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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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New team members at the Gentle Touch in Kelso

Mon, 16th Aug 2021

We have two new team members joining us in September, as well as one returning! Welcome to new dentist Ciara, dental hygienist Abbie and welcome back to dental nurse Paula.…

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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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How often should you visit the dentist for a check-up?

Mon, 5th Apr 2021

Amber Aplin, Principal Dentist shares her latest thinking on how often you need to get a check-up at the Gentle Touch. Amber’s approach, and that of the entire team, is…


GBT with Airflow: a complete mouth detox

Sun, 7th Feb 2021

Dental Therapist, Michelle Paxton, explains how to get the best dental detox possible. Members and non-members of the Gentle Touch can try our new Guided Biofilm Therapy hygiene treatment (using…

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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…


We are recruiting! Dental Nurse vacancy

Mon, 4th Jan 2021

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic dental nurse to join our experienced and friendly team at the Gentle Touch Dental Practice. We can offer a GDC registered and qualified dental nurse 3-4 days per week and the role will include some reception and administration duties.

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Choosing the best electric toothbrush and flosser

Mon, 7th Dec 2020

Clare Crocker, our Dental Hygienist, shares her advice on how to find the best electric toothbrush or water flosser. Here, she answers some of the most frequently asked questions in the clinic: "what's the best toothbrush for me?" and "what about floss?". Clare can help you to choose the right products for your twice-daily toothbrushing routine.

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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…

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Dental hygiene for a better life

Mon, 1st Jun 2020

If you are already a patient at the Gentle Touch, you will know that dental hygiene is a big focus for us. It’s all part of our management of gum…

What our patients have to say about us...

“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.” 


Initially, I was very nervous about the prospect of having implants to restore the gaps caused by previous extractions.  However, I felt better with the support received by Amber in tandem with the support from Vermilion. My mouth feels so much better now and all my teeth feel stronger with the support of the implants.

Being able to have follow-up appointments and treatment in Kelso will also save me the trips up to Edinburgh (see our news page for further information). I feel I have been very well supported throughout the process by Amber and her team at the Kelso dental practice.  They have a friendly and professional approach which put me at ease throughout my treatment.”


“I joined The Gentle Touch one year ago.  Walked into the practice and was greeted by friendly and welcoming receptionists.

Having had a couple of appointments with the hygienist at The Gentle Touch, I have been made to feel relaxed throughout and did not feel any pain or discomfort.  During my first appointment with Robyn, I was given information about cleaning between my teeth as well as my toothbrushing technique, which I had never had from my previous dentist/ hygienist.  At my last visit with her, she said that she could see a noticeable improvement in my gums.

On seeing Amber for my examination, she confirmed this, saying my mouth was in a better condition than it had been 6 months previous. I think the information given to me has been fantastic and very useful to my dental health.”

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