Gloucester surgery is first dental practice in the county to offer total health screening service

It's not just your GP surgery that can offer a health screening — now your dentist can too, with Affinity Dental Care & Implant Centre in Gloucester among the first to offer this unique service.

By Sarah Kent  |  Published
A health screening such as the one that Affinity Dental Care & Implant Centre offers can help keep both body and teeth in tip-top condition.

We all know that a twice-yearly check up at the dentist is important for healthy teeth and gums, but did you know that you can also have a Total Health Screen at a dental practice too? 

Bridging the gap between doctors and dentists, a Total Health Screen can help identify any problems that might start in the mouth and then spread to the body. And Affinity Dental Care & Implant Centre in Gloucester is the only dental surgery in the county to offer them.

Conditions such as type 1 diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, stroke and Alzheimer's have all been linked to poor oral health. And a health screening can pick up on these using simple tests carried out by trained staff.

Dr Peter Workman, practice owner and clinical director at Affinity Dental Care & Implant Centre, said: 'Our Total Health Screens are quick and convenient, taking only a few minutes, but the benefits are immeasurable. By participating in a health screening, you gain an early risk awareness of any potential issues such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and stroke; and armed with this vital data, you can make informed decisions about your health and lifestyle.'

Once an appointment has been made, a patient will attend the surgery, having fasted for two hours beforehand, and a member of the team will take a small amount of blood from a finger which will be fed into a special analyser, with the results provided instantly. 

The tests check blood pressure, lipid cholesterol, glucose levels, BMI and height-to-weight ratio — and if any issues are picked up during the assessments, you'll be advised to chat to your GP for further investigations. 

Anyone can use this health screening service — it's not just for patients of the surgery — in fact, you can be registered with a different dentist but still attend Affinity Dental Centre & Implant Centre for a test.

The Total Health Screen service costs just £49 for non-members. Patients at Affinity Dental can access this service as part of their dental plan. For more information or to book a screening, call (01452) 526526 or visit

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