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Liphook Bike Ride 2018

12/06/2018

Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.

John F. Kennedy

 

Another year, another successful Liphook Bike Ride!

With over 500 riders taking part and £1000’s raised for charity, the 2018 Liphook Bike Ride saw yet another year of incredible results for the community. As ever, with huge thanks to the volunteers, charities and riders all taking part and making the event such a resounding annual success!

Previously known as the LiDBA Bike Ride, the Liphook Bike Ride has been running year on year since 1991 (almost as long as Oak Lodge Dental has been in the village!) The Bike Ride is a cornerstone for the Liphook community and has been attracting riders and visitors in their thousands almost every year.

The Ride collects thousands of pounds annually for various local charities, principally assembled and organised by the Liphook & District Businessmen’s Association (LiDBA). Having run the charity ride since 1991, the association has donated over £1m in their time!

We’re extremely proud to have continued our sponsorship of the children’s Junior Ride for 2018. This year also allowed us the opportunity to present a sneak-preview of the new branding for Oak Lodge Dental, which we are very excited to launch, along with our new website soon…watch this space!

Happy Healthy Gums

22/05/2018

Spitting blood when you brush your teeth is not normal. In fact, it could be an early sign of gum disease and can be the first stop on the journey to tooth loss. Whether you see blood in the sink when you brush occasionally or every day, you should never ignore it, and instead take action into how to stop bleeding gums.

BLEEDING GUMS

Bleeding gums tend to be caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that constantly builds up around, on and in between your teeth. If plaque bacteria is not removed, it can irritate the gums, leading to redness, bleeding and inflammation.

However, there are also a number of other reasons for bleeding gums. These include over-brushing teeth or brushing too hard, a new toothbrush or flossing routine, and some medications.

HOW DO I STOP BLEEDING GUMS?

Regardless of what you think might be the cause of your bleeding gums, the best thing to do is speak to your dentist as soon as possible. They can investigate your symptoms and then advise on the best way to stop your bleeding gums.

There are also a number of simple steps you may wish to consider when it comes to treating bleeding gums – changes to your oral health routine that could help stop the problem becoming more serious.

BAD BREATH

Plaque bacteria with magnifying glassHalitosis is the medical term for bad breath and there are many reasons why people might experience it. These can range from what we eat and drink, to how well we look after our teeth and gums.

If you notice you have halitosis, it could also be a sign you are suffering from something more troublesome, like gum disease.

HALITOSIS

There are a number of causes of bad breath. The build-up of plaque bacteria around, on and in between your teeth is one of them. This is because when the bacteria breaks down pieces of food in your mouth, it releases an unpleasant smelling gas.

Halitosis can therefore be an embarrassing and unpleasant condition to suffer from. Don’t worry though, your dentist has the answer for solving bad breath too!

SWOLLEN GUMS

Swollen gumsWhile healthy gums are pink and firm, swollen gums tend to be red and puffy. They are often one of the early symptoms of gum disease.

The most common cause of swollen gums is plaque that constantly builds up on, around and in-between your teeth. It tends to develop when food particles containing carbohydrates (sugars and starches) are left to linger in the mouth.

Unless the plaque bacteria is removed, by brushing, it can cause swollen gums around the tooth. This inflammation may eventually spread to the gum socket that holds the tooth.

There are other causes of swollen gums too, though, so it’s important to talk to your dentist if you have any concerns.

RECEDING GUMS

Receding gumsThe term ‘receding gums’ refers to when your gums draw back from your teeth, exposing the root beneath. The first sign tends to be increased tooth sensitivity, but you may also notice a tooth looks longer than normal or feel a notch where the gum meets the tooth (the area known as the gum line).

Although a common dental problem, gum recession should not be ignored as it can be a sign of gum disease.

WHAT CAUSES RECEDING GUMS?

Receding gums can be caused by a number of factors, including: ageing, brushing too hard or even poor oral health.

If the cause of receding gums is not identified, and it is allowed to continue, gum recession can lead to more serious problems. The gum may start to come away from the tooth, creating ‘pockets’ around it where even more plaque can build up. Over time, these pockets deepen, gums continue to recede and teeth can become loose.

TREATING RECEDING GUMS

It’s a stark fact: once gums start to recede, they do not grow back. This means that noticing and treating receding gums at the earliest stage – and before it develops into anything worse – is vital.

TOOTH LOSS

Bleeding gums and loose toothAs a child, losing a tooth feels like a rite of passage on the journey to adulthood. But as a grown-up, it’s a distressing and irreversible experience, with long-lasting consequences for the look and feel of your mouth and even your self-confidence.

There are a number of reasons why you might suffer from tooth loss as an adult. You can lose teeth in an accident or as a result of medical conditions, but one of the leading causes of lost teeth is the serious, irreversible stage of gum disease called ‘peridontitis’.

WHY PERIODONTITIS MAY LEAD TO TOOTH LOSS

Healthy gums are vital to the health of your teeth.

The journey of gum disease begins with a build up of plaque bacteria, which can irritate the gums. This can make them red and swollen and they may also bleed when you brush and floss. These are the signs of the first stage of gum disease, gingivitis. If this is left untreated it can develop into the irreversible second stage, periodontitis and eventually, tooth loss.

This is because the build-up of plaque bacteria can cause the gums to recede from the teeth, leaving tiny spaces where more plaque can collect and infections occur. Left untreated, these infections may impact the bone and tissues in your gums, if this is damaged teeth may become loose.

The key to preventing periodontal tooth loss is to never let things get that far.

Regular check ups with your dentist are vital as, unlike toothache or sensitivity, gum disease is not always painful. In fact, to begin with, you may not even notice you have it at all, but a professional examination can pick up early signs so you can take steps to treat gum disease before it gets worse. This is especially important if you smoke, as smoking can mask the symptoms of gum disease.

The Corsodyl Treatment Range is clinically proven to treat and prevent gingivitis. You can purchase Corsodyl Treatment Products when you next visit Oak Lodge if you are experiencing persistent or worsening gum problems.

Does the Sugar Tax go far enough?

16/05/2018

The Guardian recently published a very interesting article on the Sugar Tax that came into force this month. The statistics of children suffering from the consequences of incredibly high-sugar diets continue to make for depressing reading. Some of the facts the article states, according to Public Health England, are that:

  • Every single day, 141 children have teeth extracted in a hospital environment…
  • Which is the equivalent to a child having a tooth pulled out every 10 minutes.
  • Decayed teeth is, in fact, the most common cause for a child aged 5 to 9 to be hospitalised.
  • The time these children spend in hospital adds up to
    over 60,000 missed days of school time, each year
  • At a cost of £3.4bn for the NHS per year!

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The number-one cause of all of this decay is sugar-sweetened soft drinks. This is not just limited to the fizzy culprits that are so often discussed in the media, but other long-term offenders such as Ribena, or Fruit Shoots, or fruit juices like Tropicana.

Any drink with over 5g of sugar per 100ml are now subject to the new tax and have to pay a penalty of 18p per litre (those with higher levels, of over 8g are expected to pay 24p per litre).

This new legislation is undeniably a favourable move in the fight against childhood obesity and definitely a commendable step in the direction of improving children’s dental health in this country.

Many however, are complaining that this tax does not go far enough to penalize the manufacturers of such high-sugar products, nor will the slight increase in price do enough to put off consumers.

PHE suggests families should look at the advice on the Change4Life website on swapping to low fat milky drinks, water and low sugar drinks. Fruit juice and smoothies should be limited to 150ml a day. They may appear healthy but contain large amounts of natural sugars.

Experts, such as Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chair of the Royal College of GP’s, have also championed the importance of family doctors in the fight against sugar. She encourages GP’s to not only explain more carefully the risks of high-sugar diets, but to offer patients simple, achievable alternatives, or at least point them in the direction of more information or help.

You dentist also plays a huge role in helping you and your family find alternatives to high-sugar foods and drinks. The more information you can give them about your lifestyle and dietary choices, the most tailored their advice can be and hopefully, the more manageable the changes for you.

Let’s hope the future only holds good things for the fight against sugar and the improvement of our children’s’ oral health!

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Changes to way we keep in touch…

12/03/2018

It’s hard to avoid the recent conversation about the changes to the law regarding Data Protection. The new legislation has such far-reaching consequences that not many businesses or industries remain unaffected.

The way companies use your contact details will soon be in your hands, which we think can only be a good thing! It means that you can reduce the chances of being hounded by unwanted marketing tactics.

What is GDPR?

On 25 May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be enforced across Europe, including the UK. The law aims to give citizens more control over their data and to create a uniformity of rules to enforce across the continent.

How does it affect you?

You may begin to notice some differences in how businesses and organisations communicate with you. Privacy notices will be more transparent, consumer rights will be upheld and publicised, and news about any data breaches will travel faster and be harder for illicit businesses to cover up. (It may in fact seem that data is less secure after the change, simply because the volume of news on it will increase!)

What next?

We love to stay in touch with our patients and keep you up to date with our news via our email newsletters, however we, along with many many of the other businesses you interact with, will be asking for your active consent in order to communicate with you for any other purposes besides your regular appointment reminders, or any notifications regarding your appointments. Keep an eye out for an email over the coming months, asking for you to ‘opt in’ should you wish to continue hearing from us.

If you have any concerns about your data, or any questions about the way in which we will communicate with you following the introduction of GDPR, please do contact us on 01428 723179.

 

Our Design a Bookmark competition winners!

26/01/2018

A huge thank you to all of our entrants for the Design a Bookmark competition!

We had a lovely time looking at them all and deciding on our winners was an unenviable task…but luckily one we could pass over to the marketing and design experts at Mzuri Design!

After much deliberation and head-scratching we were presented with the two winners, from Florence Lilley and Cecilia Langley (see their amazing designs below!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you both so much Florence and Cecilia for your beautiful drawings, we are very proud to include your bookmarks in the ‘goody bags’ we give out to the children who attend the practice (and all of the team at Oak Lodge have taken one home to use too!)