Welcome to Genix Healthcare LEICESTER. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the practice. We are a busy practice with well-qualified dentists, dental nurses and practice management team dedicated to providing excellent care to our patients.
We are pleased with the team we have here at Leicester and all work well together providing a high standard of care to all our patients. Our team consists of two dentists, a lead nurse and a further three fully qualified and experienced dental nurses. All staff assist the dentists whilst managing multiple tasks behind the scenes, as well as reception duties.
We provide full NHS treatment alongside private work which consists of basic periodontal examinations up to full implants.
My name is Valerie Traynor and I have been lucky to have worked for the company since April 2014. My job consists of managing all operational aspects, whilst maintaining high standards and a friendly work environment and as a team we work very well together for the benefit of our patients.
If we haven’t already met you, we look forward to seeing you on your next visit.
More than one in ten, three-year-olds have tooth decay, according to a survey by Public Health England!
Public Health England researchers checked the teeth of nearly 54,000 children at nurseries, children’s centres and play groups and found 12% of children had evidence of tooth decay. These youngsters had an average of three teeth that were either decayed, missing or filled.
Large variations were found from place to place in the study.
In one area of Leicester, 34% of children had tooth decay whereas in other areas it was only 2%. Researchers also said that some children had a particular type of decay known as early childhood caries. This affects the upper front teeth and spreads quickly to other teeth and is linked to the consumption of sugary drinks in baby bottles or sipping cups.
Here at Genix Leicester we are all too aware of this and to highlight this we created a display on the amount of sugar in food and drinks. This has had an immediate impact on some of our patients who have been shocked by this. So what can we do about it?
Healthy gums should be pink, firm and keep your teeth securely in place. Your gums should not bleed when you touch or brush them.
Gum disease is not always painful and you may be unaware you have it. This is why it is important to have regular dental check-ups.
The initial symptoms of gum disease can include:
This stage of gum disease is called gingivitis.
If gingivitis is untreated, the tissues and bone that support the teeth can also become affected. This is known as periodontitis.
Symptoms of periodontitis can include:
Acute necrotising ulcerative gingivitis
In rare cases, a condition called acute necrotising ulcerative gingivitis (ANUG) can develop suddenly. The symptoms of ANUG are usually more severe than those of gum disease and can include:
When to see a dentist
You should make an appointment to see your dentist if you think you may have gum disease or ANUG.
Most people have heard of cancer affecting parts of the body such as the lungs or breasts. However, cancer can appear in the mouth, where the disease can affect the lips, tongue, cheeks and throat.
Most cases of mouth cancer are linked to tobacco and alcohol. Cigarette, cigar and pipe smoking are the main forms of tobacco use in many parts of the world. However, the traditional habits in some cultures of chewing tobacco, betel quid, gutkha and paan are particularly dangerous.
Alcohol increases the risk of mouth cancer, and if tobacco and alcohol are taken together the risk is even greater.
Over-exposure to sunlight can also increase the risk of cancer of the lips.
Many recent reports have linked mouth cancer to the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is the main cause of cervical cancer and affects the skin that lines the moist areas of the body.
HPV can be spread through oral sex, and research now suggests that HPV could soon rival smoking and drinking as one of the main causes of mouth cancer.
Practising safe sex and limiting the number of partners you have may help reduce your chances of getting HPV. Many people get HPV during their lives and for many this does not cause a problem.
There are now HPV vaccines for both girls and boys. They were developed to fight cervical cancer, but it is likely that they will also help to reduce the rates of mouth cancer. These vaccines are given at age 12 to 13 before sexual activity starts.
Mouth cancer can often be spotted in its early stages by your dental team during a thorough mouth examination. If mouth cancer is diagnosed early, then the chances of a cure are good. Many people with mouth cancer go to their dentist or doctor too late.
All that remains is to thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter and we hope to see you on a routine basis at the practice.
Thank you, Genix Leicester Team.
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