Toni’s Story

Like many of my generation my early experiences of a visit to the dentist were memorable for all the wrong reasons. When I met Laura’s father, Nick, 35 years ago, he reassured me that things had changed. Nick taught me that dentistry need not be something to be feared, that prevention was better than cure,… Read more »

Gum disease and Diabetes

Gum disease and diabetes are both chronic diseases that become more common as people get older. About 80% of people aged over 35 suffer from some kind of gum problem and about 7% of the population suffers from diabetes, although in many cases this goes undiagnosed. There is a two-way relationship between gum disease and… Read more »

A word from our patient – Hugh Butcher of Tadcaster

I have always looked after my teeth – a strict father made sure of that! Even as a small child I learned how to “rubber” my teeth with an elastic band pulled between them. Because I had no troublesome issues I only went to the dentist intermittently over the years. Then, at the age of… Read more »

Hygienists at the Top of their Game

Our accomplished hygienists Jane and Emma recently delivered a teaching day about the management of pain and anxiety to dental staff at the Durham Postgraduate Deanery. Emma focused on her clinical hypnotherapy role in dental practice so that patients can have a better experience. Jane updated the delegates on legal changes, pharmacology and dental anatomy…. Read more »

Patient, client or customer

I’ve noticed a growing fashion in the dental industry to refer to the people who we have always called patients as customers. My feelings about this are mixed. I very much welcome a move away from the paternalistic attitudes of the past where patients were told what was best for their health without discussion and… Read more »

Unrelated but equally interesting things I learnt at a conference this weekend

Dame Katherine Grainger OBE is Britain’s most decorated female Olympian. Talking about how the expectations you set yourself can affect how you feel about your achievements, she described herself as “ecstatic” at her first silver medal, “I could not have been happier if you had given me gold” but, just eight years later in Beijing,… Read more »

What makes a good dentist?

As the dentists of the future embark on the first few weeks of their training in dentistry we were chatting over lunch at work about what skills and attitudes you need to be good at it. Here’s what we came up with: 1. Morals Arguably the most important but also difficult to asses in an… Read more »

Carrot or stick?

Us dentists spend a lot of time trying to motivate people to make changes to their lifestyle and habits to improve their health. Your diet, oral hygiene, smoking habits, alcohol intake, weight, stress levels and exercise habits can all have a huge impact on the health of your mouth. We also know that a healthy… Read more »