The truth about your teeth - Part 1

Did you watch "The truth about your teeth" last night on the Beeb?

Obviously the Pearsons were glued to it (pardon the pun and please, please, please don't try sticking your teeth back in with superglue - it's not the way to go!). Both Em and I thought it was extremely well done and very informative (Em loves anything with Dr Chris in it!) although there were moments when both Em and I had to put a cushion over our faces to avoid watching teeth extractions and I'm not entirely sure I agree with his view that all you need is a tube of toothpaste, a manual toothbrush and a carrot!

What really struck me though was that 5 million people haven't seen a Dentist in the past 10 years and 13 million people struggle to eat because of bad teeth. I was pleased that they mentioned that over the counter tooth whitening kits don't work and are a waste of money - it needs to be done professionally. We are currently running a campaign on our Facebook Page where you have the chance to win some free tooth whitening which does work (I know - I've done it) - so just like our Facebook page to enter.

I'd love to be able to tell you what Ben thought of the programme (look out for his blog next week) but alas he wasn't sharing the cushions with us - he's in London at Europerio talking about gums and gum disease.

Europerio is a conference held every 3 years organised by the European Federation of Periodontology to promote "Periodontal health for a better life". This year the federation have released a Manifesto which is a call to action for a fundamental shift in the perception of dental professionals’ responsibilities. Ben has already signed up to the mission to bring benefits from periodontal care to the general health of individuals and society, a purpose based not on the wisdom of the crowd but on strong and consistent scientific analysis. You can read the full Manifesto here

To understand fully what it is about there is a brilliant video to watch The sound of Periodontitis it's quite long at 10 minutes but please stick with it and give some feedback at the end.

The second instalment of "The truth about your teeth" is next Thursday at 9pm on BBC1 - the focus is on gum disease so I am sure Ben will have something to say about that.

Bryony Gibbons
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Corona Virus – Dental Update

Issue Date: 24/03/2020

On advice from the Government the practice is now closed for all routine work. 

Patients requiring urgent dental care can access this by phoning the practice between 9-11.00am each week day morning, after which one of our dentists will contact you directly to discuss what arrangements can be made to alleviate your problem. Please note that this service is for patients experiencing significant dental pain or trauma /symptom free broken fillings will not normally be deemed as requiring urgent dental care. We are happy to help non registered patients on a private fee basis. 

Outside these hours and at weekends or bank holidays please call the practice for further information that will guide you to our out of hours service. 

For patients with routine dental care we will be contacting you to rearrange your appointments on a rolling basis. Due to the unpredictable nature of what we are facing please accept our apologies if your appointment has to be pushed forward repeatedly. 

We thank you for your understanding at this difficult time and will endeavour to be look after you to the best of our ability. 

Many thanks and keep safe 

Ben Pearson and the Team