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Posted on in Charity
Uganda 2015 update

Almost 1,000 patients received care from dentist Dr Paul Sherrard on his two-week charity trip to rural East Africa this summer.

He was with a medical team from the UK who joined up with Ugandan health workers to visit remote Ugandan villages where they provided health care for poverty-stricken subsistence farmers and their families.

The whole team were able to offer help to around 4,000 people who would not normally have access to medical or dental care but have a high treatment need.

Paul extracted hundreds of teeth to relieve the toothache of many Ugandans and also gave oral hygiene instruction to local schoolchildren.  The mission team handed out 1,800 toothbrushes after giving lessons in how to use a toothbrush most effectively.

The trip was organised by the Rock of Joy Trust which was established to support schools and communities in Uganda after initial visits from Heswall medics and churchgoers back in 2007.

Since then volunteers from the UK have returned annually to work towards their goals of establishing clean water supplies, building new schools, sponsoring teachers and attending to the medical needs of the community.  

The volunteers on this trip included 30 teenagers from Heswall Youth Fellowship, some of whom assisted the medics, while the rest ran fun clubs, sports sessions and lessons in the four Christian schools supported by the trust. The youngsters spent a year training and preparing before setting off for Uganda in July.

Paul says he was privileged to be part of the trip and felt humbled by the team spirit and sincere kindness shown by the Ugandan people he met.

The Big Summer Brush Up-helping kids to clean their teeth properly

"My children do not always brush their teeth thoroughly. They rush, tell me they've brushed when they haven't and some days they're simply not interested in caring for their teeth," said one mum surveyed by Denplan, and a statement many mums would agree with.

Denplan's Big Summer Brush Up campaign is full of useful tips on how to make brushing fun for kids and get them to learn good oral health habits at the same time.

We're going to pass on a few of these tips here on our blog.

Dentist tip: it's common for children to rush through their brushing which means some of the teeth surfaces get missed. To help, get your child to imagine dividing their mouth into four main sections and brush each section for 30 seconds.

This means they're more likely to brush all the back teeth, and each tooth surface.

If you think they've missed any teeth, follow up by brushing their teeth yourself after they've finished.

To help reach the back teeth, get your child to pretend to be a lion or a dinosaur and give you a big roar! This helps them to open their mouth wide for you!

Dentist tip: choose a fun toothbrush with their favourite character on.

Dentist tip: make their own toothbrush holder by decorating a cup with stickers or coloured paper.

Dentist tip: brush to a special song.

Dentist tip: fill in a brushing reward chart. (Download a six week brushing chart from www.denplan.co.uk/bigsummerbrushup).

For more hints and tips visit www.denplan.co.uk/bigsummerbrushup.

Posted on in Charity
Uganda  Charity Trip

These are some of the latest photographs sent by our principal dentist Dr Paul Sherrard from his charity trip to East Africa where he is spending two weeks helping meet a desperate need for dentistry.

He is treating hundreds of tooth ache sufferers, many of whom will have not seen a dentist before in their isolated communities in Uganda.

This week he is south of the equator near Masaka working with a team of British and local doctors and nurses, setting up temporary clinics in remote and impoverished villages

Dr Sherrard is extremely grateful for the huge support he has received from his patients at Moreton Dental Care and other well-wishers who donated more than £2,000 to help fund the trip which has been organised through the Parish of Heswall Churches.

It is the third time he has worked in Uganda. On each of the previous trips he extracted more than 1,000 teeth. The tooth-decay was so bad in some patients they were suffering from life-threatening infections.

A team of 27 teenagers from Heswall Youth Fellowship are also on the Uganda mission. They are spending time working in schools, running holiday clubs and offering support in the local communities, as well as helping to spread the message about good oral hygiene.

Said Dr Sherrard: “It’s a huge privilege to have the opportunity to take part in this mission, and I’m very touched by all the support I have received from so many people.”

The trip is organised by the Rock of Joy Trust which was established to support schools and communities in Uganda after initial visits from Heswall medics and churchgoers back in 2007.

Since then volunteers from the UK have been back annually to work towards their goals of establishing clean water supplies, building new schools, sponsoring teachers and attending to the medical needs of the community.

 

Posted on in Treatments
A new dimension at Moreton Dental Care

It’s all smiles at Moreton Dental Care today- not only is it the start of National Smile Month, but also the day the practice has moved into a new dimension!

We have just had the latest in X-ray technology installed- a dental cone beam CT scanner (CBCT) - which enables us to produce highly accurate 3-D images of patients’ jaws and teeth.

MDC is one of the first practices in the area to have its own CBCT scanner and is a big step forward because its scans will provide much more information than conventional 2-D X-rays usually taken in dental practices.

It is of particular benefit for patients considering dental implants or other special procedures such as root canal treatment, because it enables our dental team to assess the exact shape of the bone.

The new machine is causing great excitement among staff and the first patients to be scanned.   They are marvelling at the clarity of the images produced from one low dose scan.

Dental radiographer Emma Eccles who has been training MDC staff how to use the scanner today, said: “The 3-D image always completely wows the patient.”

Practice principal Paul Sherrard says he will find 3-D imaging invaluable when planning dental implant cases.  Previously patients whose jaw bones needed examining in 3-D have have had to travel to Liverpool for a CT scan. 

“The images are of fantastic quality and will be very helpful to diagnose difficult problems,’ said Dr Sherrard.

The images obtained by CT scanning will not only show the quality and quantity of a patient’s bone, but also most importantly the presence of anatomical structures that must be avoided.

 

Happy patients praise the service at Moreton Dental Care

We are delighted with the great feedback from patients about the service we provide at Moreton Dental Care.

A new survey which ran throughout April, revealed that 45% of patients would be ‘extremely likely’ to recommend the practice to friends and family, while 55% would be ‘likely' to recommend it.

One patient commented: “I would recommend Moreton Dental Care because I got an appointment so quickly and because of how nice the staff are.”

Another said: “ Dentist very good with myself and my children,” while another commented: “Friendly and helpful service always.”

This was the first survey conducted at MDC following the introduction of new NHS guidelines which state that NHS patients’  views must be monitored on a monthly basis.  The results will be displayed at the practice as well as being sent to NHS officials.

We also regularly run surveys for non-NHS patients.

“Our aim is to always provide the best service we can for patients, so it’s great to have such positive feedback from the first survey,” said principal dentist Dr Paul Sherrard.

Our team of dentists provide the full range of general dental services as well as more advanced treatments such as dental implants, orthodontics and root canal treatment.

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