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MAY / JUNE NEWSLETTER 2018

DPL PRACTICE OF THE YEAR 2014

Despite the very cold start, the garden looks wonderful.  There are even flowers on the damson tree and I hope the cold evenings don’t prevent it from fruiting like last year – ever optimistic!

 

During May and June we are celebrating National Smile Month (this actually starts mid-May to mid-June) and as a practice we support this. There are many ways of making your smile more open, friendly – and attractive.  You may wish to present an even brighter smile to greet the coming months season, so why not treat yourself to a tooth whitening course. There are many ways to lighten / whiten your teeth. The most effective way is to have mouth guards made and we supply you with whitening Gel. There are two brands, Enlighten which is the luxury top of the range and has impressive results or Opalescence which we have been using for some time. These trays are worn at night for a few days and the results are impressive - most of the Team are using these

 Other ways of brightening your happy smile are with healthy gums and working through white fillings and in some cases veneer - there is no excuse for refusing to beam at the world.  Just talk to any of the dentists about your teeth if you are concerned.  May has also National Family Week and Denplan offer discounts to any patients with family in their group, so ask our Denplan Champion, receptionist Graham, for information

 Louise McNally is back to her regular four days   Baby Ted is doing really well and thriving.  Steph will be qualified in the next month. There have been problems with her Training Provider Training 2000 and her work has not been saved!  Fingers crossed

 There are road works due in the next 6-8 weeks in the market place.  Access to the car park opposite the Practice will still be possible throughout the workings but for guidance please contact reception, who are always a mine of information.

Our recent visit by the Care Quality Commission was very successful - we are considered a notable practice (high praise). The inspector was particularly impressed by Alison’s evidence filing system, our very friendly team and our community involvement. If you would like a visit either to your school or a Care Home, please contact Alison.

 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.  Our Hygienists Liz, Jane, and Janet are fully committed to encouraging and helping you achieve your goal. Thorough brushing for two minutes after you wake up and before you go to sleep is a huge bonus. As is using a fluoride 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 hold.  For those with tight teeth, floss or Tepes are essential at least once a day.

 Amanda Strong has now downloaded a short video clip of her autumn trip to Tanzania for Bridge-to-Aid in October. She was with a team that show the local health workers how to cope with extractions and mouth care, so that they can continue after the dentists have left.  It is worthwhile taking time to view it on our website.

 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

MARCH / APRIL NEWSLETTER 2018

DPL PRACTICE OF THE YEAR 2014

  Lots of snow but lovely blue skies and plenty of sun.  My garden is confused.  Primulas, early daffodils, violas and even an early cowslip, all covered in snow.  Here’s to a very hot summer!

 More good news - Louise McNally has produced a beautiful baby boy, Edward Thomas – known as Ted.  Many congratulations to the parents. Louise will be back in the practice in April.

Shana is now a fully qualified dental nurse, Steph should follow in three weeks’ time. Congratulations, they are both excellent dental nurses.

 In March we focus on No Smoking day again.  It is very well documented that smoking causes a plethora of diseases.  The effects from cigarettes on the mouth can be life threatening. The incidents of mouth cancer grows every year but rest assured that dentists and hygienists check your mouth looking at your soft tissues, tongue and throat at every dental health check.  Oral cancer is one of the easiest to detect in the body and early intervention will save lives.  Smoking also damages the bone supports teeth leading to mobility.  We are displaying facts and advice about giving up smoking throughout March.  Please have a look at the display in the waiting room for information and tips.

 Next month we will be covering the problem of Snoring.  This is a persistent concern for men and women.  It can be very antisocial and is certainly a cause of marital conflict in some families!  It is possible to relieve snoring and the associated Sleep Apnoea. Please ask your dentist for help and advice.

 Tooth whitening - There is nothing better to liven up dark months than a sparkling smile. There are different systems to use and are relatively easy to tolerate. Please contact any of the dentists for more information.

 Our recent visit by the Care Quality Commission was very successful - we are considered a notable practice (high praise). The inspector was particularly impressed by Alison’s “evidence” filing system, our very friendly team and our community involvement. If you would like a visit either to your school or a Care Home, please contact Alison.

 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 phenomenon and should not be left untreated. Our Hygienists Liz, Jane, and Janet are fully committed to encouraging and helping you achieve your goal. Thorough brushing for two minutes after you wake up and before you go to sleep is all it takes.  Using a fluoride toothpaste is also strongly recommended. 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 hold.  For those with tight teeth, floss or Tepes are essential at least once a day.

 Amanda Strong has now downloaded a short video clip of her autumn trip to Tanzania for Bridge-to-Aid in October. She was with a team that show the local health workers how to cope with extractions and mouth care, so that they can continue after the dentists have left.  It is worthwhile taking time to view it on our website.

 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,

 

JANUARY  / FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER 2018

DPL PRACTICE OF THE YEAR 2014

 We are starting the new year on a positive note as there is a great deal to look forward to.  I am optimistic that our share of good weather might increase – and that cheers everyone.

 It has been well documented that having a healthy mouth is beneficial in so many ways. There is lack of discomfort, healthy pink gums and sweet breath. But your mouth is only the beginning!  Those 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.

 Our Hygienists Liz, Jane, Fiona and Janet are fully committed to encouraging and helping you achieve your goal. Thorough brushing for two minutes after you wake up and before you go to sleep is a huge bonus. As is using a fluoride 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 hold.  For those with tight teeth, floss or Tepes are essential at least once a day.

 If like me you are going on a diet, a good way to lose weight is to drop sugar!  Use sweeteners in tea and coffee instead. Have fruit on cereal instead of sugar, Get rid of any cordials – no matter how dilute they are a form of syrup. For snacks there are lots of great options that don’t cost a lot including apples, pears, celery and cheese.  One of the worst offenders are the drinks we take for granted every day. Commercial coffee with sugar added is high and Starbucks have been named as the worst offender. Their Chai fruit drink has 99 grams - 25 teaspoons of sugar - more than the daily recommended intake. Costa coffee isn’t far behind. Alison has created a display in the children’s waiting room, it’s worth calling in to just look.

Every month we have a different theme that is put up in the waiting room.  Topics to be covered this year will include – Healthy Body, healthy smile; National Heart month; Stopping snoring; Stopping Smoking; Mouth Cancer Month and many more.  Look out for more information in our newsletters and in the Practice.

 Louise McNally is due to go on maternity leave from the middle of January. We look forward to following how she progresses. There will be updates on our website. Louise hopes to be back late Spring 2018

 More good news - Stephanie and Shanna have both passed their dental nurses exams and are looking forward to furthering their careers in dentistry. We are also delighted to welcome Jessica to the Team as a full time Dental Nurse

 Our work with patients using tooth whitening has really taken off.  There is nothing better to liven up dark months than a sparkling smile. Please contact any of the dentists for more information

 Amanda Strong has now downloaded a short video clip of her recent trip to Tanzania for Bridge -to-Aid in October. She was with a team that show the local health workers how to cope with extractions and mouth care, so that they can continue after the dentists have left.

 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

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