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High Street Dental – a stunning example of making a difference

Every so often, you meet what I refer to as ‘stand-out’ people.

Jaspal Sandhu is one of them.

You already know I’m sure about the many awards he’s received. What you may not know is that Jas truly leverages his giving so that his team AND his patients are involved in making a difference too.

We’re so thrilled to have Jas and the High Street Dental team as part of B1G1. Through this platform alone, Jas has given:

2,500 square meters of rainforest protection
1,330 people access to clean water for a day
1,014 people medical support for one day and ……
1,000 dollars to support NGO’s activities

But even more than that, Jas has personally encouraged other members of the profession to do the same. He’s a stunning example of leadership in action and leadership with enormous compassion.

We’re thrilled we know him.

Wild Swimming

I love the outdoor life, and I love keeping fit, so when I can, I try and mix the two together.
Recently I have discovered wild swimming. It was mentioned to me by a good friend of mine, and I thought why not!!

I’ve never really been a fan of swimming, especially in leisure pools, so the idea of swimming outdoors in rivers, lakes and the open sea appealed to me, and you don’t have to ever worry about bleary stinging chlorine eyes ever again!!

There’s nothing quite like the freedom of a huge expanse of water. The water is bracing at first, and obviously most of the year you will need to wear a wetsuit, and if you want to continue all year around, boots, socks, gloves and hats!! (all available in wetsuit material of course).

The great thing I that it’s FREE!! It’s therapeutic, it washes away (no pun intended!) all the stresses and strains of daily life. Gliding through that open water, you look around you and take in that natural beauty around you. You feel invigorated, happy, healthy and full of life.

I recommend it, so go on find your inner spirit and give it a go, what have you got to lose.

Look up www.wildswimming.com to find out about magical locations across the UK and beyond. Life is what you make it after all!

Oral Cancer

Cancer. Why is it that so many of us dare even speaking this word aloud? It’s almost as if we think that we’ll become a victim if we say it. After all, cancer is NOT contagious.*

Perhaps it should be referred to as ‘The Disease That Shall Not Be Named.’

The good news. Cancer detection is improving all the time. Treatments have advanced so much that many forms of cancer, which would once have considered to be fatal, can now be treated, with very high survival rates.

But what about mouth cancer. Here are some facts:

This year, 6000 people in the UK will be diagnosed with mouth cancer.
Without early detection, half will die.
Mouth cancers often don’t present with any symptoms at early stages.
But, early detection improves survival chances to 90%.

As dentists, we are ideally suited to screen for signs of mouth cancer. We perform a full screen on all of our members at regular intervals. And the even better news is that we have now invested in a Velscope early detection tool.

The Velscope system has been officially recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as an innovative device that addresses global health concerns and is the only dental product recognised.

With a Velscope, a blue light fluoresces the tissues of your mouth which allows us to see diseases not visible with the naked eye. It helps us to discover oral diseases before they can be seen under normal light.

There are no rinses or dyes involved. The whole procedure only takes a few minutes.

So, from now on, we will be using the Velscope regularly for our practice members.

But, what if you’re not a member? Just give us a call and we’ll happily give your mouth a full screen for the signs of any disease, including cancer. We can give you dietary advice and brochures with much more information about the causes of mouth cancer and how best to try to minimise the risks.

And how much will this cost? Nothing! This one’s on us. Of course, if you want to, you can donate to the charities that we are currently supporting.

* Cancer.org

The Story Behind Wellwishers

The Story Behind WellWishers

I have been asked many times over the years, how did WellWishers come about?

I believe we have certain values “inside” us and all it needs is an event to expose them. My Dad died in 1996 and the following year, I walked the Kokoda Track in PNG in his memory, he being there during WW2. It was the most difficult thing – physically & emotionally – I’ve ever done, but also very rewarding. It brought out dormant feelings of social injustice in the world.

Back in Australia, I suggested to Marianne that we should start to divest our assets, for the benefit of others. She wholeheartedly agreed. I firmly believe these assets should be used to assist those in the world with little or nothing, to help provide for themselves.

For us, it’s more important than leaving our assets to our children or family. It’s not their money, nor do they need their lifestyles enhanced at the expense of those who do not even have basic rights, such as clean water or education. We feel that philosophy will ultimately benefit them, as people.

Searching for an organsiation to work with, we settled on Community Aid Abroad (CAA – now Oxfam Australia). CAA presented us with several projects for our consideration; all were very worthwhile, but none ‘pressed the right buttons’. Our requirements were simple – the project must save lives and be of benefit to women & children. Eventually, a proposal for the construction of water wells in Ethiopia’s Tigray province arrived. It took about 5 minutes to realise that this was the one. A Eureka moment! That was 10 years ago.

Good Weekend, Sydney Morning Herald January. 2008

We funded 9 wells in 2002. In 2004, we rallied some friends to help. I became impatient at the slow progress in getting clean water to the people, so in 2006, I decided to build a mailing list. It initially started at 150 to 200 friends, family & colleagues (it’s 1,500 today).

Meanwhile, in 2005, we took the challenging decision to do our best to replace Oxfam Australia who had stopped funding the construction of water wells in Ethiopia. There was (and still is) a tremendous personal connection between Ethiopia and Australia that goes back to the 1970s and 80s, during the struggle against the oppressive Communist regime. We wanted to maintain that connection.

In 2007, WellWishers became a registered Charitable Trust and last year, we became a tax-deductible organsiation in our own right. We are proud of what’s been achieved in the past 10 years but this could never have been done without your support – the supporters of WellWishers. One person (you!) can and has made a difference.

The future? To see that everyone in Tigray has access to the most basic of human rights – clean water. After that, we shall move onto other areas.

Our philosophy is not everyone’s cup of tea, but we have no regrets in dedicating our time and assets to this cause. Our children don’t “need” the money, are not automatically entitled to it and they have been given opportunities that many in the world can only dream of.. It’s a quirk of fate that we were born in our rich countries and that our fellow human beings were born into such abject poverty in Ethiopia, over which – like us – they had no control.

It is for this purpose that Marianne and I have dedicated our assets.

Not just the cleaning lady

“Not just the cleaning lady”
 
There are many people who avoid seeing the hygienist as they find it a rather painful experience and often feel like they’re being told off!!
 
Here at the high street dental practice, we endeavour to provide a thorough but gentle clean, and treat our members how we’d like to be treated ourselves.
 
Gone are the days of being lectured at. It’s important to us to find out what’s important to you, and what YOU want to get out of your visits to the hygienist.
 
No longer is a “scale and polish” just a cosmetic procedure. There are now strong links between gum disease, diabetes and heart disease.
Bleeding gums are the first sign of trouble and shouldn’t be ignored. Bleeding is a sign of an underlying chronic infection or inflammation, it’s your body showing you that there is something is wrong.
 
If your gums bleed when you clean your teeth, then please come in and see one of our hygienists. We can work together on providing you with an oral care routine that is convenient and suits YOU.
 
So no lectures….. I promise!!!
Hope to see you soon
 
Gentle Jules
Hygienist at The High Street Dental Practice

Our why

Hi, I’m Jas Sandhu from the High Street Dental Practice.

For the last 25 years and counting, dentistry has been my vocation. I also have an avocation, which is to do things that matter. For the causes I believe in, for my family and for myself.

We have a saying at our practice which goes like this:
“Be true to our members, our community and ourselves”.

The way we do this is to focus on time and communication. Firstly, time. Whether you’re calling us on the phone or you’ve come in to see us, we do not rush you and we don’t rush ourselves. And secondly, communication: we listen – we don’t interrupt. We also explain exactly what treatment you may require and answer what we consider to be three of the most  important questions:

Will it hurt?
How much will it cost? And
How long will it take?

Of course, there are others, and we make sure that we address them all. After all, the fewer unanswered questions there are, the more relaxed you’re likely to feel.

So, if you were to ask us why we do what we do, the answer is:

By looking after your mouths, we want to leave you, our members, feeling better about yourselves. Because that’s what makes us feel better.

We’re really fortunate to get lots of nice testimonials, and I’m really grateful for every one of them. But I have a favourite. It’s from a girl called Abigail who was about 14 at the time. Abbie had seeing us for about 4 years and she was very, very nervous to start with. But, whenever she needed any treatment, we took our time. Always making sure to explain what we were doing and letting her know that she was always in control. If she wanted me to stop, I’d stop! And, slowly but surely, her confidence grew. Eventually, she even had her teeth straightened by Alex Cash, our orthodontist. Now she now looks forward to coming to see us.
What she wrote was: “they make you smile”.

And that’s what we really want to do. Spread smiles.

Straight Teeth. less Time. Clear Braces

Are you one of the thousands of adults who are unhappy, self-conscious or even embarrassed of your smile?  

Many adults spend their entire lives covering their mouths when they laugh, smile or talk.  They feel stuck because they do not want to wear metal braces for years or they are concerned that other corrective procedures could be too invasive or too expensive.  Now, there is an effective, safe and affordable cosmetic solution that fits your lifestyle.

A revolutionary combination of proven orthodontic techniques, modern materials, and innovative thought – Six Month Smiles® utilises specialised clear braces to gently straighten and align teeth in an average time of just six months.
What Is Six Month Smiles?

Six Month Smiles® is a modern twist on tried-and-true orthodontics.  There is little debate within the orthodontic community that braces are the most widely used and most effective method to give patients straight, healthy teeth and a beautiful smile.  Six Month Smiles has taken the best aspects of braces and modified the treatment and the materials to give adults a common-sense, cosmetic solution that fits your lifestyle.  Here is what makes Six Month Smiles so innovative …
Average treatment times of only six months
Six Month Smiles clear brackets and tooth-colored wires are barely visible
Use of braces has shown to provide the most conservative and predictable final result
Six Month Smiles Patient Tray Kits™ ensure that your appointments are fast and comfortable
Low forces and short overall treatment times increase comfort, safety, and hygiene
Six Month Smiles is typically less expensive than traditional braces, aligner therapy, or veneers
Six Month Smiles® is the best choice for adults interested in quickly and affordably making life-changing cosmetic improvements to their smiles.

Baby Teeth For Life?

In the last few years, stem cell therapy has become one of the most exciting discoveries in medicine.

Scientists say, stem cells may be used to replace or repair damaged cells, and have the potential to drastically change the treatment of conditions like cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease and even paralysis.
So, what are stem cells?
Stem cells are those cells in our body that have the ability to change into all other cells, tissues organs and bone.
Did you know that our teeth have a reservoir of stem cells?

In 2003, scientists discovered stem cells in the pulp tissue that lives within our teeth. The best supply being in our baby teeth.

To say that we are excited about this is an understatement. This is why we are so pleased to have joined forces with Future Health BIOBANK. They are global leaders in the collection and storage of stem cells from human teeth for treating a variety of diseases.

Job loss threatened for Tooth Fairy
So, if your child has a wobbly baby tooth, rather than giving it to the tooth fairy, why don’t you call us for more information about how we can help protect their future health?

Disclosure: The High Street Dental Practice receives £250 for every one of our members who decides to store their teeth with Future Health BIOBANK. We will be passing every penny to Jigsaw 4 U.

National Lottery Great Olympic Run

Our very own Debbie Topley, Associate Dentist here at the High Street Dental Practice, has been chosen by ballot to run 5 miles around the Olympic village. There will be 5000 people taking part in the run on Saturday 31st March.
The race will end within the walls of the magnificent stadium where she will receive a medal for her efforts. All proceeds go towards the National Lottery Olympic Fund.
Good luck Debbie from all of us.

Be true…Iva

Once again Iva is using her new found love of keeping fit to help others. Following our philosophy of “Be true to our members our community and ourselves”

After a 45 minute kettle bell circuit training class, which apparently was just for fun, Iva undertook a three mile run in aid of our Charity of the month “Young Epilepsy”

Well done Iva.

What will Iva be doing next? Any suggestions to betrue@highstreetdentalpractice.com

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