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We like to keep our dental patients up-to-date with our latest treatment options, oral health information as well as practice news. We will also share any updates on policy, for example, our roadmap to full dentistry services following the 2020 COVID-19 closure. You can also sign up for our newsletter to get these updates, and more, direct to your inbox.

 
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Amber Aplin: our latest news & plan updates

Tue, 15th Jun 2021

Read Amber Aplin’s latest newsletter for the Gentle Touch. If you are not already receiving these updates by email, you can subscribe at any time here. Dear Patient Since I…

 
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Dentistry continues in Lockdown in Scotland

Tue, 5th Jan 2021

As Scotland enters a new Lockdown on 5th January, please be assured that we remain open. Dentistry is an essential health service and that’s why we will continue to look…

 
Route map for COVID-19 dentistry

COVID-19 route map for dental treatment

Mon, 2nd Nov 2020

The Scottish Government has, as of 1st November 2020, permitted a full return of NHS dental services following the COVID-restrictions earlier in the year. This includes children’s dentristry, which is offered…

 

The new normal – dental protocols for appointments

Sun, 4th Oct 2020

As we re-open in line with our COVID-19 Route Map, we have new dental protocols in place. These cover how appointments are made, what we ask of you on arrival and…

 
gum disease

Gum disease – signs to watch out for

Sun, 31st May 2020

During the COVID-19 lockdown, we have been forced to defer some of our patients’ routine health checks. In normal times, check-ups and dental hygiene appointments are important for identifying gum disease, or peridontal disease to…

 
 
What our patients have to say about us...

Another excellent patient experience at Gentle Touch. I look forward to my dental appointments and treatment now. The team is also understanding and intuitive in proposing treatment, and everything is always clearly explained. You feel valued and cared for from the moment you walk through the door.

TW

This was my first visit to The Gentle Touch. I was made to feel so at ease and safe that I have absolutely no hesitation in highly recommending the Practice. I never thought I’d actually look forward to going to the Dentist but the experience was so positive and unlike any surgery I’ve ever been to before. I’m more than happy to return.

SR

Called up yesterday with an emergency and was seen the same day. I wasn’t sure they’d be able to help as my own dentist I use is a 2-hour drive. But they were most accommodating, I was very anxious about having to see a different dentist but there was certainly no need to be anxious! Alan Purves was fantastic and I felt at ease straight away. Everything was explained well and he even emailed me afterwards with my X-rays. Outstanding service thanks again for seeing me

DS

Made an appointment at The Gentle Touch to have an airflow treatment to clean my teeth before my wedding. I was nervous beforehand but the staff were very welcoming, friendly and professional and talked me through each step. Not only that, the hygienist even picked up on a possible small hole in one of my teeth that my regular NHS dentist has not noticed during my check ups. Highly recommended, the level of care is brilliant.

C

“For the past five or six years, since our move to Kelso, we’ve been delighted with the quality of all the work done at The Gentle Touch practice.  Appointments scheduled are very much kept to time, and yet the practice is only too helpful if there’s a sudden emergency; a loose crown, a lost filling or whatever. The system of six-monthly check-ups works well, and appointments can generally be scheduled for the hygienist on the same day.

In the past year, I’ve had a couple of implants, and the whole process, from early consultation through to completion, was handled very efficiently; with carefulness and practical explanations.  My dentist, Amber Aplin, has a welcoming manner and the necessary artistic skill to make the final result seem both comfortable and convincing.

I’m delighted to recommend the practice to anyone who wishes the most professional of service allied to the aim to get things absolutely right for each patient.” 

JSR

Wow what excellent service. I am used to an NHS dentist where getting an emergency appointment involves a wait of up to 8 weeks or requires daily calls in the hope of picking up on a cancellation. I called Gentle Touch at 8:30 am, I was the Dentist chair by 10:00 the same day and had finished my treatment by 10:30. What a contrast. Thank you so much Gentle touch.

JB

Ciara Sutherland is, quite simply, a top-class dentist. She combines true expertise with a 'gentle touch' and a comforting, reassuring manner. I cannot commend her highly enough!!

TC

In the olden days it was a scale and polish, now it’s Airflow..... It’s just like power washing your teeth with warm water and air. It’s completely painless!!! I believe it has given me cleaner teeth without the little niggles the cold water can give during the scaling process.

AK
 
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