Regular Consumption of Sports Drinks is a Risk to Children’s Health

Sports Drinks a risk to children's health

Sports Drinks a risk to children’s health

This interesting article below which was published in makes very interesting reading for everyone who gives their children sugary drinks.

New research has found that 89% of school children are consuming sports drinks, with 68% drinking them regularly (between once and seven times per week).

The Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (FSEM) UK has commented that regular consumption of sports drinks by children, for social reasons, could be having a detrimental effect on their health.

The survey by Cardiff University School of Dentistry, and published in the British Dental Journal, showed that a high proportion (68%) of 12-14-year-olds are regularly consuming high sugar, sports drinks unnecessarily.

The survey looked at 160 children in four schools across South Wales and found that children are attracted to sports drinks because of their sweet taste, low price and availability. The research highlights the fact that parents and children are not aware that sports drinks are not intended for consumption by children.

The FSEM recommends that water and milk is sufficient enough to hydrate children and adults before during and after exercise, there is no evidence of beneficial effects of sports drinks in non-elite athletes or children. However, there is evidence that an increasing consumption of sugar sweetened drinks in the UK increases cardiometabolic risks and contributes to tooth decay.  To read the full article click on the link.

Teeth Whitening Guernsey


With the summer season upon us and people attending weddings and summer events its a great time to have that beautiful white summer smile.  Teeth whitening is a non-invasive treatment to brighten and lighten darker shades of tooth enamel.

It will effectively lighten natural tooth structure over a number of consecutive days.  We favour the tray system to deliver the lightening gel directly to the tooth surfaces.  It is a safe and regulated product dispensed by your dentist.

Your tooth whitening kit consists of custom made trays (from impressions of your teeth), the gel applicators and instructions for home use.

Only natural tooth enamel will benefit from a whitening procedure, fillings crown and veneers will not lighten however your options can be discussed with either Hylton or Ushi.

We are currently running a special summer offer.  If you read this post and would like your teeth whitening package for £350 instead of our usual price of £380, make an appointment now.  You can either book online, or call us on 01481 245357

Charter on Patient Safety

Our practice has a safety culture which means that patient safety is at the forefront of everyone’s minds not only when delivering healthcare but also when setting objectives, developing procedures, purchasing new products and equipment. It is also a culture that is open and fair, where team members can discuss the challenges they face at work for the best interests of our patients. For patient safety we

  1. Follow the latest infection prevention guidelines including those from NHS England.
  2. Use dental instruments that are single use or are sterilised after use
  3. Decontaminate work areas including the dental chair, hand held equipment and cupboard handles, in between patients
  4. Maintain a high standard of personal hygiene including clinical clothing and the restricted wearing of jewellery
  5. Monitor practice water for quality. Dental unit waterlines are disinfected and kept clear
  6. Handle waste according to current regulations and dispose of it with appropriate carriers
  7. Take expert advice if a team member may have a blood borne infection. The team member will have an occupational health examination and follow the advice on their role in treating patients


All our team members are trained in safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults and follow the practice safeguarding procedures, which are regularly monitored and reviewed.

As a member of CODE [iComply], I am kept up to date with the latest changes to regulations and guidelines. [For continual improvements in care, service and safety to our patients we operate a good governance system called iComply.]

As the Practice Manager, I have overall responsibility at the practice. I lead and support the team through regular meetings, staff training, personal development and regular appraisals. We always welcome your questions, comments and suggestions. Please contact me if we can help you in any way or if you have any questions about patient safety at the practice.




Tedx St Peter Port

Having attended last week TEDx StPeterPort, whose aim was to inspire, engage and catalyse us,  I can certainly say they hit the spot.  The event held at Beau Sejour for almost 400 people was the most amazing day.  Speakers from Guernsey, the UK, US and Denmark, gave talks on positive and  innovative steps to improving quality of life on the island. People spoke about how they had overcome personal issues and managed to get their lives back on track, they spoke about how to make their own island sustainable and, the opportunity to become more democratic in our countries by use of the internet to name a few topics.

One of things that I loved was the Guernsey people who attended, people who care about their island, its future and how we can make it better.  It was a thought provoking inspirational day and I enjoyed every moment of it.  If we are lucky enough to have it run again on Guernsey I would definitely go and take our team from the Bridge Dental Clinic.  In our busy working lives we get to bogged down with keeping on top of everything and keeping up to date with relevant CPD.  To open our eyes and see other ways of improving our working lives and our island lives was just amazing.  Anne

Tedx St peter Port

Tedx St peter Port

What Parents Can do to Promote Good Dental Health


Mum and son tooth brushing

Mum and son tooth brushing

Parents can take several steps to make sure their children maintain healthy dental habits.  Eat healthy foods at home, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, dairy products and protein.  Most natural foods have lower amounts of sugar than processed foods and do less damage to teeth, according to Kathleen Pace an assistant professor in the Baylor College of Dentistry at Texas A&M University in Dallas.

Parents need to serve these foods at home so their children will imitate those health eating habits when they are elsewhere “she said in a university news release”

She also suggests that parents:

Be sure to include fruits and dairy in youngsters school lunches.  Fruit will satisfy their cravings for sweets and provide healthy nutrients, while dairy products such as mils and cheese will help strengthen their bones and teeth.

Take part in children’s morning and nightly teeth cleaning rituals, and teach them how to take care of their teeth.  “Children love to imitate, so let them watch you brush your teeth and floss” Or even better, do it with them.  continue reading

This article has been taken from Health Magazine


Christmas Opening Hours

During the Christmas holiday period when we are closed there is an all island duty dental service provided.  In an emergency call the hospital on 01481 725241 and say you have a dental problem.  The hospital will take your details and contact the duty dentist, who in turn will contact you.  Please bear in mind that that there may be call out charges over and above the cost of any treatment required.  We are closed from 12.30 on Christmas eve, until 8.30am on Monday 4th January.  Merry Christmas everybody.

Christmas Opening Hours

Christmas Opening Hours

Emergency Dental Treatment over Christmas

Emergency Dental Treatment.  The Christmas tree is up and the decorations are around the surgery, everything is looking festive and joyful.  We are closed from lunchtime on the 24th of December through to the morning of the 4th of January.  Dr Jenkins is off island on a well deserved holiday.  If you have any niggles please get booked in now and have them sorted before the Christmas closure.  You certainly don’t want to have toothache over the holiday period…. On island there is always an on call Dentist which is managed by the hospital.  Should you find your self in need of emergency treatment please ring the hospital on 725241 and they will contact the emergency dentist for you.  Remember that calling out the emergency dentist is expensive, so have anything causing you concern fixed now.  Merry Christmas to all from the Bridge Dental Clinic


Don't get caught out over the Christmas holiday

Don’t get caught out over the Christmas holiday


Elephant Orphans – The Rescue of Naseku

The rescue of Naseku

The rescue of Naseku

The Bridge Dental Clinic continues to support orphan elephants in Kenya

The Kenya Wildlife Service reported to us that a young elephant calf was in need of rescue having been orphaned on the 2nd of November. The Namunyak Conservancy Community Scouts in Northern Kenya had retrieved her from a well and she was now safely in their care, waiting for help to arrive.  Having had experience in rescuing a number of elephants over the years from the Namunyak wells the scouts were aware of the best practice in situations like this; they ensured she had water and shade and avoided feeding her any milk until our team arrived with the correct formula. The wrong milk is very detrimental to baby elephants who cannot tolerate the fat in cow’s milk. Around the same time we were also called by the Lewa Conservancy radio operator who had received a similar report. It was confirmed that the calf had fallen down a manmade well and very tragically her elephant family had been forced to abandon her fearful of the presence of the Samburu herdsman who also share the same watering points in the very dry seasons. Find out more


“Excellent 10/10 – Bridge Dental Clinic. I’ve had to have a little bit of work done on my teeth recently and a new dentist has just taken over, so thought i’d give him a try. Everything is now sorted out, and i just wanted to pass on my personal thanks to Dr Jenkins who has been amazing from start to finish. If you have a fear of dentists / needles etc, then book in with him. His attitude to peoples fear is brilliant. He’ll put your mind 100% at rest, calm you down and get on with the job keeping you informed of what he’s doing along the way and what you can expect. I was expecting to be in lots of pain, but genuinely didn’t feel a thing. Brilliant. He is also helping me out correct my jaw which has been clicking for years and years. Luckily he noticed my problem and as he is also a skilled Orthodontist, he has been able to help me on the road to sorting this problem out. If you also have a clicking jaw i’d get to see him asap, as this problem will eventually lead to you not being able to open your mouth at all, which isn’t very handy if you need to talk or eat ! I’ve been to a few dentists in the past, whilst they have been good, do not compare to Dr Jenkins. It’s the little things like taking double the amount of time to scale and polish my teeth that clearly points to the fact he takes pride in the job he undertakes and gives his clients better value for money. The other dentists i’ve seen were nowhere near as thorough. His prices are also very reasonable and he sells some great products (toothpastes / toothbrushes) that are not available in the supermarkets etc. I also bought a waterpik which is a brilliant idea for keeping your teeth in great shape. All of his staff are very helpful and friendly and the surgery is currently being expanded to take on another dentist within the practice. Lots of my friends have visited on my recommendation and have had exactly the same brilliant service. He is also passionate about Elephants and wildlife, which is something i really like and respect about him. (See website) Keep up the good work guys ! “

thank you it’s good to get positive feedback

Welcome to Chloe


We are delighted to welcome Chloe to the Bridge Dental Clinic as our new nurse.  Chloe recently returned to Guernsey after living in the UK for 13 years and is delighted to be back to the island she was born on.

She has been with us for just over a month and has settled in really well.  After a few weeks of intense training she is happy, has a wonderful chair side manner is calm and relaxed with a lovely smile which is what our patients need.

In the UK she was working as a Nursing Assistant, on an Acute medical ward.  She really enjoyed what she did and finds there is many similarities in dental nursing.  She says “training as a Dental Nurse is a great opportunity and I am really enjoying the new challenge, it also allows me to use many of the skills of my previous role”.

When not working she loves to be out and about walking her dog Ranger, she also enjoys swimming, cycling and cookery.

Welcome Chloe