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What are periodontal pockets?

One of the chief signs of gum disease is the presence of periodontal (“peri” – around; “odont” – tooth) pockets — that is, spaces around the teeth, below the gum line, that have become infected. Pockets provide an ideal environment for bacteria to grow, and may spread infection to the structures that keep teeth anchored…
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Ultrasonic Teeth Cleaning vs. Manual Teeth Scaling

Scaling, the process of removing plaque and tartar from teeth, is an important step in the hygienist’s teeth cleaning procedure that comes before polishing. Those of you that have seen our new hygienist, Amanda-jane, may have already noticed she favours the use of ultrasonic teeth cleaning. But why? While manual teeth scaling with a handheld…
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Dental Anxiety

Dental Anxiety Dental anxiety is one of the most common phobias in the world with nearly a third of all adults disliking the dentist and 1 in 10 of us having a phobia so strong that we actually avoid making visits to the dentist. What Causes Dental Phobia and Anxiety? There are many reasons why…
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What to do if you require dental assistance out of surgery hours

Recently the practice carried out a patient satisfaction survey. Overall the feedback has been very positive and everyone seems to be very happy with the service they are receiving from the practice. We are so glad about this as we do try hard to meet your expectations! One issue that did come up, however, was…
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Celebrating 10 years of BDA Good Practice Membership

  We are delighted to announce that Hilton Dental Practice has now been awarded BDA Good Practice membership for the 10th consecutive year. The BDA Good Practice is a framework for continuous improvement. By becoming members, practices demonstrate a visible commitment to quality through good team working, efficient practice systems and an improved patient experience.…
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