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National Smile Month

May 2017

You may think going to the dentist is nothing to smile about but we beg to differ! National Smile month has just started and if you come into the practice between now and June 16th you may see the smile promotional goodies dotted around. In a nutshell, National Smile Month is the largest and longest running campaign to promote oral health. The crux of the message is to highlight three things,

They are;.

- Brush your teeth last thing at night and at one other time during the day with fluoride toothpaste.

- They are;.

- Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they come recommended.

Our teeth have such an important role to play in our lives. They help us chew and digest food, they help us to talk and speak clearly and they also give our face shape. A healthy smile can transform your visual appearance, the positivity of your mind-set as well as improving the health of not only your mouth but your body too. Because of this, it only makes sense to give our oral health the best care possible. National Smile Month is our chance to give our oral health the best care possible. National Smile Month is our chance to look at our oral health, learn more about why a healthy mouth is so important and share tips on how to improve and maintain it.

We believe that prevention is much better than cure and to that end we want to provide all our patients with information for managing good oral health at home..

The new Oral Health Education initiative is part of that, providing one to one sessions along with the advice given by your dentist and hygienist. That is why we are interested in what type of toothbrush you use and whether you floss or little brushes at home. All this information helps us provide a tailor-made regime for you to follow at home.

Looking after your teeth is a team effort and we want to encourage our patients to ask for support where it is needed so that together we are working towards a healthier mouth.

CQC Inspection

June 2016

We had a CQC inspection on 19th April 2016. The inspection involved looking to see if the practice is safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led

We are glad to report that the inspectors were very impressed with the way the practice is run and led. You can read the full report by downloading the report.

We have also been acknowledged by the local County Times for our good work. We hope to keep providing a high level of care to our patients.

Visiting the Hygienist

June 2016

Fay Eves and Marie Fitt are our dental hygienists. They are specially trained to work as part of our dental team, to give care to patients.

Their main work is to prevent and treat gum disease. This includes professionally cleaning your teeth by removing plaque and tartar. However, perhaps their most important role is showing you the best way to keep your teeth free of plaque. Plaque is a sticky coating that forms constantly on your teeth.

Some dentists will do this type of work themselves. However, the hygienist has been specially trained to carry out simple or complex scaling and spend longer with you. They are also expert at teaching you how to look after your teeth and gums. Often the hygienist will spend a number of appointments getting the gums healthy ready for the dentist to restore the teeth with crowns and fillings.

Diet

April 2016

Every time you eat or drink anything sugary, your mouth becomes acidic. This is because the sugar will react with the bacteria in plaque (the sticky coating on your teeth) and produce harmful acids. So it is important to have sugary foods or drinks just at mealtimes, limiting the amount of time your mouth is at risk. Constant snacking can leave the teeth on a constant acid attack. You should never brush your teeth for at least an hour after a meal.

Many processed foods have sugar in them, and the higher up it appears in the list of ingredients, the more sugar there is in the product. Always read the list of ingredients on the labels when you are food shopping.

The lower the pH number, the more acidic the product. Anything with a pH value lower than 5.5 may cause erosion. pH 7 is the middle figure between acid and alkali. Have a look at these common foods:

  • mineral water (still) pH 7.6
  • milk pH 6.9
  • cheddar cheese pH 5.9
  • beer pH 4.4
  • orange juice pH 3.8
  • grapefruit pH 3.3
  • cola pH 2.5
  • red wine pH 2.5
  • vinegar pH 2.0
  • Ketchup pH 3.9
  • Raisins pH 3.5

NHS England Inspection

March 2016

The Corner House Dental Practice had a NHS inspection of the practice on 21st January 2016. Most practices have this done every three years.

The inspection is very thorough and includes looking at dental records, the premises and speaking to staff.

Two inspectors were present on the day. One looked at policies, audits and continued professional development (on going training) for all staff. This was to ensure that the practice is up to date and continually improving its services.

The second inspector looked around the surgeries and practice itself. This was to confirm that the practice is clean, maintaining a high standard in cross infection, all materials and drugs are in date, looking at x-ray machines and making sure equipment is serviced on a regular basis.

They were really pleased with the practice and one said we ‘passed with flying colours’. They were really impressed with the iPads to update all the information. We are proud to be providing a high level of care to all our patients.


Simple Rules for a Healthy Smile

29th March 2016

Teeth and gum disease is preventable. These simple tips will make it easier to keep their mouth healthy.

Limit sugary snacks – Stop grazing on sugar-filled foods or sipping on sugary drinks between meals is a great way to protect your teeth against excess sugar and acids. The more you snack outside your main meals, the mouth never has a chance to rest and neutralize and is on a constant acid high!

Brushing – Brushing twice a day for two minutes is the best way to look after your teeth and gums. We recommend using an electric toothbrush making your life easier and it clinically proven to reduce plaque. After brushing spit the toothpaste out and don’t rinse out with water.

Flossing – This doesn’t have to be a chore. Flossing can be simple and there are many things on the market now to make it easier for you. Many patients book in with the hygienist to help them look after there teeth and gums but also get to learn ways to look after them.

Chewing gum – Sugar-free chewing gum is proven to help reduce dental cavities. After a meal, chewing gum increases saliva so helps bring the acid levels to a neutral level.