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Dental Surgeons 

Meredyth Bell MBEMeredyth Bell MBE
Principal Dental Surgeon
Country of issue: UK
GDC registration number: 43263

Meredyth Bell qualified in 1969 from Newcastle upon Tyne Dental School. She established St Helens Dental practice in 1984 with only five patients - her husband Richard and their four children! She is now Principal dentist with 5 other associate dentists and four hygienists.

Apart from working in her practice she was on the board of Dental Protection Limited (DPL) for 9 years and the Medical Protection Society Council. She has been a past Director of the Northern Division of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners, a member of the Governments Standing Dental Advisory Committee and on Cumbria Local Dental Committee for 17 years. She was an elected member of the GDC for 9 years.

Meredyth is currently a Life President  of Denplan, a BDA Spokesperson and on the Advisory Boards of the Dentist magazine and DPL

Her special interests were working with nervous patients and special need children especially those with Autism.  She has very reduced clinical commitment, helping out with children’s sessions only.  She was awarded the MBE for services to standards in dentistry in 2000.

Outside of dentistry she was a school and college governor working in Primary Secondary and Further education Colleges for 37 years.  She loves her garden and entertaining and adores her many grandchildren.

Amanda StrongAmanda Strong
Dental Surgeon
Country of issue: UK
GDC registration number: 58992

Qualifying from Newcastle University in 1984, Amanda went home to Southport to spend the first 18 months of her career working in Ormskirk, before moving to Pooley Bridge and joining St Helens Dental Practice in 1986.

Married to Nigel in 1987, they subsequently had three sons and so for a while the demands of a young family meant that Amanda worked closer to home in Penrith. In 2005 she was able to return to Cockermouth and has now taken over as Clinical Director for Meredyth. 

Amanda writes – “ It has been a great privilege to spend so many years under the energetic and inspiring leadership of Meredyth Bell MBE.

The original two-surgery practice, which I joined in 1986, has now grown to occupy all three floors of our lovely Georgian building. Dentistry has progressed enormously too, and here at St Helens we have always been keen to embrace change.

For me personally the challenge is always to stay abreast of new materials and techniques, and in order to give our patients the very best that dentistry can offer, I invest a considerable amount of time each year in Post Graduate Education.

Some thoughts on the things that stand out most to me now -

Amalgam (the mainstay of NHS dentistry for so many years) is rapidly becoming a thing of the past – although it does still have its uses!

Tooth coloured filling materials (composites) are now very strong, bond well and look very life-like so that teeth can be rebuilt by simply adding on to whatever is left after accident, decay or previous dentistry have taken their toll.

“Invisible braces”  (see SMILELIGN ) allow us to improve the appearance of front teeth without unsightly “train track” braces. This is a simply brilliant system made possible by the advent of 3D printing.

Tooth whitening has to be the best “cosmetic” treatment on offer today. It is really effective, simple to do and providing you keep to the low percentage gels, completely harmless.

GCs “Everstick”  is a glass reinforced resin fibre which can be used to fill gaps in certain cases in just one visit. As there are no laboratory costs involved, it can be a more affordable option than conventional bridgework.

Splint therapy for the relief of muscle pain and headaches is continually evolving as we learn more about how our muscles, nerves and joint systems work.

The link between a healthy mouth and “inflammatory diseases” eg heart attack, stroke, Diabetes. The evidence is now clear and our remit as dentists is to focus on “total wellness”. Our team of hygienists and dental health educators work hard along side to keep our patients in excellent health.”

In October 2017 Amanda went to Tanzania with Bridge2aid.  The purpose of the trip was to educate health care workers on how to extract teeth.  Short video of Amanda's trip

Louise McNallyLouise McNally
Dental Surgeon

BDS Newcastle, MFDS RCS (Ed), BSc (Hons) Country of issue: UK GDC registration number: 210112

Originally from Yorkshire, Louise moved to Cumbria after qualifying from Newcastle dental school in 2011. She completed her foundation training at a dental practice in Wigton, and has also worked at a dental practice in Penrith where she obtained Denplan Excel accreditation, and she continues to work as a Denplan Excel accredited dentist here at St Helen's. In 2013 she obtained the MFDS RCS(Ed) postgraduate diploma.

Louise joined the practice in June 2014. She enjoys all aspects of general dental practice, and aims to make your visit as friendly and relaxed as possible. In particular, helping to put anxious patients at ease and delivering preventative advice.

When Louise isn’t working she likes getting out into the great outdoors; hiking, climbing, cycling and mountain biking. She also enjoys gardening and growing vegetables, and cooking.

Andrew Armstrong

Dental Surgeon                       

BDS (Sheffield)                                                               

Country of issue: UK

GDC registration number: 239822

 Born and bred in Cockermouth, Andrew moved to Sheffield for his studies, graduating in 2012. He completed his dental foundation training in Cockermouth, and has also worked in practices in Workington and Kendal before joining St Helens Dental Practice in July 2017. Andrew has completed part 1 of the MFDS RCSEd postgraduate diploma and will be taking part 2 later in the year.

 Andrew enjoys all aspects of dentistry but particularly likes helping people overcome dental anxiety, patients with TMD and restoring smiles. He is currently undertaking a 1 year course in restorative dentistry at the renowned Dawson Academy. 

 Andrew is also able to provide orthodontic treatment in the practice with Invisalign "invisible braces". This involves moving the teeth with a series of clear acrylic aligners.  

 Outside the surgery Andrew enjoys socialising with friends, walking the fells and spending time with his family.