The Vallance Dental Centre

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to bring to my first appointment?

Please bring the following items with you to your appointment:

  • Completed written medical history, details and names of any medication
  • Funds adequate to cover appropriate fees.
  • If applicable, proof of any exemptions from NHS dental charges. If not exempt from NHS charges,
  • Proof of address (utility bill, driving licence)
  • Proof of ID (passport, driving licence, red book if child)

What do I need to bring to subsequent appointments?

Please bring the following items with you to your appointment:

  • Any updated medical history details and names of any medication changes
  • Funds adequate to cover appropriate fees

My teeth feel fine why do I need regular checks?

It is great that your teeth feel fine, but we would recommend you have a dental checkup if you haven’t had one for a while. The reason for this is that often when dental symptoms appear the problem causing them is much more difficult to fix, and often with a worse prognosis. For example, early tooth decay often causes little or no discomfort or sensitivity. If this decay progresses then tooth loss or root canal treatment may be inevitable. With regular dental checkups the aim is to identify any problems early so they can be resolved with the best prognosis.

We follow the guidelines set out by NICE with regard to dental examinations. Your risk to certain dental diseases will be assessed and a recall interval will be recommended from 3 to 24 months for your next check up.

I’m not registered with a dentist and have toothache, what can I do?

Call NHS 111 to find an emergency dental provider for non registered patients. If you cannot obtain urgent NHS care or wish to be seen on a private basis, we offer same day emergency dental appointments within our opening hours for a fee of £95. This covers a focused examination of the source of your pain and appropriate treatment required to relieve your pain. Please phone the practice on 0161 273 5998 if you would like to take advantage and see if there is any same day availability remaining.

I have toothache and the practice is closed, what can I do?

Call the practice on 0161 273 5998 for the out of hours dental service number. If you are outside the Manchester area, call NHS 111 to find out the out of hours dental services in your locality.

Can I have cosmetic dental treatment?

The NHS does not cover any treatment deemed as not clinically necessary to maintain your oral health. This covers any cosmetic treatment including cosmetic stain removal from the teeth. Please see our Private Dentistry page for details on specific treatments and our price list for a comprehensive list of private dental treatments and their charges.

What toothbrush should I use?

We recommend using a powered electric toothbrush. Evidence regarding an electric toothbrush vs a manual toothbrush found that after 3 months there is a 21% reduction in plaque and 11% reduction in bleeding gums after 3 months use.

There are many toothbrushes available on the market, we recommend an oscillating electric toothbrush and sell the Oral B Pro 2000 in our practice.

Should I use dental floss?

There has been much debate lately about the use of dental floss and the effects upon oral health. We follow the British Society of Periodontology’s advice –

Evidence supports the use of small interdental brushes for cleaning between the teeth, where there is space to do so, in preference to flossing. The recommendation from the 11th European Workshop on the prevention of gum diseases (2015) to patients is : “Daily cleaning between your teeth using special interdental brushes is essential for treating and preventing gum disease. Floss is of little value unless the spaces between your teeth are too tight for the interdental brushes to fit without hurting or causing harm.” Therefore, floss is not a waste of time – it is a viable alternative to interdental brushing where appropriate. Public Health England makes a similar recommendation.

We recommend and sell interdental brushes by TePe at our practice

My gums are bleeding what can I do?

We would advise you to register with a dentist and book in for a checkup to examine the possible causes of bleeding gums. Improving oral hygiene will help with most cases of bleeding gums, therefore In the meantime we would recommend using an electric toothbrush and interdental brushes regularly. If the bleeding gums are due to gum disease (as they often are), this should improve with consistent and thorough plaque removal.

Do teeth need fluoride?

There is a lot of information at our fingertips in the age of social media and the internet. There has been debate over many years regarding the use of fluoride in toothpastes. Decades of research have shown that dental decay is reduced significantly by the use of fluoride toothpaste. Research shows that fluoride toothpaste reduce decay by about 24% on average compared to non-fluoride toothpaste. As such, we recommend the daily use of toothpaste containing at least 1000ppm of fluoride

Please see here for more information

Why do you recommend children to have fluoride varnish applied at check ups?

Research has found upon reviewing 13 trials that teeth treated with fluoride varnish experienced on average a 43% reduction in decayed, missing or filled teeth surfaces. As such, depending upon the assessed risk to tooth decay, we would recommend professional application of fluoride varnish every 3-6 months. These recommendations are made in line with the recommendations made in the document titled “Delivering better oral health: an evidence-based toolkit for prevention” published by Public Health England.