Finding a dentist with – Review

Teeth – we’ve all got them! (Or at least I hope you have!)

Dentists – we’ve all got those . . . or have we?

I’m ashamed to admit that I didn’t go to the dentist for a check up for over ten years, not because I was scared of anything like that, simple because I didn’t have a dentist to go to.  When I left home to go to University my Dentist took me off their books however I never registered with one in Manchester and that was that really.  It wasn’t that I planned to not go to the dentist, I just never really got round to it.

During that time I had to make two emergency trips to the dentist – and emergency appointments when you’re not registered with a dentist are not only hard to come by but also potentially very expensive.  The first time I was able to see an emergency NHS dentist who worked as part of a Walk In Centre in York at the time and they performed the necessary extractions of my damaged wisdom tooth.  You’d think I would have learned my lesson and that I went home and found myself a dentist wouldn’t you?  Of course I didn’t.  I thought nothing more of it until I had another problem wisdom tooth requiring emergency treatment and an extraction.  This time I was staying with Dave in Preston for the Summer and I remember it being a complete nightmare to find someone to treat me – particularly as this was shortly before we were due to go away on holiday for two weeks.

It was late 2008 before I finally sorted myself out with a new dentist – the joy of free NHS treatment due to my Maternity Exemption Certificate, and the knowledge that dental care is particularly important in pregnancy, was what finally spurred me on.  Of course I didn’t admit to the dentist doing my check up that I hadn’t actually been seen by a dentist for over a decade – and was thrilled, if not a little surprised to discover that my teeth were in fact in perfect condition.  Since then I’ve been for regular check ups (with the help of three almost consecutive Maternity Exemption Certificates!)

I’m quite sure if had existed back in my twenties I wouldn’t have gone quite so long without having my teeth properly checked over!  The idea behind the website is to make it easy to access up to date information on both NHS and private dentists in your local area and, crucially to enable you to book an appointment online.  This strikes me as a genius idea – I often struggle to find time during the day to make phone calls, either because I’m at work or I’ve got three little children demanding my attention.  I often find I get into bed and think “Damn, I didn’t ring the doctors / dentist / bank today” – an online booking system means I can book dental appointments with ease, at a time which suits me.  At the moment my current dental practice isn’t actually listed on the site but I will be sure to keep an eye on the site and use it to book appointments if my dentist is registered at a later date.  Another really helpful feature is that you can search for a dentist according to what you need it for – emergency treatment, a general check up or even whitening meaning if your current dental practice doesn’t provide the service you’re looking for Toothpick is bound to be able to find you someone locally to suit your needs.  Each of the dentists on the site are checked to ensure they meet the criteria of the “Toothpick Promise”.

Go and take a look at Toothpick for yourself – I’d love to know what you think?

*Disclaimer – I have been compensated for my time in writing this review however all thoughts and opinions remain my own*


  1. November 11, 2014 / 10:53 pm

    That's a really good idea – I registered with my dentist when I was pregnant with my eldest and had to do a bit of searching around to find an NHS dentist. Being able to book appointments online would definitely make life easier sometimes. My dentist isn't on the site either at the moment so will have to check back again another time to see if it gets added. I've been taking advantage of almost consecutive maternity exemption too – my current one has just run out though so will have to pay next time! 🙂

    • November 12, 2014 / 6:35 am

      Mine runs out on Monday 🙁

  2. November 12, 2014 / 7:18 pm

    This sounds like a great idea, when we moved home, it took me about a year to find a dentist for us all..

  3. November 12, 2014 / 8:42 pm

    NHS dentists with room for new patients are as rare as hens teeth!!!!!

  4. November 13, 2014 / 6:09 pm

    I only went to the dentist for the first time in years when I was pregnant, now I'm determined to go back regularly! x

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