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Cirencester

Welcome to Genix Healthcare in Cirencester

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My name is Anita Evans and I joined Genix Healthcare in July 2017 as the Practice Manager.  I look after the team so they can look after you!

Helen Barnes has been with Genix since day one of the opening of the practice in Cirencester. She qualified in the Bristol Dental Hospital and spent the next 27 years in the same private practice which she bought after 3 years.  Helen brings with her a wealth of invaluable experience to the team.

Jonathan Baker started at the practice in July 2012, following from a University Clinic in Portugal where he studied periodontology, oral surgery and prosthodontics.  Jonathan is also our resident implantologist.

Ruth Jervis is our hygienist who joined the team in July 2014. Not only is Ruth a qualified hygienist she is also qualified in giving ID blocks, Zoom bleaching, temporary fillings and lost crowns. She is a dedicated member of our team.  Patients always compliment her on her work and ask to see her time and time again

Zoë Wright started working for Genix Healthcare as a trainee dental nurse in 2012.  Now fully qualified, she has taken on the challenge of lead nurse.  Zoe is very efficient and compassionate and strives to put patients at ease.

Courtney Morgan-Jones also started working for Genix healthcare as a trainee dental nurse in October 2013.  Courtney loves a challenge and is always willing to help other staff members.  With this in mind, she has become the perfect person to teach our new recruits who want to follow in her footsteps to become dental nurses.

Hannah Bartlett and Geeta Thapa both joined Genix as trainee dental nurses on our apprenticeship scheme.  With Courtney’s support, they are working hard towards their qualification.

Hasina Gurung is a recently qualified dental nurse and new to the team.  Hasina provides all round support to the dentists and nurses behind the scenes.  She is a kind and compassionate dental nurse, a welcome addition to the team.

Our team are committed to putting your dental needs first.  We strive to offer an excellent service from start to finish to ensure your journey with us is a pleasant one.

I am pleased and proud to introduce my team to you and look forward to welcoming you as a patient of Genix Healthcare in Cirencester.

In the meantime, here are a couple of articles we hope you find interesting and informative.

 

Why do we have fluoride in our drinking water? 

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.

When should you introduce your child to going to the dentist?

There are a number of reasons why it’s a good idea to introduce children to regularly visiting the dentist from an early age.

Perhaps the most important is to encourage the child to take such visits for granted, and so form a lifelong habit which will ensure they look after their teeth as they grow up, and afterwards as adults they will continue to have a regular check up and not hesitate to seek professional help whenever they need it. As parents we should always remember that healthy teeth and gums make a significant, positive contribution throughout life to a person’s overall good health, social confidence and chosen way of living.

It’s also important that children get used to the sights, sounds and smells of a dental practice before they need treatment themselves, so if you take them with you when you keep your own appointments, they will have more confidence when it’s their turn. Children are naturally curious, and you can explain what the dentist does so they know why you are there and what to expect; many family practices welcome children by providing toys and separate play areas in their waiting rooms, and it has even been known for some children to demand a return visit to the dentist to play with their favourite toy!

Although individual family circumstances will vary – for example an opportunity may come earlier or a little later depending on other family members’ appointments (especially true for rural based families where transport may be difficult) – it’s normally recommended that a child’s teeth are checked at between 2 or 3 years of age. The dentist can confirm that the teeth are developing satisfactorily, that the child’s mouth is healthy, and also notice anything unusual that might cause concern in the future.

At the same time you can ask the dentist for advice on diet, bottles and the best way to clean the child’s teeth.  One of the questions most often asked is when to start using a fluoride toothpaste; you can be sure that our dentist will give you professional, proven advice on how best to care for your child’s teeth and gums.

We hope you enjoyed these. Until next time, take care.

Anita

 

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