Regular visits to your dental team can help you to identify any factors that could place your dental health at risk, allowing you to make small changes to your lifestyle to combat this and stop dental problems before they start. Here at The Walden Dental Clinic we focus on prevention and recognise the importance of regular routine check ups.
This combined preventative approach focuses on keeping teeth and gums healthy for life and reduces the likelihood of needing expensive, complex and possibly painful dental treatments or emergency treatments in the future.
Our practice policy is to prioritise our regular attending patients in line with NHS advice. If you have not attended the practice for a routine check up in the last two years you will automatically be removed from our NHS list. This is it enable us to take on new NHS patients, especially children of existing patients. You will have to re- register as a new patient if and when spaces become available. Please note that our NHS waiting list is very long and we can no longer add any patients to this list. If you wish to be seen sooner you will have to register as a new Private Patient with one of our private dentists. If there are emergency slots not allocated to our regular patients on the day, and you are an unregistered patient or have lost your place as a NHS patient, you may be able to be seen on a private basis.
Please note that unlike a GP practice, we have finite places for NHS patients and you are not ‘registered for life’. This is why is it important to attend regular check ups to both look after your oral health and to keep your NHS place. Please also remember that it is not our responsibility as a busy practice to have to remind you to book your appointment or to attend your appointment.