A Message From Portugal Part 2
As always happens the second part of the holiday has flown by. Having travelled to the south last Wednesday on a fabulous stretch of deserted motorway, which as we all know never happens back home, especially during rush hour, we arrived at what I can only describe as the polar opposite of where we had just left.
The village of Terena in the north was such a simple understated place filled with delightful locals who barely spoke a word of English but were there to make sure that we were welcome. They couldn’t do enough for the children especially.
Here in the South we have the indulgence and the opulence. Everyone speaks English and the whole place feels like it is set up with tourism as its main goal. I expected the children to prefer the hotel in the south, with its kids club and multiple swimming pools but to my surprise and delight they preferred the more “real” villages of the north.
We travelled down here to meet up with friends which again has been the highlight of the week. They are staying elsewhere and we have travelled out to see them on a couple of occasions. It just goes to show that no matter where you are, people make the difference and good friends should never be taken for granted.
We will be home in a couple of days and back to see other friends and family, including my fantastic work family. On 31st August we will be 13 years old at HeathDENTAL. I wish to thanks all of our patients and my superb team for keeping us going for the past 13 years and look forward to the next 13.
Bye for now
A Message From Portugal
Well it’s that time of year again when you take a couple of weeks off from the normal routine to try to reconnect with your wife and children ( long days and weekends at work undeniably meant little quality time with the family) and hopefully recharge your batteries.
This year is different. Having lost dad only 6 weeks ago, going on holiday seemed wrong and rather self-indulgent. In fact had friends not being getting married in Portugal, we may have decided not to go.
Having arrived here last week, I must admit that this is just what we needed. It has been a busy week toing and froing from the hotel where the beautiful wedding was staged back to the house in the sticks but has been filled with lots of fun with the kids and with friends. Its nice to be able to accept an invitation to play with the kids when they ask you to take them on a table football or a game of pool, rather than having to make an excuse that you have work to do, which we all know as parents more often than not leaves a discernible feeling of guilt. This lack of guilt is liberating.
What strikes me most though is how little we really need as humans to have a good life. The village that we are staying in has a church, an old derelict castle which my youngest has adopted as his own (he calls it Dylan Castle), one small very male dominated taverna, a small local shop with predominantly empty shelves and no lighting and a restaurant which rarely opens. That apart everyone is really happy and welcoming. We have been able to buy local fresh produce from the shop and although very basic, have enjoyed dreaming up lots of salads and barbecues and of course local wine ( not for the kids I must add).
Today is our last day at the house, tomorrow we are heading off to the South to catch up with other friends for a week. I will be sad to leave this unassuming yet therapeutic village but will look forwards to further adventures with the family.
Goodbye from Portugal,
Here It Is Our Total Raised For Rough Runner – £1782.67
Thanks to everyone for their kind generosity and support.
To the team who ran the course you should all be super proud, we have smashed our target and all of us finished the course (with a few bumps and bruises).
All this money will go to providing dental care to the children of Morocco and the refugees in Lebanon, helping to end dental pain.
Here are some photos from the day…
Dental Mavericks Asni Trip
An Update From Our Very Own Dental Maverick Trustee, Michelle
I had a great trip last week, a very successful clinic. We were in Asni, a small town at the foot of atlas mountains. We did a trek in the mountains one day with a local guide, 3 hrs and tough terrain but this is the kind of walk the local people do all the time just to get to markets or to school !
Stunning scenery, wonderful people but sadly a poor area and so dental health care is not readily available and the diet is high in sugar, so rates of decay are very high. We worked in the local school and provided fluoride applications, did extractions and a few fillings, but extractions mainly due to the decay rates.
Everyone gets a toothbrush, toothpaste, oral hygiene instruction. Since we started the project 4 years ago ( now the 5th year) the rate of extractions we had to do has gone down. We work in partnership with the Eve Branson Foundation on this project.
Over the 3 days in clinic we carried out 436 fluoride applications and 298 extractions ( a very small amount of the 298 would be filling maybe 15 or so, so mostly extraction).
Dawne Core Value Winner
Dawne was the winner in February for our Core Value – Courage. Well done Dawne!
Last month we visited a couple of nurseries to teach the children about visiting the dentist, brushing their teeth and good and bad foods.
We are happy to visit any nursery in the area to help educate the kids, so that they can maintain their smiles for life.
Here are a few photos from the visits, including Snappy, our practice mascot.
practice champion in January
Congratulations to Naveen for being the Practice Champion in January. Naveen has been rewarded for living our core values, in particular – Compassion
“Congratulations to Naveen”
Treasure Map 2018
On Thursday, Carol, Michelle, Paula and Bev took our annual trip to the Treasure Map Conference in Manchester. Treasure Map is a 2 Day dental conference for private dentists looking at ways in which the can improve their practice and their team so that patients can enjoy the best possible dental experience.
A great weekend full of motivational and inspirational speakers, idea sharing as well as fundraising for Dental Mavericks at the annual ball.
It was Bev and Paula’s first time at TM and Bev thought “it was a very inspirational and motivational weekend. Very informative but delivered in a fun way!”
They have all come back brimming with ideas to share with the team to keep improving what we do at heathDENTAL and how we do it.
Did you know that we do drill-free dentistry for our patients?
say goodbye to the dentists drill at Heath Dental!
At Heath Dental we want to give our patients some of the best pain free treatment around and one way we can offer this is with the use of our state of the art laser.
The Waterlase reduces the need for anaesthetic, it reduces bleeding during and after treatment and it reduces the need for painkillers post treatment as well.
It is safe to use on both adults and children so it is a great tool for patients who may be nervous about having a procedure done.
If you want dentistry without the drill please ask us more about having your treatment carried out with the Waterlase and we would be happy to give you more information!
IPC Awards Highly Commended
From 100 Dental Practices, Heath Dental Were One Of Just Eight Practices That Were Shortlisted At This Years Schulke Infection Prevention And Control Awards.
We Picked Up A Highly Commended Award In This Category. Well Done To All The Team For Making This Possible.