Excessive Tooth Wear

Tooth grinding and clenching habits often occur durring sleep, habits such as chewing finger nails or chewing ends of a pen/pencil.

Acid erosion- This can be excessive amounts of acidity in your diet- fruit based beverages, fizzy drinks, alcohol consumption or from stomach acids as a result of health issues.

Abraction – is tooth wear visible on the sides of teeth near the gum line, seen as a notch or v shaped edge worn from the surface. Often caused by a combination of grinding, erosion and aggressive hard brushing techniques.

Tooth wear – weakens the structional integrity of the tooth, this results in the risk of tooth fracture, sensitivity and tooth decay.

Regular dental checkups will identify areas ofweaknesses, the rates of wear and carries. We can then formulate a treatment plan to restore and protect worn areas and advise on preventing further tooth wear.

Testimonial – K.B

Dear Practice manager,

I would like to submit this testimonial about the care we received from Martina Oboh.

We all attended for our routine 6 monthly check ups to find our dentist Victoria Plumpton had left the practice, and at first like many we were unsure of seeing a new dentist.

I must say that after meeting Martina and all receiving a thorough check up, the whole family found her to be very caring and professional.

Our granddaughter who had been waiting an appointment with the orthodontist and to date had not received an appointment – this was immediately chsaed by Martina whilst we were there.

Our daughter has some cavities which required treatment and these were done with no discomfort and she was pleased with how they felt on completion.

Myself and my husband both had thorough check ups and the best hygienic clean of out teeth .

We would recommend anyone to Martina, she is a really good dentist, who is caring, gentle and thorough with her examinations.


your sincerely





Getting Back to Normality

As everyone starts returning back to their normal day to day activities, we are so happy to be seeing all our regular patients coming through our doors, as well as welcoming new patients who join our practice.

Maintaining healthy teeth and gums is so important, even though we are all hiding them – behind masks!

If you have missed our smile as much as we have missed yours, you can book to see us using our online booking tool or just simply call our friendly reception team today on 01689 823786 to book for your dental check up.

So don’t be worried about coming to see us, we’re a friendly bunch really! And looking after your teeth and smile is what we do best.

By Clare N.


Hello Everyone!
I do hope you have found our posts on gum disease helpful?

We have so far looked at ‘how you can tell if your gums are healthy’, as well as, ‘who can get gum disease’.

Am sure you might have been asking ‘so how then can gum disease be treated?’

Well, we finally get to answer that question in today’s blog. How exciting!

What Does Gum Treatment Involve?

The aim of treatment is to reduce bacteria around the teeth and prevent the disease from getting worse.

Generally, though, treatment cannot replace the support your teeth have already lost. The treatment of gum disease is a combination of a significant amount of home care in
addition to some treatment offered by your dentist and hygienist.

Treatment are as follows:
1) Being taught the best methods to clean the teeth and gums to remove plaque. Gum treatment will only work if you clean the teeth at least twice a day to an extremely
high standard.
2) You need to clean daily between the teeth twice daily with interdental brushes or floss if the gaps between the teeth are too tight for interdental brushes.
3) You should use a small headed toothbrush preferably an electric toothbrush which your dentist can recommend to you.
4) Arrange visits with your dentist or hygienist to remove the tartar above gum level.
5) Bacteria below gum level will need to be removed by the dentist or hygienist via a deep clean (periodontal treatment). You can ask for an injection to numb the gums to make the procedure more comfortable for you.
6) Mouthwashes can help with a mild form of the disease but unfortunately it can mask a more severe form of the disease.
The most effective way to control the disease is via mechanical removal of plaque.


The Black Hole! Tooth Decay.

Dental decay is the most common non-infectious disease in the world.

It is the most common reason for hospital admissions in 5 to 9 year old. It can affect general health, can cause pain and infection.

However it is largely preventable.

Sugar is one of the major causes of tooth decay. Limiting both the frequency and amount of sugar we have in our diets can help with prevention. We have to eat healthily, avoid fizzy acidic drinks and limit free sugars in our diet to maintain good oral and overall health.

Free sugars are any sugars that are added to food or drinks either by manufacturers or ourselves. It also includes sugars that are already present in honey or syrup and fruit juices.

Please ask your dentist for further information, diet analysis and diet advice customised to your needs.



Hi there!

It is me again and I must quickly add- still quite enthusiastic about gums!

I really appreciate you stopping by at our practice blog.

In my last post I focused primarily on how we can identify any red flags that may point to the presence of gum disease.

In this blog we are looking at ‘who can get gum disease.’

We had established in the previous post that gum disease is caused primarily by bacteria in plaque and if not removed properly through effective brushing and interdental cleaning it will lead to gum disease.

However, there are some risk factors associated with gum disease.

Most people can get a mild form of gum disease known as gingivitis, but some people are more susceptible to more aggressive forms of the disease.

Severe gum disease especially if it occurs at a young age can run in families.

There are a few factors that put people at a higher risk of developing gum disease.

They include:

  • Diabetes especially if poorly controlled
  • Smoking (possibly including e-cigarettes)
  • Poor diet lacking in Minerals and vitamins.
  • Stress
  • Obesity
  • Certain medications

If any of the above applies to you, please book an appointment, and speak to one of our dentists so that you can be given the appropriate advice.

In my next post I will delve into more details about the link between some medical conditions and some medications on gum disease.

Thanks again for stopping by!




Hi there!

Thank you so much for stopping by at our practice blog today.

My name is Martina and I am one of the dentists at the practice.

I am super excited to be posting something that is especially important today- gum disease!

So a quick question- how are your gums doing?

Just before you answer that question let us look at some facts about gum disease:

  • Did you know that gum disease despite being widespread can be prevented and treated if detected early enough?
  • Did you also know that gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) is caused by bacteria that collects around the gum as plaque?

The plaque needs to be removed by brushing and cleaning the teeth twice a day.

If the teeth are not cleaned properly the gums start coming away from the tooth forming pockets that allow the plaque to go down the gum line.

Over time the bone support around the teeth is destroyed, the gums shrink and eventually the teeth become wobbly and fall out.

So back to my previous question, how are your gums doing?

There are some particularly useful ways to tell how your gums are doing:

1) Do they bleed?

2) Are they red or swollen?

3) Do you sometimes notice a bad breath?

4) Are there spaces beginning to appear between your teeth?

5) Are your teeth becoming loose or moving position in the mouth?

6) Are your gums receding?

7) Are you starting to get sensitivity to hot and cold things?

The above may be pointers or red flags that may indicate gum disease.

If you are noticing any of these then you need to call and make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

We will be more than happy to discuss, examine you and offer some advice on management.

In my next blog I will be talking about who can get gum disease.

Thanks again for stopping by!




If you have a dental emergency please call 01689 823 786 before 10am Monday through Friday or NHS 111 on the weekend

We are open for normal routine appointments

Please telephone 01689 823 786

OR email us on info@highfielddental.org

Please do not attend the practice to make an appointment booking

For general enquiries please email info@highfielddental.org


4th January 2021 Operational Update

Our practice will remain open to our patients, in line with the government announcement made that health care and dental services will remain open.

Routine treatment is essential in order to maintain good oral health, therefore all our routine treatments, oral hygiene visits and examinations will still go ahead as planned.

We take the health and safety of all our patients extremely seriously, our staff wear enhanced PPE, and maintain a high cross infection standard. The practice has also invested in the latest air exchange technology to ensure our treatments are carried out in the safest possible environment.
The latest government guidelines specify treatment rooms should have at least 10 air exchanges per hour. Our treatment rooms ventilation now exceeds these government guidelines.

If you consider yourself as vulnerable and wish to postpone an appointment you have booked, we would ask for you to contact the practice at your earliest convenience on 01689 823786 or email: info@highfielddental.org

Highfield Dental Team


Tooth Whitening

Everyone wants to have a celebrity smile and whitening your teeth is a great way to achieve this.

Tooth whitening should always be carried out by a trained dental professional, here at Highfield Dental all our dentists are happy to advise you and carry out tooth whitening to help you achieve that sparkling smile safely and effectively.

If you are concerned about tooth whitening sensitivity our dentists will happily advise you on how to manage this when you have your initial consultation.


So, If you’re not happy with the colour of your teeth or you have a special occasion and you want to wow your friends and family then why not contact our friendly reception team, on 01689 823786 to discuss and book a consultation to achieve that dream smile.