Hello, Martin Southon Principal Dentist at St Stephens Dental Surgery here.

The job of my dental team is to look after and maintain the health of teeth and mouths. A rather obvious statement but our modern life is making this more and more difficult for patients and dentists alike. The TV celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver has been making it his mission to try to help the public at large eat more healthily. A few years ago his campaign was to fight obesity with a more sensible lower fat diet. This year his new programme and campaign is called Sugar Rush  highlighting the danger of sugar in our diet.
WE all know that sugar in our diet is the enemy of teeth and can cause other systemic problems like diabetes.
With our teeth, what many people do not know is that the problem with sugar is not the volume of the sugar but the frequency of sugar exposure to our dentition.
Sugars are a necessary part of our diet providing energy and they are a part of our metabolisms running normally and correctly. Dieticians say a reasonable intake is about 7 teaspoons of sugar a day…It sounds quite a lot doesn’t it?
This includes direct application of sugar such as in tea,coffee or on cereal  but must also include the hidden sugars within foods!


Eating supposedly healthily meals these days can boost sugar intake quite surprisingly and dramatically
How about this?…A healthy sounding days food intake;

Breakfast; Bran flakes and a lemon yoghurt

Lunch; Tomato soup with bread

Snack; Flavoured water such as Volvic and a special K bar

Dinner; Chicken with Lemon and Ginger stir fry.

With the hidden sugars in this group of meals sugar intake is an astonishing 36 teaspoons!

Obviously this level of sugar exposure to your teeth can dramatically increase risk and incidence of decay.
But it can also lead to systemic disease such as Type 2 Diabetes,  and 10% of the yearly NHS budget is now spent on dealing with problems caused by this type of largely avoidable Diabetes.
These problems range from obesity and its own bunch of related troubles to poor circulation. This can lead to blindness, gum disease general increased susceptibility to infections and at worse,a loss of limbs, especially legs.
At St Stephens Dental Practice we understand these hidden sugars are difficult to spot. If you need dietary advice please come and talk to us.
Book an appointment by phone on 01227 452668 or book online via our website.
St Stephens Dental Practice where we will maintain your confidence to smile.

CLICK HERE to Watch Jamie’s Sugar Rush


We understand that having a perfect white smile is one of the top beauty ideals and we also understand how tempting it is for a lot of people to try and whiten their teeth with over the counter products, especially with many products claiming they can whiten teeth up to 5 shades whiter!

The truth is, that these products rarely work and they certainly don’t last, more worryingly is the danger of reacting to the chemicals in these products and the damage it could do to your teeth, mouth and gums!

We always recommend only having your teeth whitened by professional dentists who can make sure that your mouth is healthy and that there is no risk of damage being done to your teeth,mouth or gums.

Take a look at a recent article which shows an example of how these products have led to serious life threatening complications…BEWARE CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGE THEY MAY BE UPSETTING FOR SOME!

click here to read the full article!


Due to the over whelming amount of entries that we received for our 1st ever competition we felt that giving away just one prize wasn’t enough and so we decided that a runner up should be picked! We chose the winner as she was extremely enthusiastic throughout the competition.

The Runner up was the lovely Holly Baldock! (see pic below)

Holly had stated in her entry that she was getting married and we just wanted to give her a pre-wedding gift and so we will be sending  Holly an Ultra Sonic Toothbrush and a hygiene kit to help her towards a white and bright smile on her wedding day!

Congratulations to the winners and again thank you to all of you that entered and remember to keep up to date with us on facebook as we will be running more competitions in the future.



So we can now reveal the winner of our 1st teeth whitening competition … Joanna Michelle! Seen above photographed with Martin after being told she had won!

Joanna has had a really difficult year with things out of her control and has also decided to give up smoking and drinking so we thought that some shiny white teeth would be the best way too celebrate a new beginning and we thought it made her the perfect person to win! So congratulations Jo and watch this space to see how Jo gets on with the treatment… ALSO…
we have a special something to announce later in regards to the competition… can you guess what?



At St Stephens Dental Surgery the team consists of 3 dentists,myself the owner Martin Southon and associates Karen Leadbetter and Tom Buckland, as well as 6 nurses and receptionists including Dawn and Nicola, the senior nurses. I have been working at St Stephens since I qualified in 1987 and Karen has been here a year longer. Tom and his family have been in Canterbury for 12 years and he is going to settle here now. Not to mention that Nicola has been working for me for 21 years and Dawn since 1997.

So what does this mean to you as patients?…Continuity of care!

Patients will see the same dentist and nurse for successive checkups and treatment. Karen and I have been seeing some patients for over 20 years, plus this usually means less treatment.
Generally if you see a new dentist they have to make a snap shot decision on what they see right then. Some dental conditions, especially beginning decay can be monitored as there is a good chance the condition is static. This is especially true if the same dentist is monitoring them year on year.If you see someone different each exam rather than monitoring there is a good chance these conditions will be treated, and maybe unnecessarily.
This lack of continuity of care is especially likely at corporate dental companies which are taking over many local dental surgeries. The companies owning these practices move the dentists around so you end up seeing someone different each visit.
So for continuity of care and less treatment come and see my team at Stephens Dental Practice where we will give you the confidence to smile.