• Harley Street Dental Center
  • Harley Street Dental Center
  • Harley Street Dental Center
  • Harley Street Dental Center

FAQs

General

What are your hours?

For the convenience of our patients, we offer extended hours in our clinic. Please click here to see our hours.

How do I make an appointment?

Simply contact our call center at which operates 24 x 7 or you can request an appointment online using this form.

Do I need a referral to make an appointment?

In some countries, a referral letter is compulsory to see a surgical consultant. This is not always the case in the United Arab Emirates. If you are not sure, please consult with your insurance company. We accept patients with or without a referral letter, if the patients’ insurance company’s policies allow it.

What to bring for your initial consultation?

Here is a check list for your initial consultation

  • Referral letter only if needed
  • Your Insurance card
  • Your Emirates ID card
  • List of medications you are taking
  • X-ray and scan results (if any)

We encourage you to come to your initial consultation with a list of questions. We will help you understand your problem clearly so that you can make an informed decision about your choices.

Are my medical records kept private and confidential?

Your medical file is handled with the utmost respect for your privacy. Our staff is bound by strict confidentiality requirements as a condition of employment about your medical records. We will not release the contents of your medical file without your consent.

How do I contact the hospital after hours?

There will be a point of contact 24 hours a day for any concerns you may have. You will be provided with contact details following your treatment.

Medical

What can I do to keep my teeth clean?

Daily dental care keeps your teeth healthy and prevents dental diseases. These are a few simple steps you can follow:

  • Make sure you brush all surfaces of the teeth. Ensure you get the right sized toothbrush that reaches all sides of your teeth. Some find electric toothbrushes helpful.
  • Make sure you use a fluoride toothpaste as it strengthens the tooth structure and resists decay.
  • A fluoridated mouthwash may also be used. Use it at a separate time of day and avoid eating or drinking at least 30 minutes after.
  • Flossing helps clean hard-to-reach areas between teeth. It removes plaque and food debris, improving gum health and alleviating bad breath. Flossing should be done before brushing.
  • Special interdental brushes are also available to clean areas between teeth.
  • Avoid using tooth picks as they can damage your gums.

What diet is recommended for good oral health?

Your oral health is influenced by the contents and frequency of your diet.

Try to reduce foods rich in sugar and carbohydrates, which get broken down by bacteria into acids that destroy the enamel covering your teeth. These include candies, cookies, chips, fries, bananas, raisins and soft drinks. The more you snack on foods that stick to your teeth, the more your teeth are under attack.

Foods that have high acid content such as citrus fruits or tomatoes should be eaten as part of a larger meal to lower the acid content. Firm crunchy fruits such as apples and pears are good choices.

Foods such as nuts, cheese, meats, milk and tea without sugar are recommended as they provide calcium and phosphorus that help re-mineralize the teeth after an acid attack.

Sugar substitutes cannot be digested by bacteria so they may help prevent tooth decay. Sugarless chewing gum produces saliva that helps dilute acid and clear food debris. Certain chewing gums even have ingredients that fight tooth decay,

How do I care for my child’s teeth?

To care for your child’s teeth and help them develop good oral hygiene practices, try to adhere to the following:

Start brushing when the milk teeth first appear (6 months). Use just a smear of tooth paste till the age of 3. Special toothpastes are not necessary.

Encourage them to spit after brushing, but do not use too much water to dilute the fluoride in the paste.

Guide your child’s hand when he or she is ready to learn how to brush. Use a mirror to instruct them on the technique. Supervise brushing until your child is 7-8.

Visit your dentist initially to get your child familiar with the environment, and at regular intervals to have their teeth evaluated. This will help identify certain problems early. Treatments such as fluoride varnishes and fissure sealants may be offered to coat the tooth surfaces, making them resistant to decay.

What can I do to reduce teeth sensitivity?

Teeth become sensitive when a layer called dentin is exposed. Dentin is present within the outer enamel layer as well as on the root surfaces and may be exposed by receding gums or deficient enamel. Triggers such as heat, cold, sweet or sour travel through the dentin to reach the nerves at the center of the tooth causing sharp or sudden pain. You can minimize tooth sensitivity by using soft bristled tooth brushes, avoiding acidic foods and drinks, using toothpastes specifically meant for reducing sensitivity, using fluoride mouth rinses and avoiding teeth grinding at night with the help of a mouth guard. If severe or persistent, your dentist will evaluate your reason for sensitivity. In certain cases, dental treatments such as fillings, sealers or varnishes may be used to cover exposed dentin.

What do I do when I have a toothache?

A toothache is usually caused by dental decay, and needs to be evaluated and treated by a dentist immediately. In the meantime, you may find relief with the following remedies

  • Warm salt water gargles
  • Floss to remove any food particles that may be causing pain
  • Use over-the-counter pain relievers sparingly
  • Use cotton soaked with oil of cloves and apply directly to the tooth
  • Cold compress to the cheek in case of trauma

What do I do when I have bleeding gums?

Bleeding gums usually occur due to inflammation from gum disease. This is primarily associated with plaque formation, which consists of bacteria along with sugar and starch from your diet.

If you have bleeding gums, it is necessary to have a dental evaluation so that appropriate treatment may be instituted, as untreated bleeding gums can lead to more serious problems such as gingivitis and periodontitis. Plaque and gum bleeding may be controlled with regular brushing and flossing. You can also visit your dentist for a more thorough cleaning. Your dentist may prescribe an antiseptic mouthwash and suggest that you rinse your mouth with salt water.

What to do if I have knocked my tooth out?

If addressed in a timely manner, a tooth that has been knocked out may be replanted and become functional again. Following these instructions to minimize damage and contamination can increase this likelihood.

  • Locate the missing tooth, picking it up by the chewing surface of the tooth and avoiding contact with the root surface.
  • Rinse it gently with water to remove any debris. Avoid scrubbing or using soap and chemicals.
  • Try to insert the tooth back into its socket again if possible and gently bite to hold it in place. If you are unable to reinsert the tooth, try to keep it moist by holding it in your mouth or storing it in milk. Water is not suitable for this purpose.
  • Try to see a dentist within 30 minutes of the injury.