Let me introduce you to our wonderful team.
My name is Danielle Stead and I am the dual site Manager of this practice and Genix Healthcare in Market Weighton.
Our dentist is Sadiqur Chowdhury and he is supported by our wonderful Dental Nurses, Katie Evans, Sandra Binns and our Trainee Dental Nurse, Sarah Whiting.
We would like to welcome to the team our newest member, Sandra Binns who has been working as a dental nurse for the past 15 years and has recently moved to the area from London.
Sarah Whiting is also new to the team and has decided to have a change in career and follow her dreams of becoming a dental nurse. We are happy you’ve decided to join us.
Last but not least, congratulations to Katie who has recently passed her dental nursing exam.
Fifty years ago, even thirty years ago, it was quite rare for an adult to have a full set of teeth with no fillings. Today, with more advanced fluoride toothpastes and oral care products, by following a few simple rules throughout life it’s possible to much more effectively protect your teeth against decay, and hugely reduce the need to have them repaired with fillings.
Tooth decay is caused by the plaque deposits which gradually build up on everyone’s teeth. Some of the bacteria which cause and live in the plaque produce acid, and as time passes this attacks and weakens the outer layer of protective enamel which covers the tooth. The acid is then able to enter the softer, sensitive interior of the tooth and cause decay. Diet can also play a part in predisposing tooth decay, especially sugary foods and soft drinks, which is why parents are recommended to regulate their children’s intake of sweets and sweetened fruit drinks. In fact, this is good advice for all of us.
The most obvious symptom of tooth decay is toothache, but there are also less severe warning signs. You may notice your teeth are becoming sensitive to hot and cold, becoming discoloured or spotty, or there is an unpleasant taste in your mouth. Perhaps the most embarrassing symptom is bad breath (halitosis). Whenever you notice any changes to your teeth or gums, you should make an appointment with your dentist.
The best ways to prevent tooth decay is to reduce frequency and quantity of sugary foods and drinks in the diet and to use a fluoride toothpaste as fluoride helps to strengthen tooth enamel. Tooth brushing is the next best way but will not be effective if the diet is poor. You should also clean between your teeth whenever you brush, using a medicated cord dental floss or interdental brushes, which come in different widths to fit different size spaces.
You should visit a dentist regularly so you can be confident your teeth are strong and healthy, and any sign of decay is recognised and treated quickly to keep your mouth and breath fresh and your teeth safe.
Myself and Dental Nurse, Bethany, recently visited Penshurst Primary School in Hessle, spending most of the day with around 120 children aged between 3 to 7. The children were all very receptive, joining in with the games and learning about oral hygiene.
The visit was so successful that we had to return again on the Friday to continue with the rest of the children.
As more of our practices take on the role of educating children on preventative oral health problems, Genix Healthcare is putting together a plan of action to secure the future of our children’s teeth.
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 have enjoyed our first newsletter. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to give us a call and we will do our best to help. Until we see you again, from myself and the team, do take care.
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