A few thoughts on being a dentist in Cuffley: Why you should go to your local dentist

In a world where we’re increasingly turning online for products and looking to large, branded companies to provide services, it’s easy to start thinking that size and popularity are a reliable indicator of quality. But this isn’t always the case. When it comes to personal services, like dentistry, we’d like to think that going small is the better option.

Cuffley, by its very definition, is a village. With a population of just over 4000, most of its residents turn to our larger neighbours, like Enfield or even London, when they need something particular or specialised. Which is why we’re happy to report that despite this, many of the patients who come to our dental patients are local Cuffley residents. In fact, some even come to see us from further afield!

It’s lead us to conclude that whilst there are certainly cases in which going bigger is better, when it comes to your teeth it makes sense to find a good local dentist who will get to know you.

Three tips for fighting teeth staining

Teeth whitening is a highly effective way of removing discolouration from teeth when they become stained. But there are a few steps you can take to help prevent that happening in the first place. We give you a few tips.  

Cosmetic dentistry is certainly growing in popularity. Even in our family practice in the cosy village of Cuffley, dentists are increasingly sought out not to repair people’s teeth, but to make them better, and importantly, more beautiful.

In our experience, people don’t just want healthy teeth, they want teeth that are attractive. And one of the main things we associate with a lovely smile, is teeth that are sparkly white.

It should come as no surprise then that teeth whitening is among the most highly sought-after cosmetic dental procedures. This is at least in part helped by the relative affordability of the procedure. Compared to getting a full set of dental veneers, the procedure is quite affordable.

What causes Bad Breath?

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Wow! Bad breath is not a nice thing at all.  Halitosis/Bad Breath, can cause major problems. However, with a few simple changes it may be prevented. Odor-producing bacteria that grow inside the mouth cause bad breath. Foods like garlic and onions and habits like smoking help produce the bacteria. If you are not brushing and flossing 2 times a day for at least 2 minutes then you should start! The bacteria hide in between teeth and gums. Try interdental brushes and brush your tongue, bacteria love to live there. 

If you think or know you have bad breath then mouthwash or chewing gum can help cover it up but they do not solve the problem. Try maintaining proper oral hygiene and if that is unsuccessful you may have signs of gum ( Periodontal ) disease. Untreated gum disease can become very serious, causing teeth to become loose or fall out. Book an appointment with your Dentist or Hygienist. It may seem somewhat embarrassing but don’t worry. They have seen it all and believe me they want to help you out.

What should you do if your tooth gets knocked out?


In the unfortunate event you have a tooth knocked out, you may want to follow these tips. Most accidents involving tooth loss are:

  • Falling
  • Sports
  • Car crash
  • Biting hard food
  • Fighting

If a baby tooth has been knocked out it usually is left out. However; if the tooth is an adult tooth it can sometimes be reimplanted. In most cases, only permanent, adult teeth are reimplanted into the mouth.

Save and take any knocked out tooth to your dentist as soon as possible. Time is of the essence! The sooner you get to the Dentist the greater the chance of the reimplanted tooth working.

  • Try to put the tooth back in your mouth where it fell out, being careful not to swallow the tooth.
  • Place the tooth in a container and cover with milk.
  • Apply a cold pressure to your mouth and gums.
  • Apply direct pressure using gauze to control bleeding.
  • Goto dentist right away.

To help prevent having your tooth knocked out:

  • Avoid falling
  • Use a mouth-guard 
  • Wear seat-belts.
  • Avoid food like Crackling.
  • Stop fighting!


What is a Veneer?

Lots of people are confused and asking questions about veneers. We will answer any questions you may have: veneer costs, veneer procedures, who can have a veneer? 

A veneer is a wafer thin porcelain layer that is applied on the front of the tooth to make it appear more attractive. I compare the concept of  veneers to that of an artificial nail. Completely different materials but the same sort of idea.  

Placing a veneer is much less invasive than fitting a crown or bridge and nothing like having an implant done. Usually a patient can expect two visits with the Dentist: 

Stage 1: some enamel will be removed and an impression taken. You may or may not need a temporary veneer until the lab makes you a permanent veneer in approximately 7-10 days. 

Stage 2: trying the veneer in place, checking the colour, fit and bite. If no issues arise then the veneer will be fitted. 

Veneer costs are out weighed by the benefits of appearance and the protection from anymore damage. A beautiful smile is not just for the rich and famous and does not have to be out of your financial reach. The team at Village Dental Practice have years of experience and are able to offer a full range of treatment and payment options that will give you a beautiful smile to be proud of.

The animation above will help you picture the process. If you have any other questions please Contact us. For the cost of a veneer check our Prices page 

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