We are a busy practice with a well-qualified and dedicated team to personally handle our patients queries and worries.
We have a total of 11 dentists in our practice, predominantly working full-time but with a couple of ladies offering part-time hours to help extend our service. We are confident that we will have the right dentist for you.
Our dentists are ably supported by a current team of 12+ nurses, led by our Lead Nurse – Stacey Cooke and includes 5 trainee dental nurses who are all well on their way to becoming fully qualified.
These are in turn competently supported by our dedicated reception team, led by Kirky Adair, who is able to bring the supporting service of being a qualified nurse and be able to answer patients queries and questions at the source as much as she possibly can. Kirky also is the practice treatment co-ordinator, so works closely with the dentists to ensure every patient is fully informed and kept up-to-date during the whole process of their personal treatment plan.
All topped by myself as Practice Manager
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.
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.
Dental caries is the number one reason why children aged 5 to 9 are admitted to hospital in England, even though this could be largely prevented through regular brushing, adequate exposure to fluoride and reducing sugar consumption. The NHS spent £30 million on hospital based tooth extractions for children aged 18 years and under in 2012-2013.
Genix Healthcare has been actively addressing these issues by writing to local nurseries and schools over the past 3 months, which has resulted in a number of appointments for oral health sessions with Lauren, our Oral Health Educator at Gloucester.
Lauren has attended their schools or nurseries and in a fun and educational way has shown the children good teeth cleaning practices and made them aware of when to eat treats to reduce the risk of developing tooth decay.
Sessions have included showing the children a large number of samples such as empty cans and wrappers, which the younger children can handle and recognise and the older children can read the sugar content themselves. All the sessions included tooth brushing demonstrations and a bright and colourful information sheet, including an illustration for the children to colour-in. These interactive sessions have proved extremely popular and a positive step forward to a growing problem.
From April through to June, Lauren visited:-
15+ nurseries, 1 Care Home and 7 Primary & Infant Schools, educating children aged 3 -11 years.
Lauren and Practice Manager Barbara Kirk have recently met with the Gloucester Care Services NHS Trust representative who is overseeing a ‘Better Smiles Award’ for the under 5’s in nurseries and pre-schools in the Gloucestershire and Wyre Forest area, with the aim of helping to improve their oral hygiene. The representative is looking for a ‘link practice’ to work with, who will assist in providing practical resources and follow-up sessions with the nurseries and pre-schools on a regular basis – a scheme we are proud to be a part of.
I hope this gives you a good insight into our practice. Until next time, take care.
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