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.
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 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.
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.
The Care Quality Commission regulate every dental practice in the UK. They inspect us on a regular basis and report their findings on their website which is openly available to the public. We recently had an inspection which went very well, the report can be found on the CQC website by following this link.
We would like to thank our patients very much for their time when the inspector asked them questions regarding the services we deliver.
Wednesday 18th September is the Mouth Cancer Foundation’s Mouth Cancer awareness day. To help raise local awareness of mouth cancer in Cornwall, we are offering free oral cancer checks to members of the public on this day. If you would like to attend for a free oral cancer screen please call us on 01326 378969.
If you would like to learn more about oral cancer why not visit the mouth cancer foundation’s website?
We are delighted to welcome Zoë Harrington to the team here at Waterside Dentalcare. Zoë is a specialist in Restorative Dentistry with her main interest in Periodontology. Zoë is an Associate Professor at the Peninsula Dental School, where she spends most of her time. She will be seeing patients who require her skills and knowledge at Waterside Dentalcare and taking referrals from other practitioners here on a Tuesday afternoon.
For for information regarding Zoë’s qualifications and training please visit our team page.