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My Dreams Do Come True…


After attending a handful of interviews I finally got the answer I had been waiting for. A big fat YES in 2006. Excellent! I was going to train for my dream job, to be a dental nurse.
I  know  it is not exactly the ‘normal dream job’ for most, like a doctor, lawyer or actress, but it was my dream and I was going to do it well.
I took my exams at guys hospital in London, which was the most nerve wreaking experience I have ever had to go through and I qualified in 2008.
I received my results on a warm spring day, it was deafening for my parents as I screamed with delight for what seemed like an hour, jumping  up and down and cracking open the bubbly.
A year later I was asked to join the National Examination Board for dental nurses where I attended West and East Sussex hospitals to help teach fellow nursing students to prepare for their exams. This involved mock oral and practical exams. It was very rewarding to help nurses who were nervous, just like myself .
In 2011 I started work here, at the High Street Dental Practice, which I must add was one of the best decisions I have ever made. What a brilliant practice. Every patient is cared for with the highest degree of customer care. I am so proud  and very lucky to be a part of such a wonderful team.
Along with another big fat “YES” for 2011. I was asked to marry the man of my dreams on a beautiful spring evening in a field of daffodils. Exactly a year later we said ” I do” and I became Mrs Carter, our spring wedding of 2012.
What a few amazing years I have had. My dream job, husband and wedding. Then on Christmas eve, YES!  The biggest dream came true, I am going to be a mummy .

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

What our members say…

I used to hate going to the dentist but at this Dental practice they make you feel so relaxed and that you are the only person that is important. There is a great feeling when you walk in and everybody is very friendly. I would recommend anyone to try this dental practice.
Carol A
This dental practice has given me the confidence to go to the dentist and enjoy the experience. I used to hate going to the dentist but at this practice they not only make you feel comfortable and relaxed they are also very friendly and helpful at any time whether an emergency or regular appointment and I would recommend them to anyone.
Carol A
I have been living in East Grinstead for over 10 year now and have tried all the practices in the town and none has provided me with the quality of care, attention and professionalism of a good dental practice until I found The High Street Dental Practice. Friendly, caring, excellent & efficient staff all round. Well done! Keep it up
Dax F
Very good dentists – the best!! Very helpful and gentle at High Street Dental.
Jane K.
Always friendly and even if you’re a wimp like me going to the dentist is not too scary !
Anne J
The High Street Dental Practice is the best dental practice ever – I am sure of it!
Valerie B
I love this dentist as I have a fear of visiting such places but they are really friendly and reassuring here and met my requests with good humour so I no longer dread going.
Janet C