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Dental Phobias causing millions of children to miss Appointments

According to the Dental Law Partnership, “millions of children are missing out on free NHS dental care due to dental anxiety” and believes “dental phobia could be the main reason behind the low attendance” of dental appointments.

In line with 2018 NHS data which shows 58.2% of children (6.9 million) in England visited their dentist in the past year, attendance rates are at an all-time low for children across the country. Speaking to, Chris Dean, manager director of Dental Law Partnership, says: “The potential number of people, especially children, not getting regular check-ups, at the very least, is something we find very worrying.

“This is the way dental issues are picked up before they become much worse. We understand many people worry when it comes to visiting their dentist and parents can even pass their own anxieties on to their children. However, we want to encourage people of all ages to make oral health a priority.”

Decreasing Dental Attendance Rates

The dental attendance rates varied across the country between October 2017 and September 2018, with different regions performing worse than others. Greater Manchester had the highest attendance rate for those aged between 0-17 years-old at 64.3%. Sitting at the other end of the table was London, where only 49.9% of its young population visited an NHS dentist in the same timeframe.

Family-Run Private Dentist in Bath for a relaxed Dental Visit

Here at Widcombe Dental Practice in Bath, we know that some people are more hesitant than others to book their routine dental check-ups. We want to give every one of our patients the best dental care possible, and that includes children with anxieties about the dentist. Dr Paul Vivian and his team know exactly how to make your dental appointment as relaxed and manageable as possible. Why not meet the team and get to know us before your booking?



We have a number of younger people visiting us for their annual oral check-ups and our general Bath dentist treatments, and each and every one of them come out smiling. We don’t want our local community to miss out on expert and affordable dental appointments in Bath, so make sure you book yours today! Call us on 01225 317 681 or make an enquiry through our contact page.

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Sparkle with our expert Hydrafacial treatments this Christmas

Christmas is our favourite time of year here at Widcombe Dental Practice. With our patients coming in for last-minute teeth whitening treatments to dazzle at their Christmas parties, it’s also the perfect time to rejuvenate the skin! Our incredibly sophisticated Bath Hydrafacial treatments are the optimum in facial aesthetic procedures and leave your skin healthy and hydrated throughout the seasonal festivities.

Come with us to explore the fantastic advantages of choosing a Hydrafacial treatment, for a long-lasting glow this Christmas!

Specialist Facial Cosmetics in Bath

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As our highly experienced team say: “This facial is the most advanced in non-laser skin resurfacing. In other words, the Hydrafacial procedure uses hydration, deep cleansing, exfoliation and antioxidant protection. As a result, you will gain clear, beautiful skin with practically zero discomfort when you visit your Bath facial aesthetics clinic.”

We highly recommend our Bath Hydrafacial treatments to anyone who suffers from acne or ongoing skin problems. The patented unique Vortex-Fusion system actively provides a cleansing and refreshing procedure which can only be administered by professionals like ourselves. The treatment is specially designed to:

  • Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Help rejuvenate skin texture and advanced signs of ageing
  • Promote skin elasticity, skin tone, evenness and vibrancy.

For more information about the procedure, what equipment our talented facial cosmetic therapists use and how it works, take a look at the video below.


What’s more, you can enjoy the Hydrafacial treatment as many times as you like, so your skin appears youthful day after day without any harmful side-effects. Here at Widcombe Dental Practice, we offer annual Hydrafacial packages and pay-as-you-go treatments to ensure you achieve the best facial aesthetics possible.

If you are new to Hydrafacial treatments, you will certainly question why you haven’t had one before! Our experienced and friendly therapists will make sure you are fully briefed on what the treatment entails and any other information you should need to know. The non-invasive procedure will be sure to bring you confidence wherever you go.


Professional Skin Care in Somerset

Our team wants every patient to feel spectacular during the festive period. If you are a regular dental patient and are intrigued to learn more or even book your Hydracial appointment with us, then contact us on our usual Widcombe practice number. Alternatively, contact us through our website and one of our staff members will get back to you shortly. We look forward to welcoming you to your Christmas Hydrafacial appointment soon!


Invisalign treatment in Bath: How Can it Help My Smile?

Widcombe Dental Practice is one of the leading Invisalign dentists in Bath. Our team pride themselves on giving our patients the best results when it comes to dental treatment services and equally as proud of their dedicated Invisalign treatment which has helped many new and existing customers achieve their perfect smile. Come with us and see how your Invisalign dentist in Bath can help to improve your smile now, and in the future

Dental Treatment to Boost your Confidence

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“I give many thanks to the Widcombe Dental Practice for giving me the confidence to trust Invisalign which gave me the smile I’ve always wanted.”

We understand that some individuals struggle with anxieties when attending their dental appointments, but we want our patients to feel completely at ease when they attend their Invisalign consultation with us. We want to make sure the start of your Invisalign journey is relaxed, informed and most importantly, successful. Our Invisalign procedures have helped many new and existing patients achieve their perfect smile in a matter of months and have told us they wished they had done it sooner!

When you come to Widcombe Dental Practice for your first consultation, you will meet Dr Paul Vivian who will go through the whole procedure with you; what you can expect through the course of treatment, how the braces work and most importantly, the final result. Using our free innovative Invisalign Smile Evaluation Software (worth over £300) our dental staff will be able to scan your teeth at their current position and give you a final image as to what your teeth would look like after successful Invisalign treatment.


From minor to major teeth straightening

Teeth Straightening

Regardless of the severity of your teeth alignment, the dental team at Widcombe Dental will make sure your smile is just as brilliant as your personality. From small movements to complex realignment, there is nothing that we can’t help with here at our Bath dental clinic and we wish for all of our patients to leave us with a positive and confident smile.

The teeth straightening procedure which realigns the teeth over the course of several months. Consists of removable, invisible braces which are changed every two weeks to ensure maximum results and customer satisfaction.


Widcombe Dental for your Invisalign Treatment

Widcombe Dental Practice is a proud member of the MiSmile network and offers professional and qualified Invisalign treatments within the beautiful city of Bath, Somerset. If you would like to discuss our dental services and our unique dental plans further, please contact our friendly team who will be more than happy to give you further advice, as well as booking your Invisalign consultation at a date and time which is convenient for you.


TMJ & Jaw Pain: How your Dentist in Bath can help

TMJ, or temporomandibular disorder (TMD), is caused by the grinding of teeth, as well as anxiety and stress. When individuals go through these common physical states, they subconsciously clench their jaw which can lead to the jaw pain associated with the disorder. Luckily, there are TMJ treatments available from your Dentist in Bath if you suffer from the often very painful condition.

The disorder can also be passed on through genetics, the onset of arthritis or a previous or current jaw injury. The most common side effects are headaches and migraines.

Last year, researchers at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil found that individuals who suffer from chronic migraines could be suffering with TMJ. Speaking to the, Lidiane Florencio, a researcher from the university said: “Our study shows that patients with a chronic migraine, meaning attacks occurring more than 15 days per month, are three times as likely to report more severe symptoms of TMD(J) than patients with an episodic migraine.”

What is the TMJ?

The temporomandibular joint acts like a sliding hinge, connecting your jawbone to your skull, with one on each side of the jaw. Some of the symptoms include:
Clicking, popping or grating noises when you chew or move your mouth.
Muscle pain around the jaw.
Pain in front of the ear that will most likely spread to the cheek, ear, and jaw.
Difficulty opening your mouth.
In most cases, individuals will experience temporary TMJ and don’t need to take immediate action. However, for those who suffer greatly and need a further examination, there are treatment plans in place to make sure the pain is taken care of.
Luckily, Widcombe Dental Practice and our professional dental staff are on hand to provide effective TMJ treatments for our patients.

How can your Bath Dentist help?

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Our staff are experts in their field and will always make sure you get the most out of your TMJ treatment plan. During your consultation with our specialist dentist, they will explain the treatment and what the process involves.

The BTX treatment we offer here at Widcombe Dental will strengthen the muscles to alleviate the pressure built up from the tightening of the joint. This will provide near-immediate relief, leaving you with a more relaxed jaw and free from pain.

Book your TMJ treatment with us

As your expert and friendly Bath Dental Practice, your oral health is our priority and we will always go the extra mile to provide excellent customer service. If you are suffering from TMJ pain and need a second opinion, contact our team today who will be on hand to book your appointment for you. Alternatively, you can book online. We look forward to seeing you soon.

A guide to dental flossing for a perfect smile

Infographic: A guide to dental flossing for a perfect smile

Dental flossing is an important part of your overall daily teeth cleaning routine and will lead to optimum oral health overtime. If you have visited your dental hygienist in Bath recently, they would have made the most out of your dental hygiene appointment and recommended the best and most effective way to ensure you are flossing correctly at home.

So, here at Widcombe Dental practice, we now want to advise everyone on how to achieve the perfect smile with a safe and simple technique which won’t damage your gums in the process. Check out our infographic below for more information and start looking forward to clean and healthy teeth, everyday!


Dental Flossing Technique

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Widcombe Dental Practice specialises in a range of dental treatments in Bath, including Invisalign braces, dental implants and teeth whitening. Contact our friendly team or book online to make your award winning appointment, today!

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The prosecco smile: Bubbles causing widespread tooth decay

We all know that alcohol contains high sugar levels due to both the ingredients and manufacturing processes, but how much is too much when it comes to prosecco? The fizzy Italian alcoholic drink commonly known as a cheaper version of champagne has been hitting the headlines for both good and bad. Here at Widcombe Dental Practice, we will take a look at what is causing the so-called ‘prosecco smile’ and ways to avoid tooth loss.

The love affair of prosecco

The soaring popularity of prosecco started in the UK around six years ago and consumption has  doubled since then. Interestingly, prosecco is one of the least calorific bottles on the wine shelf at only 80 calories per flute, compared to a glass of white wine at 140 calories. Of course, this is good for those cutting down on the numbers, but for everyone, it’s not so much of a good story when it comes to your teeth.

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Speaking to the Independent, Professor Damien Walmsley, scientific adviser for the British Dental Association, commented: “Prosecco offers a triple whammy of carbonation, sweetness and alcohol, which can put your teeth at risk, leading to sensitivity and enamel erosion.

“Carbonated beverages get their fizz from the release of carbon dioxide, which dissolves into carbonic acid. This provides a refreshing taste but also makes these drink more acidic. Asses to that, the prosecco comes with about one teaspoon of sugar per flute.”

It’s no wonder why people are having to visit their dental hygienists on a regular basis.

The warning signs of prosecco smile

The signs and symptoms of tooth decay shouldn’t be ignored, so make sure you book an appointment with your local Bath dental clinic or other dental service if you have these symptoms:

  • Toothache or tooth sensitivity
  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Grey, brown or black spots on your teeth
  • An unpleasant taste in your mouth

Furthermore, Dr Mervyn Druian, of the London Centre for Cosmetic Dentistry, commented: The signs of a prosecco smile are where the teeth come out of the gum. It starts with a white line just below the gum, which if you probe it is a little bit soft, and that is the beginning of tooth decay which can lead to fillings and dental work.”

What can I do to avoid tooth decay?

Apart from cutting down on drinking prosecco, there are alternative ways to avoid tooth decay and tooth loss:

  • Avoid brushing your teeth an hour after drinking prosecco, as the acid and sugar can attack and erode the enamel which protects your teeth.
  • Look into dental hygiene treatments or even veneer procedures which can effectively reduce the risk of tooth loss. Is definitely worth the time and money to protect the teeth in the long-run, causing fewer problems in the future.
  • Avoid smoking or drinking alcohol excessively. The tobacco in cigarettes can interfere with saliva production which contributes to healthy, clean teeth.


Widcombe Dental Practice

If you need more information on tooth decay or tooth loss and are looking for effective Veneer treatments in Bath, as well as other dental services to help combat the effects of sugar, contact our professional team at Widcombe Dental Practice today.

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National Smile Month – Why Smiles Are Great!

A lot of things happen in the month of June. Some evident, like the beginning of Summer. And of course, there are things that don’t always happen, like this years The World Cup. And there are happenings that you may not be aware of, like the fact it’s National Smile Health. As the dental practice in Bath, we’re astutely aware of the month. In fact, it makes June our favourite of the year!

National Smile Month is ran up by the Oral Health Foundation. There are multiple purposes, the most transparent and perhaps the most forefront, is simply to encourage good oral health. A cause we can get behind. One less apparent cause, but one that is just as important to the month is their desire to tackle inequalities in oral health. A year-wide goal of the Oral Health Foundation, however National Smile Month is intended to bring extra light to it.

Obviously, as dentists, we’re avid supporters of the month, the foundation, and healthy smiles! And as its National Smile Month, below we explore all the ways in which a good, healthy smile can benefit you and the people around you.

Here’s Why A Smile Could Benefit You


First Of All, Smiling is Contagious

Smiling can help those in bad moods change their attitude. When you smile, people feel compelled to also do so, which in turn releases endorphins. It’s fact, if you smile more the people around you and you yourself will be happier.

Smiling Implies Happiness, Universally

No matter where you are in the world, if you smile people will generally presume you’re happy. It’s universal, undeniably. So, once again, we suggest smiling all you can!

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It Can Help Your Immune System

When you smile, your body relaxes. When your body is relaxed, your immune system performs better. This may even make those reluctant start smiling, no?

Perhaps The Best Reason, It Makes You More Attractive

Say you have a partner, if you smile more, they’ll find you even more attractive than they already do! And if you’re single, well then this is a no-brainer, surely? It could accelerate your path to your new partner!

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Widcombe Dental Practice Loves National Smile Month

These facts are fun and all the more reason to come and get your smile checked up. The key message of National Smile Month isn’t just to stress the importance of good oral hygiene, it’s to spread happiness, too! Hopefully you are now too aware of the fact that smiling simply spreads joy. If you don’t do it enough, then do. If you don’t take care of your teeth, then do!

Widcombe Dental Practice is based in Bath. We have a team expertly trained to deliver a multitude of services. If you’d like to book a session in fill out our online contact form or give us a call on 01225 317 681.

Red Carpet Event

Hydrafacial Red Carpet Event

If you’re not happy with your skin, you’ve no doubt spent countless hours asking yourself one question: how can I improve this unrelenting annoyance? Over the years, you’ve most probably been presented different answers; each one pursued with hope, each one not yielding the result you so desired. Obviously, the good skin question is a hard one to answer, but we think we may be able to help. Our remedy to such an issue? Hydrafacial.

Hydrafacial has taken over old skin therapies in popularity in recent years due to its intrinsic sensitive nature. Old methods that are increasingly going out of fashion used abrasive particles, Hydrafacial rather uses a skin-friendly serum, followed by glycolic and salicylic acids, obliterating all dead skin cells. Before this revelation, we struggled with skin; it never quite looked the way we want. That’s an issue of the past now.

Our Hydrafacial Red Carpet Event (May 25th-26th)

Whilst she’s a face you most probably know if you’ve visited before, we have a new member of our Hydrafacial team. Our receptionist, Natasha, has completed her training and is now joining the team. She may be the one who helps you on your journey towards good skin!

To celebrate the wonderful news of the new addition to our Hydrafacial team, we’re having a red carpet event! In Hollywood, as you undoubtedly know, red carpet events are used to premiere films, TV shows, businesses, and a whole plethora of other things. We want to give you and our dedicated member of staff that very same treatment, so we are.


What Does the Red Carpet Event Entail?

Some really impressive savings! During our event, treatments are £35 for 30 minutes those days which is a considerable reduction and a package bought on those days is £600 for 6 months (£200 deposit on the day and then £66.67 per month for 6 months). We know, usually, red carpet events have you spending all your money and ours have you saving money! That’s just the way we operate.

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Does the event sound like something you’re interested in? Give us a call to get yourself booked in. Hydrafacial is bound to change the way many people in Bath view their skin, so we’re very excited!

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Teeth Whitening: Growing Number of Pirate Providers

Traditionally, us Brits are known for having notoriously bad teeth. The stereotype is obviously an archaic one, we’ve kept our teeth in good nick for years now! You could say we’re even a little bit obsessed with our teeth: we want them clean, we want them straight, and most importantly, we want them white. It has been reported that one in six British residents say they have had their teeth whitened before. We’re very aware of this as we provide a brilliant teeth whitening service and have made hundreds of Bath residents happier with their smile.

Recently, astutely aware of this growing demand, there have been reports of pirate providers. As ever with human nature, when an industry starts making money people will try to piggyback off it and make a quick buck. Teeth whitening is no different.

Exposed by the BBC

A few weeks ago the BBC exposed a handful of beauticians offering a teeth whitening service. Right off the bat, it’s illegal, as only licensed dental professionals are legally allowed to perform teeth whitening services. And it doesn’t stop there. By law, the max amount of hydrogen peroxide you’re allowed to use when enacting these procedures is 6%. Some have been using up to 25%. This can cause tooth loss, burns, and blisters. We don’t want that for you and we’d be strongly surprised if you wanted that for yourself.

Some of these beauticians offering the service have only had a day’s training in the procedure. Which is worrying, to say the least. How can you avoid these horrendous sounding happenings? Very simple, really; come to us. At Widcombe Dental Practice, a Bath dentist, you’ll receive a

Professional Service

Fears of tooth loss, burns, and blisters are the last thing you want when getting your teeth whitened; one shouldn’t ever have to fear such dreadful things. With us, this simply won’t be a worry. You can anticipate your teeth whitening totally devoid of stress. Come the procedure? You’ll feel at ease in the hands of our professionally trained team.

Great Results

We’ve never had an unhappy client when it comes to our teeth whitening service. We know exactly how to achieve either optimum or the exact results you want. As you can make teeth too white – just look at this specific Premiership football player. You don’t want that. You want a certain subtlety to your excellence.

Someone Who You Can Return To

Very often when we begin treating customers, they return to us. A lot. They sometimes get one of our other treatments too, like Invisalign for example. Some come in for cosmetic care and then begin using us for dental treatment and vice versa. With Widcombe Dental Practice, you have somewhere you can trust and who you know is going to do a proper job.

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Watch Out For The Teeth Whitening Pirates!

We want you all to receive the dental and cosmetic treatments you deserve, not to be left in pain and at a loss! To make sure that doesn’t happen, book with us. It’s so easy! You can either contact us via our online booking system or give us a call. Either way works for us!

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Bath Teeth Whitening This Christmas

During Christmas – a time of merriment, joy, and splendour – we all like to look our best. Most do this by buying new clothes, getting haircuts, and smiling at all times. As of course, we must look as joyous and merry as physically possible. So one must smile, there is no option.

We want all of Bath and the surrounding areas to look as good as possible this Christmas. One way to do that? Getting your teeth whitened. You don’t want that perpetual smile to make people look away do you? You want them to stare.

Whilst many of you are thinking, ‘I’ve never my teeth whitened, and I’m certainly not going to start now.’ That’s fair enough. We respect your decision. Our argument, however, is that you might not know what you’re missing out on.

Today, to illustrate what you are missing out on, we’re going to take you on a journey; we’re going to talk you through a potential 23rd December, with and without teeth whitened:

INT. Your Home. 8AM. Storyline #1 (unwhitened)

You wake up, brush your eyes. That was was a sore sleep; you weren’t feeling too good about yourself last night – ugly and hopeless, in your eyes anyway – so you had a few glasses of wine. It’s not even Friday, oh well: It’s Christmas. Regret it now, though. Couldn’t get a wink.

I can’t look that bad. You walk into your bathroom upon the faux premise of getting showered. It’s Christmas, usually you’d lounge till around 11AM. But today – today you had to get in that bathroom straight away. Why? You had to look at yourself. No kidding, last night you really didn’t feel too good about yourself. You walk into the bathroom. Last night was terrible. You look at the mirror, you smile. Last night was terrible.

INT. Your Home. 8AM. Storyline #2 (whitened)

It’s one of those mornings when sleep blends into awake in seamless fashion. Yeah, up until 5PM, yesterday wasn’t a good one. But you got home, you tried on your new Christmas dress, you dashed a smile at the mirror. Wow. You impressed yourself. You’re not usually the vain type, but this moment, to smile, and to — to, well, feel good. That was really something.

You thought ‘I like my smile. I better look good on all fronts. I’m going to the gym.’. So you did. An uneventful evening. But, now, the morning’s come. And it’s come gallantly. Oh how so kind of your morning, to greet me so softly. You go to the bathroom. Dash another one of those gems you cracked out last night… Wow. Bath Teeth Whitening

INT. Sister’s House. 2PM. Storyline #1 (unwhitened)

Today’s going ok. This morning was a slow one, not much to celebrate. But the festive tunes on the radio got you going. I love Radio 1 this time of year. Nick gets me. He really does. Oh, Nick.

Karen is so cheerful this time of year. Her little ones will be buzzing too. It should be nice. Yeah… should be nice.

Well, that wasn’t nice. Karen must be stressed. We just weren’t on the same wavelength today. But to be honest, I haven’t been myself today. Last night, this morning; I’ve just been feeling rubbish. I think she noticed that.

Shake it off.

I’ve got tonight.

INT. Sister’s House. 2PM. Storyline #2 (whitened)

Time for that grind! Haha. Grind? What am I talking about? It’s Christmas. Who grinds this close to Christmas? Santa, his reindeers, customer assistants…

Wonder how Karen’s doing today. Her little ones must be so excited! I’m just feeling so festive! Wonder what we’ll get up to?

Well. What a 2 hours. I’ve certainly earned a drink. Usually those whippersnappers get the best of me, but today, today I feel great. I feel ready – ready for anything.

INT. Home – Getting Ready For Work Party. 8PM. Storyline #1 (unwhitened)

You dash a smile. Ergh. Tonight’s going to drag.

INT. Home – Getting Ready For Work Party. 8PM. Storyline #2 (whitened)

You dash a smile. Tonight is going to be great.

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Having the smile you want is much more than simply wanting to look good in photos. It isn’t vanity. The value of looking at yourself in the mirror and liking what you see has seminal effects. If you feel guilty or think people will judge if you say you get your teeth whitened – don’t. See it the same as yoga or a massage. It exists to make you feel more comfortable in your body.

Widcombe Dental Practice is based in Bath. We have a team expertly trained to deliver a multitude of services, one being Bath teeth whitening. If you’d like to book a session in fill out our online contact form or give us a call on 01225 317 681.

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