It’s fair to say this has been the most challenging of times for everyone. In March we were advised to have no face to face contact with our patients. Our practice had to close its doors. We were still here for remote emergency consultations and advice but we hated not being able to serve and meet our patients’ full-needs. The fear of course and the reason for the closure was to prevent the spread of the virus. We entered a period of endless guidelines… from NHS England and the Chief Dental Officer and the Care Quality Commission and the General Dental Council and local dental authorities. We had to navigate all the documents and work out how to deliver care to our patients. We were asked by NHS England to become an urgent dental centre under NHS guidelines and were able to offer a skeleton emergency service.
Our team worked round the clock seeing patients with dental emergencies from across the region and offering remote advice where possible. We also had to cancel thousands of appointments for patients who were booked in for routine treatment. The telephone lines were in meltdown! In early June it was announced that dental practices could re-open but under strict new guidelines. We were advised to see emergencies first. All attending patients need a risk assessment to check it is safe for them to attend the practice. With regard to social distancing, we have had to significantly reduce the number of people in the building at any one time. We have completely altered our shift patterns and have opened the surgery from 8 am to 8 pm Monday Friday and 8 am to 2 pm on Saturday in attempt to generate the number of appointments we need and get through the backlog. During this time, we have been overwhelmed with kindness and patience from our patients. Please also rest assured we are doing everything possible to keep you safe! If you need any help or advice please contact us.
We look forward to caring for you soon!
We Now Offer Video Consultations
In orthodontics, we are now doing free remote consultations which can be done from the comfort of the patient’s own home and we are looking into online booking. Many of our Invisalign patients are dentally monitored which means they scan their teeth at home each week on their phone and we can monitor their treatment progress remotely. This meant we could continue with their treatment during lockdown. We are developing a Digital smile design service so patients can clearly see what the outcome of their treatment may look like before committing.
Maria Our Specialist Orthodontist travelled to London on the 2nd Sept to examine for the Royal College of Surgeon’s future orthodontic therapists – feeling honoured and excited to be examining the next generation of professionals.
How to look after your teeth
Pumpkins, skeletons, and…cavities? Indeed, Halloween is the most fun-filled and frightening time of the year!
And, of course, along with Halloween comes piles upon piles of delicious sweet treats.
As fun as Halloween is, it’s important to make sure you maintain good oral health as you enjoy the day.
Follow our dentistry tips to make sure you scream in laughter
Visit your dentist often
Brush after every snack
Ration out your sweets
Avoid certain sweets if you have braces
Have a happy halloween
Bamford Family News….
Congratulations Ishaq who has been awarded “Educational Supervisor” of the year North West.
Goodbye to one of our receptionists Liz. We will all miss you!
We would just like to say a huge congratulations to Abi, Michelle & Lauren on the birth of their babies. We all can’t wait to meet them!
Congratulations to one of our Dentist’s Felicity and fiancé Jack on their engagement
Missing a Tooth?
Do you have a missing tooth which is affecting your confidence?
Are you interested in Dental Implants?
Contact us on 01706 527700 to book a consultation
Thanks to all the team at Bamford for bringing in food donations for
Boutique Whitening Now Only £199 – Quote BAMFORD20
We Value Your Feedback
We are trying to build our google reviews please scan our QR code to leave us a review
Our model is one of our lovely dental nurses called Eleanor. Eleanor will show you how to take photos of your teeth at home that you may want to send into us if you have any questions via email. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
All you need are some spoons, a friend to take the photos and a smart phone.
We also hope to be up and running with virtual consultations for new patients soon #watchthisspace
Stay safe from everyone @ Team Bamford and please keep in touch
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.
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.
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Have some questions
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.
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