November is Mouth Cancer Action Month and today is Blue Wednesday. The Oral Health Foundation are encouraging everyone to carry out a mouth cancer self check today. You may find the following link a useful guide how to go about doing this: https://youtu.be/_6csIJAWj_s
Should you find anything you are concerned about please do not hesitate to contact us, even during the current lockdown. We are here, open and working for dental emergencies at the same time as catching up on the backlog of routine appointments from the first lockdown.
In view of the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation it was with great sadness, after much discussion, that we have had to follow official guidance and reduce our services, as from today.
In order to keep our patients, staff and all visitors to our practice safe, we are now following advice from the British Dental Association and cancel all routine appointments. We will be contacting all patients who have appointments booked to explain this.
We hope by doing this that we will be able to maintain an emergency service through out the current climate, adhering to government advice. If you have a genuine dental emergency please contact the practice to either speak to a member of staff or listen to the recorded message informing you how to access advice.
We look forward to seeing everyone again as soon as possible.
The health of our patients is very important to us and we are working hard to ensure we follow all advice and guidance given to us regarding Covid-19 and prevention and spread of infection.
Cleanliness and cross infection control have always been a priority here at Woodcock Lane Dental Care ensuring the safety of our patients, staff and visitors even before we knew about the coronavirus!
We have always had a hand sanitiser in our hall and now we encourage all visitors to the practice to use it on entry and exit. We would always advocate hand washing whenever possible.
We have always provided our team with personal protective equipment such as masks and visors and although shortages are reported we still have an acceptable level of stock currently and are monitoring the situation.
All our clinicians, including our hygienists, are supported and assisted by a nurse who helps to maintain excellent standards of hygiene. We use high volume aspirators during procedures to reduce aerosols. Our nurses follow thorough decontamination processes between each patient and undergo regular training in this field. So, as always, we will continue to provide the best and safest care for our patients.
If we could ask of you that if you have travelled recently, or been in contact with someone who has contracted the virus please ensure you follow the government guidance and seek advice from NHS 111 if you have any symptoms or concerns before visiting Woodcock Lane Dental Care. Our reception staff will also ask you this on arrival.
If you are not at risk then it is business as usual and we look forward to welcoming you to Woodcock Lane Dental Care.
Congratulations to Sarah Buckley: her dedication to dentistry has resulted in passing her Masters with Distinction.
Sarah started working on her Masters nearly 3 years ago when she joined our team. Since then she has worked tirelessly, taking only a very short break to get married! As well as doing her own studies she also took time to supervise and mentor Jackie and Josie through their Sedation Dental Nursing course and exam. Her on-going support of Bethanie, who is currently doing her Apprenticeship Dental Nursing course, is also greatly appreciated. Sarah doesn’t limit her dentistry to just working hours either – she is also a very active member of the Bristol branch of the British Dental Association and organises and attends evening lectures.
Lastly, but by no means least, grateful thanks must go to all our patients, especially those who gave their consent for Sarah to use their anonymised details for her case studies.
Well done Sarah, we are all very proud of you.
Recently some members of our dental team attended a lecture by Dr Gaston King, a specialist in periodontics (looking after the health of gums and areas of the mouth supporting the teeth). He was passionate about following new guidance from the British Periodontal Society about how to classify gum/periodontal disease and formulating treatment plans to manage or improve patients’ gum health.
Hygienists are a vital part of his and our teams and it is clear that hygienists can provide much more care for patients than a “simple clean” or a scale and polish.
Our dentists and hygienists are keen to keep to up to date with this modern approach so if you have some form of gum disease (gingivitis or periodontal disease, to use the technical terminology) you may notice that we are spending more time monitoring and recording your gum health and the hygienists may require longer appointments, not just to do some scaling, but also to provide advice and support in the management of your gum disease.
If you have any concerns about the health of your gums (and the supporting jaw bone) please do not hesitate to ask any of our dentists or hygienists for advice.
Courtesy of Colgate, we are very pleased to announce that we are able to recycle your old plastic toothbrush and other oral care products and packaging.
Just drop your old toothbrush, toothpaste tube and packaging into the recycling box located in our porch. When this box is full Colgate will arrange for everything to be recycled.
Don’t forget – you may wish to replace your old plastic toothbrush with one of our bamboo toothbrushes.
It’s very exciting here at Woodcock Lane Dental Care. After many years of it being talked about the long awaited extension is finally happening.
The extension will allow us to have a toilet on the ground floor, suitable for our less able patients, as well as some more admin space. The first floor will accommodate 2 more surgeries and sterilising facilities as well as another waiting area.
The work is expected to be finished in Spring 2019 and we are looking forward to using our new facilities. In the meantime we apologise to all our patients, who may be inconvenienced in the short term, while this work is carried out.
We are very excited to be stocking environmentally friendly dental care products for you to use at home.
The toothbrushes (available in adult and child’s sizes) are made from organically grown “panda-friendly” bamboo, and packed in recycled and recyclable packaging.
At the end of its life the bamboo handle will break down naturally, as opposed to the plastic handle from conventional toothbrushes which take years to de-grade. Bamboo is also naturally anti-microbial.
The floss, made by the same company as the bamboo toothbrushes, is made from biodegradable silk and coated with natural wax, packaged in renewable plant-based plastic.
So, stop eco-worrying and come along and try out our Woobamboo products! Woo!
There is more to dentistry than just teeth. Here, at Woodcock Lane Dental Care, we care about the health of your whole mouth. That is why our latest advice is to always apply sunscreen to your lips when out and about in the sun. This will help to protect you from lip cancer.
Actinic cheilitis, also known as solar chelitis, sailor’ lip or farmer’s lip is a precancerous condition caused by damage to the outer layer of the lip’s skin. The condition itself is not considered a serious health concern, but it does increases the risk of skin cancer. It more commonly affects the lower lip and adult males. The condition may present itself as dry, cracked lips.
Actinic cheilitis may be caused by exposure to strong sunlight or extreme weather. The lip epithelium is less pigmented and also thinner than the outer layer of the facial skin next to it. This makes it far more vulnerable to damage from the ultraviolet rays of the sun. Excessive or chronic exposure to ultraviolet radiation found in sunlight, can damage lip cell DNA and cause abnormalities. Actinic cheilitis occurs when these abnormalities cause dry, scaly patches to form on the border of the lip.
The main causes and risk factors of actinic cheilitis are: chronic sun exposure, severe sunburn, oral sex, fair skin, out door jobs, smoking, excessive alcohol and immune disorders.
Our advice to help prevent this is to:
- Avoid excessive or long-term unprotected sun exposure.
- Apply sunscreen to the body and face daily, including lips, even if not spending a long time outside
- Apply lip balms or moisturizers that contain sunscreen, frequently throughout the day, especially when in the sun
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat and light, long-sleeved clothing in the sun
- Stop smoking or chewing tobacco
- Avoid excessive alcohol use
- Avoid tanning beds
- Get prompt, appropriate treatment for human papilloma virus or wart virus
- Keep hydrated, especially when in the sun
If you have any sore patches or ulcers on your lips, mouth, tongue or cheeks that are white and/or red that do not heal with in three weeks please make an appointment to see your dentist for further advice.
Smile – it’s National Smile Month again! With the sunshine now here as well, what better reason do we need to smile?!
Are you looking for ways to refresh your smile? What about visiting one of our lovely hygienists? They can remove staining from your teeth, give them a polish and also advise you how to keep your gums looking pink and healthy. Gums that bleed and look red and puffy aren’t healthy.
How about improving the way you care for your smile at home? We stock a range of well-known brands of oral hygiene aids and better still, we have two oral health advisors who can ensure you have the knowledge to use your products correctly and that you buy the right product for you. From disclosing tablets (which show how well you are cleaning your teeth) to top of the range electric toothbrushes – they are all available from reception – you don’t have to have an appointment or even be one of our patients: just call in!
Perhaps you would like to invest in some cosmetic dentistry? There are so many options available these days, from dental implants to orthodontics (tooth straightening using braces), from fantastic tooth-coloured fillings to laboratory crafted bridges and crowns. Any of our dentists will be pleased to discuss your requirements and help you achieve your desired result.
The team here at Woodcock Lane Dental Care, in Stonehouse, look forward to seeing you soon. In the meantime, enjoy the weather!