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Charity

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Uganda Medical Mission 2019

Dr Paul Sherrard is set to make his fifth charity mission to Uganda this summer to provide greatly-needed dental care. He will be part of a team of medical professionals visiting remote communities without access to medical or dental treatment. They will take all their equipment with them to set up temporary clinics in the villages which have no electricity or running water. It is highly likely that the villagers will have never seen a dentist before.

Another team member will be Dr Sherrard’s son Edward who recently qualified as a dentist and now works in Newcastle.

Much of the dentistry on the two-week trip will be extracting teeth to relieve toothache. Dr Sherrard has extracted hundreds and hundreds of teeth on his four previous trips, but the team also give advice on diet and oral health, as well as leaving supplies of toothbrushes and toothpaste. A major cause of tooth decay in the Southern Uganda region they visit is grazing on sugar cane, an important local crop.

On previous trips the medical team have travelled for up to four hours by minibus each day along rough roads and mud tracks to reach the remote communities. Once the team had arrived and set up their clinic the villagers were happy to wait for hours to be seen. Dr Sherrard would work closely with an interpreter to explain the treatment needed.

The missions have been organised through the Wirral-based Rock of Joy Trust, a Christian charity which runs three schools in Uganda and offers care and sustainable support to their communities. To donate to the charity follow the link: https://www.give.net/PSherrard.

Current sustainable initiatives include solar cookers, planting coffee (a high yield crop) and working on the ecology of the Nile, one of the world’s most polluted rivers. Every other year the trust takes a group of 30 teenagers from Heswall Youth Fellowship to spend three weeks working at the schools.

Sadi Dr Sherrard: “The mission is always a hugely worthwhile experience. I have never seen such poverty and poor living conditions, and yet we see so many happy, smiling faces and have been able to help a lot of people in a short space of time.”

Dr Sherrard greatly appreciates the huge support he has received from patients and colleagues at Moreton Dental Care, as well as other local dentists, who have made generous donations to support his charity work.

Laura Hill, a dental nurse at MDC, was a member of the team on Dr Sherrard’s second trip.

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Spreading smiles around Moreton

Starting today it’s National Smile Month and already we’ve been out and about in Moreton spreading the word about healthy smiles.

Over the next few weeks we will be getting businesses, community groups and individuals to join in our Smileathon by posing with Smilies. They will be entered in the national photo competition #MySmileySelfie competition, the best one winning tickets to a local comedy club.

Look out for the photos on our Facebook page Moreton Dental Care. They will also be uploaded to social media using #MySmileySelfie and #smileathon.

The aim of National Smile Month is to get more people to realise that maintaining a good oral health routine is quite simple, and, by getting the basics right, we can avoid most oral health problems and the pain and discomfort that comes with them.

“We urge everybody to adopt three relatively simple steps in order to look after your oral health,” says Dr Nigel Carter, CEO of the Oral Health Foundation, the charity running the campaign.

“By brushing our teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day with a fluoride toothpaste, cutting down on sugary foods and drinks and visiting the dentist regularly, as often as they recommend, we can develop and maintain great oral health.

“It’s also important to remember that poor oral health is not just about toothache and decay. It has a much wider impact on general bodily health than you may think. Research over the past decade has revealed growing evidence linking poor oral health to serious health conditions, which account for many more days off work.”

In recent years, poor oral health has been proven to have very close links to such diseases like heart disease, diabetes, problems during pregnancy and dementia.

Dr Carter says: “National Smile Month is all about re-engaging the nation about the importance of a healthy mouth and the benefits our smile can have.”

The campaigns organiser, the Oral Health Foundation, along with Platinum Sponsors Oral-B, with further support from Wrigley’s Extra, POLO® Sugar Free, Philips and Regenerate, are looking to take their important messages of oral health to more people than ever in an effort to let people take control of their own oral health.

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Father and son plan charity dental trip

Dr Paul Sherrard is set to make his fourth charity trip to rural East Africa this summer, this time working with his son Edward, to offer dental care to impoverished communities.

The pair will be travelling many miles along poor roads and dirt tracks into the Ugandan bush to set up temporary surgeries in villages with no running water or electricity and where the inhabitants would not normally have access to medical or dental treatment. 

Edward, a fourth year dental student at Newcastle University, and his dad expect to find a huge need for help- on a previous visit Paul extracted more than 1,000 teeth in two weeks to relieve toothache. They are also hoping to provide oral hygiene instruction and give out hundreds of toothbrushes. Two of the main causes of the villagers' tooth decay is grazing on sugar cane and the increasing availability of sugary drinks.

Edward and Paul will be working alongside a team of British and Ugandan doctors and nurses aiming to promote sustainable healthcare in these far flung communities.

The trip has been 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 churchgoers 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 will include 30 teenagers from Heswall Youth Fellowship, some of whom will assist the medical team, while the rest will run fun clubs, sports sessions and lessons in the three Christian schools supported by the trust. The youngsters will have spent a year training and preparing for the trip.

Paul and Edward will be taking all their dental equipment with them in two suitcases, and are also hoping to raise funds to buy mosquito nets for villagers- a simple but effective way to provide protection from malaria.

Said Paul: "It is always a privilege to be part of the trip, and I always feel humbled by the team spirit and sincere kindness shown to us by the Ugandan people we meet."

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Mouth Cancer Awareness month, November 2015

Staff at Moreton Dental Care are wearing their blue lips with pride this November in support of Mouth Cancer Action Month.

Staff have found if they all put on their blue lipstick at the same time, patients start to question why they are wearing it.

The answer is they are aiming to raise awareness of MOUTH CANCER- a disease which claims around 2,000 lives each year. Many of these could be prevented if the cancer is caught early enough.

The campaign organised by the British Dental Health Foundation, aims to increase public awareness of the risk factors, signs and symptoms, and to encourage everybody to visit their dentist regularly to help spot the disease early.

Dentists at Moreton Dental Care routinely check for mouth cancer at every general appointment. Early detection transforms survival rates from 50% to 90% which highlights the importance of the campaign.

The BDHF is hoping Mouth Cancer Action Month will send a clear message to the public with its campaign phrase “If in doubt get it checked out”.

Mouth cancer can strike in a number of places including the lips, tongue, gums and cheek. Three signs and symptoms not to ignore are:

.ulcers which do not heal in three weeks,

.red and white patches in the mouth,

.unusual lumps or swellings in the mouth or head and neck area.

Pictured are from the left: practice manager Lorraine Parker, administrator Vicky Lawton, practice manager Stacey Collins, and Claire Osmand (from Denplan).

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