Currently, the UK is facing unprecedented circumstances. Life as we have known it has been starkly altered. Losing track of things is all too easy in such a stressful environment. When was the last time you washed your hair? Or wore a pair of jeans? The fact of the matter is, however, that even in the current climate we must try to carry on as normally as possible where we can do. Especially when it comes to the upkeep of our everyday well being. 

Staying healthy during this uncertain period is important, but this shouldn’t be restricted to your physical health. With dental practices closed nationwide, maintaining your oral health is now more important than ever. As a poor routine could lead to issues that you may have to wait weeks to resolve with a dental appointment. During this period, prevention is your best option. 

So, with that in mind, here are some of the best ways to keep up your oral hygiene during these tough times:

Our Tips for Lockdown Oral Hygiene

The team at Dental Solutions—safely isolated in their own homes—have kindly taken the time to outline some of their oral hygiene top tips. 

  • Using the time to ensure that you brush your teeth for 2 minutes correctly twice a day, reaching all of those difficult places- there are lots of videos on-line on the best techniques for brushing. For our patients under orthodontic treatment, if you have a fixed appliance do ensure you’re brushing the brackets and wires as well as your teeth. If it’s a removable system such as Invisalign, always brush after eating and put the aligners straight back in. 
  • If you have been recommended tepes/ floss by our hygienists but haven’t used them as much as you’d like, now’s the time to dig them out of your bathroom cabinet and promote them to a space next to  your toothbrush. Developing a daily habit they say usually takes 3 weeks to form – your smile will love you more on the other side of lockdown!
  • Try to avoid snacking between meals. But if that’s not possible, try to incorporate smile friendly snacks such as fresh fruit and vegetable sticks. Sugar free gum is also a good alternative to snacking and can help to maintain a good ph balance in your mouth.
  • Avoid smoothies, fruit juice and fizzy drinks, or if that’s not possible limit to one a day. Try using a straw to minimise tooth enamel erosion. Drink lots of water during and between meals – not just great for staying hydrated but helps to remove any food debris after meals.
  • Finally, reducing your intake of alcohol and quitting smoking is a vital factor in reducing your oral cancer risk and improving your oral health.  Easier said than done at the moment you may say, but using the enforced lockdown to change your lifestyle for the better could be a positive outcome from the virus.

Plan Your Next Appointment 

At the moment, appointments are not being taken as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. You can read more about our lockdown advice on our dedicated page here. However, once the lockdown is over and social restrictions are lifted it’s important to address any dental health concerns you may have developed during this time. 

However, we are happy to take enquiries and questions in regards to future appointments. Please call our practice on 01925 756565 and leave a message, fill out the contact form or email us at [email protected]

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Dental anxiety is a problem that many people face. Often leading them to avoid making or attending dental appointments for months or even years at a time. It may be a bad experience as a child, the fear of needles, or embarrassment that keeps you away from your dentist. But, the fact is that it can be a serious issue that needs to be addressed. Especially if you want to have a healthy mouth.

Of course, in an ideal world, we would prefer it if everyone was as comfortable coming to the dentist as they were, say, going to the cinema. But, that isn’t always the case and so we have put together some of our best tips and tricks to help you overcome your dental anxiety. 


The most common thing preventing us from going to the dentist is the sheer embarrassment in many cases. However, damaged or otherwise less than ideal teeth is something that our dentists see daily and are completely used to. Treating and making your teeth as healthy as possible for you is something that they have trained to do for many years. 

And with so many cosmetic dentistry treatments on offer, your embarrassment can be far more short-lived if you visit the dentist regularly. So if you feel ashamed about your smile, take the time to call us. Let us know about any problems and how you are feeling. Our team is trained to listen and talk to many anxious patients every single day. You are not alone- we take great job satisfaction in converting anxious patients into happy patients- it is more than possible! You may find that it is a relief to have someone who understands and is able to help deal with your source of embarrassment at last. 

Overcoming Dental Fear 

Of course, on the other hand, fear is also a large factor in why many people choose to avoid the dentist. If fear is at the root of your problem, then some good tips to overcoming it include: 

  • Identify the fear. Once you understand the root of the problem, you can work with a dentist in order to overcome it. 
  • Take someone to your appointments. Sometimes, having that moral support can really make you feel better during the examination and to take that first step through the door.
  • If you are scared of the dentist’s surgery or chair we can always meet you in our office which has no equipment and have an initial meeting with you there. We can take the consultation at your pace – you are in complete control.
  • Breathe. Mindfulness and meditation techniques are great during any dental examination. And you can also listen to music or watch television at our dental practice, as we have TV’s fitted into the ceiling for your benefit! 
  • Ask for professional advice. When anxiety or nerves are this severe, it’s always better to get professional advice to ensure you are doing the right thing. 

Choose the Right Dentist

The key to a good dental experience is always reliant on the person conducting the examination. A kind and understanding dentist really can make a world of difference. And, at Dental Solutions, we are lucky to have Gavin Laidlaw on hand for just that purpose. A partner in the practice, he has been treating patients with anxiety and dental phobia for many years now. Believe it or not, many of his previously nervous patients actually look forward to their appointments now! 

If you would like to know more then please e-mail us on [email protected] or call us on 01925756565 and leave a message. We can help to arrange your first visit to our practice as soon as we reopen. 

Or you can even book an initial free consultation, where you can meet the team and have a look around the practice – no examination necessary! It can be a great way to get used to the surroundings in a non-threatening way and something we are only more than happy to do for our nervous patients. We look forward to welcoming you to the practice as soon as we re open after the COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.

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I had originally been considering veneers when I came in for my initial consultation. I’d done a fair bit of prior research online before deciding to come from Appleton to meet Gavin for a free consultation. Whilst veneers would have been an option, I was encouraged by Gavin to consider the less invasive and longer term alternative of short term orthodontics, so I then met with Lauren one of the other dentists at Dental Solutions (who is their Quick Straight Teeth and Invisalign doctor). I really appreciated their honest advice and decided to go ahead with Quick Straight Teeth.

I couldn’t believe just how fast the braces were to move my teeth without any discomfort – it took just 4 months from start to finish. Appointments were planned when you wanted them, and there was no waiting about like NHS practices I’ve been to. But the real joy of Dental Solutions is how much fun the appointments were with Lauren and her nurse Lisa. I felt very comfortable with them and we actually had a great laugh at every appointment.  It made the whole process great fun. I am absolutely delighted with the results and so much happier with my smile now.

So my advice to anyone considering a change to their smile is come and visit the practice for some honest advice – it may not be what you were expecting, but their advice is free and with no obligation to proceed with treatment. But they will always do their best to make you leave with a smile on your face!

For more information about Quick Straight Teeth or any of our other orthodontic options, don’t hesitate to get in touch on 01925 756565. Our friendly reception team are waiting to help.

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Conditions in your mouth can often lead to problems for your teeth. Understanding and managing these conditions can be of vital importance to maintain your long-term oral hygiene. One such condition is that of dry mouth, a common issue that people can develop or suffer from in their lifetime. So, with that in mind, here are some of the key methods that can help you to manage chronic dry mouth as part of your regular routine. 

What is Chronic Dry Mouth?

Known also by its medical name of xerostomia, this is a condition in which your saliva glands fail to make enough saliva to successfully keep your mouth wet. Dry mouth can be the result of certain medications, sometimes due to ageing and often also the result of radiation treatments for cancer patients. 


Symptoms of dry mouth can actually be much wider than, well, a dry mouth. Obviously it’s the main symptom and will be the most noticeable in more cases than not. However, other symptoms which you may suffer from can also include: 

  • Dryness in throat. 
  • Thick saliva. 
  • A difference in your sense of taste. 
  • Cracked lips or mouth sores. 
  • Bad breath. 
  • Tooth decay. 
  • Gum disease. 

As you can see, in some cases the implications of chronic dry mouth can be detrimental to your long-term oral health. 


Of course, there are also ways that you can help to prevent dry mouth or at least work to alleviate the symptoms for better management. Such techniques as the following can help with your dry mouth:

  • Use artifical saliva lubricants which are available over the counter from chemists
  • Sip water often, whilst drinking less sugary drinks overall. 
  • Use sugarless snacks (such as gum, sweets or ice chips) to help stimulate your saliva production. 
  • Caffeine, alcohol and smoking can all worsen dry mouth symptoms. So, reduce these in your lifestyle as much as possible. 
  • Eat more soft, moist, meals to help alleviate some of your symptoms.  

Maintaining Oral Hygiene

There are several methods that you can employ to help maintain your oral hygiene, even when you suffer from chronic dry mouth. Some of these methods can include: 

  • Brush normally, twice a day
  • Use the aforementioned artificial saliva lubricants, available from chemists.
  • Avoid any mouthwash that contains alcohol as this can contribute to or make your dry mouth symptoms worse.. 
  • Try to incorporate a dry mouth-specific toothpaste into your daily routine. As when used properly they can help to alleviate some of the symptoms. 
  • See your dentist every 6 months for a regular check-up. 

Visit Your Dentist 

If you have any doubts or questions about dry mouth then it is important to speak with your dentist. Especially if your concerns relate to how it impacts your oral health, as there are ways that your dentist can help you to manage this through a normal routine. 

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and Department of Health guidelines, Dental Solutions is currently closed. However, if you would like to discuss your dental issues and arrange to be contacted for a future consultation as soon as we reopen, then there are several ways to do so. 

Please call our practice on 01925 756565 and leave a message, fill out the contact form or email us at [email protected]

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‘With no hesitation, get it done!’

I’ve always been an NHS dental patient, but I’d been struggling with my teeth, and then with dentures for the last 15 years to the point that I knew I needed to have implants. 

To be honest, I never felt 100% confident when I was wearing dentures- either that they would become loose or even drop out. It was beginning to affect the way I felt in social situations and I knew that there were better alternatives to dentures out there. 

Shortly after I retired, I discussed the options available to me with my NHS dentist, but I really felt that I needed to be treated by someone who was performing implants and nothing else.

So, I researched the different dentists on and off for 2 months throughout the North West – I actually live near to Chester – before I made the call and came to see Gavin in Lymm.

From the moment you walk through the door of Dental Solutions, there is an air of calm. Everyone knows what they are doing, but they are all really friendly at the same time.

After meeting with Gavin who thoroughly explained the All-on-4 process to me, I knew that I had come to the right place, and I decided to go ahead with the treatment.

I was still wary about having it done right up to the point of having the procedure itself, but I needn’t have worried – I had an anesthetist Patrick to sedate me while Richard Brookshaw the implant surgeon worked away and I didn’t feel a single thing.

Nicky the treatment facilitator gave me all of the post-operative instructions which I followed to the letter such as using ice packs and taking over-the-counter pain killers. Luckily, I had no pain or bruising which I know some people do get. 

You have to stick to a soft diet to begin with which is a bit boring – I got quite sick of yoghurts, but now I eat whatever I want. To anyone considering All-on-4 I would say with no hesitation- ‘Get it done!’ I’m so glad I did.

Are you considering All on 4 dental implants? Call the team today on 01925 756565 or book a free consultation.

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Currently, we are living in an unprecedented situation. More people are being homebound than ever before in order to protect and maintain the health of the nation during the COVID-19 outbreak. But, that also leaves us prone to bad habits. 

Snacking, and bad snacking at that, will no doubt become rampant during this time. Meaning that your oral health and overall hygiene is likely to plummet in the weeks or months that this situation may go on for. That is why it is more important than ever to understand how best to avoid such detrimental snacking, even in these strange circumstances. To help, we have put together some of our best anti-snacking tips to get you through:

1 – Don’t Buy Them 

The shops and supermarkets are a surreal sight at the moment. Shelves empty, stocks low and not a roll of toilet paper to be had. Which, unfortunately, makes it easier for us to pick up whatever does happen to be on the shelves. Healthy or not. 

So, the issue is this: even in such strange circumstances, with choices becoming narrower and narrower, we must choose the healthier options available to us. This might be choosing oatcakes instead of chocolate biscuits. Bran flakes instead of the cheaper, more sugary, brand with a tiger proclaiming, “they’re grrrrreat!” These little choices will have a longstanding impact. Not only on your oral health, but your overall and mental health as well. 

Remaining healthy is the priority for us all at the minute. So, make sure you make the right choices now. Even when you don’t feel like there’s much of a choice! 

2 – Drink Water

Hunger is a strange thing. Often, the feeling you may have that you presume is hunger is actually thirst. As you won’t have a dry throat and be gasping for a drink every time, your body often has a more subtle way of informing you of thirst. 

Next time you feel a slight pang of hunger and reach for a snack, stop. Have a glass of water instead. If you feel better, then more often than not you will be able to halt your craving in its tracks. 

3 – Get Up, Get Out (Safely)

At the moment, you should be avoiding public spaces where you can’t keep 2 metres away from the next person . This helps to prevent the transmission of the virus. But, that doesn’t mean that you need to stop going out altogether, in fact we have been encouraged to take exercise once a day. The feeling of isolation, being cooped up and restlessness can make us snack more than we should. 

This boredom can then lead us to snack unhealthily in order to have something to do. Instead, go on a walk. Your local nature areas are at this very minute calling you. A fresh, natural, escape for what is otherwise quite a claustrophobic situation. It can help to burn some calories, take your mind off of food, the current situation and any number of things that may be worrying you. Making it both a healthy choice for your body, oral hygiene and mind. 

4 – Sleep More

Are you losing sleep over the current crisis? Most of us are, but it can actually be one of the things contributing to your need to snack. Lack of sleep means a lack of energy, which in turn makes your body seek energy in any way it can; primarily via snacking. 

The simplest solution is to sleep more. Get the right amount of sleep for your body (which can be anywhere between 7-9 hours) and you will find yourself snacking less. It’s easier said than done in the current climate but more sleep can do wonders for your overall health. There are a number of hints and tips available on line for achieving a better night’s sleep. Right now, during this enforced time of self isolation is a perfect way to start to reinforce some new better sleep habits.

5 – Eat the Right Portions

If you’re snacking more and more, have you considered looking at your overall portion size during meals? For breakfast, lunch and dinner you may not be providing your body with big enough portions to actually function. If the meal is healthy, then a bigger portion is always preferable to constant snacking. 

See Your Dentist and Hygienist 

At some point in the near future, our life will return to normal and you may find that you did snack more than you should have during self-isolation. And we expect many people will be looking to check up on their oral health with a dentist and hygienist once the current self-isolation advice is lifted. Dental Solutions is currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, but we are available via phone or e mail in the first instance for advice and emergencies for our registered patients between 9-11 am Monday- Friday. Please call us on 01925 756565 or e mail us on [email protected]

If you are interested in becoming a new patient at our practice once we reopen, please fill in the practice contact form.

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by on 24th March 2020 | Posted in blog

A message from our Practice Principal, Gavin Laidlaw BDS 

Due to Department of Health instructions, our practice is closed and we are restricted in our ability to care for our patients during the Coronavirus crisis.

We have not yet been advised on when this practice can re-open, but we will update the website regularly with any developments and re contact our patients as soon as we can.

We have a dedicated COVID -19 page on the website which we will update as things change. It answers some questions you may have surrounding your appointments, your ongoing treatment and your general dental care or any problems you may be experiencing.

If you are a patient at our Practice and you need to contact us about a dental problem or emergency, please call us on 01925 756565 Monday- Friday 9am-11am and leave us a message, or e mail us at [email protected] or [email protected]. We check all our messages daily and we will be in touch with you.

If you are a new patient enquiring about possible treatment in the future, please complete the following form here and we will contact you to book a free initial consultation as soon as we are able.

Thank you for all your kind messages of support that we have received over the last few days, we really appreciate them. In the meantime, stay home, stay safe, and we look forward to welcoming you back to our practice very soon.

Kind Regards,

Gavin Laidlaw

Principal Dentist

Dental Solutions Lymm


[email protected]

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Team Spotlight: Lauren Westhead

by on 21st March 2020 | Posted in blog

Lauren Westhead

A Little Bit About Lauren…

After joining the practice in 2016, Lauren has quickly become an integral part of the team here at Dental Solutions. In 2011, Lauren qualified in as a dentist at Liverpool University. She continues to increase her professional development post-graduation by attending courses on Dental Health, Dental Acupuncture and Endodontics; always keen to improve and provide the best possible care for patients.

Lauren is currently on a year-long CADE (Centre for Advanced Dental Education) course on dental implants, run by our very own Richard Brookshaw! Here she is practising implants on a model:

Outside of work, Lauren is a passionate supporter of West Bromwich Albion women’s football club. And she enjoys travelling–from Paris to Hong Kong–whilst spending time with her husband and two children.

Ice breaker question: name three of your favourite things. No wrong answers here!

My family, travelling and West Bromwich Albion.

You have been working at Dental Solutions for a while now, but what drew you to working here?

The opportunity to learn new skills and use the most up to date materials and equipment.

Dentist iTero scanning a patient

Lauren using the iTero scanner on a patient.

What’s the best part of your day at Dental Solutions? 

Chatting with patients! I love getting to know people and building relationships

What has surprised you most about working in the dental industry?

Just how much work goes on ‘behind the scenes’ by the nurses, managers and treatment coordinators. Also dentists have to do a certain number of hours of continued professional development each year – which wasn’t on the dental school application!

What would you like to be famous for? Realistically, what would you actually be famous/infamous for? 

I’d LIKE to be famous for captaining West Bromwich Albion ladies team. More realistically? Hmmm, holding the world record for washing the most baby vests in 24 hours?

The title of your autobiography is… 

‘Blinded by the (dental) light’ (Springsteen fans will get it).

If you could travel anywhere in the world/universe–that you’ve never been to before–where would it be?

Tour of Japan! The one thing I wish we’d done before kids 

What was the last thing you read/watched/listened to? 

Read – This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay

Watched – The Crown

Listened to – The Boss (Bruce Springsteen)

And finally, what do you do to wind down after work every day? 

I can’t remember when I last did ‘wind down’!! (I have a 2 year old and a 9 month old so ask me again in 18 years perhaps?).

And there’s everything you need to know about our fabulous dentist Lauren! If you’ve got any more questions or would like to book an appointment with her, then our team are happy to help. Just contact us on 01925 756565 or visit this link:

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I had been researching All-on-4 or same day teeth providers for about 2 years on and off before I came across Dental Solutions in Lymm. I had even investigated the lower cost option of going abroad for the treatment and looked at places in Budapest and Turkey. I eventually ruled this out as an option as the thought of anything going wrong and aftercare in the UK scared me. I thought if I had developed an infection, I’d be in a real mess. In my opinion if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is! So I then refined my search to clinics in the North West. I looked at places in Northwich and Daresbury before coming to Dental Solutions. I’d also read a lot online about Richard Brookshaw the implant surgeon and knew that he had a superb reputation.

To be honest I have never liked going to the dentist, but when you walk through the door at Dental Solutions it doesn’t even have a dentists smell. Gavin’s room overlooks the Bridgewater canal so there’s a lovely view out of the windows. There’s also a real personal touch here, you are called by your name and the whole team greet you warmly when they see you. Once I had decided to proceed with treatment the whole process was great. I had some hygiene treatment first, scans and castings, so by the time I came in for the treatment I genuinely didn’t feel any nerves, just a shared sense of calm with the team looking after me.

The sedation I had was great, to the extent that I asked Richard when he was going to start, to be told that the treatment was finished. When I finished I gave Richard a hug – probably with relief, but that’s the kind of guy he is.

I followed the instructions post treatment with ice packs and a course of steroids and antibiotics which helped to keep bruising to a minimum.
When I got married last July I felt absolutely brilliant that I could smile properly for the wedding photos. Also I can now eat anything I want, even a crisp crunchy apple which was definitely a no go area before!  This treatment has honestly given me the confidence to smile again and I should of done it years ago. So without meaning to sound too cheesy, here’s my advice if you are reading this…. Ignore all the rest, and come to the best!   

So, if you are considering All on 4 implants, take Paul’s advice! Call the team today on 01925 756565 or book a free consultation.

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