Welcome to Genix Healthcare in Morley.
Let me start by introducing you to our wonderful staff. Over the past 6-12 months we have had a few staff changes but are happy to report we are now running with a full team once more.
My name is Lucy Denbigh-White and I am the Practice Manager at Morley.
Our experienced Dentists are Emmanuel Uwaezuoke and Taisa D’Almeida and they ensure that your teeth are in good hands.
Fungai Nkosana is our Senior Nurse who is well supported by our Dental Nurses; Joanne, Mel, Raisah, Emma, Sharon and Gosia.
Arzoo is our Apprentice Dental Nurse and Cathy and Kate are our Hygienists.
We are sad to be losing two dentists from the end of March 2015. David Collado Romanillos is returning to Spain for a new adventure and Stephen Grigg is hanging up his clinical whites and retiring.
However, we shall be gaining a new full-time dentist with Alejandra Llorente De La Morena who will be joining our team from June 1st 2015.
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.
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.
Like many scientific and medical words, ‘endodontic’ is a combination of two ancient words in Latin and Greek, ‘endo’ (New Latin, C19c.) for inside and ‘odon’ (Greek) meaning tooth; so ‘endodontics’ is the branch of dentistry which deals with treating the inside of teeth.
The hard, enamelled outside of a tooth is filled on the inside with soft tissue called the ‘pulp,’ which stretches down to the roots of the tooth through the root canals, and which helps the tooth to grow. For most patients endodontic treatment is about infection or disease in the pulp, either in the body of the tooth or deeper in the root canals. This is quite different from the treatment for superficial tooth decay needing a filling, or repairing a damaged tooth, although if they are left untreated both these conditions can lead to swollen or infected pulp.
Swollen or infected pulp is very painful because the soft tissue is surrounded and contained by the hard, unyielding outside of the tooth, and so the pressure builds up with no way of release. The first signs of problems with the pulp inside the tooth are previously unnoticed sensitivity to hot or cold, gum swelling or the tooth changing colour, but sometimes there are no warning symptoms, and so without regular check-ups a severe toothache can suddenly appear out of the blue. Since pulp infection is often caused by untreated decay or a chip which can expose the pulp, having a regular check-up is vital to keep teeth in good repair, and so protect the pulp from exposure to food and infective bacteria.
When the tooth has finished growing it doesn’t need the pulp any more, and if it becomes infected the dentist will remove it and refill the root canals to protect the tooth. All dentists are trained to do this, but there are some who specialise in endodontic treatment. If the outside of the tooth also needs treatment, a filling or crown for example, the root canal (endodontic) treatment must be completed first.
One of our dental nurses is running the Great North Run on September 13th 2015 for the charity ‘Victoria’s Wish’. The aim of the charity is to raise sufficient funds, to make a difference to children with cancer and other life threatening illnesses living in the North East of England. We are proud to support Emma in fundraising for this great cause and wish her the best of luck.
We have recently undergone a refurbishment which has given the practice a new fresh look.
We hope you enjoy this much needed makeover as much as the staff here have.
We hope this gives you a bit of an insight into our practice. At Morley, we greatly appreciate your feedback so we can improve our services. We look forward to seeing you next time you visit Genix.
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