What is a dental emergency?


Dental traumas can leave people in agony for much longer than necessary. This is often due to the sufferer being unsure about what is considered a dental emergency. The general rule is that if it hurting then it is most likely a dental emergency that you should let your local dentist look at as soon as possible.

Dental Emergency

What is Considered a Dental Emergency?


It is important for everyone to understand what a dental emergency is. If you visit the dentist when there is little wrong with your teeth then you risk paying for an emergency appointment for no reason. However, on the flip-side, if you choose to ignore your teeth related ailment then the problem may snowball into a much more painful and difficult to solve issue. It is generally much more beneficial for you to follow the adage – it’s better to be safe than sorry.


Common Dental Emergencies


Let’s go through a few common dental injuries that you may be subject to in the future and discuss how much of an emergency they are.


1. Knocked-Out Tooth

A knocked out tooth is considered very much to be a dental emergency. Your tooth literally depends on how soon your actions are taken. If you follow the advice accordingly and visit your dentist shortly after the injury has occurred then then chances are the dentist will be able to place the tooth back into its socket quickly enough so that it can heal itself back to full strength. In order to save your tooth please follow these instructions:


  • First you need to retrieve your tooth. Pick it up by the top of the tooth, otherwise known as the ‘crown‘. It is recommended not to touch the root of the tooth at all.


  • Now head over to the sink. Start by placing a cloth or similar into the basin so that you don’t risk dropping your tooth down the plughole. Now Gently rinse the tooth and nothing else. Do not scrub the tooth or remove any of the tissue still attached to it.


  • If it is possible, now try to insert the tooth back into the mouth by yourself. If you do manage to do this bite down softly to secure it in position.


  • If you can’t manage to get the tooth back into its socket you should preferably place the tooth into a container of milk, alternatively just leave it in the container by itself.


  • Now you should call your dentist right away. The longer you wait to get in touch with your dentist the lower the chance that the tooth will reconnect with the tissue in the socket.


2. Your tooth is loose or ‘wonky’

In this situation you should call up your local dentist for an emergency appointment as soon as possible. In the meantime, use your finger to gently push your tooth back into position but don’t push too hard! If it is proving to be too difficult to move back into position then just leave it where it is and let the dentist deal with your loose tooth.


You may also bite down to avoid the tooth from moving out of position. When you arrive at the dentist it is common for a splint to be inserted onto your tooth. This will keep it supported by the neighbouring tooth.


3. You’ve chipped or cracked your tooth

You have to make a judgement call in this situation. If you have chipped your tooth but you aren’t feeling any pain then, although you need to have your tooth looked at, it is not considered an emergency. In this case, you can wait for a few days and visit your dentist in regular hours. During this waiting period be careful with what you are eating so that you don’t damage your tooth further.


The most probable course of action will be for the dentist to fill the chip with composite filling material to restore the tooth back to normal. Alternatively, the dentist may be able to smooth over the chip.


A cracked or fractured tooth is another story altogether. You should take this very seriously even if there isn’t any pain. If the tooth is cracked then there is a high chance that there is damage deep into the tooth rather than just at the surface. If the fracture is particularly bad then there it will be difficult to save your tooth at all. This makes it incredibly important that you get in touch with your dentist as soon as you can and in the meantime follow these instructions:


1. Carefully rinse out your mouth with warm water.

2. If you have suffered any facial trauma in the cause of your injury then you should apply some cold compression to the area to reduce the impact of swelling.

3. You should never apply a painkiller to the gum as they can actually burn the gum tissue. This also includes painkiller gels that are marketed for this type of injury.


On visiting the dentist


Your local dentist will need to give you an x-ray to determine how damaged your tooth is inside. If  the soft tissue at the centre of your tooth is damaged then it is likely that you will need a root canal. If this tissue is not damaged then you may only need to have a crown on that tooth.


Some dentists will be able to fabricate your crown on the same day and get this fitted soon after your initial appointment. However not all dentists have the facility to do this and will need to send off details to have the crown made. In this situation, you will be given a temporary crown to wear until your permanent crown is returned back to the dental practice read for fixing.


If it is not possible to save the tooth then all is not lost. There are several treatments you can choose between to have your tooth replaced such as bridges and implants. You dentist will talk you through these options in detail during your appointment.


Other Dental Emergencies


In short, any dental injury that needs urgent treatment in order to save a tooth can be considered a dental emergency. In some cases, such as in the case of an abscess or infection, your life could be threatened and you need to consult a dental professional straight away. In this situation, the dentist may be able to open and drain the tooth allowing the abscess to empty. If you are not able to visit your emergency dentist then get to a hospital as soon as you can.


What if my temporary restoration falls off?


During some treatments you will be given a temporary fixing. For example, a temporary crown or veneer that will sit in place before the fixed restoration is implemented. If this does fall off, it is not considered a dental emergency, however, you should place the fixing back into position as best you can and see your dentist when you get the chance.


Quick tip: A temporary crown can easily be put back into position by placing a little vaseline or toothpaste into the crown and using it as a temporary adhesive until you can visit the dentist to get the crown cemented back into place.


Dental Emergency Quick Question List


If you are still unsure as to whether your condition is considered a dental emergency then please ask yourself the following questions.


  1. Are you bleeding from the mouth?
  2. Are you feeling severe pain?
  3. Have any of your teeth become loose?
  4. Is the area around your face swollen at all?
  5. Have your gums become swollen or bulging anywhere?


If you have answered yes to any of the above questions then there is a very high chance that you are in need of an emergency dentist. You should get in touch with your local dentist as soon as possible and explain clearly your situation. This will enable them to make a sound judgement on your condition and as to how time sensitive your treatment need be.


Choosing the Right Dentist in Cardiff


In a crowded industry it can be difficult to figure out which dentist in Cardiff is right for you. There is a a lot to consider. Is the head dentist well respected? Is the quality of dental treatment up to scratch? What are others saying about the dental practice? Are the treatments price competitive? Here at Bamboo Dental, we are always looking for ways to help our patients and so we want you to be sure that Bamboo is the right dentist for you. Read on to find out more about Bamboo and how you can get in touch if you decide that we are the best dentist in Cardiff for you.


Who is Bamboo’s Head Dentist in Cardiff?


Bamboo are lucky to have Head Dentist, Dr Dan at the helm. Dr Dan has won various awards including:

  • Best Patient Care in Wales and the South West
  • Best Young Dentist
  • Best Team in Wales and the South West

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Dr Dan is also the leading provider in Wales for Six Month Smiles teeth straightening treatment. His expertise is second to none and is the go to dentist for teeth straightening treatment in Wales. Dr Dan has a vision to help the community in any way that he can. That’s why he offers competitive prices and affordable 0% finance plans in an effort to make all dental treatment, both private and NHS, as available to anyone who seeks it.


How Good is the Quality of Dental Treatment?


One of the key philosophies at Bamboo is to provide outstanding dental treatment and affordable prices. This is something that Dr Dan has truly embedded at the dental practice in Cardiff. Many practices aim to get patients in and out as fast as they can but at Bamboo this is certainly not the way. We value our patients more than that. You will be able to spend as long with the dentist as you need to ensure that your treatment is completed with the highest quality and care.


For more information about the quality of our treatments we would highly recommend that you read reviews left by patients who have previously had treatment at Bamboo. In order to do this please take a look at the paragraph below which will show you where you can read about others’ experiences at Bamboo.


What are others saying about Bamboo?


When researching your best dentist in Cardiff, it is important to not only read what the dentist has to say but more importantly, read about what others are saying about the practice. After all, they have visited your prospective dentist before and so will have some extremely insightful and relevant knowledge about the dental practice in question.


Bamboo Dental value our patients above all else and always ask for their feedback about their time spent with us. There are various methods that our patients can leave a review about Bamboo and these are listed below so that you can take a few minutes to get a feel for how others regard our dental practice in Cardiff and what you can expect if you decide to have dental treatment with us.



Dental facilities at our dentists in Cardiff


In 2016, our dental practice in Cardiff opened up a brand new surgery. This was built specifically to help us cater for the incredibly high number of people looking to take treatment at our dentist in Cardiff. The new surgery is open to serve all kinds of treatments from private dentistry treatments including; Orthodontics and cosmetic veneers to general dentistry procedures such as crowns and general dental check-ups.


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The new surgery not only looks incredibly impressive but boasts all of the latest state of the art equipment that allows our dentists to utilise their expertise to the highest possible quality. It is rare that you will get a chance to see the dental surgery before actually visiting your dentist but we feel that there is a huge benefit for those suffering from dental phobia to be able to see the environment in the surgery before they come to visit.


Dental Treatment Prices at Bamboo Dental in Cardiff

Bamboo Dental are very transparent about the prices of our treatment. We aim to provide the only best treatment and care but look to also provide this at prices that are affordable to everyone. Please take a look at our price list to see the prices of our various treatments.


Where is Bamboo Dental Located – How Can You Get in Touch?

Bamboo Dental is located just a short distance away from Cardiff city centre. We are very easy to locate and have parking (both disabled and general) available for your patients to utilise. Please see below for our full address:


28 Cowbridge Road West,
Cardiff, CF5 5BS
Call us: 029 2056 9769
Email: [email protected]

Alternatively, you can get in touch via our contact us page on our website.


Teeth Whitening: Dentists ONLY!


In a country where many are looking to save money it is understandable that most people are seeking ways to get what they want for less money. Sadly, this can sometimes be taken advantage of. In the world of beauty, one of those services is teeth whitening.


Image showing dr dan suggesting that you should only have a teeth whitening with a dental professional


Only Dentists Should Administer Teeth Whitening Treatments


Many beauty salons and hairdressers have noticed a demand in the market for cheap teeth whitening and that is exactly what they provide, but at what cost? There is a reason why under law, only dentists are legally allowed to give treatment for teeth whitening. This is because your teeth must be in good condition for you to safely be administered the treatment.


Beauty salons and hairdressers do not have the expertise or knowledge to be able to accurately tell you if your teeth are in acceptable condition for the teeth whitening solution to embed deep into your teeth without causing you harm. This means that many of you are putting yourself at unnecessary risk by visiting them as discussed in this article by BBC News.



What Can Go Wrong if I Visit a Beauty Salon?


There are several reasons that a dental professional should be the only person to treat you with teeth whitening. Below are just a few of the most crucial reasons why.


1. Severe Pain if Your Teeth Aren’t Ready for Teeth Whitening


When you visit a dentist to have your teeth whitened you will have an impression taken of your teeth which subsequently will be forged into a clear mould. You will then place the teeth whitening solution into the mould which then slots onto your teeth.


If this mould is created by someone lacking the technical skills then it may be loose and ill fitting. As a result, some of the teeth whitening solution is likely to leak out of the mould and make contact with your gums and the inside of your mouth. If this occurs then you will feel blistering and sensitivity in the affected areas. This can pose a threat to your dental health and can cause you a lot of discomfort.


The second reason that your teeth need to be dentally fit in order to safely be administered a teeth whitening is due to cavities. They must be treated before you undertake a teeth whitening. This is because the solution used in the whitening process can pass through the decayed areas of the tooth into the sensitive inner parts of the tooth.


If you happen to have tooth decay or receding gums then this can result in a very sensitive mouth after having your teeth whitened. This can leave you in much discomfort and so needs to be addressed before you are offered any teeth whitening treatment.



2. There is No Substitute for the Cleanliness of a Dental Surgery


Something else to think about is the cleanliness and clinical environment of a dental surgery. The surgeries and dental equipment are cleaned meticulously between patients with state of the art appliances. This means that when the dentist is taking a mould of your mouth or applying any treatment, there is no chance of any infection spreading from the previous patient.


Beauty salons and similar do not have access to these types of cleaning appliances and simply do not have the funds to keep the area as clean as it should be. This results in an unnecessary risk to yourself. With all of this becomes an increasingly worrying question when getting ready for teeth whitening treatment at a beauty salon. Who was being treated before you?



3. Where is the Teeth Whitening Solution Sourced From?


Due to the low costs offered at beauty salons and hair dressers there is an incentive to attempt to cut costs wherever possible. Sadly, one way of doing this is with the materials and solutions used. For just a little extra money you can have the peace of mind that the solution going into your mouth has been sourced reliably and safely from a qualified professional dentist.



4. You May Be Left With Different Coloured Teeth!


Whitening does not work on ceramic or porcelain crowns and veneers. Some beauty salons will not be able to understand what your veneers and crowns are comprised of and so will not be able to give you accurate information about the possible outcome of any teeth whitening treatment that you have.


If you go ahead with a teeth whitening treatment without having this checked before hand then the ceramic or porcelain crowns and veneers will stay at their current colour leaving you with different coloured teeth! Hence, it is important that a dentist looks at your teeth before you go ahead with any treatment.



Teeth Whitening at the Dentist’s is Not Expensive!


Time to bust a myth here. It is not even expensive to get your teeth whitened professionally from a dentist. In fact, the price of a teeth whitening at Bamboo Dental in Cardiff starts from just £105. That is not only affordable but comes with the peace of mind that a professionally trained dentist has consulted you about the condition of your teeth and has made sure that the teeth whitening treatment will have no adverse effects on your dental hygiene.


The Miss Wales Smile Secret


In a world where so many strive to replicate the famous smiles of TV dwelling folk, it is rare to get an honest insight into how such a desirable smile came to be.  We caught up with Miss Wales 2015 winner, Emma Jenkins, to find out exactly what it takes to achieve an award winning smile.



Emma’s smile has been a trademark that helped her win the much coveted title but she wasn’t blessed with the perfect smile through genetics. In fact, she has worked extremely hard to keep her teeth healthy and like many others, has sought out ways to take her smile to the next level. Luckily for us, Emma was happy to share some of her experiences and her beauty regime that has been instrumental in the acquisition of the beautiful smile that she has today.


What is the secret to achieving the perfect smile?


Miss Wales showing off her smile in interview at Bamboo Dental

Miss Wales winner, Emma, visiting our dentist in Cardiff.

1. Let’s start with your smile maintenance. Could you tell me about your daily routine?

I brush, floss and mouth wash every day and night. I don’t feel clean unless I do all three!



2. Great! Sadly, many people avoid using floss, has it always been a part of your routine?

I never used to, but when I had my first whitening treatment I was told what a difference it would make. It’s a whole new clean feeling when you floss, and it definitely helps with keeping my teeth white.



3. Do you avoid certain foods with your dental hygiene in mind?

I’m ashamed to say I don’t! I work in television so I drink a lot of coffee, but I always make sure I take care of them. I think it’s paid off!



4. Going back to your younger smile, were you on top of looking after your teeth as a child?

I think like every child, I hated brushing my teeth! My mother has amazing teeth and always made sure mine were looked after. I thank her for that now.


5. Were you always blessed with such perfect teeth?

No, not at all! I had braces for 3 years in secondary school. I hated having braces so much, but all the pain was definitely worth it!



6. Had you ever felt self conscious about your smile when growing up?

Yes, I used to either hide my smile in pictures, or pull ridiculous faces so that if I looked bad, I could always blame the silly face! I think it’s hard to like anything about yourself when you’re a self conscious teenager. Luckily I grew up to realise how little all of that really mattered. I think when you grow up you realise that it’s not about how you look, it’s about how you feel! I try and preach this message to so many young girls who tell me they feel ugly or not good enough. I felt that way too! It’s just something you grow out of when you find yourself.



7. Have you accumulated any advice that you could give others trying to maintain a healthy smile?

I think as long as you stick to the magic 3 then you are on your way to a healthier smile.



8. In your industry image is vital but how important to you is your smile?

Posing for pictures comes with the territory really, so it’s very important that my teeth look perfect in pictures. Not only that, but our smiles are our way of showing happiness and love without having to say a word. I always notice when someone’s smiling, and people always comment on how I constantly smile.


9. Being the current Miss Wales, you have to have a certain confidence, how much of this do you think could be attributed to your smile?

Having the perfect smile is considered very important in the world of beauty, and knowing that my teeth are in good condition definitely helps me shine a little brighter on stage and on TV. I think taking pride in your appearance, (and smile,) does amazing things for your self-worth and confidence. It’s definitely worth investing in your smile.



10. Do you often get compliments about your smile?

I do, yes. I think my teeth is the first thing people notice about me because I am constantly smiling. I’m very proud of my teeth. Having braces as a youngster, I never wanted to smile in pictures. It was all worth it in the end!



11. Have you recently had any dental treatment to help maintain the smile that you have today?

I have whitening treatments now and again, just to keep my smile at its best. I usually do this before big events so that my teeth look perfect in pictures.



12. What would you say to somebody contemplating dental treatment to help restore their smile?

People always tell me I’m silly for whitening my teeth, because my teeth are white anyway. They may not see the difference, but I do. You should never consider treatment if you’re doing so to make someone else happy. Ask yourself how YOU will feel? Will you walk a little taller and smile a little brighter if you go ahead with it? If the answer is yes, then DO IT! Give yourself the treatment you deserve, and you will feel full of confidence and ready to take on the world. It sounds dramatic, but it’s very true. Confidence is everything.



13. As a whole, what do you think a well looked after and beautiful smile says about a person?

A beautiful smile communicates friendliness, happiness and love! It’s our way to communicate without saying a word, so it’s very important that we keep our smiles in tip top shape. It’s our most important and influential asset.



In summary, it is clear to see that a stunning smile is rarely a gift from birth but more a reward for those who look after their teeth. It is calming to know that even Miss Wales 2015 once wore a brace and that her teeth are now appreciated by many!


Teeth Whitening: Commonly Asked Questions


Teeth whitening is the subject of many curious individuals aiming to improve their smile. Our award winning dental practice in Cardiff loves to help our patients wherever possible and that is why we have written up this comprehensive list of frequently asked questions.

Teeth Whitening Made Simple: Frequently Asked Questions


Teeth Whitening FAQ


Teeth whitening is the subject of many curious individuals aiming to improve their smile. Our award winning dental practice in Cardiff loves to help our patients wherever possible and that is why we have written up this comprehensive list of frequently asked questions about teeth whitening.


1. I’ve heard that only dentists are eligible to perform teeth whitening treatment, is this right?


This is correct with a few exceptions. Dentists can perform the treatments as well as a few other dental care professionals. In full; dentists, dental therapists, dental hygienists and clinical dental technicians working to the prescription of a dentist are legally able to perform a teeth whitening treatment.



2. Is it illegal for beauticians to perform teeth whitening?


Yes. A high court case was fought between the GDC and Jamous which concluded by stating that teeth whitening should only be performed by; dentists, dental therapists, dental hygienists and clinical dental technicians working to the prescription of a dentist. It is illegal and unsafe for any other person to perform these types of treatments.



3. Is teeth whitening bad for my enamel?


No permanent damage will be caused to your teeth due to undergoing a teeth whitening treatment.



4. Can anyone get a whitening treatment?


Not everyone is an ideal candidate for teeth whitening and each case must be looked at independently but please see the descriptions below for a good and bad candidate for teeth whitening.


  • Good candidate: Tooth whitening is ideal for patients who have healthy, unrestored teeth. Generally, you will see better results if you have no fillings. It is also representative of a good candidate if your gums are healthy. Those patients with yellow stains on their teeth respond most effectively to their teeth whitening treatment. If you would like to find out if you are a good candidate then please feel free to contact Bamboo Dental in Cardiff.


  • Bad Candidate: There are a few factors that make a potential patient not ideal for a tooth whitening treatment. Teeth whitening is not suggested for those under the age of 16 due to the stage in development of your teeth. Pregnant women are not recommended to undertake the treatment. Those with gum disease, exposed roots, fillings and worn enamel may suffer from higher sensitivity to the treatment due to the fact that the teeth whitening solution will penetrate deep into the tooth.



5. What types of tooth whitening treatments are available?


Philips Zoom is the number 1 requested professional teeth whitening treatment in the United Kingdom with over 10 million patients already using the service to achieve brighter, healthier smiles. Philips Zoom is only available at a dental practice such as Bamboo Dental in Cardiff. The reason for this is to ensure optimum safety. The treatment comes in different types and strengths to fit your lifestyle and sensitivity.


  • Professional Home Teeth Whitening:


With this option you cam maintain your whitening treatment at home with Philips Zoom NiteWhite and DayWhite. The names are self-explanatory in that you have the choice of whitening your teeth during the day or whilst you are sleeping. This procedure can take two weeks to give you the bright white simle that you desire but is a cheaper option that the in-practice option below.


  • Philips Zoom Laser Whitening:


Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed is a scientifically advanced teeth whitening procedure. Those deciding to opt for this treatment will come in to the dental practice in Cardiff for 4 x 15 minute sessions. This teeth whitening treatment is ideal for anyone looking for immediate results. The procedure uses cutting edge LED whitening technology that yields incredibly effective results.



6. How much does tooth whitening cost?


The price of treatment can vary from dental practice to dental practice. Bamboo Dental are very transparent about their prices, you can see their price list to get an idea of the costs involved with each tooth whitening treatment. You may be surprised how affordable it is!



7. Can teeth whitening affect fillings, veneers and crowns?


Teeth whitening will have very little to zero whitening effects on restorative components such as; fillings, veneers and crowns. However, the teeth whitening solution can temporarily reduce the bond strength between the tooth and the restorative material. Hence it is advisable to consult your dentist before undertaking any form of tooth whitening treatment.



8. Can I use a whitening toothpaste instead?


The difference between a professional teeth whitening and a whitening toothpaste is that the toothpaste generally just cleans up surface stains rather than changing the actual colour of your tooth surfaces. There may be some visible results but the teeth are not actually being whitened and so the results will be much less effective and take a much longer amount of time compared to if you had chosen to opt for a professional service.



Hopefully any questions you had regarding tooth whitening have now been answered!


If you do still have a question then please feel free to contact Bamboo Dental either at our surgery based at:

16a Cowbridge Road West, Cardiff, CF5 5BS.


Alternatively, feel free to contact us through our website or by giving us a quick call on:029 2056 9769.



Private Dentist versus NHS Dentist: Which Should You Pick?


Private Dentist versus NHS Dentist: Which is Right For You?


“Private dentist… NHS dentist… Private dentist… NHS dentist…” – you ponder the options in your head, but do you have full information regarding the very important decision you are about to make?

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At Bamboo, we strongly believe that if you are given the correct information regarding; costs of dental treatment, where to get the best treatment, and the overall options available to you, then you will be much more likely to take action towards keeping your teeth strong and healthy in the future.


It is too often the case that information regarding NHS and private dentists is difficult to digest. This potentially leaves many people unaware of what to do when they are in need of dental treatment. This article aims to give you everything you need to know so that you can make a confident and informed decision as to which route to take the future of your dental care down – Private Dental Care or NHS Dental Care?



Why is Private Dental Care More Expensive than NHS?

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It is important to understand that dentistry in England and Wales is split into two separate sections – NHS and Private.


NHS dental care is subsidised by the government. This means that some of the cost of looking after your teeth has already been paid for you by the government. As a result, your NHS treatment is less expensive for you than it would have otherwise been.


On the other hand we have treatment from a private dentist. In this case, the patient must fully cover the costs themselves be it through their own finances, a finance plan or dental insurance.


This key difference between the two options goes some way to explaining why there is an increased cost to visiting a private dentist. However, there are advantages to be gained that, for most people, easily outweigh the extra cost to the patient.

6 key points of private dentist

1. You Don’t Need to Register

Since 2006, patients have not been required to register with any particular dentist. Contrary to visiting GP’s, in Wales, you do not need to be registered with a dentist to receive dental treatment! This gives you the freedom to choose the dentist that is right for you.


2. No Need to Worry About Your Dental Records

If you choose to move to a new dentist for some treatment then you need not worry about who has your dental records. It is rare that your past records will be needed, however if so, they can be easily accessed from your previous dentist.


3. NHS Dentistry is Not Free (usually): It is Subsidised.

Any person living in Wales is eligible for NHS dental care. Generally, you will need to pay one of three fixed price bands. There are some scenarios in which you may be eligible for free care, however, this is only under special circumstances. It is also important to note that not all treatments are covered under NHS dentistry. These treatments will be available, however, from your local private dentist.


It is often the case that people wish to stick with just one dentist that they trust and have become comfortable with. For those who currently choose NHS treatment, this may not be possible for the reasons mentioned above. The fact that ALL of you treatment can be done by just one private dentist is a big advantage for those suffering from dental phobia who need to feel comfortable in their environment whilst receiving treatment.


4. NHS Appointments Are Out There!

The budget for NHS dentistry is fairly small overall. This can mean that you may have difficulty finding an appointment when you try to search locally.


This can mean, for those opting for NHS treatment, a lot of effort will be required on your part to find an NHS dentist to give you treatment. There are tools online that can help you with finding an NHS dentist and it is very much suggested that you look for dentists not only local to your home but near to your work too. Expanding the size of your search region greatly increases the chances of you finding an NHS dentist.


5. Dental Emergency? Pick a Private Dentist!

The difficulty you may have in finding an NHS dentist in a short time scale can mean only one thing. If you have a dental emergency, go to a private dentist!


Luckily, private dentists are extremely good with emergency treatment. For example, Bamboo Dental in Cardiff, are open 7 days a week in an effort to help support those needing treatment fast. Due to the small budget allocated to NHS dentistry, it simply would not be possible to offer this type of service on the NHS side.


6. Private Dentistry is Becoming More Affordable

A private dentist is effectively a business that is being run by the head dentist. As with all businesses, private dentists are competing with each other. This can be done through the quality of the service as well as through price competition and special offers granted to new and existing patients.


Most dentists, including Bamboo Dental in Cardiff, operate with both a private and NHS side. The prices for private dental treatment are often only marginally more expensive than for NHS treatment. This means that, as a patient, you will gain all of the benefits available from having a private dentist for very little extra cost!


In addition to this, there are many 0% finance options available to those looking for a monthly payment plan rather than paying for their private dental fees upfront.



NHS Dentist Care



NHS dentistry is only concerned with the health of your teeth. Any cosmetic treatments such as dental veneers or teeth straightening solutions such as; Invisalign and Six Month Smiles are not included under the NHS three band system.


The most common NHS treatments include:

  • Check Ups
  • Fillings
  • Crowns
  • Dentures



Price of NHS Dental Treatment


The price you will pay for NHS treatment in Wales is split into three bands based on the level of complexity related to the treatments in question. We will go through the three bands below to give you an idea of the costs involved for each type of NHS dental treatment.


Band 1 | £13.50


The first band has a set price of £13.50 and is suitable for the following treatments:

  • Basic scale and polish
  • Examination (case assessment and report)
  • Advice, diagnosis and treatment planning
  • X-rays and reports
  • Instruction in the prevention of dental and oral disease
  • Marginal correction of fillings
  • Adjustments to and easing of dentures and orthodontic appliances


Band 2 | £43.00


The second band has a set price of £43 and is suitable for the following treatments:

  • Advanced scale and polish
  • Permanent fillings
  • Extraction of teeth
  • Transplantation of teeth
  • Oral surgery such as; removal of cyst, buried root, unerupted tooth, impacted tooth


Band 3 | £185.00


 Band 3 for NHS dental care has a set price of £43 and is suitable for the following treatments:

  • Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Full or partial dentures
  • Orthodontic treatment
  • Other custom made appliances


Some Patients Are Entitled to Free NHS Care


If you happen to fall into one of the following categories then you will be entitled to free NHS dental care.

  • You are under 18, or are a full-student under the age of 19.
  • You are expecting a baby, or have had a baby in the last 12 months.
  • You are named on a Tax Credit NHS Exemption Certificate.
  • You are named on an NHS HC2 certificate


Another thing to note is that if you are under 25 years of age or if you are 60 or over, then you are entitled to free dental examinations in Wales.



Private Dentist Care

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Treatment from a private dentist includes all types of services from dental hygiene guidance to cosmetic veneers. There are several advantages to going private and these should all be considered when making your decision.


Why Opt For a Private Dentist?


If you enter conversation about private dental care then you will often come across a stigma that it is just too expensive. However, the price of private dentist treatment has fallen in recent years and is now more affordable than ever.


There has been a 20% increase in cosmetic dental work carried out in the last 4 years as more and more Brits start to understand what exactly is possible in the private dentistry industry. Not only is private dentistry more accessible but there has been an increase in those seeking a more attractive smile.



Quality of Care


A massive factor influencing many to move from NHS care to private care is the quality of treatment on offer. Britain has a pool of very highly trained private dentists operating at the peak of their professions and with cutting edge equipment.


New innovations are entering the market every year. These highly advanced treatments require special training that is only utilised with private dental treatments such as; teeth whitening, teeth straightening and cosmetic veneers.



Private Treatment is Surprisingly Affordable


Cutting edge treatments are naturally quite expensive. Especially those complex treatments requiring years of additional training for the dentist involved. Some treatments also make use of expensive processes and materials which have to be factored into the cost.


However, most general private dental care is very affordable, easily accessible, and not drastically different in price compared to NHS treatment. Please see a list of private dental care prices offered from Bamboo Dental so that you see how affordable the general dentistry treatments are related to NHS treatments.



Paying for Private Dental Treatment


There are various ways that you can pay for your private treatment and can differ depending on which private dentist you choose to go with.


Dental Insurance

There are several large brands that you can purchase dental insurance from. These include but are not limited to; Bupa, Cigna and Allianz. A fair price for this is approximately £20 per month and is often provided to you as a benefit from your employer. This type of private dentist insurance will cover at least 70% of your treatment costs and in many cases will cover the full cost.


Medical Loans

Most private dentists will be able to help you apply for a medical loan. These are commonly interest free and acts as a way for you to spread expensive costs over a number of months or years.


Practice Dentist Plans

It is common practice for a private dentist to offer their own health plans. One example is Denplan which has a cost of £15-£25 per month. These type of plans encourage patients to regularly visit the dentist for check ups. As a consequence, the dentist is able to spot any problems before they get serious and therefore keep costs down in a way that results in a more affordable monthly plan for their patients! Bamboo offer a similar dentist plan called Bamboo Dental Care which is even less expensive than Denplan.



Most private treatment carries a quality guarantee. Bamboo offer a personal 5 year guarantee on cosmetic treatments which is a key indicator in the confidence that the head dentist, Dr Dan, has in his ability to deliver only the best dental treatment.


NHS Dental Care Summary


NHS Dentist Pros


  • You pay a fixed fee of either; £13.50, £43.00 or £185.00 depending on the treatment that you require.


  • If you come back for more treatments within the same band, within a two month window, they are still included in the cost you’ve paid.


  • You may be eligible for free NHS treatment if you fall under certain criteria.


NHS Dentist Cons


  • Lack of availability.


  • Treatments only to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy – no cosmetic treatments.


  • Due to time restraints, you may not always get preventative care, as focus will be on fixing current problems.


Private Dental Care Summary


Private Dentist Pros


  • Wide choice of treatments including everything from fillings and crowns to cosmetic treatments such as teeth whitening and veneers.


  • More time spent with the dentist – the dentist can often spend more time with each patient as they are not under pressure to meet NHS targets.


  • Private dentists can spend more time on preventing future issues rather than just curing problems.


  • Most private dentists offer finance options and payment plans to help you spread the cost of your treatments.


  • No registration required.


Private Dentist Cons


  • Comparatively more expensive (not by much) although many private dentists offer incentives and discount plans to make the cost more competitive.


  • No free treatment for those under special circumstance (as with NHS). However, some free treatment may be offered in promotions that your private dentist my be running. For example, Bamboo Dental offer a free teeth whitening with any Six Month Smile treatment!

Dentist in Cardiff: “Would a Sugar Tax Benefit Teeth?”


Dentist in Cardiff Shares Opinion on Sugar Tax


As a dentist in Cardiff, we often see the adverse effects excessive sugar consumption can have on your teeth. So when David Cameron decided not to rule out the possibility of introducing a sugar tax, our interest was peaked.


Could this tax be the birth of a new era for dental hygiene, or will its launch create new difficulties for your oral health?


image of sugar in the words tax by dentist in cardiff


How Would the Sugar Tax Work?


Public Health England recently produced a much anticipated report outlining the current effects that sugar is having on our health. The report concludes by stating that our unhealthy sugar consumption is leading to health issues and obesity.


A proposition of what can be done was outlined by Public Health England. Amongst various suggestions lay a key idea that is causing a stir in the food and drink industry:


“A tax on sugar between 10-20%.”


If implemented, the sugar tax should force up the price of the affected foods and drinks. In theory, this will lead to consumers buying less of these products and thus decreasing sugar consumption in the economy.



What Does Less Sugar Mean for Your Teeth?


Our Dentist in Cardiff often treats patients for tooth decay (causing cavities). This is certainly a consequence arising due to excessive sugar consumption.



Tooth Decay


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Cavities are formed due to bacteria living in the mouth. These organisms digest small pieces of carbohydrate debris that is stuck to the teeth after you eat. This excess debris is often left after eating foods such as; cookies, sweets and fizzy drinks.


As these bacteria progress with digesting the excess carbohydrates, an acid is formed in your mouth. This acid reacts with your saliva to form your tooth’s arch enemy – plaque.


This plaque starts to accrue in your mouth every time you eat. If you fail to brush your teeth properly and regularly, the plaque remains. Consequently, this leads to the erosion of your tooth enamel. As this worsens, the plaque begins to attack the deeper layers of your teeth resulting in cavities that can cause intense tooth pain.


So, although sugar is not the direct cause of cavities, it certainly acts indirectly in a way that leaves you set on the dreaded path to tooth decay.



The Case of Substitute Goods


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Although, in theory, the sugar-tax will greatly reduce consumption of sugar in the United Kingdom. This is certainly not the end of the story. As sugary products become more expensive for the average consumer, what will they consume instead?


This is a key concept for us to consider. Our dentist in Cardiff knows first hand, that sugary foods are not the only culprit of poor dental health. If our consumers end up replacing their excessive sugar consumption with increased purchasing of something equally damaging or even worse, then the tax on sugar would be ineffective.


For example, if sugary snacks become too expensive, some people may start to snack on foods such as pickled onions or gherkins. These foods are drenched in highly acidic vinegar which can cause damage to your teeth.


What about fizzy drinks? The increased prices for these may lead to people choosing to consume higher amounts of coffee as a replacement. The tannic acids in coffee can result in the wear down of your enamel.


On top of this, too much coffee can cause your teeth to become discoloured. Although this can be rectified with the use of a professional teeth whitening treatment.



What if Producers’ Try to Cut Costs?


Sugary treat producers will see a dramatic fall in profits as a result of the implementation of a sugar tax. Naturally, they will look for way to bring their sales back up. One way of doing this is to cut the costs of production in an effort to counteract the tax. If successful, the company can offer their sugary snacks at the original price and still make the same amount of profit as they used to before the tax!


In an effort to cut costs, the quality of these sugary snacks will inevitably drop:

  • Cheaper, less healthy ingredients may be used.


  • Unhealthy additives may be bolstered on to the ingredients list in an effort to increase shelf life.


  • Forms of sweeteners may be developed that could be even worse for us than sugar is.


These are just a few of the ways our sugar rich snacks could be adapted following the introduction of a sugar tax, and just some of the reasons why our Dentist in Cardiff believes that the bigger picture must be assessed when discussing the tax.



So, What Can Be Done?


It has been suggested that any money generated through the tax should be reinvested into other healthier food industries.


This will help with the development of new healthier snacks and could lead to the rise of a new healthier food industry. If these types of healthier snacks could be subsidised by the Government then sugary-snack producers may have a strong enough incentive to move away from their old products and start producing those foods and drinks that will give us better nutrition.


Some of the funds generated from the tax should also be used to provide information to the public. Over-consumption of these sugary foods can be greatly reduced if we work to getting more and more information and knowledge out there that explains to consumers what they are putting into their mouth.



Is Your Dentist in Cardiff in Favour of the Sugar Tax?


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Bamboo Dental, our dentist in Cardiff, believes that the introduction of the tax can potentially have incredible health benefits for your teeth. From a dentist’s point of you, this is great and would be warmly welcomed.


Of course, there would need to be other strategies put into place that can help shape the snack industry in the right way if the tax is introduced. But, all said, it’s introduction is very likely to have a positive effect on the nation’s dental health.


Go Nuts this Christmas: Healthy Foods for Teeth


5 Healthy Foods For Teeth: Get Munching These Foods!

5 Healthy Foods for Teeth including apples dairy, nuts and green tea

When was the last time you questioned which consumables are the most healthy foods for teeth? A surprisingly large amount of people never really question the benefits that certain foods can have on the teeth. This is possibly due to the negative nature that rules and health warnings always seem to have.


Most people seem to talk about what is bad for your teeth rather than what is good. “Sweets are bad for your teeth. Don’t eat and drink things with E numbers in. Don’t drink fizzy drinks.”. All of these don’ts are fair points but let us sit back for a second and take a look at the things that we SHOULD DO instead. These tips may save you a trip to the hygienist in the near future!



5. Healthy Foods for Teeth: Apples

picture of apples that are good for your teeth

The British Dental Association advises teeth owners to steer well clear of the majority of sweet foods. However, not all of them. There are, in fact, some exceptions. Fruits such as Apples are sweet but possess other qualities which actually make them beneficial to your teeth rather than a burden. These types of foods are high in fibre and water. Note: if you currently have a fixed brace then it is recommended to cut up your apple before eating it!


The way you eat an apple is conducive in the production of saliva in your mouth. This will help in rinsing away any food particles and bacteria that become trapped on the teeth. On top of this, the large fibre quantity makes the apple stimulate the gums as you eat it. Although eating an apple is by no means a substitute to brushing your teeth, it sure does help give your teeth a little clean in times of need, so it is best to eat this at the end of your meal!



4. Healthy Foods for Teeth: Nuts

walnuts are foods good for teeth

Nuts stroll their way into the list of healthy foods for teeth. This is due to the fact that they contain tremendous amounts of fibre, calcium, folic acid as well as various other super helpful vitamins.


For example, peanuts are a brilliant source of both calcium and vitamin D, almonds also have high amounts of calcium, cashews are well known to stimulate saliva, similar to the apple, and walnuts contain countless vitamins ranging from potassium and zinc to vitamin B and vitamin E.



3. Healthy Foods for Teeth: Dairy

dairy foods good for your teeth

There are a vast number of dairy products that are exceptional for your teeth. Some examples of these are; cheese, milk and yoghurt. Although, the kinds that don’t have extra sugar added to them.


The rich levels of calcium present in cheese helps to stimulate saliva in the mouth. As well as this, the calcium will be active in replacing minerals that your teeth lose through other foods. If you are really feeling the dairy vibes then you have the option of enriched milk. This can have added vitamin D which gives your body assistance in effectively using the extra calcium that you are putting into your system.


For a more in depth guide into the benefits of eating dairy take a look at this article.



2. Healthy Foods for Teeth: Raw Vegetables

raw vegetables are foods good for teeth

We all know that your mother was right when she told you to eat up your vegetables! Well she was even more right than you may have anticipated. Raw vegetables are especially healthy foods for teeth. Carrots, celery and leafy greens are full of fibre and allow your teeth to practice their grinding actions. Munching on these super foods can help to give resistance to your teeth.


There is some sugar content in these vegetables, however, this is mitigated by the high amounts of water which is good for your teeth. Celery has an extra special benefit. The stranded structure that it has can actually act as a natural toothbrush cleaning your teeth as you consume it. Vitamin A is what forms tooth enamel and is a substance that can be found in broccoli, pumpkin, carrots and sweet potatoes.



1. Healthy Foods for Teeth: Green and Black Teas

green tea foods good for teeth

Both green and black teas are surprisingly healthy for your teeth. Both of these types of tea contain polyphenols that can interact with plaque bacteria. The main action that these substances take is to hold back and in some cases even kill bacteria. This prevents them from growing larger or producing acid that may attack and corrode the teeth. You can also double up the effectiveness of your tea defence with the addition of fluoride rich water used in your brew.



The great thing is that most of these foods and drinks are inexpensive and readily available. In fact, you probably eat and drink most of the above already. In which case, have a super healthy high five from Bamboo!


Braces: A Beginner’s Guide


A Beginner’s Guide to Braces

Braces are often an essential path to the perfect smile. If you have taken the initiative to improve your smile then go you! This guide will let you know our top tips to help you sail through your journey as smoothly as possible!


braces- a beginners guide


The first couple of days may bring a little tenderness to your teeth. This is completely normal and is simply your teeth letting you know that the brace is starting to do it’s job. After a few days, your teeth will become used to the braces and any soreness will subside.



Brush Your Teeth Extensively and Frequently

This is super important. When you consume food and drink it is easy to get bits stuck in the crevices of your braces. This food can be difficult to clean and if left, can lead to a build up of plaque. You may not notice this until your braces are removed. In which case you may see colour differences around where the brace was once fitted.


This is easily combatted if you brush your teeth extensively. It is also recommended to brush after eating meals so that nothing gets lost in the braces.



Tips For Brushing With Braces

  • Try to brush as thoroughly as possible after eating a meal. If you do not happen to have access to a toothbrush then make sure to rinse out your mouth with water.


  • It is recommended to use a fluoride toothpaste and to brush using a soft bristled toothbrush.


  • Due to the composition of the brace itself, your toothbrush will wear out much more quickly than usual. Due to this, you will need to keep a vigilant eye on the wear and tear of your toothbrush.


  • Make sure to take your time when brushing your teeth. There are many extra gaps and crevices to clean and if rushed, they can easily be overlooked.



Think About What You Are Eating

Don’t worry, you can still eat the majority of things once your braces are fitted. Although there are a few types of foods to dodge. The worst things that torment your braces are hard, sticky sweets such as toffees. You should try to cut up any harder foods such as apples into bitesized chunks before eating them.


Here are a few examples of the different types of foods that are either friends or foes to your braces.



Brace’s Friends:

  • Ice Cream
  • Steamed Vegetables
  • Pasta
  • Potatoes
  • Jelly
  • Soup
  • Sandwiches
  • Cheese



Brace’s Enemies:

  • Nuts
  • Popcorn
  • Chewing Gum
  • Pizza Crusts
  • Caramels
  • Chewy Sweets
  • Pens and Pencils!



Drinks to Avoid

It is in your benefit to limit the consumption of drinks that are high in sugars and acids. These can include juices, energy drinks and flavoured milks. They can stick to the edge of your braces and pose the problem of discolouration.


If you can’t resist the odd energy drink then it’s important to keep them to a minimum and to always brush your teeth as soon as possible afterwards. For more information about how to adapt your diet contact your local dentist.



Discomfort Can Be Controlled

It is normal to feel a little discomfort after having your braces fitted or adjusted. However there are ways you can manage this effectively.


As your teeth start their journey to a straighter future, there may be small aching discomfort. You can take a paracetamol to help this subside.


There may also be times where your braces are irritating your lips or cheeks. The common remedy for this is to rub a little orthodontic wax onto the inflicting bracket. This will smooth over any rubbing that is causing you irritant.



There’s Something Wrong With My Brace!

On occasion, you may have something go wrong with your brace. There is no need to worry as most problems are easily fixed by your orthodontist.



Loose Bracket

The bracket is the part of the brace that is attached to the front of each tooth. A form of composite resin is used to fix the bracket to your tooth. It is possible that the resin could become loose or break. This is most common with people who have been eating sticky or chewy foods such as toffee.


If you are undergoing Six Month Smiles treatment then only the front 6 brackets are vitally important. If any of these have broken then you should see your orthodontist as soon as possible to get your brace fixed and back to full working order. If another bracket is broken then you should contact your dentist for advice. However, this is less urgent and you may be okay to wait until your next scheduled appointment.



Protruding Wire

A common issue is that the wire which is attached through your brace may be sticking out at the end. If this is the case then you may feel the wire rubbing on your cheek. This can make it sore if ignored. Apply some orthodontic wax to the area. This will smooth over the friction that was causing pain. Let your orthodontist know at your next appointment so they can sort out the problem for you.




Anything worth having is worth working for. It may take some time to get used to your new brace but at the end of your treatment you will be happy that you stuck with it.


Any issues that can come from having a brace are relatively small and usually very easy to rectify. So if you have been putting off booking an appointment to have your teeth straightened, there is nothing to worry about. It will be one of the best decisions you will make and certainly not one that you will regret.


5 Ways to Look After Your Teeth This Christmas


5 Ways to Look After Your Teeth This Christmas


The crumpling sounds of hands dipping into the freshly opened tin of Quality Street can only mean one thing – IT’S CHRISTMAS!! 


To help your poor teeth fight through the festive ambush of sweets and biscuits we have created an infographic outlining 5 ways you can look after your teeth this Christmas!


Infographic showing 5 ways you can look after your teeth this christmas

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