JANUARY 2019 NEWSLETTER
It is always a temptation to start New Year with good intentions, many of which evaporate after a few days. I do hope, however, that you will spare the time to take on board a few tips that if followed will, make living with your mouth lot easier!
Diet has a great deal to play in maintaining a healthy mouth. Salad, vegetables and fresh fruit (in moderation) are kind to your teeth and gums and help you maintain a healthy digestive tract.
The main poison in the diet is sugar. In excess, this causes tooth decay and in many older people can contribute to Type 2 Diabetes. That is not to say sugary food is banned, rather eat it in moderation and certainly not between meals or last thing at night. Another enemy is concentrated fruit squash. Any drink that has concentrated fruit added to it is high in sugar and causes teeth to decay. Again, if you love it, ration it to meal times
Alcohol has a negative role in contributing to a healthy mouth. It creates unnecessary calories, tends to erode the enamel from teeth and is yet another “poison” to your body. Make a start in 2019 with dry January or reduce intake down to two days each week. You will feel better and save money!
If you are a Private Patient trying to cut back on expense why not think of joining Denplan Essentials? This way you can budget your regular tooth care over 12 months. Routine check-ups, scalings and X-rays are covered by Essentials and any further treatment has 10% off our Private Fees. Plus, you get the added benefits of free Out of Hours call out (£136), holiday emergency cover anywhere in the UK (there are 6,000 Denplan practices in UK) and the rest of the world emergency treatment. There is also hospital spending of £60 per day if you are in for any operation on your mouth. Add to that Accident cover for any damage to your teeth from external trauma and it makes good financial sense. Please ask reception for more details if you are interested
The appearance of our teeth is so important. It is usually the first thing people notice, your smile and your teeth. With all that modern dentistry can provide, there really no reason for a patient to be unhappy with their appearance. If you would like to know more Amanda, Andrew or Louise will be very happy to discuss treatments at your next check-up
Patients who suffer from any chronic inflammatory conditions such as rheumatism, heart problems, diabetes, and kidney disorders will benefit hugely from a healthy mouth. Bleeding gums are not a normal phenomena and advice should be taken as soon as possible. A reminder once again – after tooth brushing remember to avoid rinsing. Simply spit out and the remnants of your toothpaste will help guard your teeth especially whist you sleep.
Our chosen charities this Christmas were Hospice at Home and The Calvert Trust. These are both local charities that will benefit from any support you can give, either financially or by volunteering.
Its good to know we are helping local people.
In the case of a dental emergency, registered patients can contact the rota for the Out of Hours advice on 01900 826210. There is a £136 call out fee for private patients which Denplan patients can reclaim. NHS children are seen out of hours by Dental Direct on 01228 603900.
Remember, you only brush the teeth you want to save!
With best wishes for a happy and healthy 2019
CHRISTMAS NEWSLETTER 2018
Santa’s workshop is our window display featuring amongst other treasures, a “good list “and a “naughty list” of Christmas present recipients. Needless to say, all the dentists featured on the naughty list! A brilliant window display by Sharon and Team – Lyndsay does the lovely tree!
Entering into the spirit of things if you are on the “good list” why not treat yourself to teeth whitening for Christmas - then everyone is sparkling to celebrate. As well as a full array of whitening products to suit just about everyone’s tolerance, enthusiasm and wallet, don’t forget to smarten up any stained anterior fillings – either polish and clean them or if warranted – replace them. Another excellent addition to any home is the electric toothbrush. There are many to choose from but they do give the best, most thorough clean when used correctly. Ask reception for advice. All our dentists do cosmetic procedures to rival any London practice - just ask them.
The dentists are always striving to provide excellent care and have all recently attended The Dawson Academy to predictably diagnose and treat complex cases. Amanda and Andrew are members of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and have just attended their three-day conference in London, catching up with the latest techniques. Meanwhile, hygienist Janet has attended the recent Hygienist Conference and is updating us with the new state of the art guidelines
We have just completed our Annual Study Day with Denplan at Hundith Hill. The usual high standard of communication from the Denplan Team coupled with much laughter and aided by super food ensured a very memorable day with lots learnt. We have also had our Annual CPR and Medical Emergencies training, thus ensuring that our team is ready and prepared for most eventualities.
This is also the holiday season and over the next few weeks and months many people go abroad to ski or sunbathe. Do remember your Denplan card so that in the event of a dental disaster, the Denplan Team can find you an emergency dentist wherever you are staying, and you are covered for any emergency treatment needed. All Denplan plans have the element of emergency cover. If you aren’t a member you can join up for the Membership plan for £5.98 per month. In the event of a dental disaster, just keep your receipt and claim it back on your return. That one less thing to worry about. The same applies to those of you visiting friends or relatives over the festive season within the UK, please remember to take your Denplan card with you. It always amazes me that Murphy’s Law comes into being the happier and more relaxed you are – there is always the likelihood of fillings escaping or cusps fracturing. You are covered for the emergency and they will even find you a local dentist.
It has also been our privilege to talk to Care Home Teams about the need to be aware of the importance of good oral hygiene. Only 7% of the population now have full dentures so everyone else has retained at least some of their own teeth. Tooth decay from excess sugar and drugs with dry mouth side effects can cause huge damage to those precious teeth. Tooth brushing and fluoride toothpaste are a necessity morning and last thing at night. Those older people who have diabetes, rheumatism, chronic heart and kidney problems are at particular risk as evidence shows healthy gums contribute to increased life expectancy.
Remember, towards the end of December, it will be the time to set up those 2019 resolutions for perfect teeth and gums.
In the case of a dental emergency, registered patients can contact the rota for the duty dentist for out of hours advice on 01900 826210. There is a £136 call out fee for private patients which Denplan patients can reclaim. NHS children are seen out of hours by Dental Direct on 01228 603900.
With very best wishes for a lovely Christmas and a happy and healthy 2019,
Meredyth Bell MBE
AUTUMN NEWSLETTER 2018
DPL PRACTICE OF THE YEAR 2014
It has been a weird year so far weather-wise. It must have been desperate for farmers with sheep and cattle during the “drought” period, hopefully too little too late won’t apply to the rain this autumn.
We have embraced the latest technology and we can now use a scanner in place of impressions. This 3D imaging technology produces highly accurate images without the need for impressions. It works particularly well for INVISALIGN – The invisible brace system (ask at reception for more details) and crown/veneer work.
There has been much made of the need to tackle obesity and childhood decay in a number of young people. There are lessons to be learnt. Any crisps that have flavourings added have sugar too and they stick to teeth. Recent research shows that the only tooth-safe cereals are Weetabix, Shredded wheat, Ready Brek and Quaker Oats. Worst offenders are Kellogg’s Frosties and Crunchy Nut - both with 11 grams of sugar per serving. Morrisons honey & nut corn flakes are also very high and have increased their sugar content by 8% in 5 years! Then there are the high energy drinks – consumed by children as young as three! These have high levels of caffeine and sugar and excessive consumption can lead to obesity, tooth decay, headaches and sleep problems. Avoiding these will help avoid unnecessary calories and hopefully save young teeth. We have had displays in the waiting room, for several months now, please look and check them out. Knowledge is power!
We have decided not to raise our Denplan fees for this coming year and you will receive confirmation of this in due course. You will also be asked to choose whether you wish to keep the insurance side of your payment (new FSA rules) it will work out at a saving of approximately £5.00 per year. Please remember that you will also forgo the many benefits (recalled attendance at the practice; holiday cover abroad; dental cover on holiday in the UK; and hospital support cost etc)
Tooth whitening is a safe and effective way to improve the appearance of your teeth. There are lots of different systems (day & night time) so please ask for details if you would like to make your smile a little lighter
Patients who suffer from any chronic inflammatory conditions such as rheumatism, heart problems, diabetes, and kidney disorders will benefit hugely from a healthy mouth. Bleeding gums are not a normal phenomena and advice should be taken as soon as possible. Toothpaste. Remember do not rinse out but rather spit out and the remnants of toothpaste will help guard your teeth whilst you sleep and your saliva (a natural protector) is on
In the case of a dental emergency, registered patients can contact the rota for the Out of Hours advice on 01900 826210. There is a £136 call out fee for private patients which Denplan patients can reclaim. NHS children are seen out of hours by Dental Direct on 01228 603900
Remember, you only brush the teeth you want to save!
With best wishes and happy brushing,
Meredyth Bell MBE