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Where is Huntingdon Dental Care?

Located in Cambridgeshire, at the town of Huntingdon, close to Huntingdon railway station and walking distance to town.

Our address is:

Huntingdon Dental Care
3 Brampton Road
Huntingdon
Cambridgeshire
PE29 3BQ

What are the opening hours of Huntingdon Dental Care?

Monday to Friday: 8am – 5pm
Evening appointments are sometimes offered for private patients at the dentist own discretion.

Is there parking?

There are several car parks near the practice.
Station car park, which is less than 5-minute walk, Aldi car park and Sainsbury’s car park in town.

I have toothache, can I be seen as an emergency?

Yes! You can call us on 01480 453215 from 8 am every day to arrange an urgent appointment, or you can walk in from 8am and wait to be seen.
If you are not registered with us, the fee for new patient emergency appointment is £50.

Do I need to arrive early for my first appointment?

Yes! We ask if you can arrive 10-15 minutes early to fill out patient forms.

What do I need to bring to my dental appointment?

A list of prescription medications that your are taking (if any).

How long will my first appointment last?

It varies, but please allow about 40 minutes.

Why is visiting the dentist so important?

Visiting the dentist regularly will not only help keep your teeth and mouth healthy, but will also help keep the rest of your body healthy. Visiting the dentist will help in:

  • Treat and/or prevent tooth decay
  • Treat and/or prevent gum disease
  • Treat and/or prevents bad breath
  • Inspects the mouth for any oral lesions
My teeth feel fine. Do I still need to see a dentist?

Your teeth may feel fine, but it's still important to see the dentist regularly for a check up because problems can exist without you knowing. Having a regular dental examination could address dental issues before it becomes too late, and prevents dental extractions.

What should I look for when choosing the right dentist for me?

Choosing a dentist who makes you and your family feel comfortable is important. During your first visit, you should be able to determine whether the dentist is right for you. During your appointment, consider the following:

  • Is the appointment schedule convenient?
  • Is the surgery easy to get to and close by?
  • Does the surgery appear to be clean and orderly?
  • Was your medical and dental history recorded?
  • Does the dentist explain techniques for good oral health?
  • Is information about cost presented to you before treatment is scheduled?
How can I take care of my teeth between dental check-ups?
  • ALWAYS remember to brush your teeth at least two times a day, and floss at least once!
  • Make sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride. This will help prevent cavities.
  • Avoid foods with a lot of sugar (sugar increases the amount of bacteria that grows in your mouth causing more plaque and possibly cavities) and avoid tobacco (this can stain your teeth, cause gum disease, and eventually lead to oral cancer).
  • Don't be afraid to brush your tongue! By brushing your tongue, you will remove food particles and reduce the amount of plaque-causing bacteria. Tongue brushing also helps keep your breath fresh.
  • Be sure to schedule your routine checkup. It is recommended that you visit the dentist every six months.
How often should I brush my teeth?

You should brush your teeth at least two times a day. Brushing keeps your teeth, gums, and mouth clean and healthy by removing bacteria-causing plaque. It is also recommended that you use a medium-bristled toothbrush or a small round head electric toothbrush and toothpaste that contains the optimum concentration of fluoride (which is currently 1450ppm F) when you brush your teeth. You should spend at least a minute on the top teeth and a minute on the bottom teeth, and remember to floss all your teeth at least once daily and brush your tongue; this will help keep your breath smelling fresh!

When should I change my toothbrush?

It is recommended that adults and children change their toothbrush every three months. If you've been sick, be sure to change your toothbrush as soon as possible.

Why should I floss, isn't brushing enough?

Flossing reduces the number of bacteria in your mouth. There are millions of bacteria in your mouth feeding on food particles left on your teeth. These bacteria live in plaque, which can be removed by flossing. Brushing your teeth gets rid of some of the bacteria in your mouth. Flossing gets rid of the bacteria the toothbrush can't get to. If you do not floss, you allow plaque to remain between your teeth. Eventually it hardens into tartar. Plaque can be removed by brushing, but tarter can’t and will need to be removed by a dentist or hygienist. Plaque and tarter if left, can lead to gum disease.

At what age should I start taking my child to see the dentist?

Children should be taken to the dentist from six months of age (when their first tooth erupts) and no later than one year of age. During this time, your child's baby teeth will be coming in and your dentist can examine the health of your child's first few teeth. After the first visit, be sure to schedule regular checkups every six months.

How often should I see the dentist?

Children, teens, and adults should all see the dentist for a regular checkup at least once every six months. Patients who are at a greater risk for oral cancer or gum disease may be required to see the dentist more than just twice a year. Your doctor will help determine how often you should visit the dentist for regular checkups.

What is a cavity?

A cavity is a small hole that forms inside the tooth because of tooth decay. Cavities are formed when plaque buildup on the outside of the tooth combines with sugars and starches in the food you eat. This produces an acid that can eat away the enamel on your tooth. If a cavity is left untreated, it can lead to more serious oral health problems. Cavities can be prevented by correctly brushing and flossing your teeth, and minimising sugar in your diet.

What is a filling?

A filling is a synthetic material that your dentist uses to fill a cavity after all of the tooth decay has been removed. Fillings do not generally hurt because your dentist will numb your mouth with an anesthetic.

What is gum disease?

Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease is mostly caused by plaque and bacteria buildup that is not treated in its early stage. Other causes of periodontal disease include tobacco use, teeth grinding, some medications, and genetics. Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease, and, if detected, is treatable. Gingivitis left untreated may turn into gum disease. Advanced gum disease will lead to tooth and bone loss, and is a permanent condition. Brushing your teeth regularly and visiting the dentist every six months will help prevent gingivitis and more severe cases of periodontal disease. Common signs of gum disease:

  • Red, irritated, bleeding, or swollen gums
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Loose teeth, or loss of teeth
  • Extreme tooth sensitivity
  • Receding gum line
  • Abscessed teeth
If I have braces, do I still need dental check-ups every six months?

Yes! In fact, it's even more important that patients receiving orthodontic treatment visit their dentist regularly. With braces, food may be caught in places that your toothbrush can't reach. This causes bacteria to build up and can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Your dentist will work closely with your orthodontist to make sure that your teeth stay clean and healthy while wearing braces.

I have dentures. Is it necessary for me to still see my dentist?

Visits to the dentist include more than just "checking teeth." While patients who wear dentures no longer have to worry about dental decay, they may have concerns with ill fitting dentures or mouth sores to name a few. Annual visits to the dentist (or sooner if soreness is present) is recommended. During these visits, an oral cancer screening be performed as well as an evaluation of the fit or need for replacement of the existing appliances. Regular visits can help you to avoid more complicated problems down the road.

How do I schedule my next check-up?

Simply call our practice! Our front desk staff will be happy to help schedule your next dental check-up at your convenience. If you are a new patient, please let us know and we will provide you with all the information you need for your first dental visit.

How do I schedule an appointment with an oral surgeon?

Call our practice, our front desk staff will be happy to help.

How do I schedule an appointment for a root canal with an endodondist?

Call our practice, our front desk staff will be happy to help.

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