June’s events: Keeping us on our toes

We’ve started the month with a lot of new activity.
A group of referring dentists visited the clinic to have a seminar about scans.
Our dental implant nurse Kasia and hygienist Jennifer are off to a course this weekend about dental implant maintenance and hygiene.
Kasia is also taking a course for dental implant nurses in our own clinic and will be lecturing to them on a number of implant related topics.

Scan insight: fascinating seminar for our dentists and referring dentists

The clinic was the setting this week for a seminar on how to look at CBCT scans.
3D scans are enormously useful especially when working with patients who are having dental implants. They provide us with a huge amount of information and can assist with very specific guided surgery.
The main presentation was by Neil Heath. As part of our team Neil is a specialist in oral and maxillofacial radiology who can specifically report on the scans when requested by either our own or referring dentists.
As well as members of our own team the event was attended by a number of our referring dentists who send patients for scans to the clinic.
It was a hugely interesting and fascinating seminar and we look forward to having other seminars in the clinic in the future.

International press focus: homeless documentary

Piece in yesterday’s Toronto Star by TV designers Colin and Justin who wrote about their ITV documentary Home is Where The Heart Is.
They approached me to help and my participation is referred to in their article. See link

http://www.yourhome.ca/homes/decor/colinandjustin/article/996759–c-j-the-real-meaning-of-home

Shocking teeth cleaning poll: Don’t be one of these statistics!

We’re awash with surveys on a daily basis but one caught my attention and made me take a sharp intake of breath.
I read in today’s press that a survey by the highly respected dental hygiene firm Oral-B suggests that Scots have the dirtiest mouths in the UK.
Certainly not a statement to bring a smile to our faces.
The research reveals that one in five do not clean their teeth in the morning.
A scary two per cent of Scottish men can go a WHOLE week without brushing their teeth.
And 60% of females in Scotland will skip the teeth cleaning sessions at night before bedtime.
Furthermore some 10% of Scots admit going a full weekend without cleaning their teeth!
What’s going on?
Where’s their self respect?
And what about the issue of fresh breath?
Dental hygiene is so important – not only for the health of your teeth but for your gums and mouth in general.
My advice?
Make teeth brushing a twice daily ritual.
Brush your teeth for at least two minutes during each session.
If you’re at all worried about your dental hygiene regime then consult a professional dental hygienist.

Dentist to dentist: when a fellow professional needs dental work

Yesterday I performed implant surgery on another dentist who’d come to the clinic for new implant.

It’s quite something being asked by one of your peers to do dental work for them – especially when it’s a treatment such as dental implants work.

I considered my fellow professional’s choice of our clinic to be a superb compliment and I was honoured to be asked.

Dental Implant Course: organisers opt for our clinic

Here’s a link to an article about a forthcoming dental implant course being held at our clinic.
CADE organises courses in a range of dental treatments and, like me, they have a particular interest in dental implants.
These courses are for other dentists to come along and learn more about dental implants and become proficient in the field.
I’m delighted to be involved with CADE in the course and it’s been an exciting project organising it with them.

http://content.yudu.com/Library/A1rwk8/ScottishDentalMagazi/resources/61.htm

My cookery days helped dental studies

Here’s a link to an article that appears in the PPD magazine.
Written about my university days and how I learned the art of cooking to help fund my dental studies.
Taught me a lot about team working – and a lot about myself.
Hard days – but happy ones too!

http://www.ppdentistry.com/dental-news/article/my-best-decision-learning-kitchen-skills

It’s National Smile Month: are you happy with your smile?

National Smile Month kicks off today and the focus is all about the Smile Factor.
The campaign is to raise awareness about good oral health.
The power of a smile is immense – the ability it has to influence the success of our relationships and careers and the impact it has upon our lives.
According to the National Smile Month promoters, almost three times as many people say they judge someone they first meet by their smile, rather than their dress sense and over two-thirds of the people agreed that having a good smile not only helps build people’s confidence psychologically and socially – but it also helps their love life, too.
This all adds to the established perception that the smile is one of our most important physical attribute – and with just under half of us believing that having pearly white teeth is the most important aspect of a good smile, while more than a quarter rate straight, even teeth as an absolute must, we must continue to value the significance it holds.

Inlays? Onlays? What are the benefits of these restorative procedures for your teeth?

In some instances, the extent of decay or tooth loss in a tooth may involve such tooth volume loss that simple restorative techniques are not enough to restore the tooth form and function.

In cases where simple fillings will not suffice, inlays and onlays can be used to restore the form and function of a tooth.

While fillings are placed in the tooth immediately after preparation, inlays and onlays require that the tooth be prepared and an impression taken of this preparation.

The impression is then sent to the dental laboratory where the inlay or onlay is constructed to restore the tooth volume, form and function. Inlays and onlays can be constructed from composite resin material, porcelain or gold material and after construction are cemented in the patients mouth to complete the restoration.