available on the market today and it can be so confusing which one is best for you. The choice can be discussed with your dentist at Friars Walk Dental Practice depending on your individual oral health needs.

Natural Mouthwashes e.g. warm saltwater

A homemade mouthwash containing warm water and 2 teaspoons of salt can be used following a tooth extraction or to treat a minor infection or injury.

Mouthwash at the dentist

These are ideal for eliminating odours that linger after eating and drinking certain foods, but they do not offer health benefits.

Fluoride Mouthwashes

If you are prone to cavities, the sodium provides a layer of protection over the teeth, making them more resistant to decay. It will also help strengthen the enamel and maintain dental hygiene, and keep your teeth strong.

Alcohol Mouthwashes e.g. Listerine

Alcohol in mouthwash works as an antiseptic by killing germs and some viral infections. People with dry mouth should avoid alcohol-based mouthwash because it can make the problem worse.

Anti-bacterial Mouthwashes e.g. Corsodyl

These contain chlorhexidine gluconate which fights gum disease and other infections by stopping the growth of bacteria that can lead to gingivitis and tooth decay. Most mouthwash products contain at least trace of these antibacterial. The use of chlorhexidine over a long period of time can cause brown staining of the teeth, but your dental hygienist can easily remove this for you.

So its fine to use a mouthwash, but brushing and flossing are still the mainstays in preventing cavities and gum disease.

When you next visit us at Friars Walk Dental Practice ask our Dental Team which they would recommend for you.

So if you are looking for a great dentist in Dunstable You can call us on 0158 2638 908 or go to our website or visit our face book page with helpful tips and information.


Dental Sugar News in Dunstable


sugarSugar is hitting the news again! It just highlights the damaging effects sugar has on our health. Frequent sugary attacks on your teeth cause rapid tooth decay, which leads to cavities and thus increase the likeliness for fillings and other dental treatment.

Our dentist at Friars Walk in Dunstable are passionate about advising our patients on the effects of sugar. Every time you eat or drink anything sugary, your teeth are under attack for up to one hour. Sugar can lead to tooth decay, which will damage your teeth and leads to fillings or even extractions

The problem with sugar is that it’s not easy to moderate. It’s in our daily habits, our social fabric and well, it tastes good!

Sugar is in our daily foods and can be known by over 50 names for example dextrose, fructose and sucrose are all the sugars.

If our dentists at Friars Walk can help you recognize or if you just cut back we feel we are doing something to help fight tooth decay – and a healthy lifestyle.

Look at Drinks

Drinking sugar is often a habit rather than necessity. The sugar in the tea, the fruity drink with lunch or the soft drink when socializing. If going without is tough at first, look to cut down the amount of sugar gradually.

Look at what you are buying

Often there can be a big difference in sugar content between brands of the same food. Spending a few minutes researching and finding the ones that don’t have as much added sugar, shaves off a few grams that can make a difference if you are eating these daily.

Although fruits and natural sources of sugar have nutritional benefit and are healthy in many respects, they are still sweet and you’re likely to still experience powerful cravings when consuming them. Fructose, which is found in refined sugar and fruit sources, is the more additive part of sugar that we desire the most.

When you first start managing your sugar intake you will realize you’re eating a lot of it, the whole prospect can be somewhat daunting. Start by making one change at a time. This is a great way to start.

At Friars Walk our dentists are here to help with all your questions or help you require.

So if you are looking for a great Dentist in Dunstable look no further than Friars Walk Dental Practice we are always here with helpful advice and Treatments to help you along the way.

You can call us on 0158 2638 908 or go to our website at visit our face book page which is full of great advice and tips.




CEREC – Same Day Crowns!


Same Day CrownsAt Friars Walk Dental Practice we do CEREC  –  I hear you ask what is CEREC and what can it do for me? It is a 3D system that lets us make porcelain crowns and inlays all in one visit.  We have now been using CEREC for many years and love it more than ever.

CEREC is an in-surgery computer system that allows us to replace damaged or missing tooth structure with a ceramic material that’s as close to a natural tooth as is possible. This is done while you are in the practice – in just one visit. All ceramic porcelain inlays/onlays veneers and crowns that look and feel like natural teeth can be made and fitted in a single appointment, usually in about an hour.

So what is the procedure?  We scan the opposite teeth and the way the teeth bite together first. We remove the old filling, and decay and any thin weak tooth material and scan the prepared tooth.

After this we stop working in the mouth and start working on the computer. Everybody enjoys seeing the pictures of their teeth and the designing of their new tooth. We make 3D design and this information is sent to the milling unit.

Everyone asks if this is like 3D printing and yes it is – but the tooth isn’t built up layer by layer, it is cut back from a block in the machine, which is much stronger. The block is then precisely carved to produce your new restoration, which is fantastic.

Finally, the custom made CEREC restoration ‘bonded’ seamlessly into the tooth, strengthening and sealing it at the same time and then we tidy up! We have to make sure that you can bite properly, that its smooth and that you can floss. –And all in about ah hour!  

What are the benefits of CEREC

cerecThere are several advantages to having treatment with CEREC over conventional, laboratory-made restorations.

  • Everything is carried out in a single visit – you only need to visit the dentist once – take one day away from your work or life to have the procedure – instead of the usual two or three visits.
  • Only one set of local anaesthetic injections – since the entire procedure can be carried out within an hour you only need to have one lot of injections
  • Your dentist is in complete control of the final result – since the crown or inlay is deigned and fabricated from start to finish by your dentist, he has total control over how it will look and fit.
  • No temporary restorations – which can often fall off between appointments if they are not looked after properly.

At Friars Dental Practice we want to maintain your dental health and help you improve your appearance. Our experienced and friendly staff takes great pride in keeping your smile beautiful. The products we recommend and use are the highest of quality and incredibly durable. You can trust your smile with us!


Call our receptionists who will be happy to talk you through the procedure and answer any questions you have.

CALL us on 0158 2638 908 or email

Friars Walk can help make a beautiful smile one of your best assets

How to make your smile one of your best assets

Not only is a beautiful smile attractive……

………………….Just look at celebrities, news readers and anyone working in TV or in the media these days and you will see that a beautiful smile, with clean and straight teeth seems to be the norm. Not only is a beautiful smile attractive, but it eludes a picture of health, success and confidence. They have recognised that a beautiful smile can be one of their best assets.

Many celebrities would have had treatments to include teeth straightening, cosmetic treatments, such as veneers crowns and whitening, to ensure their smile is nothing less than ‘perfect’. Of course these treatments can be provided although they can be quite expensive as well as invasive. Natural clean, straight white teeth are within easy reach.

Stain removal

Maybe you don’t want to consider any cosmetic treatment, the time, expense and need are not important to you. If so, you could still improve your smile with Just a few easy steps.  Surface staining from tea, coffee, red wine and smoking can look unsightly. A visit with our hygienist who will treat your teeth to a thorough clean and stain removal will immediately improve the appearance and health of teeth and gums.

Prophy Jet

We use a technique that fires a jet of powder and water mix to the surface of the teeth using a Prophy Jet that gently but effectively removes any staining. Particularly the stain that builds between the teeth which can be difficult to remove. This is then followed by the removal of any hard deposits called calculus or tartar, often the cause of bad breath, bleeding gums and eventual tooth loss. Just regular cleaning and maintenance can be sufficient to initially improve the appearance of your smile without taking any drastic measures.

Home Whitening

teeth whitening


However, if you would like to brighten your smile. Then follow this up with a course of home whitening. Using the latest whitening techniques we can offer you a home whitening kit, which includes a consultation, (to determine your expectation), upper and lowers impressions to provide models for whitening trays, as well as several syringes of whitening gel. You will be in full control of the number of times you whiten your teeth as well as the shade you are happy with. Full instructions on how to do this is provided. Ask Sarah our receptionist for details by contacting 0158 2638 908 or book a consultation using our online booking system.*

Special offer on home whitening available until 31st May 2015 now extended until 31st August 2015 –

We cannot guarantee that this will suddenly give you celebrity status, but we can help make your beautiful smile one of your best assets.

*online consultation requires a deposit

Dental Implants

Dental Implants The Ultimate Solution For Missing and Loose Teeth

Dental ImplantsIf you are unhappy with your existing dentures or have missing teeth, then you may wish to consider Dental Implants. Friars Walk Dental Practice offers an Implant service to help improve your teeth’s shape, by making them look both physically and cosmetically more appealing.

What are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a form of cosmetic dentistry used to replace missing teeth for a natural look and feel. They are surgically placed below the gums over a series of appointments. The procedure involves attaching the implants to the jawbone and gum tissue to become a stable base for one or more custom artificial replacement teeth, called dental crowns. In order to have dental implants, you will need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support a secure implant.


  • They look and feel like healthy, natural teeth.
  • Implants are built to last and are a great long term solution.
  • They help to restore your natural face shape and smile.
  • It will help improve your ability to eat and speak properly again.

What Will Your Dentist Do During an Implant?

  • A dental implant is usually carried out in stage parts, consisting mainly of two parts, the ‘screw or post’ acting as the root of the tooth, and the crown.
  • The first part will be surgically placing your implant to the surrounding bone.
  • The crown is then attached to the post.
  • Once fitted, these components provide the foundation for long-term support of crowns, bridges or dentures.

Follow On Care

After a dental implant procedure, you will be advised to only have cold drinks and to try not to eat until after the anaesthetic has worn off. Hot drinks and food should be avoided for the first day after the implant surgery.

For further information, ask the dentist about Dental Implants or speak to the receptionist by calling us on

0158 2638 908