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MAY / JUNE NEWSLETTER 2015
DPL PRACTICE OF THE YEAR 2014

We are devoting this Newsletter to the subject of Prevention in dentistry as parts of May and June are National Smile Month. Prevention is core to our practice and we’re always striving to improve our communication to enhance our existing high standard of care. Rob McSavage is our lead for the Periodontal Team and we are implementing the recent guide lines from The British Society for Periodontology.

This will not make a huge change to most patients but those with the greatest need will be targeted and encouraged to improve their chances of having healthy mouths. In the long run good oral hygiene cuts down patient costs as well as ensuring lovely teeth. We have always carried out Basic Periodontal Examinations for every patient (BPE). This indicates the state of your gums Score 0 – perfect oral health; Score 1 – some bleeding on probing; Score 2 -some calculus (tartar) present and needs mechanical cleaning; Score 3 -some pockets (greater than 4mm bone) and now needs regular 3 monthly hygienist appointments and two yearly pocket charting of every tooth; Score 4 -pockets greater than 6mm, now needs a full mouth pocket charting every year as well as 3 monthly hygienist visits. This of course is a general rule of thumb and every patient is assessed individually as to their needs. Your dentist will discuss it with you explain your category and with your agreement, work out your treatment plan and referral to our Hygienists. At the heart of this is the patients approach to the care of their teeth. We can only advise and clean every so often but 80% of the time it is up to you. The commitment of our five hygienists is pivotal to what we do but we need your support too.

The theme for National Smile Month is to maintain your smile and we have displays in the waiting room with before and after photos of lovely smiles and how to improve stained or discoloured teeth. It is however a complete waste of your time and money if you don’t keep the gums and teeth clean and free from plaque. Plaque has millions of bacteria happily living in it. If that is left for a couple of days it will cause inflammation and bleeding. Bleeding left untreated or ignored creates a “pocket” around part of the tooth. This in turn will lead to bacteria living in there and can cause bone loss and loss of teeth.

Amanda, Louise and Rob are continuing with (DEPPA) Denplan Excel Previser Patient Assessment. This is where all Denplan patients will eventually be given a full report on their oral health taking into account every aspect of their general health, tooth wear, decay rate and gum condition. This will occur every two years unless a patient is in a high risk category- then every year.

Amanda has a special interest in Cosmetic dentistry and is also working with a significant number of patients who suffer from joint dysfunction – how your teeth meet together. Louise is working with our nervous and special needs patients. Noel is still offering Implants and Hamish is supporting our general dentistry provision.

Our great concern is the dental health of those patients who are older, on medication that causes dry mouth, who have poor physical coordination (unable to brush their teeth) and who have increasing amounts of sugar in their diet. These people, who have guarded their teeth over the years, are in great danger of losing them to decay. If you are know someone in that situation, please let us know, we will try to offer help and advice

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.

With best wishes and happy brushing

Meredyth Bell MBE

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 FEBRUARY / MARCH NEWSLETTER 2015
DPL PRACTICE OF THE YEAR 2014

It was a really dismal January and only the memory of achieving ‘Practice of the Year’ award from Dental Protection Ltd is keeping me on my toes! Part of the award reflected the work we do in the Community to get GOLD for Investor in People Choices. We have made several visits to Primary Schools and Care Homes discussing diet, and good oral hygiene habits. If you know of any school or local institution that would benefit from our input, call Ella Ritson at the Practice.

March 18th is No Smoking Day. We are offering free mouth checks for any smokers. We will also help any patients who smoke to “kick the habit”
Ask reception for any more details.

Our great concern is the dental health of those patients who are older, on medication that causes dry mouth, who have poor physical coordination (unable to brush their teeth) and who have increasing amounts of sugar in their diet. These people, who have guarded their teeth over the years, are in great danger of losing them to decay.
If you are know someone in that situation, please let us know, we will try to offer help and advice

Recent coverage of the NHS England report on childrens’ dental health and dental decay has hit the headlines. We’ve had childrens’ mornings for the last five years to try to get the message home - Sugary drinks are bad for anyone’s teeth -don’t be fooled by the “No added sugar” legend – there’s lots in already and never drink them between meals!! These mornings cover - Good food bad food, fluoride varnish application and tooth brushing instruction. All children under the age of 5 of existing patients are given Dental Health Checks free of charge.

Amanda Strong has a special interest in Cosmetic dentistry and is also working with a significant number of patients who suffer from joint dysfunction – how your teeth meet together. This can cause headaches, loosening of teeth and quite a degree of pain if not treated. Louise McNally has made a lovely impact on our nervous and special needs patients- great reports.

Noel Perkins is concentrating more and more on his Implant work with the result that he is cutting his clinical time down with us to some Mondays. He will still be able to see patients but there may be a long wait. He is referring most of his patients to Robert McSavage. Rob is a very welcome addition to our team with experience working with Private and Denplan patients.

Our patients are living longer and keeping their teeth – good news - but there is however greater need for disabled access. We are delighted that Amanda Strong’s new surgery is up and running- it only took an incredible two weeks and two days to move from walls knocked down to sitting patients in the chair.

Amanda, Louise and Robert are continuing with (DEPPA) Denplan Excel Previser Patient Assessment. This is where all their Denplan patients will eventually be given a full report on their oral health taking into account every aspect of their general health, tooth wear, decay rate and periodontal condition (gums). This will occur every two years unless a patient is in a high risk category. More good news! Congratulations to Lyndsay Ellis and Sharon Ellis not only do they have qualifications for placing rubber dam and taking impressions, they have also honed up on their photography and soft splint construction. A huge bonus and help to the dentists!

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 best wishes

Meredyth Bell MBE



 

JANUARY NEWSLETTER 2015

DPL PRACTICE OF THE YEAR 2014

Resolutions are there to be broken so we have decided to be more determined than ever to improve our service to you, ensuring even  greater patient satisfaction following on from winning the national ‘Practice of the Year’ award from Dental Protection Ltd. This is a Team award and reflects the commitment of everyone.

Part of the award reflected the work we do in the Community to get GOLD for Investor in People Choices.. We have made several visits to Primary Schools and Care Homes discussing diet, and good oral hygiene habits.  If you know of any school or local institution that would benefit from our input, call Ella Ritson at the Practice.

Our great concern is the dental health of those patients who are older, on medication that causes dry mouth, who have poor physical coordination (unable to brush their teeth) and who have increasing amounts of sugar in their diet. These people, who have guarded their teeth over the years, are in great danger of losing them to decay.  If you are know someone in that situation, please let us know, we will try to offer help and advice 

Recent coverage of the NHS England report on childrens’ dental health and dental decay has hit the headlines. We’ve  had childrens’ mornings for the last five years to try to get the message home -  Sugary drinks are bad for anyone’s teeth -don’t be fooled by the “No added sugar” legend – there’s lots in already and never drink them between meals!! These mornings cover - Good food bad food, fluoride varnish application and tooth brushing instruction. All children under the age of 5 of existing patients are given Dental Health Checks free of charge.

Robert McSavage is a welcome addition to our dental Team. Robert qualified from UCLAN and has experienced working with Denplan and Private Patients. Louise McNally has made a lovely impact on our nervous and special needs patients- great reports. 

Amanda Strong has a special interest in Cosmetic dentistry and is also working with a significant number of patients who suffer from joint dysfunction – how your teeth meet together. Noel Perkins has passed his Diploma in Implant Dentistry in London. This has taken over 2 years of hard work and producing a fantastic portfolio. We can now offer patients an in depth consultation and most of their implant treatment within the practice. Implants can be used to replace missing teeth or loose dentures. 

Our patients are living longer and keeping their teeth – good news - but there is however a greater need for disabled access. We are delighted that Amanda Strong’s new surgery is up and running- it only took an incredible two weeks and two days to move from walls knocked down to sitting patients in the chair.

Amanda, Louise and Robert are continuing with (DEPPA) Denplan Excel Previser Patient Assessment. This is where all their Denplan patients will eventually be given a full report on their oral health taking into account every aspect of their general health, tooth wear, decay rate and periodontal condition (gums). This will occur every two years unless a patient is in a high risk category. More good news!

Congratulations to Lyndsay Ellis and Sharon Ellis not only do they have qualifications for placing rubber dam and taking impressions, they have also honed up on their photography and soft splint construction.  A huge bonus and help to the dentists!

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 every good wish for a happy and healthy 2015. 

Meredyth Bell MBE


Christmas news

CHRISTMAS NEWSLETTER 2014

It’s that time of the year again! Cockermouth looks wonderful - as does our window. Many thanks go to Alison and Sharon who have devised and created the window and to Lyndsay for decorating the tree. The Christmas spirit is here.......

We are really pleased to tell you we have won the national ‘Practice of the Year’ award from Dental Protection Ltd. This is a Team award and reflects the commitment of everyone. The Panel was particularly impressed at the work we do in the community to help improve mouth health. This is part of the work we do to get GOLD for Investor in People Choices. With 126 pieces of evidence needed to qualify, we achieved 143 this time. A big thank you to all the team especially the 12 members who were interviewed. We have made several visits to Primary Schools and Care Homes discussing diet, and good oral hygiene habits. If you know of any school or local institution that would benefit from our input, call Ella Ritson at the Practice. Mouth Cancer Month has been a great success. If our wearing blue lips encourages knowledge and awareness –go for it!

Recent coverage of the NHS England report on childrens’ dental health and dental decay has hit the headlines. We’ve had childrens’ mornings for the last five years to try to get the message home - Sugary drinks are bad for anyone’s teeth -don’t be fooled by the “No added sugar” legend – there’s lots in already and never drink them between meals!! These mornings cover - Good food bad food, fluoride varnish application and tooth brushing instruction. All children under the age of 5 of existing patients are given Dental Health Checks free of charge.

Robert McSavage has settled in well to our dental Team. Robert qualified from UCLAN and has experienced working with Denplan and Private Patients. Louise McNally has made a lovely impact on our nervous and special needs patients- great reports. Amanda Strong has a special interest in Cosmetic dentistry and is also working with a significant number of patients who suffer from joint dysfunction – how your teeth meet together. Noel Perkins has passed his Diploma in Implant Dentistry in London. This has taken over 2 years of hard work and producing a fantastic portfolio. We can now offer patients an in depth consultation and most of their implant treatment within the practice. Implants can be used to replace missing teeth or stabilise loose dentures. For free initial consultation contact Reception.

Our patients are living longer and keeping their teeth – good news - but there is however a greater need for disabled access. We are delighted that Amanda Strong’s new surgery is up and running- it has taken only an incredible two weeks and two days to move from walls knocked down to sitting patients in the chair.

Amanda, Louise and Robert are continuing with (DEPPA) Denplan Excel Previser Patient Assessment. This is where all their Denplan patients will eventually be given a full report on their oral health taking into account every aspect of their general health, tooth wear, decay rate and periodontal condition (gums). This will occur every two years unless a patient is in a high risk category. More good news! Congratulations to Lyndsay Ellis and Sharon Ellis not only do they have qualifications for placing rubber dam and taking impressions, they have also honed up on their photography and soft splint construction. A huge bonus and help to the dentists!

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 2015.

Meredyth Bell MBE

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AUTUMN NEWSLETTER 2014

Recent coverage of the NHS England report on childrens dental health and dental decay has hit the headlines. We’ve had childrens mornings for the last five years to try to get the message home - Sugary drinks are bad for anyone’s teeth - don’t be fooled by the “No added sugar” legend – there’s lots in already and never drink them between meals!! These mornings cover - Good food bad food, fluoride varnish application and tooth brushing instruction. All children under the age of 5 of existing patients are given Dental Health Checks free of charge.

We are delighted to welcome dentist Robert McSavage to our dental Team. Robert qualified from UCLAN and is experienced working with Denplan and Private Patients. We are grateful to our locum dentists who have helped in the interim.

Our patients are living longer and keeping their teeth – good news - but there is however a greater need for disabled access. We are delighted that Amanda Strong’s new surgery is up and running- it has taken only an incredible two weeks and two days to move from walls knocked down to sitting patients in the chair. The magic team of builders, joiners, electricians, plumbers, floorers and decorators worked weekends and some evenings to finish on time. Thank you!

We have passed! The Practice has again received GOLD for Investor in People Choices. With 126 pieces of evidence needed to qualify, we achieved 143 this time. A big thank you to all the team especially the 12 members who were interviewed. We are delighted and will get our certificate in October. We received this because of our commitment to care, communication, and support of not just our team and patients but to the wider community. We have made several visits to Primary Schools and Care Homes discussing diet, and good oral hygiene habits. If you know of any school or local institution that would benefit from our input, call Ella Ritson at the Practice. Another thank you to the lovely patient who embroidered a beautiful plaque – now hanging in reception - welcoming patients to the practice – there is some impressive talent around.

Louise McNally has made a lovely impact on our nervous and special needs patients- great reports. Amanda Strong has a special interest in Cosmetic dentistry and is also working with a significant number of patients who suffer from joint dysfunction – how your teeth meet together. Noel Perkins has passed his Diploma in Implant Dentistry in London. This has taken over 2 years of hard work and producing a fantastic portfolio. We can now offer patients an in depth consultation and most of their implant treatment within the practice. Implants can be used to replace missing teeth or stabilise loose dentures. For free initial consultation contact Reception.

Amanda, Louise and Robert are continuing with (DEPPA) Denplan Excel Previser Patient Assessment. This is where all their Denplan patients will eventually be given a full report on their oral health taking into account every aspect of their general health, tooth wear, decay rate and periodontal condition (gums). This will occur every two years unless a patient is in a high risk category. More good news! Congratulations to Lyndsay Ellis and Sharon Ellis on passing their recent exams. They are now qualified to place rubber dam and take impressions, a huge bonus and help to the dentists. Congratulations also go to patient Gay Eastoe who has completed a “Round Britain Swim” of 6824 miles and raising £45k for Hospice at Home. Phew -well impressed!

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,

Meredyth Bell MBE

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SUMMER NEWSLETTER 2014

There are exciting changes happening in the Practice.  We have two new dentists joining our team with additional skills to complement Amanda Strong and Noel Perkins. Dentist Louise McNally started in June.  Louise is also qualified in Biology and has her MFDS. She enjoys all aspects of dentistry from Prevention to partial dentures and particularly enjoys putting the anxious patient at ease.  She lives locally and her recreational time is spent hiking, fell-walking, road cycling and climbing. Her husband Tom is a member of Keswick Mountain Rescue, Outdoor Instructor and is also a Landscape photographer. Check the surgery walls for evidence!

We give a warm welcome also to dentist Roberto Fontana who will take over from Anna Bainbridge.  Roberto has been living in Lincolnshire for eight years and wanted a permanent home in the Lake District, Roberto’s interests are General Dentistry. 

We are finding that our patients are living longer and keeping their teeth – good news - but there is however a greater need for disabled access. We are altering the downstairs surgeries in August. The hygienist’s surgery is to be extended and modified to become another surgery with disabled access.  This means that both surgeries can accommodate wheelchairs and can be accessed from outside the Practice.. 

Also new to the Practice is an update to our Computer system. Patients will only notice this initially if they are in Denplan. Amanda, Louise and Roberto are starting (DEPPA) Denplan Excel Previser Patient Assessment. This is where all their Denplan patients will eventually be given a full report on their oral health taking into account every aspect of their general health, tooth wear, decay rate and periodontal condition (gums). This will occur every two years unless a patient is in a high risk category. They are then better informed on how to improve their oral health

We had our ‘30 years since we opened’ celebration in April and It is particularly cheering that many of our original patients are still with us. As part of our “Pearly White” Celebrations one patients won free tooth whitening. Congratulations to Judith McConvey. 

Amanda Strong has been with the Practice for nearly 28 years and her interest in Cosmetic dentistry and further studying of how teeth meet together and how to rectify problem “bites”         (Occlusal Equilibration) has been invaluable to the growth and treatment of specialist interests within the practice. 

Noel Perkins has passed his Diploma in Implant Dentistry in London. This has taken over 2 years of hard work and producing a fantastic portfolio. We can now offer patients an in depth consultation and most of their implant treatment within the practice. Dental implants can be used to replace one or more missing teeth, or to stabilise loose dentures.   For a free initial consultation contact Reception for details. 

This year it is time for our review assessment for Investor in People Choices Gold.  We received this because of our commitment to care, communication, and support of not just our team and patients but to the wider community. Since our last assessment we have made several visits to Primary Schools and Care Homes discussing diet, and good oral hygiene habits.  If you know of any school or local institution that would benefit from our input, call Ella Ritson at the Practice. 

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,

Meredyth Bell MBE

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