1. Prevention is better than the cure- Fissure sealants for children in Surrey

    30th December 2013 by thecourtyardclinic


    The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends placing dental sealants on the first permanent molars (at around 6 years of age) and the second permanent molars (which come in around 12 years of age).

    Why? –Well, basically there are a lot of studies that say placing sealants helps reduce the incidence of cavities. Does it mean you will never get cavities?–no, it still can happen, but sealants can reduce the kind of cavities that form in the pits and grooves of the back teeth,  on the top of the tooth–you still can get them in between the teeth and on the smooth surfaces.

    How long do they last?–Even with a well placed sealant, dentists do see cavities form in areas previously sealed. Sometimes the sealant wears off (chewing ice for instance), or sometimes just because someone is very prone to cavities. They last from 5 to 7 years if you take care of them–even adults can get sealants, but they seem to be most effective in the cavity prone years of youth. What is the material? It is the same material as used in white fillings without as much filler/reinforcing material, it’s a bis-GMA resin, With less filler the sealant can flow into the grooves better as shown in the picture above. Sometimes we use “flowable” composite which is in between in it’s characteristics.

    Does it hurt?–We like to say it’s like painting fingernails–it is just painted on the tooth–now that can be harder than you think as these teeth are in the back of the mouth. Most of the effort is keeping the area dry.

    Do you put them on baby teeth?–you can, but generally no. The enamel in baby teeth is different microscopically, they don’t seem to stay as well. It is often better to simply have regular checkups to catch things early. Also, many cavities in baby teeth are in between the teeth which sealants do not prevent.

    If you feel your child has not had fissure sealants placed and would like to protect their back teeth through the difficult years of childhood then contact Alison for an appointment at The Courtyard Clinic on 01932582949 or email on reception@thecourtyardclinic.com .


  2. Prestigious Award to one of our Dentists from the IADFE

    27th December 2013 by thecourtyardclinic

    We are delighted to announce that in November 2013,  Dr. Yasmin George was awarded a Fellowship from the International Academy for Dental Facial Esthetics (IADFE)

    The Academy for Dental Facial Esthetics is an honorary service organisation whose mission is to foster interdisciplinary education in the area of facial aesthetics.

    The ADFE includes among its membership many outstanding individuals of the various associated professions around the world, who have a desire to create new bridges whereby the esthetic patient can be better and more knowledgeably served.

    The award is by invitation, and the graduation ceremony takes place in early December in New York, so Yasmin is looking forward to attending in 2014.

    In the meantime she is making sure that patients at The Courtyard Clinic , Chertsey  are offered the very best advice and treatment, for any aesthetic concerns they may have with their teeth,  and that the practice offers the latest techniques such as Magic Aligners (‘part time’ braces), Invisalign, Damon and Lingual braces.

    Free consultations are available, please call Alison on 01932 582949 to book one.


  3. Invisalign braces Open Day 26th Febuary 2014- Huge discounts available!

    17th December 2013 by thecourtyardclinic

    On the 26th Febuary 2014 The Courtyard Clinic will be holding their first Invisalign Open Day. Invisalign is a modern and aesthetic way to straighten your teeth using clear custom made trays which are very discreet. They are a fantastic alternative to metal braces which put many of our patients off straightening their teeth.

    At this event we will be offering very special savings to those people who sign up on the day. More details to follow shortly!


    So if you are unhappy with the position of your teeth and would like a straighter smile to start the new year register your interest for this limited attendance day by emailing Alison at reception@thecourtyardclinic.com or call 01932582949.

  4. Whiter teeth for patients at The Courtyard Clinic

    13th December 2013 by thecourtyardclinic

    One of our most popular treatments at The Courtyard Clinic is Tooth whitening (also known as tooth bleaching). We are currently running a fantastic discount on tooth whitening for patients looking for whiter teeth for christmas- Tooth whitening for £199 and 20% discount off examination/hygiene.


    Tooth whitening is a bleaching process that lightens discolourations in the teeth. The system uses a mild peroxide gel retained in a custom-fitted tray that is worn over your teeth for 1-2 hours a day.

    What causes tooth discolouration??

    There are many causes:

    The most common include:

    • aging
    • coffee
    • tea
    • cola
    • tobacco
    • red wine
    • trauma
    • old fillings

    In general anything that can stain a white T-shirt can stain your teeth also.

    Who can benefit from tooth whitening?

    MOST PEOPLE can benefit from tooth whitening. However there are some cases where the treatment may be inappropriate or ineffective. Your dentist will determine if you are a viable candidate for the treatment and this is one of the reasons tooth whitening should never be provided by someone who is not a dental care professional.

    IS IT SAFE??

    YES!! When carried out by a trained dental professional clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth with hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide is safe for teeth and gums. In fact if you look around The Courtyard Clinic staff, you may see that many of them have had the treatment done themselves! A new website has recently been launched advising patients on concerns for safety:


    How long does it take?

    On average 10-14 days, but the trays do not need to be worn overnight.

    In cases of very dark teeth it can take longer and your dentist will advise you of this.

    Are there any side effects?

    Some people temporarily get  increased sensitivity which disappears a few days after carrying out the treatment.

    Here at The Courtyard Clinic we use PHILIPS ZOOM Night White tooth whitening. Please give Alison a call today on 01932582 949 or send us an email at reception@thecourtyardclinic.com

  5. Free mouth cancer screenings at The Courtyard Clinic

    5th December 2013 by thecourtyardclinic

    Mouth cancer (also known as oral cancer) is a type of head and neck cancer which accounts for 2% of all new cancers in the UK and is on the increase. It is caused by risk factors such as smoking and alcohol leading to an abnormal and uncontrolled growth of certain cells in the mouth.

    mouth cancer

    Mouth cancer includes cancer that starts anywhere in your mouth, including:

    • your lips
    • your tongue
    • your gums
    • in the floor of your mouth or under your tongue
    • inside your cheeks and lips
    • in the roof of your mouth (the palate)
    • in the area behind your wisdom teeth

    It is important to examine you own mouth on a regular basis and/or attend free annual screenings in November at your local Dental Practice. The latest figures from the British Dental Health Foundation show that more than 6000 people will be diagnosed with mouth cancer this year in the UK alone. At these current rates of growth, those diagnosed with the disease will have doubled within a single generation!

    As part of Mouth Cancer Awareness Month The Courtyard Clinic will be running a free mouth cancer awareness clinic for the peopl of Surrey and Middlesex on ………. November. Please come down and see us if you have any concerns about an area in your mouth, mouth cancer in general or you just want some peace of mind. Call Alison to book a screening on 01932582949.

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