Caring for the dental health of the Dartford area and beyond!
  1. HAPPY FATHER’S DAY AND MEN’S HEALTH MONTH! - 12th June 2019 by 4drdc-logins


    Father’s Day and Men’s Health Month are both in June this year, where we give extra time to help the Dad we know and love to remember to care for themselves, as much as they care for their loved ones.

    What is Men’s Health Month?

    Men’s Health Month, is celebrated across the country to raise awareness about health care for men and focus on encouraging boys, men and their families to practice healthy living decisions, such as exercising and eating healthy.

    Our team at Dartford Road Dental Centre, hope to make your search easier this year!

    So, the common question…what can I get Dad for Father’s Day?

    How about the gift of good health? – By encouraging fathers in your life, to get an annual wellness check-up at their local health centre and regular dental examinations at Dartford Road Dental Centre.

    1. Talk to your dad about his oral health
    2. Schedule a dental check-up together at Dartford – Dad will more likely go, if he has someone to go with!
    3. You want him around for the long haul and good health includes a healthy mouth! So, encourage your dad to take care of himself.
    4. As well as a dental examination, an oral cancer screening is carried out. This will allow any issues to be detected early and addressed before they progress.

    Finally, schedule tooth whitening treatment for him at Dartford, in time for Father’s Day!

    Why tooth whitening?

    Ageing affects us all differently. One of the ways age can change a person’s appearance is with dull, discoloured teeth. Even if your dad doesn’t smoke, or drink coffee and red wine, his teeth can still give away his age, by how they’ve discoloured slowly over time.

    1. Tooth whitening treatment can make his smile look young and healthy
    2. He’ll look years younger!
    3. He’ll get an oral examination – to ensure his mouth is healthy, before his tooth whitening treatment begins

    You will never be able to repay your dad for everything he’s done for you, but you can give him a brighter and healthier looking smile.

    Please contact our Dartford Centre, at DA1 on 01322 223927 for more information.

  2. CONGRATULATIONS - 6th June 2019 by 4drdc-logins

    Our team at Dartford Road Dental Centre, would like to congratulate our two dentists Dr Claire Culverwell and Dr Naeem Khaleel, on becoming Invisalign providers!

    Orthodontics is becoming a more popular choice of treatment for patients, who want to achieve a beautiful straight smile. Metal braces are the traditional way of straightening teeth and is still used today. However, this day in age there are many orthodontic options to select from, which are much more comfortable and discreet.



    Invisalign can move your teeth to the desired position and improve your smile’s appearance using, clear, discreet aligners.

    Invisalign – removable appliance

    Invisalign works by using a series of clear and comfortable aligners (clear brace) that no one will be able to tell you’re wearing. These aligners are created specifically for your teeth, with each set gradually moving your teeth into the desired position. Invisalign treats nearly all common dental problems, from under and overbites to overcrowded teeth.

    Which Orthodontic treatment is best for you?

    After an evaluation at Dartford Road Dental Centre, your dentist can determine which orthodontic option is right for you! Visit us at Dartford Road – DA1 today or call Dartford Road Dental Centre on 01322 223927 and move one step closer to your perfect smile!

  3. NATIONAL SMILE MONTH 2019 - 14th May 2019 by 4drdc-logins

    national smile month13th May – 13th June 2019

    “A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.” – William Arthur Ward

    National Smile Month started back in 1977, aimed to raise awareness of the importance of good Oral Hygiene and how it can improve your overall wellbeing. This event was such a success that it grew over the years to become National Smile Week, and subsequently National Smile Month in 2006!

    This year Dartford Road Dental Centre are supporting National Smile Month campaign and want to raise awareness in our local community. Our Oral Health professionals will be visiting year 1 children in a local school to speak about all aspects of their oral health, including discussing sugary snacks Vs healthier alternatives and what to expect when they visit the Dentist.  We hope to motivate adults and children to get brushing and looking after their teeth as an investment in their future. So let’s begin by understanding National Smile Months three central messages.

    This year National Smile Month’s key messages remain the same:

    1. Brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion with a fluoride toothpaste

    Brush for 2 minutes twice a day –  once you have finished brushing your teeth do not rinse your mouth with water, as this washes away all the goodness of fluoride – instead just spit the toothpaste out and let the fluoride in the toothpaste do its magic!

    We must also remember the importance of interdental cleaning, such as dental floss. A study found that flossing loosens bacteria and food debris from between the teeth, which allows brushing to be much more effective at removing plaque – A major contributor to the formation of gum disease.

    1. Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks.

    Every time you eat or drink anything sugary, your teeth are under acid attack for up to one hour. This is because the sugar will react with the bacteria in plaque (the sticky coating on your teeth) and produce the harmful acids. So it is important to keep sugary foods and beverages only to mealtimes, this will limit the amount of time your mouth is at risk.

    It is advised to consume high in sugar beverages and food in moderation or even better to replace these with healthier alternatives.

    1. Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.

    Visiting your dentist at least every 6 months reduces the chance of developing oral disease. Our dentists and hygienists at Dartford, will be able to recommend and provide you with important advice on brushing your teeth, spot any signs of tooth decay and look for signs of oral cancer.

    Here at Dartford, we consider it our mission to help keep your smile looking brilliant!


    Great news – We have the following offer available throughout National Smile Month!

    offer may 2019

    We are a highly qualified experienced team, offering all aspects of General and Cosmetic Dentistry to both adults and children. If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment please call 01322 223 927 for further information or visit Dartford Road Dental Centre.

  4. Oral Health Talk - 3rd May 2019 by 4drdc-logins

    Recently our team member from Crook Log Dental Practice (Dartford Road Dental Centres sister practice) visited a local nursery in Bexleyheath to speak with the nursery and reception children about their dental health. She had a great time talking to children about good tooth brushing techniques using her Mr Smiley tooth model and huge toothbrush, as well as reinforcing healthy eating messages. The children all had a turn each brushing Mr Smileys teeth and enjoyed dressing up as a dentist whilst role playing. Each child received a dental goody bag containing colouring pictures, quizzes, toothbrush and a reward chart to encourage brushing twice a day.


    Q. When should I make my child’s first dental checkup?

    First dental checkup should be by child’s first birthday. Childs dentist will schedule additional dental visits accordingly.

    Q. When should I brush and floss my child’s teeth?

    Usually between the age of 2 to 4 years, when your child’s teeth are in contact with each other.

    Q. How to care for children’s teeth age 2-4 years?

    Children two and older should use fluoridated toothpaste to help prevent decay as their teeth continue to develop. Once children reach two years of age, it is important that children are supervised and encouraged to brush their own teeth. Parents/carers can promote healthy habits by limiting sugary drinks and snacks and offering healthier alternatives.

    Q. Basic rules of Oral Health for everyone?

    Brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups – Brush your teeth for two minutes at least twice a day, once first thing in the morning and before you go to bed.


    Replace your toothbrush about every three to four months as dull and frayed bristles will not clean your teeth thoroughly. Brushing alone will not remove the plaque in between your teeth which as a result can harden into calculus therefore, it is important to use interdental cleaning aids such as floss once a day. Regular dental visits are vital to keep your teeth and gums healthy, together with regular hygiene appointments.

    Whether your dental check-up is overdue or you haven’t visited Dartford Road Dental Practice before, simply get in touch to find out how we can help you and your family by calling      01322 223927 or book an appointment online.

    If you would like our team to visit your school or club for an oral health talk, then please contact Dartford Road Dental Centre

    on 01322 223927 or email – [email protected]

    Don’t forget to take advantage of our latest offers here at Dartford Road Dental Centre

  5. TAKE EGGS-TRA SPECIAL CARE OF YOUR TEETH THIS EASTER! - 16th April 2019 by 4drdc-logins


    Not long left now, with Easter only a few days away and shops filling with attractive sugary treats! The Easter Bunny is out whilst adults and children prepare to dig their teeth into their delicious chocolate eggs.


    Let’s talk about how Easter celebration can affect our teeth!
    Your oral health routine is important to remember over the Easter period and keeping an eye on how much sugar is consumed, especially our children.

    Our team at Dartford Road Dental Centre want to ensure that you take the right precautions during this time of year so that your oral health does not suffer and is at its best.

    Therefore, we thought we should jump in and offer some Dental tips:


    1. Water will help to neutralize the acids in your mouth
    2. Encourage your children to drink water by leaving a jug of water on the table during meal times.


    1. Limit consumption of sugary foods and beverages to mealtimes only.
    2. Eating between meals increases the time that your teeth are exposed to food. If the foods contain sugar or natural sugars you will be at a greater risk for tooth decay. The longer the sugar is on your teeth the greater the risk for decay.


    1. Sticky stubborn sweets tend to get stuck in between teeth!
    2. As the sugars remain in contact with the teeth, the sugars get to work and begin to break down the enamel. Hard boiled sweets can also put your teeth at risk because, in addition to being full of sugar, they can also trigger a dental emergency such as a broken or chipped tooth.

    BRUSHING YOUR TEETH – but not straight after your chocolate!

    1. Food and drinks high in sugar soften the enamel (white coating) of the tooth, so it is important that you wait at least 30 minutes before brushing and allowing your saliva to neutralise the harmful acids– as you don’t want to cause enamel erosion!
    2. Don’t forget to brush your teeth! You should aim to brush your teeth for 2 minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Also remember to include your interdental cleaning aids.


    1. Sugar-free eggs and dark chocolate, are now widely available in stores!
    2. Snacks – a few examples, crackers, celery, cheese, milk, water, nuts, fresh vegetables and fruits!

    Remember Our teeth and gums play a vital role in our overall health and wellbeing, so it is important to have regular dental check-ups and hygiene appointments.


    You can now book appointments online


    Contact us on – 01322 223927

    We will be closed during 19th and 22nd April.
    In case of an emergency please call: 111

    Have a lovely Easter from all our team at Dartford Road Dental Centre.

  6. CPR - 12th April 2019 by 4drdc-logins


    1. CPR
      (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation)
      (Automated external defibrillator)

    Here in Dartford we practice BLS (Basic Life Support) once a year, we feel that it is important and beneficial for everyone to have knowledge of CPR, as you never know when the need may arise. Today we had the opportunity to update and refresh our knowledge with the latest guidelines.


    A fast response can mean a better recovery!

    Importance of CPR?

    • Did you know that the brain can only survive approximately five to six minutes without oxygen (after the heart stops)!
    • However, if CPR is performed within the above time the brain may survive the lack of oxygen.

    What can I do as a patient to minimise my risk of a medical emergency?

    • Providing your dentist/hygienist with honest information about your current health and health history is vital, as this will help them provide you with the best dental care possible, especially in an emergency.
    • Provide us with current medication on every dental visit.
      From over the counter medication to prescribed medication.
    • In the event of an emergency knowing what medications you are currently taking can be vital to your health when we are determining our next course of treatment or prescribing other medications.

    We want to ensure you that our dental team, at Dartford Road Dental Centre, are up to date with the latest guidance and training, this means if a medical emergency occurs in the practice our patients will receive quick, effective treatment.

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  7. A huge congratulations to our award winning dentist! - 3rd April 2019 by 4drdc-logins


    Dr Claire Louise Culverwell
    BSc BDS
    GDC No 185352


    “I am pleased to be part of such a respected awards ceremony and just being nominated is fantastic. However, winning is better! ”.


    In 2018 Claire was the finalist for Young Dentist of the Year, by the Dentistry Awards!

    During 2016, Dr Claire Culverwell won the Best Case Presentation South East London Deanery award, for Dental Foundation Trainers.

    In 2016 -2017 she went on to be the first dentist in the UK to win the National prize for ‘Best Foundation Dentist of the year’, this was awarded by the Royal College of Surgeons (FGDP).

    She has since been approached to be part of NHS organisation of dental education, and has also been asked to be included in a book about influential women in dentistry, written by Janine Brooks, releasing in 2019!

    She will continue to grow and excel so keep posted for more updates!


  8. MOTHERS DAY! - 20th March 2019 by 4drdc-logins

    Mothers Day is approaching quickly this year! This year this fun-loving day will be celebrated on Sunday 31st March.

    Flowers, perfume, chocolate, makeup hmm.. a gift you give and receive every year!

    Being a parent we often put our children first. Caring for our own dental health can sometimes be neglected and delayed however, at Dartford Road Dental Centre we want to put you first and show you that your children and family do care. So, how about making 2019 mothers day a smile makeover, making it memorable and meaningful with a beautiful gift of a smile.

    Our team at Dartford Road Dental Centre have highly experienced cosmetic dentists offering treatments from facial aesthetics to dental cosmetic results.


    With time our teeth eventually change colour due to aging, lifestyle and diets! Fortunately this is reversible in today’s world. With our modern teeth whitening options here at Dartford Road Dental Centre we can provide the nice white smile you want! Prices are affordable and not as pricy as you think.

    mothers day



    1. Keep hydrated – remember to sip on water throughout the day, especially when you’re on the go.
    2. Healthy snacks – Reach for the healthier snacks, cheese and crackers, vegetables and fruit.
    3. High in sugar food and drinks – to be consumed at meals times only. Drinking a sugary drink with a straw will give your teeth less contact to sugar.
    4. Sugar free gum – Try and chew sugar (Xylitol) free gum. The gum will help promote saliva, neutralising the acids in the mouth.
  9. Creation of a practice representative of our vision of dentistry. - 15th March 2018 by 4drdc-logins

    “True compassion does not sit on the laps of renovation; it dives with an approach to reconstruction” – I Ayivor

    This notion resonated with our vision at Crook Log Dental when considering creating a practice fit for the future. We became co-owners of the practice in 2009 and since then have been making improvements, initially within the surgical rooms and then the decor. We believe the practice in every aspect should represent the ethos of the group clinicians visions, that of provision of excellent dentistry centred around a relaxing patient experience, tailored to the needs and expectations of the clientele we attract.

    It quickly became apparent to us that our practice appearance was not really representing the type of dentistry we were doing. In effect, it was giving out mixed messages. On one hand we were aiming to give the ultimate dental experience; on the other hand, the décor and layout were tired and dated. We discussed this with our designers (Paradigm Design Solutions) and they worked with us to put a coherent plan in place that would clearly position the practice and give it a strong‭ ‬ and‭ ‬ memorable brand identity.

    The process began with a clear vision, which we communicated to the design team involving a large scale reconstruction. The CGI’s attached show what the initial consultation yielded and then almost a year after the reconstruction of the receptions area photographs show a clear realisation of the original vision. The reconstructive work saw the surgery be finalists in the prestigious Private Dentistry Awards 2017.

    For us the two essential aspects leading to a successful transformation were:

    1. A clear vision of our goal when providing dentistry.
    2. Clear communication with a great design team

    With these two salient ingredients, the vision became a reality, as can be seen below.

    More updates and pictures and posts will be shared on the Instagram and Facebook pages for CrookLog Dental, if you have any comments or feedback feel free to email in/drop a message.

    We would like to thank Gavin and the whole Paradigm Designs Solutions team for realising our vision.

    Ultimately, we invested in the practice for the benefit of our patients and our team. It is so rewarding to get positive feedback from our regular patients who have witnessed the positive changes over the years. We hope you like it!

    Dr Khan & Dr Younis













  10. National Children’s Dental Health Month - 13th February 2018 by 4drdc-logins

    So it’s February, and this month is National Children’s Dental Health Month.

    So what does that mean?

    The ADA (American Dental Association) sponsors this event in order to ensure that the right information is given to patients and children to highlight the importance and impact of good oral health.

    Here at Crook Log Dental Practice, Bexleyheath we would like to do our bit in giving 5 tips for caring the little ones.

    1) It’s important to brush twice daily for two and a half minutes. To form create a habit, try supervising this at the same times daily until it becomes routine for the child.

    2) Correct brushing technique: Multiple videos can be found on YouTube/websites, just search “Modified Bass Technique.” A soft/medium bristle brush, angled 45 degrees towards the gum, brushing in small circles for 3-5 seconds per tooth surface should provide a good clean

    3) Did you know that the most important active ingredient in toothpaste is the fluoride? Mouthwashes after brushing wash away the toothpaste and reduce its benefits. Refrain your child from rinsing the mouth after brushing and adopt the “spit don’t rinse” habit early on. Mouthwashes can be used between meals!

    4) Unfortunately, fruits & smoothies are full of sugar so it’s best to try to avoid smoothies and just eat the fruit, and when your child eats their fruit it is best served with a main meal. It’s the frequency of sugar consumption that contributes to decay, so this is a good way to reduce that frequency.

    5) Trips and falls. This is a common problem, if the child falls over and a tooth falls out, to give it its best chance of being put back in, hold the tooth from the crown (white part of the tooth) and not the root, then place it in milk and come to the dentist ASAP and call them on the way so they can plan to see the child urgently as time is of the essence, to be exact, the likelihood of success drops considerably after 60 minutes. For more information on this, you can visit the IADT for more in-depth tips (this is a website for dentists but has great tips on how to handle the incident immediately)