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Olympic torch at Moreton Dental Care- thanks to grateful implant patient.

We’re getting into the Olympic spirit at Moreton Dental Care- thanks to dental implant patient Jack Blakemore.

Jack, 73, remembers how four years ago he was selected to carry the iconic Olympic Flame on a Merseyside leg of the torch relay leading up to the London Olympics.

Rather than let the impressive torch he carried sit in his loft at his Wallasey home he has offered to let us put it on view at the practice for the duration of this year’s games.

He made the offer after being so delighted with implant treatment carried out by MDC’s principal dentist Dr Paul Sherrard. Jack is pictured above with Dr Sherrard and was particularly proud of his new smile after having implant treatment to secure a new bridge.

Jack was selected by Wirral Council’s chief executive to be a torchbearer, thus joining a list of celebrities, including stars from the world of sport and entertainment, taking part in the relay. He took part in the Southport leg, cheered on by family, friends and crowds of well-wishers as he ran for 300m carrying the torch along Scarisbrick Road on June 1, 2012.

The retired local authority pastoral care officer is very modest but a quick search on Google revealed he has received quite a few awards for his good deeds- among them a long service medal from the Football Association for services to refereeing, and a Civic Award from Wirral Council in 2001 for his services to the community.

We’re delighted Jack has lent us the torch which is now part of our 2016 Olympics display at reception.  

We’re also thrilled Jack is pleased with his dental treatment. Jack says he loves visiting Moreton Dental Care. “I’m sure not everyone says they feel relaxed in the dentist’s chair, but when you know you are in the hands of a true professional I feel very relaxed,” he said.

 

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Wirral dentist slams criticism of flossing.

Dr Paul Sherrard has hit out at reports today that flossing does not work.

He says in his 30 years working as a dentist he sees patients on a daily basis who are benefiting from flossing.

“Every day we see evidence of less bleeding of gums and pocketing (spacing between gum and tooth which indicates gum disease) in patients who floss.

“We even have patients who floss some teeth but not others for whatever reason, and it is the unflossed teeth which are showing signs of disease and will therefore be lost more quickly” said Dr Sherrard.

He explains that just examining and smelling the length of floss after use shows it has had some benefit- it can have a foul-smelling odour after being used to remove debris between teeth.

Dr Sherrard was hitting out at recent studies which claim there is weak evidence that flossing is effective in plaque removal and in reducing gingival (gum) inflammation.

In Britain the NHS recommends flossing, but the US government has recently removed advice to floss from its dietary guidelines, despite recommending the practice for almost 40 years.

But the US government did concede that the effectiveness of flossing over a long period had not been thoroughly investigated.

Dr Sherrard says flossing has particularly significant benefits for people more prone to gum disease, such as diabetics, smokers and implant patients, but stressed that patients must learn to floss correctly for it to be effective.

“That is why at Moreton Dental Care we remind every patient of the importance of flossing and demonstrate clearly how to do it,” added Dr Sherrard.

The British Dental Association states on its patient website that flossing helps “in the battle against tooth decay and gum disease”.

 

Posted on in Charity
MDC backs dementia initiative

Receptionist Jan Sumner is leading the way in Moreton Dental Care’s drive to support dementia sufferers and become a more dementia-friendly practice.

Big-hearted Jan is set to undergo training as a Side By Side volunteer to increase her knowledge of the condition and offer help to sufferers and their families.

Side By Side, a Wirral initiative run by the Alzheimer’s Society, aims to help dementia sufferers feel less isolated, empowering them to get out and about with the help of a volunteer.

A volunteer will offer one-to-one social contact to a person living with dementia, helping them to pursue the things they enjoy.  It might be accompanying them on a visit to their local park, the cinema or taking up an old hobby or new leisure activity, or even just having a helpful chat on the phone.

Jan was inspired to train after witnessing an elderly relative struggling to cope with Alzheimer’s Disease. She will spend six hours a month volunteering in her spare time but also feels the training will help her in her receptionist’s role, and has taken up the Alzheimer’s Society’s offer to give a talk to the rest of the MDC team.

MDC staff are now planning a sponsored walk to raise money for the charity this summer.

Practice principal Dr Paul Sherrard said: “Jan is doing a great thing.  We will all benefit from learning more about dementia, particularly in a work capacity, so that we can sympathetically adapt and provide tailored help for people living with dementia and their carers who may need more time and support.”

Rachel Meadows, manager of Side By Side based at The Laurels, Birkenhead, explained that the extra support from a Side By Side volunteer would help people with dementia do things that others might take for granted, and also help them feel part of the community.

 

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10 reasons to smile

National Smile Month is all about the importance of a healthy smile, but smiling is actually good for you.  Here are 10 reasons why you should flash your pearly whites more often:

 

1. It boosts your immune system

Smiling changes the chemistry in your body. Numerous medical studies have found smiling to lower heart rate, steady breathing and relax the body, which results in a stronger immune system.

 

2. It changes your mood

Psychologists have found if you grin for 60 seconds, no matter how fake or forced it feels, it releases serotonin which tricks the body into making you feel happy again.

 

3. It lowers your blood pressure

As you smile, endorphins go up and blood pressure comes down. Those who have monitored their blood pressure both before and after smiling show a measurable difference.

 

4. It gives you a natural high

Rethink saying thank you with chocolates. According to The British Dental Health Foundation, a loving smile can produce the same emotional response as eating 2,000 chocolate bars!

 

5. It melts hearts

Several studies have found that a long-onset smile (0.5s onset) is seen as more authentic and flirtatious, and is perceived as more attractive, trustworthy and less dominant.

 

6. You’ll be remembered

Flash those pearly whites in your next interview. If you are smiling, you are three times more likely to be remembered than a person who is displaying negative or neutral features.

 

7. Smile your way to success

People who smile are more likely to get a promotion. Numerous studies have found a smile plays an important part in the physical attractiveness stereotype. Furthermore, psychological research has shown that attractive people are perceived as more successful, intelligent, and friendly.

 

8. You’ll look younger

Smiling is a natural facelift! It plumps up the cells in your skin and gives you a radiant glow. In fact, a study conducted by Orbit Complete found that 69 per cent of people find women more attractive when they smile than when they are wearing makeup.

 

9. And live longer

When you are smiling, it’s difficult not to be positive. And a positive attitude has been shown to increase life expectancy. Researchers at Columbia University found happier people were less likely to develop heart problems.

 

10. A quote to smile about

“A smile costs nothing, but creates much. It enriches those who receive, without impoverishing those who give. It happens in a flash and the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.” - Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People.

Posted on in Awards
National dental award!

Principal dentist Paul Sherrard has won a prestigious national award for saving the life of a patient using dental implant treatment.

Judges of the Aesthetic Dentistry awards declared the testimonial given by Dr Sherrard's patient Flo Webb about her 'miraculous' experience as the most inspiring they had received.

They presented him with The Patients Choice award at a glittering ceremony in London on Friday after they heard Flo's account of how dental implants enabled her to eat again after months on a liquid diet.

Flo, 76,from Greasby, had been in a desperate state when she turned up at Moreton Dental Care.  She had shed three stone in weight, down to just five stone, because she could no longer eat properly and was beginning to think she was beyond help.

Her previous dentist had removed her teeth but had been unable to make a denture that fitted her correctly.  Doctors had threatened to put her on a drip because she was losing so much weight on the liquid diet.

Dr Sherrard solved her problem by securing a new lower arch of teeth with two implants, making them completely stable.

Said Flo: “I am absolutely overjoyed with the treatment. My whole life has been transformed by it.   That young dentist Paul Sherrard literally saved my life.   It is a miracle and I can never thank him enough. I can enjoy a Sunday roast again now, or go out for a meal.”

Staff at Moreton Dental Care threw a celebration tea party for Flo at the practice in Hoylake Road, Moreton, on Monday and presented her with flowers and a voucher for a meal for two at a local restaurant.

“I’m delighted with Paul’s success.  It’s thoroughly deserved.  The staff here feel like my family now,” added Flo who decided to try Moreton Dental Care after being recommended by a nurse friend who was concerned about her health.

Dr Sherrard said: “I’m delighted our team have been able to help Flo and have a such a big impact on her life.  She is a delightful patient and we are all always pleased to see her.

“We’re all thrilled to win a national award- It’s all down to having a great team of staff to work with.”

The Aesthetic Dentistry Awards are run by FMC, the award-winning dental publishing and communications company, and one of the UK’s foremost post-graduate education providers for dental professionals.


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