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An Important Cause:

Every year, millions of children around the world die before their fifth birthday from easily preventable diseases like malaria, diarrhoea and pneumonia. Many more are forgotten- simply because they were born in the wrong place, or because they are girls, or they’re refugees, disabled or from a minority.

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Lest we forget


IMG_20161109_152405This time of year always resonates with us at Oak Lodge.

It’s a time for remembering. Remembering whose Christmas presents are left to buy, who has to come in for their check-up before the holidays, remembering, remembering
the 5th of November…

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Jeans for Genes



This year Oak Lodge Dental Practice have joined forces with Mzuri to participate in the ‘Jeans for Genes’ event, a fundraising event organised in partnership with Genetic Disorders UK.

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The Boss on floss…


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Following the front page article this week in The Times, which stated that ‘flossing does not get rid of plaque’ Dr Bolton gives his view on the statement that has undoubtedly riled dentists across the country…

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Celebration Donation- The Lloyd’s tackle the RideLondon 100 mile cycle!


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Last summer whilst planning our wedding we decided that instead of receiving gifts we wanted to give something back to our local community.

We decided to ask for donations towards The Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice in Farnham.

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When our very own Dr Debbie Lloyd married David last summer, they decided that instead of wedding gifts to one another, they would celebrate their marriage by donating to Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care.


Their tradition of generosity continues as they approach their first wedding anniversary as they are planning to ‘celebrate’ by partaking in a 100 mile cycle ride, again in aid of Phyllis Tuckwell!!

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We’re hiring!


HiringWe are currently looking for a Full-Time Receptionist. If you are curious about the position, or know of anyone who might be interested in applying for the post, please feel free to give us a call or send us an email and we’ll be happy to fill you in.

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Battling breakfast…


They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But often it’s the hardest meal to schedule into our busy lives, or find the inspiration to vary.

As creatures of habit, we are likely to pick a breakfast of choice and stick with it until our dying day. Diets come and go and we may dabble with the odd avocado on toast or poached egg, but let’s face it- Corn Flakes are for life.

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Chewing the Facts… The benefits of chewing sugar-free gum


chewing gumChewing sugar free gum has long been considered of benefit to oral health. It serves as a means of breaking down lingering food particles, promoting saliva production and neutralising plaque acid; all great functions for tooth protection!

It is now being reported that if children chew sugar free gum every day after eating, it could save the NHS £8 million a year!

The idea is that children chewing sugar free gum in lieu of brushing their teeth after eating snacks or lunch at school, would have an aide to help to protect their teeth from cavity-causing plaque acid caused by the food particles left in their mouth after eating.

Although nothing can replace the advantages of brushing, dental professionals also recommend chewing sugar free gum for 20 minutes after food in order to benefit.

As with all good-health practices, prevention is about setting up watertight routines and creating a way of life to benefit your health. Whether that is children and teens chewing gum after eating, or children taking their toothbrush to school and brushing for 2 minutes after lunch; ensuring that you take steps to protect your families teeth by some means will benefit both their own health and the health of a struggling NHS!

The article from The Telegraph below explains in further detail the argument for 12 years old chewing gum after eating and the health benefits this could have on our teens’ teeth…

See Youngster Chewing Gum by the Telegraph 

Debbie-PhilIf you are interested in hearing Dr Bolton, or Dr Lloyd’s view on chewing sugar-fee gum, please do feel free to discuss this with them at your next check-up! Or give the practice a call on 01428 723179 and our nurses or hygienists can give you more information.

I Feel Your Pain..!


tooth-pain-cartoonAlways one to take patient care to the next level, Dr Bolton recently underwent a course of treatment under sedation, purely in order to understand the process from our patients point of view, with no thought at all of the convenience of forgetting the entire procedure, of course!

Having had an extraction of a tricky wisdom tooth that was causing him pain, (yes, dentist’s suffer from toothache too!) Dr Bolton was struck with a complication called ‘dry socket’. An issue caused by the blood clot that forms in the space where the tooth was, either not clotting correctly, failing to clot, or is rinsed away before it has time to clot.

For all of those who have suffered from ‘dry socket’ you will be the first to champion Dr Bolton’s opinion that it is one of the most difficult and thoroughly painful dental complications to live with. Although Dr Bolton has always been an empathetic soul, he now feels that having worked through a week suffering with dry socket, he is now fully entitled to claim that he ‘feels your pain’!

(…You will be happy to hear that Dr Bolton received follow up treatment for the dry socket and has since recovered fully!)

If you suffer following an extraction, we are available to book you in for emergency treatment, along with a big dose of sympathy from your thoroughly understanding dentist! Just call 01428 723179 and we are available during opening hours, or follow the answer phone instructions to reach a dentist out of hours.