Welcome to Genix Healthcare in Blackpool.
Let me start by introducing you to our wonderful staff.
My name is Christina Jennings and I am the Practice Manager at Blackpool.
Kelly Hazelhurst is our therapist and our Dental Nurses are Nicola Chandler, Chloe Ashe, Jennifer Davies, Louise Magee and Victoria Bickel.
We also have 8, fourth year Dental students working within the practice and we will be getting 8 new students in May as we have had our current students for a year now and they are due to qualify soon, due to a lot of hard work and dedication.
We are looking forward to the Dental Awards later in April as we have been nominated for ‘Team of the Year’. Something we are extremely proud of and very pleased about. Keep your fingers crossed for us!
If we haven’t already met you yet, we look forward to introducing ourselves when you next visit. In the meantime, here is the rest of our news and articles. We hope you enjoy it.
The recommendation to visit your dentist regularly is a straightforward reflection of the universally accepted health care dictum, ‘prevention is better than cure.’
No one would travel to an exotic tropical location without first receiving the necessary vaccinations to ensure their protection from endemic local diseases, and only a regular appointment with your dentist can safeguard the health of your teeth and gums.
It’s easy to take your oral health for granted, since tooth decay is usually invisible and the obvious symptom of pain is often absent until the condition is relatively advanced. Gum disease is also surprisingly common among the adult population, and this condition too can mask its increasing severity with a seemingly benign lack of discomfort. Left untreated, gum disease ultimately leads to teeth falling out and prosthetic replacements, whether removable or fixed, may be difficult to adapt to corrupted gingival surfaces.
The early stages of other potentially damaging oral conditions also show few symptoms recognisable to the sufferer, and only a visit to the dentist can identify their presence and instigate remedial action. Most practices take regular x rays during alternate check ups to be doubly sure that you do not suffer any unpleasant surprises, and many patients are not aware that their dentist is also always on the look out for any sign of oral cancer, where an early diagnosis is vital.
The early detection of decay (caries) can make the difference between saving or losing a tooth; at the very least, treatment is simpler, quicker, less painful and less disruptive to the patient’s lifestyle.
Putting off an appointment because your mouth feels fine and there were no problems last time is inviting tooth decay or gum disease to creep up on you. Even if you follow a strict oral hygiene regime, ask yourself how many meals, snacks or sweets you eat over several months. Your teeth and gums work hard and deserve to be looked after
We offer a late night on a Thursday until 7pm for those of you who can’t attend through the day. Please book with our reception.
The introduction of fluoride to the public water supply (fluoridation), although still a controversial, ‘nanny state’ issue for some, was undertaken to exploit its beneficial effects for all our teeth. The actual ratio of fluoride is approximately one part fluoride per million parts of water.
So what does the fluoride actually do?
Everybody’s mouth contains several different types of bacteria, and some of these bacteria are responsible for the build up of the plaque deposits on all our teeth and at the same time they create acid, which attacks the teeth and increases the effects of wear. The fluoride in the water reacts with these bacteria to reduce the amount of acid they produce, so there is less wear and damage to the teeth and so less tooth decay than there otherwise would be. Since fluoridation, there has been a measurable reduction in tooth decay across all age groups, which means fewer fillings for all of us. This is also why so many popular brands of toothpaste contain fluoride in various forms.
In recent years the ‘5-a-day’ fruit and vegetable dietary recommendation has focused attention on the acid content of, for example, apples and oranges as well as some other ‘tart’ foodstuffs. While the overall health benefits of these foods are not in doubt, their acid content is known to erode teeth’s protective enamel coating. Fluoride also strengthens this outer layer of enamel, and so adds further to its role of protecting teeth by reducing enamel erosion and, ultimately, the incidence of tooth decay.
If you are not happy with the idea of a chemical being added to your water supply, even one with proven benefits, there are simple-to-use home kits available to eliminate it.
Whenever you notice something unusual, or you or one of your family have a problem with their teeth, you should seek professional advice without delay
We hope this gives you a bit of an insight into our practice. At Blackpool, we greatly appreciate your feedback so we can improve our services and look forward to seeing you next time you visit Genix.
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