The Great North Run, this year branded the Simplyhealth Great North Run, is the largest half marathon in the world.

Our lovely Linden Ladies team will be participating this year on the arduous run between Newcastle upon Tyne and South Shields.

Sir Mo Farah is reigning men’s champion, he has, in fact, won for the last four years on the trot. Quite a feat. Perhaps our team will produce the famous ‘Mobot’ celebration upon completion of their run this year?! Let us know what you think!

The Great North Run is a mass participation event: two lines of runners merging near the one mile mark. The run was devised by former Olympic 10,000 m bronze medallist and BBC Sport commentator Brendan Foster. Foster was inspired after running in the Round the Bays Race in New Zealand in 1979, and has built upon the Great North Run with a series of other Great Run road races.

Good luck to Sian Hales, Ursula Holmes, Alison Wray and Suzy Lobley!

Just the 1:05:39 ladies record to beat 🙂

The Linden House Ladies Triathlon Team recently completed The Brownlee Triathlon at Harewood House.

This was a relay team event with Sian swimming 750 metres in  cold lake water, Ursula taking on a very hilly 25 km bike ride and Alison running 5.5 km through woods, trails and even a ford.

The Brownlee Triathlon

They were enthusiastically supported by a cheering party of practice nurses and staff. The event was a fund raiser for Macmillan Cancer Research.

Macmillan Cancer Support

What you need to know before committing to tooth whitening treatment

You should do some careful research before committing to tooth whitening. Talk to other patients who have received the same treatment or visit Harrogate Dentist, Linden House for a professional opinion until you feel confident enough to go ahead with treatment. If your treatment is going to be carried out at the time rather than at a future appointment, don’t be afraid to ask simple questions during your appointment. Always ask for a written treatment plan and estimate of the cost before agreeing to start the treatment.

Tooth whitening can lighten the shade of your natural teeth, but before you commit to having treatment it’s important that you’re fully aware of what to expect, what the risks are and who is allowed to carry it out

You may want to ask some of the following 9 questions:

  1. Who will be carrying out the procedure? What training and experience do they have?
  2. Is the person performing the treatment registered with the GDC? Are they a dentist, dental hygienist, dental therapist or clinical dental technician?
  3. What types of tooth whitening are available and what are the differences between them?
  4. What are the risks? Will it hurt?
  5. What sort of results can I expect?
  6. Can tooth whitening be carried out on stained veneers, crowns or dentures to make sure they match the colour of my natural teeth?
  7. Is the work guaranteed for a certain length of time?
  8. What aftercare is provided and who can I contact for advice after treatment?
  9. What happens if I’m unhappy with the results? Who will pay for any work that is done to correct any problems?

Here in Harrogate, Dentist Linden House Dental Practice has been performing tooth whitening for local residents successfully now for many years. We are a member of the General Dental Council and our staff are fully trained in the art of tooth whitening, so you can rest easy knowing our teeth whitening kits are of the highest quality.

For further information, download the GDC document Considering Tooth Whitening? we’ve provided here.


Linden House Associate Dentist James Pegg describes the replacement of a failed amalgam restoration using minimal intervention, direct restoration techniques in a recently published article for Dentistry Magazine.

“A 15-year-old girl presented for an initial consultation, complaining that a filling in her back tooth had broken. She was not experiencing any pain, although she was finding the tooth rough and uncomfortable against her tongue. Examination revealed that a large amalgam restoration in the upper left first molar had fractured. See image above.


Congratulations to one of our team members who has recently gained her Dental Radiology qualification.

Our dental nurse Jenny Hawkins is now qualified in Dental Radiology, meaning we now have three nurses with this advanced qualification.

All our nurses at Linden House are fully qualified Dental Nurses and registerd with the General Dental Council.

Dentist-SweetAmerican scientists have discovered a gene blocker that they claim prevents tooth decay. This chemical could be incorporated into sweets provided by your dentist! Linden House Dentist, Sian Hayles, currently offers ‘Minimal Intervention Dentistry’ which involves chemical treatments to the roots of teeth to prevent decay. Sian comments: “With an ageing population we are now finding teeth are being lost because they simply crumble away with age. With this new technique the teeth are actually strengthened by applying chemical coatings. This could benefit children with a high decay rate as well as the elderly.”

Is your Dentist a Life Saver?How your dentist could save your life.

There has always been a suspected link between gum disease and heart disease. A new study has now revealed that the state of your teeth and gums can have a serious impact on your overall health.

Gum disease is linked to a raised risk of heart disease and strokes. There are also links to diabetes, premature births and obesity.

At Linden House Dental Practice we have long recognised that more teeth are lost in adults through gum disease than tooth decay and we strive to pass this message on to our patients. We reccommend 6 monthly visits not just for teeth but also to screen your mouth for gum disease. We also offer frequent visits to our hygienists should any problems be detected. more

Care Quality CommissionCQC – Meeting essential new standards of care and quality.

2011 is the year all dental practices are required to register with the CQC. This commission will eventually regulate all health and social care in England, including doctors, dentsists, nursing homes and hospitals, whether NHS or private.

Dental practices will be required to meet 16 essential standards of quality and safety including cleanliness, infection control and care and welfare of patients. Linden House has now been inspected by the CQC and received a faultless report. more

HTM-01-05 Health GuidelinesHealth Technical Memorandum 01-05

The Department of Health has issued new guidelines on the decontamination of dental instruments.

Linden House Dental Practice has always given the highest priority to the standards of patient protection and hygiene. To back up this philosophy and adhere to new guidelines, we have installed the very latest state-of-the-art vacuum autoclaves and cleaning processes in our new decontamination room. more

Linden House Dental Practice, Harrogate is unique in the region because of its long history dating back to the 18th Century.

In 1948, a Harrogate Dental Practice was bought by Ted Kirkby, an ex-RAF dental surgeon, in order to provide free medical and dental treatment for the whole nation. Ted fondly remembers the snaking queues leading from reception, down the stairs and into the street as the dentists struggled to satisfy the huge demand.

Free treatment didn’t actually last that long and by 1952 patients were paying £1 for a course of NHS Dental treatment.

In the following years, Ted teamed up with a Swedish Dentist who had been working in America and this partnership successfully introduced advanced restorative techniques using gold and porcelain crowns and bridges. At this time, the skills required to actually make these crowns was only available in London, so all the laboratory work was acquired from down South.

Ted Kirkby was also a relative of the Thackrays from Leeds, who to this day have the award winning medical museum in Leeds – The Thackrays invented the replacement hip and were involved in ground breaking medical research. Ted shared this thirst for knowledge and application of new ideas which were passed on to his patients at Linden House.

Ted retired from practice in 1988 when current owner Graham Murray took over. Graham shared the same vision and introduced new techniques such as cosmetic veneers and inlays, which required much less preparation of the teeth than crowns; in fact Graham’s first practice in Lancashire was one of the first to use the American Chameleon veneers.

These new cosmetic dental techniques were quickly introduced to support the conventional, tried and tested methods used by the Linden House Dental Practice team, which expanded from two to six dentists in 1988.


The practice has had two recent retirements Susan Parker and Clare Jackson. New team members Nicola Hillhouse and James Pegg are both experienced Dental surgeons and are looking forward to a bright future with the practice.