Do you use your teeth to open bottles, tear clothing tags or bite your nails?

If so, you are not alone but the advice from our Glasgow dentists is to stop! Most of us are putting our oral health at risk by using our teeth as tools for jobs they weren’t intended for.

Joint research by the Oral Health Foundation and Philips, and highlighted by Whitecart Dental Care, has found that 65% of us frequently use our teeth for tasks other than eating and drinking.

The most common misuse for our teeth is tearing sticky tape with 41% of us admitting to doing this regularly. More than a quarter of us bite our nails while over a fifth use our teeth to carry things when our hands are full.

Other popular uses include taking tags out of clothing (20%), chewing pens and pencils (16%), opening bottles (9%) and doing up zips (4%).

Dr Nigel Carter OBE, Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation says that while it may seem trivial, using our teeth as tools poses a considerable risk to our oral health.

Dr Carter says: “Anything from opening bottles to chewing foreign objects can damage existing dental work or cause our teeth to crack.

“There are also examples of teeth shifting out of place, chipping, and in some cases breaking, due to the pressure and strain. Accidents are also more likely to happen which could result in invasive and expensive emergency dental work.”

Young adults are the biggest culprits when it comes to using teeth in improper ways with 85% of 18-35-year-olds admitting to abusing their teeth by performing unusual tasks with them. This is significantly higher than 35-54-year-olds (70%) and the over-55s (54%).

Restoring teeth in Glasgow

If you have cracked or chipped a tooth, please get in touch for some help and advice. Our Clarkston Road dentists have a raft of cosmetic and restorative solutions at their fingertips for our patients from across Glasgow Southside, Cathcart, Clarkston, Mount Florida and Landsdowne, from dental veneers or crowns, to composite bonding.

Composite bonding can transform the appearance of one or more teeth in a single visit. Tooth-coloured composite resin (like a white filling) straightens uneven or chipped edges, or closes gaps between our teeth. This fast, affordable and impressive treatment requires minimal tooth preparation and is completed in less than one hour per tooth often without the need for any anaesthetic. 

If you would like to find out more, please contact our Southside dental practice.

Posted 24th June, 2019 by Whitecart Dental Care

How happy are you to pose for a photograph?

As part of National Smile Month the organisers carried out a nationwide poll that found most of us regularly feel self-conscious about the appearance of our teeth.

The Oral Health Foundation found that more than half of British adults (51%) are often made to feel anxious about how their smile looks and less than a third (29%) are likely to pose for a photograph with an open-mouth smile.  

Findings showed that discoloured teeth are the biggest reason we are not smiling for the camera (33%).

This got the team at Whitecart Dental Care in Glasgow thinking. What makes a beautiful smile? Is it a Hollywood smile of straight, white, perfectly uniform teeth? Or is it a healthy smile with all its quirks and imperfections? Or maybe one that’s full of gaps? The answer, of course, is whatever you feel comfortable with and one that you are proud to show off. 

Our dentists all agree that a healthy mouth is what’s essential, not for aesthetic reasons but for health ones.

Healthy mouths reflect a healthy body – they have pink gums and are pain-free. Red gums or gums that bleed when you brush your teeth indicate to us that something is not right and the main culprit is gum disease. 

If caught early, gum disease can be stopped in its tracks before it leads to pain, wobbly teeth or tooth loss. There are also links between gum disease and serious illnesses such as bacterial lung infections, strokes, diabetes, problems with pregnancy, heart disease and dementia, among others.

The key three messages being promoted during National Smile Month are:

  • Brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Cut down on how much sugary food and drink you have, and how often you have them.
  • Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.

Ultimately, the aim is to help us achieve good physical and mental wellbeing by improving our oral health.

 Dr Nigel Carter OBE, Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation, says: “By adopting a few simple oral health habits, we can transform the health of our mouth and significantly improve our quality of life. It will also give us the reassurance we need to make sure we show off our smile with confidence.”

Smile niggles

However, if you don’t feel happy to show off your smile, then ask us for advice. There are lots of ways we can help. 

If discoloured teeth are causing you concern, the first and best place to start is with a hygiene visit – not only will your teeth look better, they will be healthier too as every scrap of plaque will have been removed.

We welcome patients from across Glasgow Southside, Cathcart, Clarkston, Mount Florida and Landsdowne, so please contact us now for details.

Posted 24th June, 2019 by Whitecart Dental Care

Protect your mouth AND body

UK dental health charity the Oral Health Foundation has compiled a list of five top tips to help us take steps towards a healthier and happier mouth. Glasgow dentists Colin and Carole McClure from Whitecart Dental Care in Clarkston Road are helping spread the message to ensure we all enjoy better dental health and improved general wellbeing.

1. Get ‘in-ter’ interdental brushing

Cleaning in between our teeth, using interdental brushes, dental floss, water or air flossers, loosens bacteria and food debris. This allows brushing to be much more successful at removing plaque. Those of us who interdentally clean before brushing are left with a much cleaner mouth than those who do so afterwards. A study by the Oral Health Foundation found that a quarter of us admit to lying to our dentist about our flossing habits!

2. Be a top brusher

Brushing for two minutes last thing at night and at one other time during the day with fluoride toothpaste is key to maintaining good oral health. Daily brushing is important because it removes plaque. If plaque isn’t removed, it continues to build up, feeding on the bits of food left behind and causing tooth decay and gum disease.

3. Spit it out – but don’t rinse!

After brushing, we should spit out the toothpaste. Don’t be tempted to rinse because this washes away the fluoride, which continues to help protect the teeth.

4. Don’t be a dummy with diet

Diet can play a big part in our oral health. Eating sugary foods and drinking fizzy drinks both damage our teeth and leave them vulnerable to erosion and decay. Avoid snacking as this leads to more acid attacks on our teeth. Instead, keep sugar consumption to meal times only. 

5. Don’t skip seeing your dentist

Despite the clear benefits of regular dental visits, as many as 27% only visit the dentist when they have a problem. By having regular appointments, your dentist and hygienist can help maintain a healthy mouth and keep oral disease at bay.

Unhurried, calm dental care

We want our patients from across Glasgow Southside, Cathcart, Clarkston, Mount Florida, Landsdowne and beyond to have faith and confidence in their teeth, have their concerns and problems fixed and enjoy predictable results for their treatment. If that’s the kind of dental care you think you’d enjoy, then please contact us for more information.

Posted 21st March, 2019 by Whitecart Dental Care

Do your teeth work properly?

If we had bad toothache, we would book an emergency appointment to see our dentist. But if we have lost a back tooth or have a twinge on one side of our mouth, we often accommodate this by chewing on the other side or choosing different foods.

At Whitecart Dental Care in Glasgow, we saw a new patient recently who was aged in her 50s, had lost several back teeth and had a failing bridge. She hadn’t eaten a juicy steak for years and took so long chewing her food with her front teeth that her tea was cold by the time she had finished.

The psychological impact was causing her to avoid going out for meals with her friends and she felt so embarrassed by the state of her teeth that she covered her mouth when she spoke. Does this sound familiar to you?

Unhurried, calm dental care

Our aim is for our patients to have faith and confidence in their teeth, have their concerns and problems resolved and enjoy predictable results from their treatment. We want them to feel proud to show off their smiles – not hide them behind their hands or smile with their lips tightly shut.

We promise to listen

Colin and Carole McClure and their team make a conscious effort to give our patients all the time, space and opportunity they need to let us know about any concerns they may have about their teeth, mouth or gums. 

At our practice on Clarkston Road you will experience first class dentistry with a focus on prevention, education and attention to detail. Our friendly team takes pride in its personal service and gentle, meticulous dentistry that reassures patients of all ages. 

With us you are assured of a warm welcome and top-notch private and NHS dental care. We allow plenty of time for our appointments so that patients do not feel rushed – and this is always appreciated, especially by nervous patients.

We genuinely care

Our personal, professional care and attention is open to patients of all ages and will provide you and your family with a lovely, reassuring service. 

If that’s the kind of dental care you think you’d enjoy, then please contact us. Our door is always open to new patients from across Southside, Cathcart, Clarkston, Mount Florida and Landsdowne, so please get in touch to find out more.

Posted 21st March, 2019 by Whitecart Dental Care

Searching for kind, calm dental care in Glasgow?

Dentists Colin and Carole McClure and their team at Whitecart Dental Care in Glasgow’s Southside combine a modern approach to dentistry with traditional attitudes to patient care.

At our NHS and private dental practice on Clarkston Road, you will experience first class dentistry with a focus on prevention, education and attention to detail. Our friendly team takes pride in its personal service and gentle, meticulous dentistry that reassures patients of all ages. 

A warm welcome and top-notch dental care

Our team makes a conscious effort to give our patients all the time, space and opportunity they need to let us know about any concerns they may have about their teeth, mouth or gums. And we promise to listen. 


When our mouths work well, we barely give them a second thought. But the moment we have a problem, we realise just how vital a healthy mouth is for everything from eating, speaking and smiling, to our sense of wellbeing. Our modern approach prevents problems starting in the first place, allowing you to live your life to the full.

We want every one of our patients to have faith and confidence in their teeth, have their concerns and problems fixed and enjoy predictable results for their treatment. We allow plenty of time for our appointments so that patients do not feel hurried when they arrive or rushed out of their appointment.

We genuinely care

Our personal, professional care and attention is open to patients of all ages and will provide you and your family with a lovely, reassuring service. We genuinely care – we care about our patients and about making sure that they are comfortable and happy, and we care about dentistry.

If that’s the kind of dental care you think you’d enjoy, then please give us a ring. Our door is always open to new patients and emergency patients from across Glasgow, so please get in touch to find out more.

Posted 21st February, 2019 by Whitecart Dental Care

Get a Brighter, Whiter Smiler with Teeth Whitening

Our teeth start out white and shiny, but over time can become discoloured. Common causes of tooth discolouration include caffeine, carbonated drinks, tobacco products and ‘calculus’ or tartar. Patients are often confused about who can do teeth whitening, but the legal guidance is clear: only registered dentists may carry out teeth whitening in the UK.

Tooth whitening can be a very effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surface. It cannot make a complete colour change, but it may lighten the existing shade.

Professional bleaching is the most usual method of tooth whitening. Your dental team will be able to tell you if you are suitable for the treatment and recommend the best whitening system to suited to your type of discolouration. Teeth whitening is also a popular top off treatment for patients who are undergoing remedial work or who have orthodontics.

At Whitecart Dental Care our teeth whitening systems of choice are Enlighten Smiles and Pola.

Enlighten Smiles is widely recognised as one of most effective teeth whitening treatments in the world and is the only system to guarantee a VITA shade B1, which is the whitest shade on a dentist shade guide. Unlike many other teeth whitening treatments, Enlighten guarantees long lasting results with minimal sensitivity, without the need to avoid any of your favourite food or drinks.

Pola Advanced Teeth Whitening System delivers results in as little as 15 minutes or can be conveniently applied overnight while you sleep. There are a variety of different strengths of Pola that can applied in the practice or at home, your dentist will recommend which best suits your needs.

For more information about teeth whitening give the practice a call on 0141 637 5081

Posted 6th June, 2018 by Whitecart Dental Care

Dental Phobia / Anxiety

Many patients are nervous about visiting the dentist. In fact, fear of the dentist is the main reason adults in the UK give for missing regular dental check-ups – above worries about cost or lack of time.

At Whitecart Dental Care our full team are experienced in dealing with nervous patients and are on hand to make your visit to the practice as stress free as possible.

There are many causes of fear of the dentist, from bad past experiences to a fear of not being in control, embarrassment about the condition of your teeth if you have not seen a dentist in years to fear of specific triggers including needles or the sound of the drill.

Fear of the dentist can range from mild anxiety, which is very common, to full-blown phobia, which makes visiting the dentist incredibly distressing for the sufferer. Any level of fear can prevent you from seeking treatment, ironically leading to an increased risk of painful dental conditions, complications and the need for more invasive procedures.

At Whitecart Dental Care we will always take your fears seriously and do our very best to work through them with you. For patients whose anxiety is very severe we offer the option of IV sedation or hypnosis to help relax them during treatment.

If you suffer from dental phobia or anxiety please get in touch and let us help you maintain your lovely smile.

Posted 6th June, 2018 by Whitecart Dental Care



Bringing your child to the dentist from a young age lays the foundations for good dental health. Many of the Whitecart Dental Care team are parents themselves so know the importance of making sure the dental experience for your little one is a positive one. In the practice our younger patients will find lots of things to keep them amused in our dedicated kids zone and Pixar themed treatment room.

You can bring your child in to see us as soon as their milk teeth start to appear, this not only allows us check everything is as it should be, but also begins the process of familiarising them with the practice environment. Early dental visits help reduce the chances of them developing dental fear or phobia later on in life, it is also the best way to ensure that if any issues develop they can be dealt with promptly and with minimal discomfort.

Good dental hygiene at home is essential for healthy teeth and gums, always ensure that your child brushes their teeth in the morning after breakfast and in the evening before bed. A great way to get your children to brush by brushing with them! It’s a fun way for you to guide them into a healthy brushing routine, and it also gives you the chance to monitor their progress and brush time. Additionally, it helps everyone involved become more accountable for their mouth care!

Sugary snacks and drinks are the number 1 cause of decay in children, look at limiting sweet treats and soft drinks and replacing them with teeth friendly alternatives, crunchy fruit and veg are a great source of fibre and also clean teeth as they are eaten.

If you have any questions relating to your child’s dental health our team are always happy to help.

Posted 15th May, 2018 by Whitecart Dental Care

Give Your Smile a Treat!

At Whitecart Dental Care we offer a range of treatments to help give you a dazzling smile, the treatment we will look at today is our most cost effective and accessible way to quickly brighten up your smile.

What is air polishing?

Air Polishing is a dental hygienist treatment that has been developed to help keep your teeth clean and white. The innovative airbrushing technique uses a machine that cleans and polishes the teeth with a mixture of water, compressed air and fine powder particles to remove stains, plaque and any other debris that may have become trapped. Think of it as a deep clean for your teeth!

How effective is it?

After only 1 treatment you should see a noticeable difference in your teeth. The air polisher quickly and effectively lifts stubborn stains that are left behind by substances such as red wine, coffee and cigarettes, that more often than not are left behind by normal brushing.

Why choose air polishing?

There are a number of reasons why air polishing is becoming so popular with our patients,It’s a much more effective way to get your teeth really clean than a traditional polish and will leave you with an evenly smooth surface across your teeth. Many patients opt for this treatment for a brighter, whiter smile without the cost of teeth whitening. The treatment is also suitable for nervous patients as it is a quick, silent, noninvasive and can be carried out during a hygienist appointment. The airpolisher does not generate heat which makes it gentle enough to be used with orthodontics and dental implants.

How do I make an appointment?

Air polishing is carried out by our hygienists and is available to all our patients at the cost of £25.00. You can make an appointment or register to become a patient by calling the practice on 0141 637 5081.

Posted 25th April, 2018 by Whitecart Dental Care


Say Goodbye to Messy Uncomfortable Impressions!

Most patients are familiar with impressions and their uncomfortable, gooey, gag-inducing side effects. Thankfully, in today’s digital age there are alternatives to impressions which can build a model of a patient’s teeth in minutes without the strange taste and discomfort of impressions.

The Intraoral scanner is one of the most exciting advances in dental technology, it drastically minimises the discomfort and time associated with creating dental impressions. The small handheld device allows dentists to easily maneuver within a patient’s mouth, a quick scan of an individual’s mouth provides a clear view of hard to reach areas and creates full colour 2D and 3D images of patients teeth. These clear, targeted images allow your dentist to view potential issues without causing the patient discomfort.

Once the scan is complete, dentists have access to images which show the mouth and teeth in intricate detail, within seconds. The 3D digital impressions give unprecedented accuracy which ensures that the end treatment is perfectly designed to fit the patient’s mouth, this in turn cuts down in time spent in the dentist chair and ensures patient comfort.

The digital dental impressions allow patients to clearly see areas of concern, providing a visual explanation for recommended courses of action, they are also able to show the patient how the teeth will look following treatment.

Ultimately, digital impressions are more comfortable, accurate, less distressing and surprisingly quick and simple.

For more information on digital impressions give the surgery a call on 0141 637 5081

Posted 13th April, 2018 by Whitecart Dental Care


What are anti wrinkle injections?

Anti-wrinkle injections are commonly referred to as ‘Botox’, short for Botulinum toxin. This is a naturally occurring protein that causes the muscles of the face to relax, consequently smoothing out wrinkles. It is the UK’s most popular cosmetic treatment for the removal of wrinkles. At Whitecart Dental Care our anti wrinkle injections are carried out by Dr Carole McClure using Azzalure, a botulinum toxin type-A product, specifically designed for use in aesthetic treatments.

What areas do they treat?

Anti wrinkle injections not only smooth existing wrinkles, the can also prevent new ones from forming. They are effective in treating the following areas

Upper face:
Frown Lines (between the eyebrows)
Forehead line
Top of the nose (bunny lines)

Eyebrows/hooded eyes
Wrinkles around the eyes (crows feet)
Under the eyes (tear trough)

Lower face:
Lipstick lines (around the mouth)
Chin (to prevent dimpling)
Jawline and neck

Is the treatment painful?

The needle used to administer the injection is very small and thin, which coupled with Dr Carole McClure’s advanced injecting technique means pain is minimal.

How long before I see the results?

Anti-wrinkle injections work by blocking the nerves that contract the muscles, thereby softening the appearance of the line or wrinkle. The skin above the muscles becomes nice and smooth after a period of between three to 14 days. It takes this time for the product to settle, attached itself to the nerve endings and get to work.

How long will the results last?

Everyone is different, but you can expect results to last from 3 – 6 months.

Will I end up with a ‘frozen’ face?

Dr Carole McClure favours a more natural look for her patients, her objective is make them look rested, fresher and younger without freezing their natural facial expressions.

Is there any down time?

Immediately after treatment you may notice a little redness and swelling around the injection sites, this is completely normal and usually fades within 24 hours. We advise that you keep your head as upright as possible and avoid exercise for 24 hours.

For more information about anti wrinkles injections call the practice to arrange a consultation with Dr Carole McClure 0141 637 5081

Posted 15th March, 2018 by Whitecart Dental Care


You’re never fully dressed without a smile!

Your smile is an expression of who you are, it is scientifically proven to be ‘the symbol that is rated with the highest positive emotional content.’ If crooked teeth are giving you a reason not to smile, even if you have previously had braces, short term orthodontic treatment could be the key to achieving beautiful, straight teeth and a smile you’ll love.

What are short term Orthodontics?

Orthodontics have come a long way since the days enduring months of uncomfortable fixed metal braces, scientific advances now mean that many braces are almost invisible, much more comfortable and give patients much quicker results.

Short term Orthodontics generally treat the front 6 to 8 teeth by using brackets and wires on teeth or clear aligners to move the teeth. They are designed for adults who want to improve the appearance of the teeth which are most on display, usually when they smile. The treatment times are around 4 – 9 months with average treatments lasting 6 months.

The treatment we are going to focus on today is the Inman Aligner. The Inman Aligner is a revolutionary appliance, described as the “missing-link” between cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics, that can move teeth at the front of the mouth, safely and quickly. This treatment is carried out by practice owner Carole McClure who has undergone the the extensive Intelligent Alignment Systems training.

What is the Inman Aligner?

The aligner is made of a metal bar which runs along the front of your teeth, and a spring which is located at the back of your front teeth; the individual parts of the aligner work together to push and pull the teeth into position with minimum discomfort. The Inman Aligner is best suited to patients who have previously undergone orthodontic treatment or only require relatively minor adjustments to the front 6 teeth. Throughout the duration of your treatment you will have regular check-ups to ensure every is moving in the right direction!

Am I suitable candidate for an Inman Aligner?

The Inman Aligner is suitable for adults and older teenagers who need mild correction at the front of their mouth, which is often be due to relapse in childhood orthodontic work, it is also effective in cases of slight overcrowding. This treatment only focuses on the front 6 teeth so is unsuitable for anyone with more severe bite problems.

Why choose the Inman Aligner?

The most obvious benefit is the speed of treatment, with most cases reaching their goal of beautiful straight teeth in 4 – 6 months. The aligner is incredibly discreet and uses the latest orthodontic technology to minimise pain and discomfort and reduce pain. Unlike many other orthodontic systems the Inman Aligner it can be removed easily to eat, drink and brush your teeth, this lessens the the risk of bad breath, gum disease and staining.

If you are interested in finding out more about this treatment give the surgery a call on 0141 637 5081or visit our website

Posted 8th March, 2018 by Whitecart Dental Care

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