Finding out how to give even more back…
I recently attended the Homeless and Inclusion Conference in Birmingham, my first time at this conference I was excited to find out more about how I could become involved with providing dental care for homeless and excluded people.
Well the day certainly didn’t disappoint, it was eye opening, inspiring and motivating.
Speakers included dental & homeless charities, various professionals from the dental world and the talks I found the most emotional were those from people who have been homeless themselves. Listening to people’s stories,why they became homeless, their journey, difficulties and prejudices they have faced brought a tear to my eye.
One particular speaker was Sarah Harries, she was living on the streets of Leeds, had suffered a lifetime of abuse and had a drug addiction. However with the help of others and a lot of hard work herself she is now a Pentecostal Minister, studying a degree and married with a daughter, four years ago she was close to death. A wonderful success story to hear.
I will definitely be getting involved where I can next year, through Crisis and Dentaid and doing some dental nursing for them. It has also given me a lot to think about in terms of day to day nursing here and what we can do to be aware and considerate of people and possible traumas.
I also wore my other hat on this day and presented a table for Dental Mavericks, to try and spread the word about our work and encourage attendees of the conference to join us for our 2019 trips. Scarily for me I had to present a short talk to the room about the work we do.
Not having done any public speaking before I was nervous to say the least( although most would argue I can speak more than needed any other time no problem ha ha) I survived though, no eggs or tomatoes were thrown and hope that I managed to encourage a few of the dentists to consider us next year.
Highly Commended for Long Service!!
We are so proud that Dawne last week was recognised in the National Dental Nurse Day Awards. The awards are ran by the Society of British Dental Nurses to recognise the great work and achievements of nurses across the country.
Dawne has had a long career, she started nursing in 1977 gaining her qualification the following year.
As well as nursing she also works on front desk, nurses for implants, deal with various administrations for us and carries out all our nursery visits to talk to the children about coming to the dentist and caring for their teeth.
Dawne will have seen a vast amount of changes in dentistry over the years, she is a dedicated member of our team and an integral part of what we do day to day at heathDENTAL. We are lucky to have you Dawne.
Thanks a lot, bye for now
We’d like to welcome Danielle to our front desk team
Some of you may have spotted a new face in the practice, we are very happy to welcome Danielle to our front desk team
My name is Danielle, and I have just recently started working here at Heath DENTAL.
During the short time that I have been here I have been warmly welcomed, by the amazing team I am now a part of, into a lovely environment!
And, I’m really excited for what the future holds for me here at Heath DENTAL.
In my spare time, I enjoy baking, socialising with my friends, trips to the beach and lots of family time.
Danielle, the team are excited to put your baking skills to the test!
Itero – Digital Scanning Instead Of Gooey Impressions
Finally, after what felt like an eternity, we are getting on top of the intricate techniques involved with successful patient scanning. It has been a very steep learning curve and as always with any profession, ongoing learning with new knowledge and skills acquisition will never stop.
We must stop and thank our willing patients who have often felt like guinea pigs whilst we clumsily navigated their mouths for the perfect scan. Without their patience we would never have arrived at the situation that we are at now.
Well, on Friday morning, we fitted our first fully digital crown on a scanned implant, and boy did it feel good. It is extremely rare not to have to make some sort of chairside adjustment to a crown, after traditional impressions and laboratory procedures but this new crown went on like a dream.
NO ADJUSTMENTS, PERFECT TECHNICAL FIT AND IT LOOKED AMAZING. The patient couldn’t wait to try a steak that same evening.
The benefits to everyone, especially our patients are huge:
- The process is far more comfortable without the need to impart gooey, sticky stuff into your mouth, whilst you try desperately to breath waiting for what seems like an age for the material to set.
- It is far more efficient and accurate, meaning that your appointments are more predictable with less risk of having to waste your time coming back for a second fitting.
- There are fewer adjustments meaning that your appointments should be quicker and less invasive.
- We can even scan your teeth to determine objectively if you have an active grinding and wear problem. This is done by 2 separate scans taken 12 months apart and digitally comparing the loss of tooth tissue. NO MORE GUESSING.
We love this new technology and our patients who have experienced it do too. We will continue to learn about how we can further benefit our patients and fulfil another of our core values of being progressive.
suture removal course
Another day, another skill learnt
On Friday I very excitedly set off down to London to The Dawood and Tanner Academy for my course on suture removal.
Once I have completed my cases this will allow me to removed stitches for Sat after Implant placement.
I love having extended duties and it’s great that as nurses we can get more involved in patient care.
We got to do some suturing practice (not that we can suture patients) but to understand what goes into suturing and appreciate the skill that’s involved in doing it well.
I have to say I have watched dentists doing it for some time and yes I am guilty of thinking oo it doesn’t look that hard, bit like sewing a button on………well I now have a new appreciation of how tricky it is, and I will be sticking to buttons only lol
Sean Completes The Birmingham half marathon
Two weeks ago on a very cold and wet Sunday, Sean took to the streets of Birmingham along with around 11,000 others to complete the Birmingham half marathon.
His 8th time completing the event, he ran to raise funds and awareness for a cause that means alot to him, Cardiac Risk in the Young.
In a reverse of previous routes, the Birmingham half marathon started where it ended last year, before taking runners to Highfield Road in Edgbaston and down the hill of Lee Bank Middleway, once a challenging incline near the end of the half marathon.
Participants then did a lap of Cannon Hill Park and Edgbaston Stadium before turning back to the city centre after they reached Bournville.
Posting his photo’s after the event Sean said..
“Well that was a wet one! Back home safe and sound, and just about dried out and got the feeling back into my fingers. Great run considering, a comfortable 1hr56…. again!”
Well Done Sean !
13th annual Mouth Cancer Awareness walk in Hyde Park
It’s 5pm on Sunday evening and luckily me and my tired feet have managed to get a seat in Euston station whilst I wait for my train home. I decided to offer my time this weekend as a volunteer at the 13th annual Mouth Cancer Awareness walk in Hyde Park. “Why are you doing that?” I’ve been asked …..”why not !?” I say. I’m so glad I did it, it’s been a great day.
Hyde Park is a beautiful setting for the event, how lucky if you live in London to have such a picturesque place to walk, cycle or run in. Full of flowers, wildlife and the people watching opportunities are endless. I was up early to get across London to help set up for the walk, arriving at 8.45am I met the organisers and other volunteers and we quickly got to work setting up the area ready for the arrival of the participants later in the morning.
The walk was started to raise funds for the charity and also to help raise awareness of mouth cancer and spread the word about prevention and early detection. Hundreds of people of all ages came to take part including survivors of the disease.
I was one of the team registering people, giving out water, t-shirts and then goodie bags at the end. There was a mobile screening unit where people could have free mouth checks and a survivor came on stage to tell her story. You couldn’t help but get emotional hearing her journey and then thinking of those who have lost their lives as a role call was read for some of the people being remembered.
It was great seeing everyone’s faces as they crossed the finish and being able to congratulate them, a brilliant day for a brilliant cause.
I would definitely volunteer again for this or similar events, I get a real kick from the volunteering work I have been lucky enough to be involved in and will continue to do it when I can. I urge everyone to try it, there are loads of opportunities out there and whether it’s a day or an hour of your time you can give, someone somewhere will be grateful.
Dentist Sean Living Our Core Values
True to our practice core value of progression, I have recently completed an extensive program of further training in orthodontics (teeth straightening).
My interest in orthodontics began over 10 years ago when I first started using clear aligners to improve my patient’s smiles. A few years later I then progressed into providing the option of using fixed cosmetic braces with the Six Month Smile® system.
While completing over a hundred cases I have always been keen to continue to develop my skills, to enable me to progress and undertake more complex cases safely, and ultimately provide my patients with more options and the potential to have complete care within Heath Dental. I have always been aware of the limitations of my skills and would refer a patient on to specialist orthodontists when appropriate.
So, over the last 12 months I have been undertaking a course organised by highly regarded specialist orthodontists, and having completed it successfully and I am now well equipped to take care of more challenging cases.
This will include those that not only would take longer than cosmetically focused fixed braces, but also ones that may require extraction of teeth.
I am also now able to offer some treatments to children, which, with ever increasing waiting lists and greater restriction of NHS orthodontic services, may be an option worth exploring.
With our affordable payment plans, orthodontic treatment may be more accessible than you think. Just speak to a member of our reception team and book a complimentary consultation to find out more.
Being a dental nurse is a job I love
You may or may not have heard of Megamind, supervillain turned superhero, well I like to think that if Megamind wasn’t busy saving the world he would probably spend his time working as a dental nurse. :0)
Being a dental nurse is a job I absolutely love, you spend your day with a variety of people, get to change people’s lives with their smiles, improve their health and build great relationships with patients and team members.
This job does require a certain skill set, daily you need to multi task, constantly learn and evolve, be ready for change at anytime big or small, remember a big catalogue of knowledge and more……so now you may be seeing why I feel Megamind is an appropriate comparison for dental nurses (except for the fact that he was a villain initially, no villains here!!)
Progression is one of our team values and one of my favourites. We have recently had our annual appraisals which includes planning my development for the year ahead. I’m excited to be going on a course next month in London to enable me to remove sutures for patients, just one of the extra duties as a nurse we can train to do.
You can’t stand still in this job, you have to be able to move with the times and expand your knowledge and skills and more importantly you need to love learning.
Luckily for me i’m a bit of a self confessed dental nerd and always jump at the chance to go to a course or conference. In November I am going to be attending the Homeless and Inclusion Conference in Birmingham to learn how I can help the homeless with dental needs.
I could reel on for hours about what I have done and want to do in my career but I will stop myself as I’m aware this is a blog not a dissertation ha ha.
I am grateful to have a job I love and that offers me so much variety, and also grateful to have wonderful bosses Sat and Jo who help me develop, thanks guys !!!
Heath Dental – Team Bonding
It’s sadly not often we get to spend quality time with each other outside of work, so when we do it is always really good fun and nice to be able to enjoy each others company without having to watch the clock checking if lunchtime has ended.
We of course spend hours a day with each other in the practice, however the days are busy and conversations can be interrupted, rushed and sometimes left unfinished. So I always personally look forward to these times we all gather outside of work.
We were all lucky enough to be treated to afternoon tea by Sat and Jo this weekend for our hard work last year, an outing we have much been looking forward to, well who doesn’t like cake !?!?!
So on Saturday we headed to Coombe Abbey, a beautiful historical country house set in stunning gardens. Seated in the conservatory we all enjoyed a yummy selection of savoury and sweets treats, washed down with lots of tea, coffee (pinkies out!) and it wouldn’t be a party without a glass of fizz too of course.
Sat and Jo’s three boys also joined us, and they always keep us entertained, especially when Dylan their youngest got involved in the wedding that was taking place in the gardens next to us lol
It was a lovely afternoon, I definitely overindulged (yes please to extra clotted cream) but that’s what treats are for heh.
Jo and Sat thank you so much for taking us, these treats do not go unappreciated and if anyone wants a lovely place to go for afternoon tea then I would recommend Coombe, well worth a visit.
Michelle – clotted cream enthusiast