Thursday, 17 July 2014

Regular visits to the dentist will keep your whole family healthy

Making sure your family see the dentist on a regular basis will ensure they all can enjoy healthy teeth and an attractive smile throughout their lives. Too many families do not visit the dentist enough and as a result suffer from gum disease and tooth decay. Some have even more serious problems that develop over time. To prevent this, the easiest and simplest thing is to look after your teeth.

Brush teeth twice daily, once in the morning, and at night before bed. This will keep the levels of bacteria and debris at a minimum. Using a good mouthwash and floss on a regular basis will also help to keep the spaces between teeth and deep in the gum line intact and bacteria free. Letting plaque build-up will lead to decay and tartar build up too.

Choose a good family dentist who can treat your whole family and has experience with patients of all ages. They will be experienced ant treating families for many years and building a good relationship with all members of the family. It is also a great way to teach children that dentists are not scary and are there to help. If they have been around them and know the surgery they are less likely to feel nervous or scared.

If you are in a new area always make sure you register with a good family dentist quickly, and arrange for all of you to have a check-up. This will ensure you are all seen and you can continue with your good oral hygiene on a daily basis. Following the simple steps everyday will keep gum disease, to the decay and more serious issues at bay. Don’t forget, it keeps your breath fresh, makes your smile attractive and prevents some instances of diabetes, mouth cancers and other serious life threatening illnesses.

To find a good dentist, simply go online and search for a dental practice in your local area. Or you can contact your local NHS who will have a list of dental practices in your area that are fully registered and offering family dental treatments.

Looking after your teeth is easy, simple and inexpensive. Treating damaged and decayed teeth can be painful, difficult, time consuming and expensive. Wouldn’t it be much easier to follow the path which keeps your teeth healthy rather than having to spend time and money fixing them when they have rotted away?

If you want to learn more about how to enjoy good oral health, make an appointment with your dentist today, or seek the advice of a qualified and registered dental hygienist. Looking after your teeth is one of the easiest and moth important things you can do for your health so don’t delay it any longer.

The NHS makes sure dentists are fully qualified and registered to practice. Do not be tempted to go to an unqualified dentist for treatment. Only use registered practices. That way you can ensure your and your family’s safety.

Monday, 5 May 2014

Moving (a Little Bit) Out of My Comfort Zone in Blackpool

At the end of every year it is always worthwhile reviewing one's performance and reflecting on the year that has just gone. As a busy predominantly NHS practice we are always continually focused on not only delivering high-quality care but also delivering our preset unit of dental activity targets. 
We have completed another successful year here at the practice not only reaching our targets but also managing it within a comfortable time frame. There have been a lot of other positive achievements this year as well is just the target related ones. These include the following:
  1. We have established and consolidated the HMR oral surgery service. 
  2. Our two cadet dental nurses have both achieved qualification with one of them Sarah Gorman being nominated for student of the year. 
  3. We had our British Dental Association Good Practice Scheme renewal confirmed for another three years following a detailed assessment. 
  4. Matthew Hodkinson was re-selected as a trainer for dental foundation training for the academic year commencing September 2014. 
  5. Two members of our team are returning back after maternity leave. 
I am always keen on change and development or not only myself but also all of my practice team. Sometimes this means stepping out of your comfort zone.
For me stepping out of my comfort zone came on the practice trip to Blackpool Pleasure Beach on Friday 2nd May.  The trip to Blackpool is my way of saying thank you to everybody for the hard work they have put in another year and for everybody to let their hair down and have a good time and enjoy themselves away from work.
What has Blackpool got to do with my comfort zone you may ask? Well I have a big fear of heights and Blackpool is full of rides that exploit my fear. I also have a general overriding fear of roller coasters. Therefore I am proud to say that I managed to go on the Grand National the Big Dipper and Avalanche. I also got thoroughly wet at the Valhalla ride. I was initially reluctant to go on some of the rides but when I saw the rest of my team going I felt that I had to be a part of it and to be fair to them they were encouraging and supportive. That a nutshell is what team spirit and support and guidance out of one's comfort zone is all about. Next year I might even just go for The Big One!

A Great Day Out at Blackpool for Langley Dental Practice

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Tariq Drabu Celebrates Double Success at Langley Dental Practice

Recently Langley Dental Practice has had the opportunity to celebrate a double success. We achieved renewal of our BDA Good Practice Scheme award for 2014 and were also so selected as a training practice for foundation dentist by the NW Deanery.

We are absolutely thrilled to have had our Good Practice status renewed for another year. It is the leading independent externally verified quality and standards benchmark for dental practices. Achievement of the award represents a great achievement as we will now be in our fourth year of this award and it shows that we continue to maintain strong high quality standards for our patients and members of our dental team.

I am also delighted that we have been reselected as a training practice for foundation dentists who are in their first year after qualification. The selection process was detailed stringent and tough involving a thorough inspection of the practice and a detailed questionnaire as well as an interview and presentation. We are honoured and privileged to have been selected by the NW Deanery as a training practice from September 2014. This is evidence that Langley Dental Practice can show that it provides a supportive and nurturing environment which will look after and support a foundation year dentist in their first year after qualification.

These two great achievements continue to show the strong progress that Langley Dental Practice has made over the past few years. Patients and their well-being must always be at the centre of our focus. The Good Practice Award gives a strong indication that we are committed to this by means of our validated quality and standards. The rigorous inspection interview and assessment regime for foundation training and the award of a position for a foundation dentist at Langley Dental Practice also means that we have again set our standards very high in order to achieve this status. These two awards both externally verified coming within a short space of time of each other is a great boost for myself and my team.