In last month’s newsletter, I posted the results of our ‘did it hurt?’ survey. And they were, frankly, poor.
completed the survey reported feeling no pain at all. That’s a step in the right direction.
As is the fact that we didn’t receive a single ‘ouch’.
I still think we can do better though. And I will continue to keep you updated.
So, thank you to all of you who completed the survey. The only way we can improve is to
continue to measure your feedback.
After about a year and a half, we finally
received permission for installing a
stairlift. It may look a little bit
confusing to operate, so please ask any
of us for a hand.
a test drive
“I like working at the High Street Dental Practice because it is a very friendly and happy
place. We work as a team and always go that bit further to
make it a warm and welcoming place for staff and patients
alike. We laugh a lot, enjoy spending time together and help
each other out.
We have fantastic patients who make it a pleasure to treat
them and do our best for them.
I used to dread coming to work but no longer because I know
that once I walk up the stairs I will be greeted with a smile which means more than
Helping children with toothache is one thing. But, our goal has always been to try and
prevent it in the first place. We all knew that this would be a difficult task given that we
only used to travel to Morocco a couple of times a year.
But, over the last two years, we seem to have reached the tipping point. The Dental
Mavericks are now being asked to visit lots of communities in both the Rif and Atlas
One of these being The Eve Branson ( Richard’s mum ) Foundation.
With the aid of toothbrushes, toothpastes and simple infographs, some of the village
communities are now running oral hygiene workshops for their schools.
Team members from Virgin Unite are also flying out to help with our projects.
And, the Advisor to the King of Morocco is also supporting our efforts. It’s likely that he
will be there to watch us treating the children when I next travel in May. So, I will try to
be on my best behaviour.
I am sorry if this report sounds self-indulgent. But so many of you have supported this
cause and I just want you to know that your ever so generous donations are really making
4 Things You Should Know About
1. Don’t be afraid to change
Worn out brushes can’t clean our teeth properly and could damage the gums. So,
change your brush as soon the bristles start to splay. As a rule, about every 3
months. Also, signs of a worn toothbrush within about 3 months could mean that
you’re brushing your teeth too hard.
2. How you store your toothbrush
Don’t use a cover for your toothbrush. The cover doesn’t allow the bristles to dry.
And this moist environment is where bacteria can thrive.
Don’t keep your toothbrushes together. If the brush heads come into contact, they
will spread germs.
Don’t store your tooth brush close to open sinks or toilets. The aerosol spray
produced by toilets particularly can contain airborne bacteria. As a rule, store your
toothbrush at least 2 metres away from sinks or toilets.
3. Cleaning your toothbrush
Rinse your brush after using it and store in an upright position so that water can
drain away from the head
4. What type of toothbrush?
Clinical tests have shown that electric toothbrushes are more effective at
removing plaque. Those with heads that rotate in both directions have been shown
to be most effective.
We mostly recommend the Oral B electric toothbrush.
However, if your brushing well with your existing toothbrush – whatever it may
be (and we’re not nagging you) – then don’t feel like you to change.
“Pick it, lick it, stick it”
Many thanks to Michaela, one of our patients, for sending us this very
Word of the month:
“The perfect moment; the fleeting
rightness of time and place that
creates the opportune atmosphere
for action, words or movement.”
Thanks for reading.