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Dental check-ups

Share your opinions on dental check-ups

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As part of a larger trial looking at the role of dental therapists in conducting routine check-ups, we would like to collect some qualitative data on people's views on how routine dental check-ups are carried out.

Volunteer Criteria

We are looking for people living in the North East of England, aged 19 and above to take part.

What will I be asked to do?

Involvement in this study would involve taking part in a single, one-off interview. Questions will explore issues such as relationships with healthcare professionals, how people choose a dentist, willingness to see a hygiene therapist and treatment charges. 

Interviews will last around 30-60 minutes. 

When and where?

Interviews can be face to face or over the phone (whichever is preferred) at a convenient time and place.

Will I get anything for taking part?

You will receive a £10 shopping voucher for taking part as well as any travel expenses incurred. 


  • Newcastle University
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • NE1 7RU

Dental check-ups Discussion

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  • Ian Armstrong
    4 days ago

    The Newcastle Dental Hosp are very good & the staff are so positive.

  • Ken Creen
    4 days ago

    I haven't any teeth. Not since I was 25. I suffer from gum ulcers/corns/discomfort. What can I do about it?


  • Margaret Docherty
    5 days ago

    I have been with the same practice for 50 years. I had wonderful, caring service from the dentist that I always had. When my dentist died things did change. At first I did get a good service but over the last 2-3 years I see a different dentist each time I go. I point out different problems, the saying goes like this, we will watch this, never heard that before, one is charged for this service. I always thought that prevention is the best thing but all I feel is that they want you to go again and charge you again. I feel that we should get better value for our money.

  • Marc Robertson
    5 days ago

    I have been with the same Dental Practice for 44 years!

  • Catherine Nickolls
    6 days ago

    I am appalled that dentists no longer include a descale and polish. The descale helps prevent tooth loss. Having to make an appt with a hygienist is inconvenient and an added expense. The check up is expensive enough. Many people will be put off by the price.

    Matt Breckons
    6 days ago

    Thanks for your comments Catherine, if you would be willing to talk about this (and some other issues around dental check ups) I would be very interested in hearing from you if you wanted to sign up to the study.

  • 7th October 2019

    I was told the dentist would no longer cleaned my teeth after the check up. I was very taken aback when told I would have to pay £65 and it would have to be carried out by the dental hygienist.

    Matt Breckons
    7th October 2019

    Thank you for your comment, one of the things we are asking people about in this study is their thoughts on cost/value for money. If you are interested in taking part we would be interested in hearing from you.

  • 7th October 2019