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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”.

 

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Christmas Wishes

The Moreton Dental Care team would like to wish all our patients a very happy Christmas, and give an update on all the babies that have arrived this year.

This time last year six members of staff were due to be on maternity leave at the same time, which did happen.

Now all six babies- three girls and three boys- have been safely delivered and are looking forward to spending Christmas with their families.

Three of the mums, hygienist Stephanie Farrell and dental nurses Kerry Baily and Jennie Thorpe, are now back at work, while the remaining three, dental nurses Suzanne Roberts, Beckie Warren and Gemma Barnes, are expected to return in the New Year.

We managed to get all of them in together for a festive snap. From left to right: Gemma with Katie, Stephanie with Henry, Kerry with Oliver, Jennie with Evie, Suzanne with Rosie, and Beckie with Joey.

Principal dentist Dr Paul Sherrard says it has been a particularly memorable year for him. He added: “This is my 25th year running the practice, which is a milestone for me, but having six staff off at the same time is something I won’t forget either. Over the years I’ve had a few maternity leaves overlapping, but never anywhere near as many as this.”

He praised the rest of the staff for their hard work and flexibility to keep the practice running smoothly throughout the year, despite the staff shortage.  “Everyone has worked exceptionally hard for which I am extremely grateful. We particularly had to plan very carefully when people took their holidays in the summer. Now we’re all thrilled to see the new babies- they are gorgeous,” added Dr Sherrard.

 

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.

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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