I have a team of dentists and nurses who are up to date, good at what they do and run on time.

In spite of this most people are afraid of what their visit to us entails. To combat this we try very hard to make a visit to our practices friendly and welcoming. We collect feedback on our service after treatment via an independent email questionnaire. 96% of our respondents scored us 10 out 0f 10 for being friendly and approachable and with the same score for their overall experience and treatment. I am extremely proud of this, so if you know anyone who needs any form of dental treatment done refer them to me and my team.

We know what we are doing. We will make your whole experience on your visit to us friendly and welcoming whilst sorting out your dental needs using the latest technology and equipment.
Giving you the confidence to smile.


How often should I brush my teeth?

Plaque forming on teeth and gums is the major cause of tooth decay and gum disease. So the best way to keep these problems at bay is to remove the plaque on your teeth regularly and effectively. It is essential that you brush your teeth twice a day for at least 2 minutes each time. Cleaning between your teeth at least once a day is also an essential.


What is the best toothpaste?

Toothpaste contains Fluoride, an ingredient that strengthens your teeth against decay. All adults should use toothpaste that contains at least 1350ppm Fluoride. After brushing you should spit out the excess toothpaste but don’t rinse out your mouth, the remaining toothpaste continues to work after you’ve finished brushing. Some toothpastes also contain antibacterial agents and these are good to help gum health.


What sort of tooth brush should I use?

The best kind of toothbrush to use is an electric type. This is because they can remove more plaque than a manual brush, doing it more gently and effectively. The technique is it hold the brush against each tooth surface for a few seconds and then move onto the next tooth (don’t scrub). At the practice we sell a range of electric tooth brushes including rotary and ultrasonic varieties.





The best manual toothbrush to use is one with a small head and an assortment of bristles with different lengths. The technique for a manual brush is different; place the brush head at the gum margin (where the pink gum and the white tooth meet) at a 45 degree angle, make small circular movements moving from tooth to tooth. You can scrub the tops of the teeth with a forward-backwards movement. You can also gently brush all of the soft tissues including gums and tongue as plaque forms all over the mouth.


In all comparison tests between electric and manual toothbrushes, electric brushes always come out best so we at St Stephens Dental Practice recommend them over manual varieties.




What else should I be doing?

The area in between teeth is most prone to gum disease and this is an area when your normal toothbrush just can’t get to. There are several methods of cleaning this area:

  • Interdental brushes – The best way to clean this area. These come in different sizes and are small enough to get into the gaps between teeth. The technique is simple just push them in and out of the gaps between the teeth.



  • Floss – The easiest way to use floss is to cut a piece (about 30cm) and wrap it around your middle fingers. You can then use your index fingers and thumbs to control it. You should pass the floss between two teeth and then pull it up and down the opposing tooth surfaces several times. This can be quite tricky to do at first but becomes easy with practice. If you need advice on this please ask your dentist.



  • Flossettes – small lengths of floss held in an easy to use plastic holder.

It may be useful for you to bring your toothbrush, toothpaste, interdental brushes and/or floss with you to an appointment for your dentist to check.


If you have any questions about anything in this article please do not hesitate to ask your dentist who will be able to answer all you questions.


Call us on 01227 452668 or via Email on



Every day dentists all over the UK are doing a fantastic job keeping mouths healthy. We perform minor engineering miracles in the most hostile environment using the most up to date materials which then patients expect to last a lifetime!

Most patients are extremely satisfied and pleased with the results and yet this never reaches the press or TV. They rarely report of these successes. They only like to report negative news about us. This week they reported on a Which magazine article. This stated that Which had found that dentists in their survey kept pricing secret, did not inform patients about treatment choices or about the pros and cons of different approaches.

In my practice and as far as I know all of the local dentists there are price lists in the waiting room. I discuss patients treatment needs with them and offer them different choices and keep them informed of the pros and cons of each. Pricing is not secret, I tell them and I give patients returning for treatment a print out of their treatment plan so they know where they stand and there should be no surprises.

So read the negative stuff then come to a practice where you will get treatment appropriate to you as an individual. Where you will be made aware of different approaches and can choose which way to go after listening to our advice and where pricing is clear.

For all things Dental, think of my team and I at Canterbury and Wingham, giving you the confidence to smile.


Change is often something people don’t like or are afraid of, myself included. I like things to stay the same. But sometimes change can be good, and with the New Year well on it’s way, a change can often be a good thing!

As a dentist I can create lots of changes.
I can change your smile, through work on your teeth or by boosting your confidence, giving you more confidence to smile and show off your teeth.
I can change you from someone suffering from pain to someone who is pain free.
I can change your life by giving you back missing teeth, improving function when eating or cosmetically changing your smile.
I can change you from someone who feels embarrassed to smile to someone so full of confidence that it’s hard to wipe the smile off your face.
The one change that i am most proud of is the person who is scared of dentistry who i can convert by giving them a good, positive and pain free experience.
St Stephens Dental Surgery…Changing smiles and giving you the confidence to smile!


We have some fantastic news …Just to let our patients know ,that our super new Dentist Tom  is now working a late evening , on a Tuesday, initially once a month with the possibility of more evenings in the future. We know that this is a very popular slot with patients who have difficulty getting time off work during the day and we understand with busy lives and hectic work schedules, having more options with appointments is a saviour . The Appointments are available until 7.30 pm. To book an evening appointment with our amazing new dentist Tom just give the surgery a call on 01227 452668.

St Stephens Dental Surgery …giving you the confidence to smile !



Welcome to 2015 everyone and I wanted to start the year off by introducing our new and very amazing dentist, Thomas Buckland!

He has already made a fantastic impact on the surgery and our patients love him, so if you are you looking for a lovely, enthusiastic and highly skilled dentist, then read on….

Hi Tom Could you please introduce yourself and tell us an exciting fact about you…

Hi I am Tom I am 27 years old and have recently moved from London. This is not my first job with Martin Southon. I used to be Martins dental nurse 10 years ago and have now switched chairs and have become a dentist.
Do you have any interesting hobbies?
I have been rock climbing for about 7 years. I have been on a few rock climbing holidays to Thailand, Vietnam and France.
Do you have a favourite procedure that you enjoy doing?
I enjoy root canal treatments. I like all the gadgets that you can use. Root canal treatments is the most common treatment to solve tooth ache apart from extracting the tooth and no one likes losing teeth!
Have you always wanted to be a dentist?
No! when I was growing up I wanted to be a builder or engineer. I first became interested in dentistry when I became a dental nurse. Gradually I came to realise that dentistry is just like being a builder but on a much smaller scale.
Why do you like being a dentist?
I like fixing things and in dentistry you get to do this all day long. I also like how many people I get to meet and talk to. Everybody is different and unique with their own stories.
Have you got any funny stories about being a dentist or your training to be one that you can share with us? ( change names if included or just say patient)
I was at dental school treating a patient when out the corner of my eye a spider ran across the patients cheek and was heading towards their mouth. My nurse wide eyed tried to Hoover it up with the suction but missed. The spider ran into the patients mouth where I squashed it with the mirror. Luckily the patient was none the wiser.
Why do you like working with Martin at the St Stephens Dental surgery?
Martin is a great boss because as he has a good sense of humour and is very relaxed and gives me freedom to try new treatments, new products and allow me to treat my patients in the way that I like. St Stephens as a dental practice is fantastic. The practice is the best equipped and most modern practice I have ever worked in and I feel that having nicer surroundings means you work harder to provide first class dental care.

Do you have a life motto or saying that you like to live by?
Life is not fair, get used to it.
If you could chose 5 people to invite to a dinner party who would they be and why? ( can be dead or alive and can be famous or not famous)
My childhood dentist so I can show him that you can be a nice dentist.
Joe Simpson, rock climber and mountaineer who was the author of touching the void. If you have not read his story do so.
Ricky Gervais to add some humour
Mary Berry so she can make dessert.
Stephen Fry as the man seems to know something about everything.

What are your goals over the next 5 years? (work, life etc)
Join the gym.
Eat healthier
Restore a classic car or motorcycle
Become proficient at placing and restoring implants
Gain more training in sedation for dentistry