Welcome to your first newsletter for Genix Healthcare at Garforth.
My name is Sue and I am the Practice Manager. My job involves managing all operational aspects within a friendly and quality driven practice.
As a practice we strive for excellent customer service for all our patients as well as providing support and direction to staff and patients alike.
Let me start by introducing you to our wonderful staff. Our experienced dentists are Sumit Singh, Itziar santillana, Laura Mikutyte, Alex Ha, Anda Pirvan, Claudia Fabregas, Harry Gkikas and Kristin Miller and they ensure that your teeth are in good hands.
Joshua Smith is our senior nurse and is supported by our qualified dental nurses Kate Emmonds, Kathryn Pound, Sarah Smith, Rebbeca Haywood, Elaine Carter, Kelly Wheeldon and our Trainee Dental Nurse, Parminder Mandair who all provide assistance to the dentist during surgical procedures, amongst many other duties behind the scenes.
On reception we have our head receptionist Ashleigh Townsend and also Barbara Reddington and Sharon Holliday.
Last but not least is our Hygienist and Therapist, Jennifer Hayter.
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. We hope you enjoy it.
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.
One of our Senior Dental nurses, Joshua Smith has organised a morning with a local nursery in Leeds called ‘Tiny Tree Day Nursery’, on 21st April 2015. One of the dentists and 2 nurses will be doing an interactive presentation with the children and nursery nurses regarding good oral health. They will also be discussing and having a brushing tutorial with the children. Free packs will be given out, full of age relevant goodies to all the children.
Senior nurse, Joshua Smith has recently passed his Radiography and Oral Health Examinations. Well done Joshua.
The dental hygienist is a highly trained and highly skilled clinician and a senior member of the dental practice team.
The dental hygienist’s job is to support the patient in understanding their treatment, to offer patients oral hygiene advice and suggest an oral health care routine, to carry out preventive cleaning procedures, and to relieve the dentist of some of the more mundane ancillary treatments and pre-treatment processes.
Many hygienists regard the preventive aspect of their role as of the primary importance – while the dentist is concerned to treat problem tooth and gum conditions once they have arisen, regular appointments with a good hygienist can often prevent such problems occurring.
It is a fact of life that most dentists are under constant time pressure, and there is often little leeway in a treatment appointment for dentists to spend as much time with each patient as they would wish, and so their explanations are necessarily brief and sometimes misunderstood. This is perhaps especially true of NHS practices, which since the latest changes to the structure of NHS dentistry are now under contract, and answerable to, their local Primary Care Trust. Part of the role of the dental hygienist is to spend more time with the patient to offer a fuller explanation, as well as post treatment professionally cleaning, de-scaling and polishing teeth to improve their appearance.
Dental hygienists are also qualified to replace a temporary crown in an emergency, and in many practices are delegated to take the impressions, or moulds, which are used to make accurate dentures or crowns. With more time at their disposal, many patients appreciate the more relaxed atmosphere of a hygienist appointment to discuss and learn more about the best ways to care for their teeth. Hygienists are able to suggest daily home care regimes which take advantage of the latest oral care products and suit individual life styles.
Skilled and experienced hygienists are proud of the immense contribution they make to their patients’ oral health by minimising the incidence of potentially painful teeth and gum problems.
We hope this gives you a bit of an insight into our practice. At Garforth, 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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