I wanted to let you know about what is happening at the dental practice at present. 

Emergency cover 

We are running a remote triage service for dental emergencies where we can give advice on pain management and if necessary arrange for prescriptions to be dispensed from the pharmacy at the Street Lane Medical practice.   

If you have a dental emergency please dial the surgery number 0113 2402140 and you will be directed to the on call dentist who is available 7 days a week 9am – 5pm.  If you have a dental emergency out of these hours that cannot wait until the morning, then please dial 111 and they will go through the necessary triage questions and advise you accordingly. 

If you have any questions at all then please do not hesitate to email us on enquiries@oakwood-dental.co.uk.  The email is monitored daily, including weekends, and myself or another team member will be happy to respond as soon as possible. 

There is no indication as to when we will be able to reopen the practice but I will keep you informed about progress as we go along.  The whole dental team has made themselves available for redeployment into the wider NHS effort and we have donated what little PPE we have to the cause as well – every little will help our hospital colleagues stay safe. 

Maintaining oral health

It is VITALLY important that the teeth and gums are kept as healthy as possible to reduce the risk of dental disease occurring that we cannot fix as yet.  Here are some simple things you can do to keep your mouth healthy. 

    • Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, brushing along the gum line of the teeth as well as the tops of the teeth.
    • Use an electric toothbrush – they are by far the most effective at removing plaque. If you want advice on which one to buy please email us and we will guide you through the minefield of available products!
    • Floss or use small brushes to clean in between your teeth (not doing this simple bit of cleaning leaves one third of the tooth surface covered in plaque).  We recommend the TePe brand of brushes and hold a full stock of all sizes at the practice. 
    • Don’t snack between meals if possible – snacking makes the mouth more acidic and increases the risk of making the tooth enamel soft and less resistant to decay. 
    • Not too much sugar –  Sugar that we eat is used by plaque bacteria to make acid which dissolves the tooth enamel, forming decay.  Sugar is bad!

We still hold a full stock of oral health products at the practice, so if you are having trouble getting hold of some items please email enquiries@oakwood-dental.co.uk and we can arrange delivery of them to you.  Depending on location there may be a small postal charge applied.  A full price list of what is available, as well as some general dental information blogs can be found on the practice website www.oakood-dental.co.uk . Don’t forget that any patients on our dental plans receive a 10% discount on these products. 

Stay isolated, stay safe and keep dentally healthy!