Smile! You're on holiday

A healthy smile is one that you will want to show off in photographs; a survey found that the biggest reason people don’t smile in snaps is because they feel self-conscious about the state of their teeth. At this time of year, promote a pre-holiday check-up to your patients, so any potentially painful problems can be fixed in good time. It will also give you the opportunity to check if their routine is working well enough for them and if brushing technique needs to be refreshed.

When they are away, the basics of good, daily cleaning and oral health habits should be maintained to keep their smile bright and healthy. Remind your patients to stock up on dental care products before they go. When it comes to food and drink choices, some flexibility is obviously allowed; after all it is a holiday! Bottled water after dark beverages, like red wine or sangria, will help prevent staining and can help rinse away any nasties after sugary treats such as ice-cream. Warn them to be careful about anything that could chip a tooth, such as nuts or fish served in its shell, like crab.

And when it’s time for the last-night photograph, tell them to smile! A smile releases endorphins and promotes an enormous sense of wellbeing.

Oral health on the go

Helping your patients optimise their oral health while on the go, the Waterpik® Cordless Freedom Water Flosser is a convenient and highly effective adjunct for all.

Completely cordless, the charge-free solution is operated by three standard AA batteries. This, combined with the simple, compact and waterproof design, ensures easy portability and makes it the ideal product to use when travelling.

The Waterpik® Cordless Freedom Water Flosser features an easy-to-fill reservoir, with dual pressure control to enable patients to personalise their water intensity. It is also suitable for a wide range of patients to use, including those with crowns and bridges, dental implants and orthodontic appliances.

For a limited time you and your patients can get the Cordless Freedom for £5 off when you purchase on Amazon.

Dental Awards – Congratulations!

Dental AwardsHaving sponsored the ‘Dental Nurse of the Year’ and ‘Oral Health Promoter of the Year’ categories, we were delighted to present the very deserving winners with their awards last month. Hosted by Purple Media Solutions at The Dentistry Show and presented by comedian Jo Caulfield, the evening ceremony was full of glitz and glamour and we certainly had a great time!

Congratulations to all the winners, including:

  • Oral Health Promoter of the Year - Caroline Bestwick from Pennfields Medical Centre
  • Dental Practice of the Year, North - Yew Tree Dental Practice, Newry