National Gum Care Month: tips on taking good care of your gums

Did you know that almost half of adults in the UK have a degree of gum disease that is not reversible* and only 17% of adults who have their own teeth have no gum disease with very healthy gums**?

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    What is dental sedation?

    If you suffer from dental anxiety and stress, and this prevents you from getting dental treatment – some of our practices can give you dental sedation to help you feel more comfortable. 

      To vape or not to vape?

      Even though e-cigarettes don’t contain toxic chemicals like tobacco, vape liquids still contain nicotine and are made up of other chemicals, such as glycols – some of which are cancer-causing (carcinogenic). This can lead to the changes in your mouth, and other parts of your body.

        Why you can trust in your dentist

        When we need to see a doctor, we visit our GP as and when the need arises. But if you have good physical health it can be possible to go a few years at a time without seeing a doctor. Like physical health, your dental health is just as important and it can be harder to know when something is wrong with your teeth or gums, which is why it is encouraged to see your dentist and hygienist at least once a year.

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          Mental and dental health

          This month is host to Mental Health Awareness Week from 15 – 21 May, and the focus this year is ‘anxiety’. Anxiety can be a very normal emotion that we all feel, but if it is overwhelming or out of control it can become a mental health problem that may require support to manage.

            Chipped and broken teeth: causes and solutions

            Although our teeth are incredibly strong, sometimes we suffer chipped, cracked or broken teeth due to various unforeseen circumstances, as well as due to wear over a long period of time.

              Frequently asked questions about NHS dentistry in England and Wales

              In this article, we provide answers to several of our frequently asked questions about NHS dentistry in England and Wales. If you are still unsure or would like to ask further questions, please contact one of our practices directly. 

                    Why should I see my dentist if I can order clear braces online?

                    Treatments for straightening teeth have traditionally been carried out by specialist orthodontists and dentists, however it is now possible to straighten your teeth from home, with no dental visits required. Is this safe?

                      Who doesn’t love a fresh breath kiss? A guide to oral hygiene this Valentine’s day

                      Yep, it’s that time of year again. Valentine’s day. Which can be a little like marmite – regardless of your relationship status, you might love it or hate it. 

                          Searching for a sparkling smile this festive season – Is teeth whitening safe?

                          With the promise of brighter and whiter teeth, many people are investing in teeth whitening, with growing numbers buying various kits to use at home, such as strips, gels, pens, paints or powders, but are they safe?

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                              Mouth Cancer Action Month

                              At Portman Dental Care, the quality and care of our patients is at the forefront of everything we do, which is why we are taking this opportunity to work with the Oral Health Foundation (OHF) to raise awareness of what mouth cancer is, signs, symptoms and treatment options.

                                Spooky season snacking

                                Halloween is fast approaching, and whether you celebrate by trick or treating with the kids, enjoy a fancy dress party with friends or simply cosy up with a favourite film – there is no avoiding the influx of sweets. Find out more about keeping your teeth healthy during spooky snacking season below.

                                    Is dental health and heart disease related?

                                    Thinking about heart disease may feel a little scary, but increasing research is showing a connection between oral health and heart disease.

                                      What are “Turkey Teeth” and why are they on the rise?

                                      If you are tempted to travel abroad for dental work, we would recommend speaking to your UK dentist first. Read on to find out more information.

                                        Bad breath advice

                                        Learn more about why you may be experiencing bad breath.


                                            Taking oral hygiene to heart

                                            our teeth act as the gateway to the body, so ensuring that you have stellar oral hygiene will ensure you avoid more serious health conditions.

                                              UK lockdown habits

                                              We surveyed adults across the UK to understand how the Covid-19 pandemic influenced their dental habits.

                                                Missing teeth solutions - Dental implants

                                                We understand that if you have missing teeth, finding the right solution can be a challenge.

                                                  Missing teeth solutions bridges

                                                  We understand that missing teeth can affect your self-confidence, and gaps in your smile may prevent you from sharing your smile.

                                                    Missing teeth solutions - dentures

                                                    If you are self-conscious because of multiple missing teeth, dentures may present an initial or temporary solution to give your confidence a boost and restore your smile. The first of three options in our missing teeth series.

                                                        Balancing your diet

                                                        Understanding which foods are more or less acidic will help to help balance out meals and snacks for your family and encourage them into the right choices for life.

                                                          Children’s Hygiene

                                                          As a parent, you will understandably want to ensure that your children have the best overall health possible and good oral hygiene is a key part of this as your children grow; however, it can also be one of the hardest to monitor and influence.

                                                              Missing teeth

                                                              Missing teeth can be caused by a number of factors and probably more common than you may realise. The good news is, you don’t need to shy away or hide your smile

                                                                IOTN Explained

                                                                At your orthodontic assessment, the orthodontist will use a two-part grading system called the ‘Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need’, commonly referred to as ‘IOTN’ to determine whether orthodontic treatment is necessary and whether this can be completed on the NHS for those under 18.

                                                                  Teeth whitening: The options

                                                                  Your smile is unique to you, and Portman Dental Care clinicians understand that your reasons for teeth whitening will be personal too.

                                                                      More than just a check up

                                                                      Regular check-ups are an essential part of a good oral health routine and help to provide a preventative approach to dental issues; but at Portman Dental Care, this is more than just a check-up

                                                                        Increasing safety with air purifiers

                                                                        In all applicable practices, we have invested significantly in state-of-the-art air purifiers, providing a safer environment for you, your practice team and all our patients.

                                                                            Dental phobia causes and solutions

                                                                            We want to reassure those nervous about attending our practices that support will be readily available to help with any issues around dental phobia.

                                                                              Home photography guide

                                                                              To help your orthodontist have the clearest view possible of your teeth and smile, you may be asked to share photos ahead of your appointment.

                                                                                Hygienist Q and A's

                                                                                Our practitioners care about your oral hygiene routine, so to help you maintain a healthy mouth and smile, we have put together some handy video tips.

                                                                                  Dental myths

                                                                                  We have put together a list of the commons dental hygiene myths and why you shouldn't follow them.


                                                                                    Our guide to PPE

                                                                                    We ensuring that all of our colleagues and clinicians are trained, safe and confident in this new world of PPE.

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                                                                                          Reopening FAQ's

                                                                                          As our practices begin to reopen. We have put together some answers to frequently asked questions regarding your appointments and PPE.

                                                                                            Seven ways to keep you safe

                                                                                            As our practices begin to reopen, we have put together seven simple ways to keep you safe whilst you are in our care.

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                                                                                              Our new patient journey

                                                                                              Every single decision we have made and step we have taken has been with a focus on the safety of you, our colleagues and clinicians. 

                                                                                                Child patient journey

                                                                                                Child patient journey

                                                                                                We understand that visiting the dentist can often be quite a big event for a child. Now things are different, we wanted to help showcase what a child should expect when they next visit the practice.


                                                                                                  Coping with dental health during lockdown

                                                                                                  Although our practices are currently closed to help minimise the spread of COVID-19, we want to ensure that we are still there to support each of our patients at this time.


                                                                                                    Our guide to using dental floss and interdental brushes


                                                                                                      Understanding our approach to cancellations

                                                                                                      We are working hard to ensure that patients can return to our practices to receive the care they deserve as soon as it is safely possible.


                                                                                                        Learn about some of the common dental problems and what might constitute an emergency, alongside some tips to help from home

                                                                                                          Order your own oral health supplies from home

                                                                                                          We have partnered with our supplier CTS to offer you the opportunity buy Oral Health Supplies from home.

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                                                                                                            Portman Academy for clinicians - Spring lecture series


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                                                                                                                  Overcoming Covid-19 Together - guidance for the self-employed

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                                                                                                                      Success at the Dental Industry Awards! 

                                                                                                                      Not only did Portman retain the title of ‘Outstanding Business of the Year’ (more than 25 employees), making it three years in a row, but our Director of Mergers and Acquisitions UK and Europe, Gary Chapman was awarded ‘Dental Industry Employee of the Year’.

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                                                                                                                        Practice Spotlight: Manor House Dental & Implant Clinic

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                                                                                                                          10 Years of Portman: Rebecca Sadler

                                                                                                                          Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Portman Dental Care by sharing the stories of some of the people and practices that have been part of our journey so far.  

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                                                                                                                            Practice Spotlight: Pittville Lawn Dental & Implant Clinic

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                                                                                                                              Celebrating 10 Years of Portman with the London to Brighton Bike Ride

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                                                                                                                                10 Years of Portman Dental Care

                                                                                                                                Celebrating our 10th anniversary, over 100 practices, and our 2000th Portmanite seemed like the perfect time to reflect on the Portman journey so far, with the following message from our Founder and CEO Sam Waley-Cohen.

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                                                                                                                                  Celebrating National Smile Month 2019


                                                                                                                                    Low Sugar Swaps to Help You Maintain a Healthy Smile

                                                                                                                                    Whilst we all like to enjoy the occasional sweet treat (yes, even Dentists!), excessive sugar intake is damaging for your oral health, and is still one of the primary causes for tooth decay in the UK. So how does sugar have such an impact on our teeth?

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                                                                                                                                      Celebrate National Smile Month with Portman Dental Care

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                                                                                                                                        Portman recognised as ‘outstanding’ at the Dental Industry Awards for 2 consecutive years

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                                                                                                                                          Chipped and broken teeth: causes and solutions


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                                                                                                                                              What equipment does your dentist use to look after you?

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                                                                                                                                                  10 surprising foods that are good for your teeth

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