Just like to say a massive well done to Maria who completed the Great Manchester Run on 19th May 2019
Maria is extremely grateful to all who sponsored her and she has, on behalf of Bamford Dental Practice, raised over £1000 for Dementia UK.
Eat well and exercise : global guidelines to curb dementia!
@thetimes “People should eat more fruit, vegetables, fish and nuts and walk for 25 minutes a day to reduce their risk of dementia, the first international guidance of this kind has concluded. Lifestyle changes prevent dementia . Basically what is good for the heart is good for the brain”
From Monday 20 May to Sunday 26 May 2019, it’s Dementia Action Week
This week unites individuals, workplaces and communities to take action and improve the lives of people living with dementia.
Every three minutes, someone in the UK develops dementia. This means almost all of us knows someone affected by dementia – a family member, patients or member of staff, and it doesn’t just affect old people!
Here at Bamford Dental Practice, we are actively supporting our patients with dementia. Dr Maria McNally took part in the Great Manchester Run on 19th May 2019 and has raised over £1,000 for Dementia UK.
Please have a look at the video below that our lovely Hygienist, Lesley Stott recorded for us on dementia awareness.
A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and it’s predicted that figure will rise by another 20% by 2021.
Of the 13 billion plastic bottles used in the UK each year – 7.7 billion, or nearly 60% are plastic water bottles.
13 million tonnes of plastic is leaking into the world’s oceans each year. This plastic is being ingested by seabirds, fish, and other organisms and according to research by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, by 2050 the ocean will contain more plastic by weight than fish.
Bamford Dental Practice have joined Refill UK, the award winning campaign to prevent plastic pollution by connecting people with free tap water all over the country.
The average person in the UK will use 150 plastic water bottles every year. If just one in ten Brits refilled once a week, we’d have 340 million less plastic bottles a year in circulation. We think that’s a really good reason to start Refilling!
Download the app from Refill and then call into our Practice to refill your water bottle. For every Refill logged in the app 13 pence will be donated to Refill to help fund City to Sea’s vital campaigning work to tackle plastic pollution at source.
Unfortunately in 2018 there were 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and this is expected to increase to over 2 million by 2051.
One person is diagnosed every 3 minutes and 1/6 of people over 80 have dementia.
Many of our patients and loved ones will experience this difficult condition over the coming years.
As a Practice we have been learning about how difficult it can be for those suffering with dementia and their families to carry out day to day duties.
The dementia patient maybe confused, angry and vulnerable.
It can be challenging for families to take the patient to the Dentist and to maintain good oral health.
We have also been learning how we can best support those suffering with dementia and their families to still attend the dentist when possible for their essential oral health checks and dental treatment.
Dementia UK is a charity that provides much needed practical support to families experiencing dementia by sending in Admiral nurses to help in homes, care homes and hospices.
Maria is hoping to beat her personal best time of 1 hour 58 minutes – so please can we all wish her good luck!
For anyone who would like to sponsor Maria, please click on the link below to donate – thank you.
After 42 years and 10 months of working as a Dentist, of which the last 36 years and 9 months have been at BAMFORD DENTAL PRACTICE (BDP), I have decided to retire.
Over the years, I have had the pleasure of treating many patients at BDP and I am pleased to say that in a number of cases it has definitely been a “family practice” as I have been involved in the care of 2-3 generations. This has resulted in my seeing young children grow up, develop careers and then go on to have families of their own.
My sincerest thanks to you all for trusting me to look after your dental health for all or part of these years. I am humbled and honoured that some of you continued to come to see me and travelled long distances after you had moved away from Rochdale.
It has been a privilege to have had your loyalty and I wish you all well for the future.
Some of you may remember the small terraced cottage on Bury Road where the original BDP started, and it is testament to the hard work and skill of all the staff past and present, of how well the Practice has developed since then.
I am sure that BDP will continue to look after your dental health in the same professional and friendly manner that I tried to do during my time here and I wish BDP every success as they continue to provide the practice of dentistry.
My sincerest thanks.
D K Desai
I wish to say a personal thank you to you all for the many cards and presents that you have given me on my retirement and for all your handshakes, hugs and kisses.
I am humbled and honoured that you trusted me with your dental care during my 36 years and 9 months at Bamford Dental Practice, and I wish you all the very best for the future.
I am afraid of going to the dentist ... What can I do?
Come and see our gentle and relaxed team to talk through your concerns. We also offer sedation to reduce anxiety during treatment.
What causes cavities?
Sugar in food and drink is converted into acid by bacteria which live on the teeth. Reducing the frequency of sugary foods and drinks reduces the number of “acid attacks” and therefore regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste can help to strengthen tooth enamel and reduce decay.
Which is better, a manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush?
Current evidence shows that an electric toothbrush can perform better than a manual toothbrush if used correctly. Electric brushes with a rotating ossolating head (for example, Oral B Professional) have been shown to give the best results. Don’t forget your inter-dental cleaning aids, such as TePe brushes and floss!
There are so many toothpastes to choose from; how do I know which one to use?
We recommend toothpaste with a fluoride content of 1,350 – 1,500 parts per million (ppm). In certain circumstances your Dentist may prescribe a toothpaste with a higher fluoride content (patients with extensive decay or patients with a dry mouth, please ask your Dentist for more details).
How often should I go to my dentist for a check-up?
We usually recommend a check-up every 6 months. Patients susceptible to dental decay or gum disease may need to be seen more frequently.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease is caused by the body’s immune reaction to the build-up of dental plaque. If left untreated this can lead to the development of pockets between teeth and gums which can harbour bacteria. This can lead to bone loss which causes gum recession and undermines the support for teeth.
How safe are dental X-rays?
Most dental x-rays require a tiny dose of radiation. Did you know, a long-haul flight from London to New York can expose you to 30 more times radiation than a small x-ray inside your mouth.
If a person suffers from gum disease can they with correct treatment and following advise from dentist become free of this problem?
Yes, if a patient suffering from gum disease is treated correctly and if the patient follows the guidance of dental care professionals they can be ‘free’ of this problem but will need lifelong maintenance and monitoring to make sure the patient does not relapse and if they do, we can guide them and help them to control the disease and return to a maintenance phase.
Question of the month
When should I take my child to the dentist for their first visit?
When their first baby teeth arrive, usually around 6 months of age. However, it is wise to get advice from your Dentist to prevent tooth decay even before the baby teeth erupt.