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Awards

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Staff at Moreton Dental Care are delighted to announce the practice is in the running for not one, not two, but THREE prestigious awards.

The awards, open to dental practices throughout the UK, are designed to recognise excellence in dentistry and to highlight those practices going the extra mile to provide a high calibre patient experience.

The practice is in the final seven for Best Practice-North West in the Dentistry Awards, and on the shortlist for Practice of the Year-North and Best Charity/Community Project in the Private Dentistry Awards.

The finals will take place later this year in Leicester and London.

 

Dr Paul Sherrard, principal dentist at Moreton Dental Care, said: “I am delighted we have got so far in these competitions. This is recognition for the tremendous hard work everyone puts in to the running of the practice. I am very proud of all the team.”

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Dental emergencies on holiday

With school holidays for most set to start tomorrow, just a reminder for our Denplan patients about help for dental emergencies while on your summer break.

Dental emergencies can be extremely stressful and cause a lot of pain.  If you do have one, you should call Moreton Dental Care and make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible.  If you're away from home or can't get to MDC, follow these Denplan guidelines.

If you would like advice about what to do in a dental emergency, or you need help finding a dentist in the UK, give Denplan's Emergency Helpline Team a call on 0800 844 999. They are available to assist you at any time and can help you decide upon the best course of action in an emergency. If you are abroad you can also call our Emergency Helpline Team, they can let you know what kind of treatment you are covered for and offer you advice. Just phone +44 1962 844 999 at any time. 

This is what to do if you are at home, away on holiday in the UK or abroad.

1. Patients less than 40 miles from home.

Call Moreton Dental Care. If MDC is closed or unable to see you, we have an answerphone message with a number for you to ring in an emergency. If you are unable to get hold of anyone from MDC, ring the Denplan emergency helpline on 0800 844 999 at any time.

2. Patients more than 40 miles from home.

You can visit any other dentist for advice or temporary emergency treatment up to your policy limits.  If you need help locating a dentist, phone the emergency helpline 0800 844 999 who will help to find an appointment.  Keep receipts and send in the claim form to Simplyhealth Professionals for reimbursement up to policy limits. You can find a claim form on www.denplan.co.uk/claimforms.

3.Patients abroad.

You can see any dentist in an emergency and are covered for necessary temporary emergency treatment up to your policy limits.  Denplan does not have registered dentists overseas so it recommends that you ask your hotel concierge, tour operator representative or any family, friends or colleagues for a recommended dentist in the area.

If you need help or advice ring Denplan's 24-hour worldwide emergency helpline on +44 1962 844 999. Ensure you keep the receipt for your temporary treatment to claim back when you return. You can find a Denplan claim form on www.denplan.co.uk/claimforms.

This is for patients who have chosen Denplan's supplementary insurance cover.

 

 

 

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National Award Finalist

Congratulations to Dr Paul Sherrard on reaching the finals of the Aesthetic Dentistry Awards 2019.

Dr Sherrard was nominated for his highly skilled work to transform the smile of a nervous patient.

The patient was thrilled with the results which she described as life-changing and is now happy to smile again after years of dental misery.  

This year's competition winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony in London in two month's time.

Dr Sherrard won an Aesthetic Dentistry Award in 2016 for his work to provide implant-retained dentures for a pensioner who had been unable to eat wearing dentures. She had resorted to a liquid diet and her weight had plummeted to five stone.

Said Dr Sherrard:"I'm delighted to have got so far in the competition.  None of it would have been possible without the support of the wonderful team working with me at Moreton Dental Care."

Welcome to Cath as the practice expands its key hygiene services

A warm welcome to our new hygienist Cath Evens who will be helping to deliver our key hygienist services at Moreton Dental Care.

Cath, 32, from Eastham, expands our hygienists’ team to three, highlighting the importance the practice places on oral hygiene.

Good oral health is the cornerstone of good dentistry- it’s great to have sparkling white teeth, but it is also essential to have healthy gums. This is not only for good general health and wellbeing, but also to ensure a successful long-lasting result for people who have undergone complex dentistry such as having crowns and dental implants fitted.

Cath was a dental nurse for eight years before qualifying as a hygienist in 2016.  In her free time Cath enjoys being with her large family- she is one of six and has 10 nieces and nephews.  She also enjoys walking and going to music festivals.   

We are delighted to welcome Cath who is working two days a week at MDC.

Cath started working here last summer to help cover Steph Farrell’s maternity leave, taking up the offer to become a permanent team member  at New Year.

Patients can book an appointment directly with the hygienist- they do not have to see the dentist first.  We recommend having a hygiene appointment every six months, although some patients may benefit from more frequent visits.

The Hygienist Services page on our website www.moretondental.co.uk has more information, including videos demonstrating correct toothbrushing and flossing methods.

Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, can affect your whole body. In recent years studies have shown that many health problems can be aggravated by poor oral hygiene, including stroke, respiratory infections, heart disease, diabetes and preterm or low birthweight babies.

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Sincere thanks for mission support

Dr Paul Sherrard offers a big thank you to everyone who supported his charity trip to Africa this summer.

Paul, principal dentist at Moreton Dental Care, and his son Edward, a 5th year dental student at Newcastle University, spent two weeks working with a medical mission visiting remote communities in Uganda where villagers would not normally have access to healthcare.

Their services were in huge demand- the pair extracted more than 1,000 teeth during the fortnight, thus relieving the toothache of hundreds of adults and children, as well as giving oral hygiene instruction and diet advice.

They took with them all the dental equipment they needed to set up temporary surgeries in the rural villages which had no electricity or running water. These were often in wooden huts using whatever tables and chairs were available for operating

Paul said it was a joy to be able to help the hundreds of Ugandans he met. "It was very humbling being able to help such gracious people who have so little and were totally unable to access dental or medical treatment in normal circumstances," he added.

The trip was organised with the Rock of Joy Trust (rockofjoy.co.uk) which was established to support schools and communities in Uganda after initial visits from Heswall medics and church members in 2007.

Since then volunteers from Wirral 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 communities.

Paul is grateful to patients and friends who generously responded to his appeal to made donations to Rock of Joy before the trip. The £500 he raised helped buy 900 life-saving mosquito nets which were put up in the homes of Ugandan families by members of Heswall Youth Fellowship who also went on the trip to volunteer in the charity's three schools.

Other Wirral dental practices also donated equipment for Paul and Edward to use while on the trip.

It is the fourth time Paul has made the trip, each time working alongside a team of Ugandan and British doctors and nurses aiming to promote sustainable healthcare in these far-flung communities.

World Oral Health Day- a reminder about how long you should spend brushing your teeth each day.

In aid of World Oral Health Day today the UK's leading dental charity, the Oral Health Foundation, have looked at just how long we spend brushing our teeth during our lives with some amazing findings. 

The charity has discovered that, with the UK's average life expectancy currently standing at 81.5 years, if a person brushes their teeth for two minutes twice a day over the course of their life it would equate to 118,990 minutes - the equivalent of 1,983.16 hours or slightly more than 82 days.

In the sporting areana the charity have worked out that you could play more than 1,322 football matches or 1,487 rugby matches, or even sit through 16 five-day cricket test matches.

They also found that you could watch all of the current 60 episodes of Game of Thrones a whopping 33 times each, or the whole run of 236 episodes of Friends 22.9 times or even the whole Lord of the Rings trilogy a huge 192.8 times.

By releasing these statistics, the charity is hoping to draw attention to just how important our oral health is and make people realise how much time they should be dedicating to looking after their mouths.

Dr Nigel Carter said: "From experience, in reality we know that a lot of people do not always spend two minutes twice a day, every day, brushing their teeth. But our message is simple, you should be!

"The health of our mouth is so incredibly vital, from eating, drinking, speaking and even breathing a problem with our oral health can seriously impact our quality of life and by making sure we spend a relatively small amount of time looking after it every day we can have a big impact on our health.

"World Oral Health Day is an excellent opportunity for people to find out a little bit more about looking after their oral health and I encourage everybody to think about how important their mouths are and consider if they are doing enough to look after theirs."

The Oral Health Foundation want to draw attention to the shocking statistic that more than 40,000 children have had teeth removed under general anaesthetic in hospitals within the last year alone due to tooth decay. 

They are hoping that by making people more aware of what we need to do to look after our oral health we can help to reverse this shameful statistic. 

The charity is determined to get people to understand that almost every single one of these cases is entirely preventable, and that by following three simple rules of oral health they can make a huge difference: Brush your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day, with a fluoride toothpaste, cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks, visit the dentist regularly, as often as they recommend. 

Bizzare Dental Facts

  • The enamel on the top surface on your tooth is the hardest part of your entire body.
  • In the first adult dental health survey in 1968 over one third of the population (37%) had no natural teeth - it is now about 6% of adults.
  • More than one in ten (14%) of people find cleaning the toilet more appealing than flossing every day.
  • The average person produces over 5,000 gallons of saliva in a lifetime - that's enough to fill 78 bathtubs.
  • Our ‘smile comes top of the things we first notice when meeting a new person.
  • A toothbrush came top of the list of things we could not do without when we go on holiday.
  • If we only had five minutes to get ready in the morning, one in twenty would skip brushing our teeth.

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