Fairfields Nursery and Primary School

Local Community LinksThe Dental Practice was delighted to present a talk on Oral Health to Year 1 pupils of our local school, Fairfields Nursery and Primary School.

This was part of the school’s science week and gave us a further opportunity to fulfil our remit to educate young children in the local community.

New Denture Care Guidelines – Oral Health Foundation

Summary of guidelines

The guidelines are supported by best evidence and based on consensus from key international experts.

Four key steps to optimal denture care, summarised in the above graphic and available in full here, were concluded:

 

  1. Daily cleaning of the dentures using mechanical action – brushing with a toothbrush or denture brush and an effective, non-abrasive denture cleanser (no dentifrice).
  2. Daily soaking in a denture-cleansing solution – this seems to deliver extra chemical breakdown of the remaining plaque and some level of disinfection of the denture. Denture-cleansing solutions should only be used outside the mouth, and denture wearers should strictly follow the manufacturers’ guidelines.
  3. Denture wearers should not keep their dentures in the mouth overnight, unless there are specific reasons for keeping them in. This guideline is even more important for people at a higher risk of developing stomatitis and for frail or institutionalised older people. Soaking in a denture cleanser solution after mechanical cleaning seems to be beneficial for preventing denture stomatitis and the potential risk of pneumonia events in these groups of people.
  4. All patients who wear removable dentures should be enrolled into a regular recall and maintenance programme with their dental professional.

Is your Smile ready for National Smile Month?!!

It’s National Smile Month!!

NSM16-Fun-Facts-Stats

“In a nutshell, National Smile Month is the UK’s largest and longest-running campaign to promote good oral health.

Together, with thousands of individuals and organisations, National Smile Month highlights three key messages, all of which go a long way in helping us develop and maintain a healthy mouth. They are:

  • Brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion with a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks.
  • Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.

The aim of National Smile Month is to ultimately improve the UK’s oral health. Organised by oral health charity, the Oral Health Foundation, the campaign hopes to raise awareness of important health issues, and make a positive difference to the oral health of millions.

And this year, the campaign celebrates a very special landmark… it’s 40th Birthday!”
from National Smile Month http://www.nationalsmilemonth.org/

Photo Credit Justine Forrest, RR3622 Smilies Images, Academy Students and Staff

Photo Credit Justine Forrest, RR3622 Smilies Images, Academy Students and Staff

Did you know your dentist can save your life…!!

The British Dental Aassociation has developed an oral cancer toolkit in partnership with Cancer Research UK, to help dental health professionals identify and refer possible cases of oral cancer.

The toolkit includes information on the signs to look out for, how to respond, as well as possible risk factors and includes a free CPD quiz for BDA members.

Check out the infographics below:

mouth cancer risk factors

mouth cancer risk factors

Mouth Cancer early detection

Mouth Cancer early detection

mouth cancer infographic early diagnosis

mouth cancer infographic early diagnosis

mouth cancer healthy lifestyle

mouth cancer healthy lifestyle

Get more info from the British Dental Association here.