If you come to St Stephens Dental Practice you will find it is very personal to the owner, Martin Southon.

He has quite eclectic interests including sculpture and paintings, cars and car models and most eclectic, frogs.

In the practice you will find several brass frog sculptures hanging off the walls and in Martins surgery a frog themed calendar.

Martin says…

“I don’t why I am fascinated by frogs, but I always have been. Maybe it is their interesting life cycle or the beautiful colours that especially tree frogs feature.

They look friendly although I know many are exactly not being highly poisonous.

Yesterday whilst working I glanced at my calendar and a thought struck me!

So, do frogs have teeth?

Well after the patient had left a quick Google search showed that indeed they do but only in the upper jaw with only hardened gums in the lower jaw. This means that they cannot really bite into their food to dice it up so have to swallow it whole, not really a good look and quite uncomfortable I would have thought!”

At St Stephens dental Practice we care for and treat the whole mouth including teeth, and support tissues including jaw bone and gums.

So if you want a Dental Practice, perhaps with strange fascinations, but who will really care for your whole mouth and for you then you need look no further than St Stephens Dental Practice.

We will give you a happy confidence to smile!


We are all familiar with the old adage “A little bit of what you fancy does you good!”

Children are well known for picking their noses and then disgustingly often eating the results.

Well it turns out that they are right!

Mucus from the nose and other body linings contains proteins which have a protective effect on many tissues and organs including teeth.

Companies are now researching harvesting these proteins by making artificial mucus  to use in products such as toothpastes and facial treatments.

So get ready for your new slimy toothpaste and other health products.

For all things dental including disgusting knowledge, think of us at st Stephens Dental Practice where we always give the confidence to smile.


Another scary dental related picture from the cover of the British Dental Journal. This picture by Matthew Laznicka illustrates another dental related story in literature.

It shows the visit of Auntie Toothache! This was the last story by Hans Christian Anderson written in 1872.  Anderson himself apparently suffered greatly with toothache and became obsessed with the agony of it.


The story concerns a shadowy night time visitor, Old Mother Toothache, who threatens the story’s narrator when asleep, telling him that his mouth is “a splendid organ on which she intends to play”!

Another good reason to look after your teeth!


Regular visits to St Stephens Dental Practice should keep this nocturnal visitor at bay and keep you with the confidence to smile.


This rather scary picture by artist Matthew Laznicka is taken from the cover of the most recent British Dental Journal. This dental magazine is running a series of covers depicting various instances where dentistry or teeth feature in literature.

This picture depicts Shakespeares historical play Richard the Third.

This play refers to the appearance of Richards teeth as a newborn as a portent for his future villainy.In the play, before he is killed by Richard, the saintly King Henry VI declares:

“Teeth hadst thou in thy head when thou wast born,to signify thou earnest to bite the world!”


At St Stephens Dental Practice we collect feedback from our patients after treatment. This takes the form of an online questionnaire which can be answered anonymously if required. Feedback is usually very positive but we were especially pleased to get the following from one of our recent patients.

” I feel at ease when entering the room at St Stephens Dental Practice, which should be normal when going to the dentist. Very friendly atmosphere and everyone is happy.They certainly look after their patients and you feel some form of connection with them as they remember your previous conversations or what sports you play and you can have a nice little conversation before the procedures start It really makes the procedure feel unique and personal to you, it feels as if they are not just going through the motions and showing that they care. Really happy with everything to do with St Stephens from the staff to the facilities. You can’t go wrong with coming here.”

Praise indeed.


Martin at St Stephens Dental Practice has some very sad news:

“On Sunday afternoon the 2nd April my Dad, Brian passed away after being ill on and off for the last couple of years. My Dad had lived in Canterbury all his life. He left school to take up an apprentice placement as a Dental Technician learning to construct dentures and crowns.

After National service he worked for a variety of dentists including Mr Matthews and Mr Gardener before becoming self employed in 1972. He built an extension on the back of my parents  house in Stodmarsh Road and worked from there until retirement. He worked for quite a number of Canterbury dentists but in 1978 he was approached by George Hamill to do the work at St Stephens Dental Practice. As Mr Hamill opened more practices in Bridge then Wingham and Chestfield Dad worked almost exclusively for these.

When I qualified as a Dentist at the beginning of 1988 I started to work at St Stephens with Dad doing my work and I thought we were a good team. Because I saw him every day it was easy to communicate what details either of us needed. It is very rare to find a dentist son and dental technician father working together at all and I think we provided a very good personal service. We almost had a telepathy between us. Dad continued to work for me and the other dentists until 2010 when he retired.

The life of a Dental technician is quite a lonely one. You spend your life making very precise prostheses under the instruction of the Dentist. It is very time consuming and requires great concentration. Then you supply the item back to the Dentist who then gets all the praise and feedback from the patient. Positive feedback then rarely reaches the technician but negative feedback although rare always gets back to the poor Technician. So in spite of doing some brilliant work my Dad never really felt appreciated for what he did.

But what he did was truly great. Improving the smile of many Canterbury patients, providing a truly brisk turn around service and working well into the night if required as it was always impossible to gauge the level of work that would arrive. He was always available to help patients and dentists alike. And he was totally reliable and punctual.

I could go on but one of my patients summed it up quite nicely. I had been seeing this chap for a long time and Dad and I had made him some dentures a long while back. He came in again for a new set after Dad had retired. These were made and fitted and the chap seemed quite pleased. But a few years later in conversation he commented on the new teeth. He said “It is a shame your dad had to retire as his work was really very good. If I could liken my dentures to a car, I would say my new teeth are a Ford. The ones your Dad made were a Ferrari.” Praise indeed. And I did tell Dad.

So that was my father. Brian Southon.  Unfortunately never realising how much he was appreciated by the dentists he worked for and the patients he helped. My mother, sister brother and I knew. And we knew what a great person he was away from work too.

And now we are being overwhelmed by the amount of lovely things people are saying about Dad. Loads of cards and messages saying how well liked he was.

He was a great Dad, a lovely man and a brilliant dental technician. And he will be greatly missed.”




What is your definition of an emergency appointment?

Being offered an appointment on the day, within a week, or within a month?

What if you were in sufficient pain that you could not sleep?

Would you be happy with being offered an “emergency appointment” 10 days away?

I thought not.

I was contacted late last Sunday by the partner of a colleague of mine. He regularly attended one of the corporate dentists that are taking over many independent dentists.

The receptionist there was dismissive of his problem and unhelpful saying no one could see him, let alone help him for 10 days. Obviously he was not very pleased with this and his partner contacted me. I responded within an hour, had seen the patient within another hour and the whole situation was resolved the following Monday morning.

This is what proper emergency treatment is about. A personal service because we care.  At my practice we aim to see our registered patients on the day if they are in trouble and, as much as possible will extend the same service to new patients as well.

There will certainly be none of this waiting for days on end, especially if the patient is in pain.

So for a proper emergency dental service and for routine treatment as well,  please think of St Stephens Dental Practice where we will give you the confidence to smile.

Martin Southon.

Practice Principal


Anyone familiar with St Stephens Dental Practice and owner Martin Southon will know it is an eye catching place filled with lots of personal features that Martin likes. There are lovely original paintings and interesting photos, unusual sculptures, and naughty 60’s postcards featuring dentists. The whole place is very bright and colourful.

In Martins surgery, there also are on display some very large diecast models of old racing cars and their transporters that he is very keen on. They are a bit too big for his house and his wife, Lucy put her foot down not allowing them to be displayed there. But as he is the boss at the practice he has them there!

They are made by a German company CMC models renowned for their high quality. After a wait of nearly 3 years from initial order a new model has arrived and is now on display.

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It is a 1/18 scale 1937 Mercedes LO2750 racing car transporter with 1938 Silver Arrows car and a figurine of the driver Roland Caracciola. The truck alone is made of 2365 different parts, 1900 of them metal. It is a limited edition of 1000.  It is quite spectacular and eye catching.

So if you are looking for an interesting dentist interested in providing a great service to you, then look no further than St Stephens Dental, a practice that features a very personal service.

St Stephens Dental Practice, a welcoming and eye-catching practice where we will give you the confidence to smile.


This February how would you like to receive £20 off your next dental visit?

Recommend our surgery to your friends, family, neighbour’s or colleagues via a referral card, and you will BOTH receive £20 off your next visit to us. Offer applies when the first appointment has been completed by the person you recommend.

To take advantage of this amazing offer please ask for a card at reception.

The more referrals you make to us, the less your next treatment will be! ( max 3 cards )

So spread the word……



December 2016 and January 2017 are 2 months when we at St Stephens Dental Practice are celebrating 2 important anniversaries. In December Dawn Eyers dental nurse, on the left in the photograph celebrated 20 years of service. In January of this year Karen Leadbetter celebrated 30 years working as a dentist at St Stephens. Karens CV is rather brief; qualified in December 1986, started work at St Stephens in January 1987 and still here! Very few people these days can claim to have worked in the same job for as long as these two ladies. We at St Stephens are extremely proud of them and very grateful that they have stuck with us. We wish them many more years of work here. The good news for our patients is continuity as the same people provide treatment year in year out rather than seeing a different face at each visit.