As part of our journey to give patients the best possible care and treatment at Bridge Dental Clinic, we’ve now completed the installation and certification of our new 3D X-ray machine, the Planmeca Cone beam scanner.
What is dental cone beam CT scanner? A dental cone beam (CB) CT scanner uses x-rays and computer-processed x-ray information to produce 3D cross-sectional images of the jaws and teeth. It is a smaller, faster and safer version of the regular CT scanner. Through the use of a cone-shaped x-ray beam, the radiation dosage is lower, and the time needed for scanning is reduced. The machine moves around your head in a circular motion in a similar way to the panoramic dental radiography unit which is commonly used in dental surgeries and hospitals, which you may have already experienced.
Why should I have a dental CBCT? The scan will give us detailed information which cannot be obtained from normal x-ray examinations. For example, if you are being considered for dental implants or other special procedures, it enables us to assess the exact shape of the bone.
All of this means that Bridge Dental Clinic will now be in a position to offer patients Dental Implants. For more information regarding implants, please call us on 01481 245 357 and request to speak to Dr Ushita Shah
As many of you will know, we met Kamok and Kauro when they were tiny babies at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and have been sponsoring them since 2014.
Now a lot bigger, both have been moved to the Ithumba Relocation Unit in Tsavo National Park. This move will allow the elephants to continue their development and live a life much closer to what they would have experienced in the wild.
Moving elephants like this is a huge and dangerous operation, but one that the teams from the DSWT are very experienced with. To give us more of an idea of what goes into such a move, the team filmed the experience and post it to share with the world.
What a privilege it is to see how well the elephants get on and to be part of such an amazing organisation. We’re looking forward to seeing how they get on in their new home and sharing the news with you.
According to a survey carried out by the Oral Health Foundation, children from across the UK are receiving £23.7 million annually, after losing their baby teeth.
This sum was calculated from a survey which found that the tooth fairy paid out on average £1.58 per tooth (43.6% more since 2011!). With roughly 15 million first teeth falling out each year, this represents a staggering amount of money across the whole of the UK.
Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, says: “The Tooth Fairy business is increasingly lucrative and has seen major inflation in recent years, but it is really important that children are mindful of just how precious the baby teeth they are placing under their pillows are.
“Many believe that milk teeth don’t need to be healthy, as they will just fall out anyway, but this could not be further from the truth.
“The health of children’s baby teeth and their oral health in adulthood are closely linked so it is vital that a child’s mouth is kept clean and healthy. We want to see children’s milk teeth fall out naturally and healthily, free from signs of decay.”
With extractions of children’s teeth up nearly 20% compared to four years ago (43,000 in 2017) it’s more important than ever that we share the news of how to keep your children’s teeth healthy.
children under 16 receive a free annual checkup at Bridge Dental Clinic
children’s toothbrushes should be replaced every 3 months
always check the sugar content of food and drink to help reduce one of the main causes of tooth decay
As many of you will know, we’ve been making a few upgrades to the building here at Bridge Dental Clinic , in order to make it a nicer place to visit and also a nicer place for the team who work here.
As part of these upgrades we’ve now finished the staff’s private space and kitchen:
As part of this upgrade we also got the team to pick some new fabric for the upholstery – what do you think?
We think it’s important to have a nice quiet area so that, when we’re not busy on reception or in the surgeries, we all have the chance to recharge the batteries for a little while. This helps us deliver the top service that our patients deserve!
What is National Smile Month and why is it important?
Established back in 1970, National Smile Month is a campaign ran by the Oral Health Foundation who raison d’etre is to:
Improve oral health for all
Reduce inequality of oral health care to support children, the elderly and vulnerable adults
Push for change in government policy
This year’s campaign, from the 14th of May to the 14th of June, is being run to support three key messages:
Brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion with a fluoride toothpaste.
Cut down on how much and how often you have sugary foods and drinks.
Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.
What are we doing to get involved? Throughout National Smile Month we are decorating Bridge Dental Clinic with bunting (no, it’s not just for the royal wedding) encouraging people to post with the National Smile Month ‘giant smiles’ and will be giving away various mechanise to help you keep your smile in tip-top condition.
As many of you will know, having seen our blog posts and our pictures of elephants in the clinic and on our website, we have been supporting the work of The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust for a number of years. It is therefore with much sadness that we must let you know of the passing of the Trust’s founder, Daphne Sheldrick.
Daphne founded the trust after the passing of her husband, David Sheldrick, the founder warden of Kenya’s largest National Park, Tsavo East, in 1977. Through her work, and the work of those who she inspired, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has made a huge difference to wildlife conservation efforts in Kenya, greater Africa and around the world.
Here are some words from Daphne’s daughter, Angela Sheldrick:
“It is all very raw but I must share with you the passing of my incredible mother Daphne Sheldrick. What an example she was to us all, and I feel blessed to have been able to call her my Mum because she was quite simply ‘one of a kind’. She was a national treasure and a conservation icon. Daphne passed away the evening of the 12th April after a long battle with breast cancer, a battle she finally lost. Her legacy is immeasurable and her passing will reverberate far and wide because the difference she has made for conservation in Kenya is unparalleled. She will be sorely missed, but never forgotten, and this is what Daphne drew the most comfort from in her final weeks; knowing that her memory and work would continue with the tiny steps of baby elephants for generations to come and that the work that she pioneered has been able to achieve so much for wildlife and wild places throughout Kenya. She died knowing that she will continue to make a difference each and every day upon a land that she held so dear to her heart through the work of The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, thanks to a dedicated team she leaves behind. Daphne was fortunate to live long enough to preside over mud baths at Ithumba with well over 100 orphans, ex orphans and wild friends frolicking, and be able to say to herself, ‘but for I’. What a gift she leaves us all with, as she really is a shining example of the finest of humanity. Thank you all for your love and passion and support.”
After having to use one of these ‘toothpaste hacks’ recently, we thought we would do some research about other things you can do with toothpaste, other than cleaning your teeth.
Relief from stings, sores and irritations. If you’ve fallen in stinging nettles or taken a reaction to something you’ve touched which has made you itchy, rubbing on toothpaste will bring instant relief and help the healing process.
Hand scrub. If you’ve been touching smelly foods or chemicals then scrubbing your hands with toothpaste can be a more effective way of getting rid of the smell
Stain remover. Just like toothpaste can clean your teeth, it can also remove stains from fabrics like clothing or carpets. Rub the stain with toothpaste and then was with clean water as per your washing instructions.
Crayon removal. Got children? You might be familiar with the horror of finding crayon marks on your lovely painted walls. Try adding a spot of toothpaste to a damp cloth and giving it a gentle wipe…
We tried it and most of the crayon is gone. A little more tidying up and it should be looking good.
Cloudy headlight covers. To make your headlights look brand new again, put some toothpaste on a cloth and rub in small circles until the plastic is clear and not cloudy. Wash afterwards with hot soapy water.
Defog Goggles. To stop your goggles from fogging up, gently rub with toothpaste and then wash off the residue.
Clean piano keys. Two lint free cloths and one tube of toothpaste are all you need to brighten up the keys of that old piano that’s sitting in the corner. Add toothpaste to a damp cloth to gently polish the keys and then wipe away the residue with another.
Freshen flasks and bottles. If soap and water aren’t freshening your flasks or water bottles then try adding some toothpaste and cleaning with your bottle/pipe scrubber. Denture tablets are also good for this.
We get asked this question a lot (please do ask us again the next time you visit) so for those who forgot to ask, or who aren’t in for a while, here’s a nice and simple guide from the Oral Health Foundation
Place the head of your toothbrush against your teeth, then tilt the bristle tips to a 45-degree angle against your gumline. Move the brush in small circular movements, several times, on all the surfaces of every tooth.
Brush the outer surface of each tooth, upper and lower, keeping the bristles angled against your gumline.
Do this again, but on the inside surfaces of all your teeth. To clean the inside surfaces of your front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several small, circular strokes with the front part of the brush.
Brush the biting surfaces of your teeth.
Brush your tongue to help freshen your breath and clean your mouth by removing bacteria.
Remember, for great oral health:
brush your teeth before breakfast and last thing at night, with a fluoride toothpaste
clean between your teeth with ‘interdental’ brushes or floss at least once a day
As some of you might be aware, Bridge Dental Clinic helps and sponsors The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, which is based in Nairobi, Kenya. The aim of the trust is to help preserve Africa’s endangered elephant and rhino population.
They have recently posted an update about the rescue of a baby elephant they named Sagala (after the mountain which is visible from where she was found). She was found abandoned, dehydrated and with a pride of lions very close by.
This video shows images of the rescue:
but if you have time then it’s worthwhile to read about it in their latest update.
Here she is happy and healthy in the Nairobi National Park.
Thank you all for supporting us allowing us to be able to support a cause that’s very dear to our hearts.