public health

A smile brightens everyone’s day: National Smile Month

We are proud supporters of National Smile Month. As a practice, we are very keen to make people aware of the impact of oral hygiene and good tooth care on their smiles: a smile makes the whole face light up and brightens up everybody’s day! During the month, we offered a smile assessment to all our patients and gave them the option to see our dental therapist for oral hygiene advice. We also focus... »

Teaching kids about ‘good’ and ‘bad’ foods for teeth

We enjoy getting involved with our local community, and each year for National Smile Month, we plan an outreach visit for either young children or the elderly, alternating between these groups each year. This year, myself and our newest associate dentist, Sophie, went along to our local nursery to give a talk on oral health to over 40 young children. We try hard to keep the visit fun for the child... »

A team effort for National Smile Month

We had tons of fun during the Month and managed to educate our patients too with a sugar-free bake off, which was followed by an oral education and ‘meet the team’ party morning. National Smile Month is a great way to get all the team involved in promoting and running events. It also gives us an opportunity to team-build and motivate our team by doing something a little bit different by thinking o... »

The importance of infection control

Decontamination and infection control may not be the most enthralling of topics but it underpins everything that goes on in a dental surgery. The introduction of the Health Technical Memorandum 01-05 (HTM 01-05) in 2009 by the Department of Health was very much a year zero moment for dental surgeries across the UK. The whole process has become much more formalised and practices have often had to i... »

How widespread is illegal whitening?

I’m glad the BBC brought the issue of illegal tooth whitening to light recently in an investigation looking at the scale of illegal teeth whitening across the West of England. Undercover reporters from the BBC’s Inside Out West filmed one provider operating under an assumed name just two years after he was prosecuted by the regulator, the General Dental Council, for illegal whitening. The film rev... »

Mouth cancer awareness in practice: part 4

Westcliff Dental Practice is located in Westcliff-on-Sea and serves the Westcliff-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea, Leigh-on-Sea, Thorpe Bay and wider Essex area. The practice was rebranded in 2012 and has been helping both NHS and private patients with all their dental needs for over 50 years. The team consists of seven dental surgeons, four hygienists, 10 dental nurses and receptionists. The practice hav... »

Mouth cancer awareness in practice: part 3

St Andrews Dental Care is a fully private practice based in West Hull. The practice has a very small close knit friendly team that have been providing excellent, professional dental care to patients for over 30 years in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire. The team understands that dental care can sometimes be a concern for nervous patients so they try hard to be different and make sure that the... »

Mouth cancer awareness in practice: part 2

Hillbrook Dental Health Centre in Birmingham is a combined NHS and private dental practice offering a wide range of treatments. The practice is located in a multicultural community and treats patients from many different backgrounds. The team consists of five dentists, a foundation dentist, a hygienist, a nurse and three reception staff. The practice have been members of BDA Good Practice for eigh... »

Mouth cancer awareness in practice: part 1

The Briars Dental Centre is a private dental practice consisting of six partners and two associate dentists with a dedicated, experienced and stable support team of 18. It’s been established in the heart of Newbury in West Berkshire for over 100 years. All dental specialisms are covered from this one location. What have you done to get involved in Mouth Cancer Action Month? As a highly ethic... »