I would like to take this opportunity to introduce both myself and all the team at Genix Healthcare, Conisbrough. My name is Kelly Nettleton and I am a dual site manager for both the Conisbrough and Tickhill practices. I joined the Conisbrough practice twenty years ago as a trainee dental nurse and have worked here ever since!
We have 4 dentists in total working here: Marzena Gruszczynska, Kanyinda Kody, Amitha Abayaratne, and Ranj Amin.
Our support staff include: Chelsea Clarke (Assistant manager), Bethany Stacey (Infection control lead) and our other qualified dental nurses Demii Foster, Janice Haywood, Shanneal Simpson, Suzanne Wilson and Anne Swinbourne.
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 are currently accepting new NHS patients at this practice and offer both NHS services as well as a wide range of affordable private services such as tooth whitening, white fillings, private crowns/bridges and private dentures as well as mini smile makeovers. We are open Monday to Friday, with extended opening hours on a Monday and Thursday.
Suffering with sensitive teeth is surprisingly common, and applies to anyone who has experienced a painful, stinging sensation through a tooth or teeth when they eat or drink something hot or cold. For some people sweet or sour substances, or biting on something hard, has the same effect, and even being outside on a freezing windy day can provoke tooth pain for an unlucky few.
There are all sorts of reasons why teeth become sensitive. Just normal everyday activities like brushing your teeth with too severe a toothbrush or chewing abrasive foods can wear down a tooth’s protective enamel coating and expose the nerves inside, making them ‘jump’ when they feel a sudden change of temperature or relative pH. (pH is the name of the units used to measure how acid [sweet or sour] something is. pH7 is neutral, below 7 is alkaline and above 7 is acid. An orange, for example, contains citric acid, and so would register higher than pH7. )
Teeth can also be made sensitive by some cosmetic bleaching procedures which apply chemicals against the surface of the teeth to improve their whiteness, fillings or cracks in the teeth, or gum disease. Nocturnal tooth grinding (bruxism) will obviously eventually wear away the enamel and cause sensitivity, and as people get older their gums often recede around the base of their teeth and begin to expose the roots, and this too has a sensitising effect. As well as causing staining on the teeth, smoking is well known to increase the likelihood over time of gum recession and sensitivity.
With so many potential causes, it’s easy to see why tooth sensitivity is so common. Fortunately, the symptoms are easy to treat with specialist toothpastes and mouthwashes, and if you’re a lover of ice cream but it hurts when you eat it, help is at hand!
A visit to our dental practices located throughout the UK will put you in touch with professional advice to tackle your own particular sensitivity problem. There’s no need to go on suffering!
We hope this gives you a bit of an insight into our practice. At Conisborough, we greatly appreciate your feedback so we can improve our services. We would like to wish all our patients a Happy Easter and look forward to seeing you next time you visit Genix.
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