Mr Desai – Thank You To All My Patients

Mr Desai – Thank You To All My Patients

Our Longest Serving Dentist is Retiring at Christmas


Dear All

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.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Dilip Desai


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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.

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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.