Well done to the whole team at Waterside Dentalcare! We were finalists at the Oral Health Awards 2017 in the Best Oral Health Team Category. We had a great day out in London where we attended the awards ceremony in South Kensington. We also managed a trip to the Winter Wonderland and a ride on the Oktoberfest Munich Looping roller-coaster before a more sedate train ride home!
Good Luck Natalie and Welcome Back Hannah
We will be sorry to say goodbye to Natalie later this month, and would like to wish her all the very best as she embarks on her Masters Degree in Endodontics (Root Canal Treatment). On a happier note, we are delighted to welcome Hannah back following her maternity leave – please let us know if you would like your appointments booked with her.
Tracey-Anne’s Radiography Course
Tracey-Anne is training to become a dental radiographer and has now reached the stage in her course when she is able to start taking x-rays in practice. We are very grateful to all our patients who are patient enough to let Tracey-Anne take theirs (under close supervision)!
Interdental Cleaning is Important for our Oral Health!
Following coverage in the news that there is a lack of evidence that using dental floss is beneficial to oral health, leading health charity, the Oral Health Foundation, have highlighted the continued importance of regular interdental cleaning. Brushing alone only cleans three of the five surfaces of our teeth, so cleaning between our teeth is critical – interdental cleaning removes the plaque from in between the teeth which is the area where most dental decay and gum disease starts. For some time the recommendation in the UK has been to use interdental brushes, where there is space to do so, rather than floss as the evidence for their effectiveness is stronger – there is no suggestion that flossing can be damaging to oral health, just limited evidence as to its effectiveness. If you’re flossing, and you’re flossing well, it will cause no harm and it is not advisable to give up – floss is not a waste of time, but a viable alternative to interdental brushing where appropriate. Karen and Sarah are always happy to advise.
Welcome Back Laura and Welcome Tracey-Anne!
We are delighted to welcome Laura back to Waterside following her maternity leave, and we are also very happy to let you know that
Tracey-Anne is now a permanent member of the team.
On Friday March 11th the whole team will be attending a Cornwall IDP course to keep us up to date with Infection Control and the Use of Antiobiotics in Dentistry.
Let’s Get Sugar Smart!
We’re all having too much sugar, and children especially are consuming, on average, more than three times the recommended daily amount. Sugar is often lurking in food and drink and the biggest source (around 30%) of the sugar in childrens’ diets comes from sugary drinks like squash, juice and fizzy drinks. One can of cola contains 9 cubes of sugar – more than anyone should have in a day! Visit the Change4Life website for lots more information and advice, and download the Sugar Smart App which allows you to scan everyday products to find out how much sugar they contain.
Well done to Tamsin, who has recently completed her training and passed her assessments in Dental Radiography. Tamsin has shown great competence and dedication over the past year to obtain this qualification.
We are very happy to report that three more of our Waterside Babies have arrived safely! Sharon and Mark had a beautiful baby girl named Ella Rose at the end of June, and gorgeous baby Theo was safely delivered to Paul and Clare at the beginning of July; mums and babies all doing well!
Hannah and Tom’s second child, super-cute baby Freya has recently arrived safe and well and we wish them all the very best.
We also look forward to welcoming Natalie Dunn and Emma Gillies who will be helping us out whilst Hannah takes her maternity leave.
Paul would like to thank his patients who have sent such lovely messages wishing his new family well.
We are very pleased to let you know that Laura and Matt were safely delivered of a beautiful baby boy at the beginning of March and have named him Joseph – Kate has a picture if you’d like to see it!
Most of you will also know by now that Sharon and Mark, and Paul and Clare have babies due in June. We wish them all the very best at this exciting time and we can’t wait to meet the new arrivals!
National Smile Month
Organised by the British Dental Health Foundation, National Smile Month runs from May 18th – June 18th and aims to promote three key messages which go a long way to improve the oral health of people in the UK. They are:
- Brush your teeth last thing at night and at least on other time during the day, with a fluoride toothpaste
- Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks
- Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend
Public Health England’s Change 4 Life Campaign is focusing on Sugar Swaps throughout January. The British Dental Association is pleased that dental health has been given a specific mention, as they have long-campaigned for a reduction in sugar intake to combat the devastating impact it can have on dental health. Tooth decay was the most common reason for hospital admissions for children aged five to nine in 2012-2013. Twenty-eight percent of five year olds in England have tooth decay and of these, 24% have five or more teeth affected.
The PHE campaign encourages parents to cut down the amount of sugar their children consume by making one or more food swaps. Families can register online for a free resource pack, which includes recipe tips, money-off vouchers and stickers. Visit the PHE campaign website for more information: Sugar Swaps
If you would like to speak with Emma, our lead dental nurse and oral health educator, for advice about making some healthy changes then just let us know.
Many of our patients will be aware that Laura is expecting her first baby at the end of February and she will begin her maternity leave shortly. We wish her and Matt all the very best as they start their exciting new adventure as a family and we can’t wait to meet the new arrival!
Tamsin, who some of you will know as she’s worked with us before, will be joining us whilst Laura is away and we look forward to welcoming her to the Waterside Team.
It is with much sadness that we say farewell to Martin who retires at the end of the year. Martin had the foresight and drive to open this groundbreaking dental practice in 2000 with an emphasis on care and excellence, values we still hold today some 14 years later.
We wish him and his wife Sally who was an instrumental force in the design and ethos of Waterside Dentalcare, a very happy, fulfilling, healthy and long retirement together.
This November Paul is growing a moustache! Apart from looking completely silly for a month the aims are to raise awareness of men’s health issues and pocket heaps of cash for men’s health charities. Paul is part of team ‘Bunch O’ Mohos‘.
For further information follow the link where you can find details on men’s health issues and why on average men die before women, associated charities and make a donation to the cause.
Paul will be posting updates of how his Mo’ Gro’s so check it out and please make a donation to some fantastically great causes for Bro’s.