DR HANIF'S TANZANIAN ADVENTURES

Earlier this year Dr Afif Hanif flew out to Tanzania to work alongside a group of dentists for the charity Bridge2Aid.

Please find the video of Afif’s trip on our website under News/Blogs.

 

 

RESUS COURSES

CPR training is an important resource in an emergency. We run courses yearly at Kendrick View to make sure we are up to date with correct procedures. Here are our pictures from latest course held of Friday 16th October 2017.

LUCY’S RETURN

We are so pleased to be welcoming back Lucy Field to the Kendrick View hygiene team in January 2018. I know many of our patients have asked after Lucy whilst on her maternity leave and are looking forward to her return. Lucy has enjoyed her time with both new baby Aurelia and her son Chase.

 

NEW STAFF

We would like to welcome our new Endodontist Richard Condon to the Kendrick View team. Richard joined us in October and will be working Friday mornings 8-1. Many of you will recognise Richard’s nurse, Claire, who works alongside Dr McDonnell on a Monday & Tuesday. Joe Joubert will continue to work Tuesdays with Jane.

Richard graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2012 and has been working in the England since. Initially working within the NHS system as a general dentist, Richard gained great experience and developed a keen interest in endodontics (root canal treatment). In 2015 he successfully applied for and started his specialist endodontic training in Guy’s Dental Hospital.

This training sees Richard working in Guy’s Hospital 2 days a week, where he treats referred patients, is involved in the teaching undergraduate students and is undertaking clinical research. This training is due to be completed in 2019, at which point Richard will be registered on the specialist list. Outside of his specialist training, Richard works in private practice limited to endodontics 3 days a week.

Richard has also previously worked at the internationally renowned Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, as part of the maxillo-facial team from 2013-2014 where he gained surgical experience.

Prior to qualifying as a dentist Richard attained a degree in Business and Law from University College Dublin, taking a particular interest in the law relating to medical and dental practice.

Away from his work and studies he is a keen traveller, reader and a sport fan, and tries to get to the Stoop to watch Harlequins play when possible.

DENTISTRY AND THE OVER FIFTIES (continued)

Medical Complications

As we age, many of us develop more long term medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes and osteoporosis. The list goes on but it could either be the condition itself or the medication you take for it that may have an impact on your dental treatment. For instance, many blood pressure medicines cause a dry mouth as a side effect. A dry mouth affects tasting, eating and digesting food. It means your teeth feel sharper and rougher so that may irritate your tongue and, most importantly, it means you are much more vulnerable to decay. Not only that but the decay mainly affects the roots of the teeth, making it more difficult to treat. Another example would be if you have heart disease or surgery. You may be taking warfarin or one of the newer blood thinning medicines. It’s likely you would bleed a lot more if you need an extraction so your dentist would need to take extra precautions if you need an extraction.

This is why it’s really important to keep your dentist and hygienist informed about your health and to always keep them updated about any medications you take, whether prescribed or not.

Loss of Taste

Over the age of 60 our sense of taste starts to deteriorate so food tastes less interesting. We seek out stronger tastes so may like saltier food. Even as the other tastes fade, we can still taste sweet so we seek out sweeter tasting food and drinks. Of course this usually means more sugar which is the favourite food source for the bacteria which cause decay.

Health and Fitness

We’re constantly urged to get fit and stay fit and many of us take this message to heart. Be careful, though of Sports Drinks, Energy Gels and Bars which are often high in sugar. They may be needed by performance athletes but think whether a bottle of water would serve you just as well. Constant exposure to sugar is a sure fire recipe for dental decay.

More information to come in the next newsletter...

WHITEN YOUR SMILE FOR CHRISTMAS

It’s that time again... the festive season is upon us, and with all the parties, family gatherings and office Christmas do’s, you’ll want your smile looking it’s best.

We offer bleaching trays here at Kendrick View and are currently running an offer on our whitening treatment up until Christmas.

Why don’t you give the perfect Christmas gift this year?

Please ask reception or your dentist for more information and to book your festive smile!

Christmas is fast approaching, the days are becoming shorter and we all wonder "Where did the year go?"

We wish you all a Happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you in the New Year! Thank you for your support in 2015.

Christmas is fast approaching, the days are becoming shorter and we all wonder "Where did the year go?"

We wish you all a Happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you in the New Year! Thank you for your support in 2017.

CHRISTMAS OPENING HOURS

Friday 22nd December: 8am – 2pm (last day of surgery before Christmas)

Christmas Eve: Closed

Christmas Day: Closed

Boxing Day: Closed

Wednesday 27th – Friday 29th Dec: Open 9am - 1pm

Saturday 30th Dec – Monday 1st January - Closed

Tuesday 2nd Jan: Resume normal hours

MOUTH CANCER ACTION MONTH NOVEMBER 2017

Resource - http://www.mouthcancer.org/what-is-mouth-cancer/

What is Mouth cancer?

Most people have heard of cancer affecting parts of the body such as the lungs or breasts. However, cancer can also occur in the mouth, where the disease can affect the lips, tongue, cheeks and throat.

Anyone can be affected by mouth cancer, whether they have their own teeth or not. Mouth cancers are more common in people over 40, particularly men. However, research has shown that mouth cancer is becoming more common in younger patients and in women. In the last year more than 7,000 have been diagnosed with mouth cancer in the UK – an increase of more than a third compared to a decade ago.

What are the signs of mouth cancer?

Mouth cancer can appear in different forms and can affect all parts of the mouth, tongue and lips. Mouth cancer can appear as a painless mouth ulcer that does not heal normally. A white or red patch in the mouth can also develop into a cancer, as can any unusual lumps or swellings. Be mouthaware and look for changes in the mouth. It is important to visit your dentist if these areas do not heal within three weeks.

How can mouth cancer be detected early?

Mouth cancer can often be spotted in its early stages by your dentist during a thorough mouth examination. If mouth cancer is recognised early, then the chances of a cure are good. Many people with mouth cancer go to their dentist or doctor too late.

The dentist examines the inside of your mouth and your tongue with the help of a small mirror. Remember, your dentist is able to see parts of your mouth that you cannot see easily yourself.

If your dentist finds something unusual they will refer you to a consultant at the local hospital, who will carry out a thorough examination of your mouth and throat. A small sample of the cells may be gathered from the area (a biopsy), and these cells will be examined under the microscope to see what is wrong.

If the cells are cancerous, more tests will be carried out. These may include overall health checks, blood tests, x-rays or scans. These tests will decide what course of treatment is needed.

If mouth cancer is spotted early, the chances of a complete cure are good, and the smaller the area or ulcer the better the chance of a cure.

However, too many people come forward too late, because they do not visit their dentist for regular examinations.

How can I keep my mouth healthy?

It is important to visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend, even if you wear dentures. This is especially important if you smoke and drink alcohol.

When brushing your teeth, look out for any changes in your mouth, and report any red or white patches, or ulcers, that have not cleared up within three weeks.

When exposed to the sun, be sure to use a good protective sun cream, and put the correct type of barrier cream on your lips..

A good diet, rich in vitamins A, C and E, provides protection against the development of mouth cancer. Plenty of fruit and vegetables help the body to protect itself, in general, from most cancers.

Cut down on your smoking and drinking.

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