healthy teeth, healthy smile, happy you

Bye Bye Movember!


Dr Bolton is a Mo Bro for Movember 2013!

Dr Bolton has officially completed Movember 2013.

His moustache growing has raised a whopping £111.50 which he matched to reach a fantastic £223 donation to the Movember charitable cause that raises funds and awareness for men’s health, in particular prostate cancer and testicular cancer.

Dr Bolton, and all the staff at Oak Lodge Dental, would like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who donated to the fund. Much fun has been had watching the Mo grow and now we just have to persuade him to shave it off (as he has grown strangely attached to it!)

Watch this space as next Movember Dr Clogher has agreed to join in so we will have double the Mo’s to sponsor!

Introducing our newest team member..!


Emma Figg | Practice Administrator and Receptionist | Oak Lodge DentalEmma Figg has recently joined the Oak Lodge Dental Practice team as our new Practice Administrator and Receptionist. She successfully qualified as a Dental Nurse in 2013 and has found that having her clinical training has greatly aided her in helping to guide patients through their dental experience. Having helped many nervous patients, from both a nursing and receptionist perspective, she understands that a trip to the dentist may be stressful for some and is always willing to provide a sensitive ear. Alongside dentistry, Emma has a passion for glass fusing and she can often be found trawling craft markets countrywide for new ideas and inspiration.

Emma is very excited to join the team and will be delighted to be of assistance to you next time you contact the clinic.

Research shows that a healthy smile can help keep a healthy heart


It’s official, the health of your teeth and gums could have a direct correlation to your heart health.

US scientists have recently completed research that demonstrated that gum health directly impacts on the progression of aetherosclerosis (the narrowing of arteries through the build-up of plaque which can cause heart disease, stroke and death). Results showed that as gum health improved the progression of aethersclerosis slowed significantly.

Moise Desvarieux, associate Professor of Epidemiology and lead author of the study commented that ‘this is the most direct evidence yet that modifying the periodontal bacterial profile could play a role in preventing or slowing both diseases’.

This all sounds like a great case for taking good care of your teeth and gums and for making sure you visit your dentist and hygienist regularly…see you soon!


Dr Bolton is a Mo Bro!


Movember blog

Dr Phil Bolton is participating in Movember 2013 and will be nurturing a flourishing moustache throughout the month of November.

Movember (the month formerly known as November) is a moustache growing charity event held during November each year that raises funds and awareness for men’s health, in particular prostate cancer and testicular cancer.

You can show your support for Phil and for Movember by making a donation via the Movember website or in the Practice when you visit.

Watch this space for progress reports on the ‘Mo’ throughout the month!

UK mouth cancer is increasing at a startling rate


The British Dental Health Foundation recently revealed that there were over 7,500 new cases of mouth cancer diagnosed in the UK in 2011 which represents an increase of 50% since 2000.

Figures show that the increases of mouth cancer in men were almost double that of the instances found in women. This form of cancer was responsible for almost 2,500 deaths in 2011 and there is no evidence of a reduction in the rate of deaths since then.

This November, which is nominated Mouth Cancer Action Month, aims to educate the public about the disease. It is understood that lifestyle choices profoundly impact the risk of developing mouth cancer and high risk activities include tobacco use, drinking alcohol to excess, poor diet and the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is forecast to overtake smoking as the leading cause of the disease in the next ten years.

Early diagnosis is imperative as, if it is caught early enough; the chances of surviving mouth cancer can be as high as 90 per cent. However, if the cancer is not detected until much later the chances of survival are reduced to 50:50.

Dr Nigel Carter OBE, Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation has commented “Given how important early detection is, the campaign is a great opportunity for the public to learn about the risks and what to look out for. Ulcers that do not heal within three weeks, red and white patches and unusual lumps or swellings in the mouth should not be ignored. Our advice is clear – if in doubt, get checked out.”

At Oak Lodge Dental our regular check-up and hygienist appointments both include a mouth cancer screening check to ensure that no symptoms are present. This is an effective way to ensure that your mouth is checked regularly and any symptoms are recognised and caught early.

Our new decontamination room is finished!



New decontamination room and Julia Hamer

Julia and the new decontamination room

We recently completed the refurbishment of our practice decontamination room and are absolutely delighted with the results. The Practice now fully complies with all the requirements of the HTM1 -05 legislation. The work was carried out by Hague Dental and project managed by Julia Hamer, one of our practice dental nurses. Julia’s task was to oversee the design and implementation of the project to start to finish. They both did a fantastic job.

Why seeing a Dental Hygienist is a very good idea…


Most people understand the value of regularly visiting their dentist, but when it comes to seeing a dental hygienist what exactly is the benefit?

Seeing a dental hygienist regularly is vital to maintaining good oral health for both adults and children. This is because brushing and flossing daily is just not enough to reach the hidden areas where tartar and plaque can build up. In addition to thoroughly cleaning your teeth the dental hygienists’ role includes assessing your oral health, checking your teeth for signs of decay, screening your mouth for oral cancer, and scaling and polishing your teeth.

By advising you on your diet and recommending other preventive measures, the hygienist can assist you to keep a routine that will help prevent tooth decay and maintain healthy gums. They will also advise you on how often you should visit your dentist to maintain your oral health.

For more information about the benefits of seeing a Dental Hygienist and to find out more about the Oak Lodge team of Hygienists please click here or contact us on 01428 723179

Leading the way with Exact


Following our previous blog on the topic of practice management, we remain very proud of how technologically advanced Oak Lodge Dental Practice is and we work hard to ensure that we stay up to date on the latest developments, both with regard to best practice as well as innovations and advances in treatments.

In addition to keeping at the cutting edge of clinical developments we are also committed to making sure that the technology we use to manage our practice is as efficient and effective as possible. As a result of this commitment we have recently been featured in The Dentist magazine in an article dedicated to the benefits and features of our practice management software, Exact, from Software of Excellence. It particularly focuses on how we utilise the software to ensure the best possible service to our patients.  If you would like to read the article which you can find here Oak Lodge article – The Dentist – 06/13

“An essential tool for effective practice management”


We are always looking at new ways to make our patient’s experiences with us as pleasant and efficient as possible. This includes how our Practice looks, our staff, our treatments and knowledge as well as how we manage and process information. This striving to be the best contributed to the decision to upgrade our internal systems to EXACT™ v11 last year and we have since seen a dramatic improvement in practice efficiency in a number of key areas.

We were convinced to try EXACT because the innovations and features within the software are designed to optimise practice efficiency and streamline administrative duties, ultimately improving business outcomes and enhancing our patients’ experience. A win/win situation!

We hope you find your experience of our Practice as enjoyable as possible and rest assured that we are constantly looking at ways to improve every area of the Practice so that our service is the best it can possibly be in every way.

A very rewarding project


I recently spent some time preparing to give a clinical presentation to my peers on a long standing case. I was very much looking forward to it because I am very proud of the results the work achieved for the patient.

The case in question is related to a patient that I first saw two years ago. She suffered from severe lack of self-confidence because of the way her teeth and mouth looked and was determined to improve her appearance. In consultation with Professor Piet Haers in Guildford and Nicki Mingay of Straumann we rebuilt the patient’s mouth completely, giving her a great smile and restoring her confidence.

I am so glad to have been chosen to be part of the team that achieved such amazing results and it was a real pleasure to share the details of the work at the presentation, which was very well received.

It is incredibly rewarding and gives me great satisfaction to be able to provide treatment and results of the highest standard for my patients, wheatever the level of care they require.