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  1. NATIONAL SMILE MONTH 2019 - May 14, 2019 by crooklog

    national smile month13th May – 13th June 2019

    “A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.” – William Arthur Ward

    It’s May already! May is great because not only does it have TWO bank holidays – But it also has a month dedicated to making us smile.

    National Smile Month started back in 1977, aimed to raise awareness of the importance of good Oral Hygiene and how it can improve your overall wellbeing. This event was such a success that it grew over the years to become National Smile Week, and subsequently National Smile Month in 2006!

    This year Crook Log Dental Practice, are supporting National Smile Months three key central messages.

    1. Brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion with a fluoride toothpaste

    Brush for 2 minutes twice a day –  once you have finished brushing your teeth do not rinse your mouth with water, as this washes away all the goodness of fluoride – instead just spit the toothpaste out and let the fluoride in the toothpaste do its magic!

    We must also remember the importance of interdental cleaning, such as dental floss. A study found that flossing loosens bacteria and food debris from between the teeth, which allows brushing to be much more effective at removing plaque – A major contributor to the formation of gum disease.

    1. Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks.

    Every time you eat or drink anything sugary, your teeth are under acid attack for up to one hour. This is because the sugar will react with the bacteria in plaque (the sticky coating on your teeth) and produce the harmful acids. So it is important to keep sugary foods and beverages only to mealtimes, this will limit the amount of time your mouth is at risk.

    It is advised to consume high in sugar beverages and food in moderation or even better to replace these with healthier alternatives.

    1. Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.

    Visiting your dentist at least every 6 months reduces the chance of developing oral disease. Our dentists and hygienists at Crook Log Dental Practice, will be able to recommend and provide you with important advice on brushing your teeth, spot any signs of tooth decay and look for signs of oral cancer. So, if it’s been a while since your last dental check-up, make May the month to visit us.

    Our dentists and hygienists at Bexleyhealth, have a wealth of experience behind them in looking after your smile. Your smile journey can begin today, by taking advantage of our Invisalign offer.

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    Learn more about invisalign here

    We are a highly qualified experienced team, offering all aspects of General and Cosmetic Dentistry to both adults and children. If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment please visit Crook Log Dental Practice or call 0208 303 3838 for further information.

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  2. Oral Health Talk - May 2, 2019 by crooklog

    Recently our team member from Crook Log Dental Practice visited a local nursery in Bexleyheath to speak with the nursery and reception children about their dental health. She had a great time talking to children about good tooth brushing techniques using her Mr Smiley tooth model and huge toothbrush, as well as reinforcing healthy eating messages. The children all had a turn each brushing Mr Smileys teeth and enjoyed dressing up as a dentist whilst role playing. Each child received a dental goody bag containing colouring pictures, quizzes, toothbrush and a reward chart to encourage brushing twice a day.

    Q. When should I make my child’s first dental checkup?

    First dental checkup should be by child’s first birthday. Childs dentist will schedule additional dental visits accordingly.

    Q. When should I brush and floss my child’s teeth?

    Usually between the age of 2 to 4 years, when your child’s teeth are in contact with each other.

    Q. How to care for children’s teeth age 2-4 years?

    Children two and older should use fluoridated toothpaste to help prevent decay as their teeth continue to develop. Once children reach two years of age, it is important that children are supervised and encouraged to brush their own teeth. Parents/carers can promote healthy habits by limiting sugary drinks and snacks and offering healthier alternatives.

    Q. Basic rules of Oral Health for everyone?

    Brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups – Brush your teeth for two minutes at least twice a day, once first thing in the morning and before you go to bed.

    2 MINUTES 2 TIMES A DAY

    Replace your toothbrush about every three to four months as dull and frayed bristles will not clean your teeth thoroughly. Brushing alone will not remove the plaque in between your teeth which as a result can harden into calculus therefore, it is important to use interdental cleaning aids such as floss once a day. Regular dental visits are vital to keep your teeth and gums healthy, together with regular hygiene appointments.

    Whether your dental check-up is overdue or you haven’t visited Crook Log Dental Practice before, simply get in touch to find out how we can help you and your family by calling

    020 8303 3838 or book an appointment online.

    If you would like our team to visit your school or club for an oral health talk, then please contact Crook Log Dental Practice

    on 020 8303 3838 or email – [email protected]

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  3. TAKE EGGS-TRA SPECIAL CARE OF YOUR TEETH THIS EASTER! - April 15, 2019 by crooklog

     

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    Not long left now, with Easter only a few days away and shops filling with attractive sugary treats! The Easter Bunny is out whilst adults and children prepare to dig their teeth into their delicious chocolate eggs.

    bunnyLet’s talk about how Easter celebration can affect our teeth!

    Your oral health routine is important to remember over the Easter period and keeping an eye on how much sugar is consumed, especially our children.

    Our team at Crook Log Dental Practice want to ensure that you take the right precautions during this time of year so that your oral health does not suffer and is at its best.

    Therefore, we thought we should jump in and offer some Dental tips:

    🐰DRINK PLENTY OF WATER

    1. Water will help to neutralize the acids in your mouth
    2. Encourage your children to drink water by leaving a jug of water on the table during meal times.

    🐰AVOID GRAZING

    1. Limit consumption of sugary foods and beverages to mealtimes only.
    2. Eating between meals increases the time that your teeth are exposed to food. If the foods contain sugar or natural sugars you will be at a greater risk for tooth decay. The longer the sugar is on your teeth the greater the risk for decay.

    🐰AVOID STICKY AND HARD SWEETS

    1. Sticky stubborn sweets tend to get stuck in between teeth!
    2. As the sugars remain in contact with the teeth, the sugars get to work and begin to break down the enamel. Hard boiled sweets can also put your teethat risk because, in addition to being full of sugar, they can also trigger a dental emergency such as a broken or chipped tooth.

     

    🐰BRUSHING YOUR TEETH – but not straight after your chocolate!

    1. Food and drinks high in sugar soften the enamel (white coating) of the tooth, so it is important that you wait at least 30 minutes before brushing and allowing your saliva to neutralise the harmful acids– as you don’t want to cause enamel erosion!
    2. Don’t forget to brush your teeth! You should aim to brush your teeth for 2 minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Also, remember to include your interdental cleaning aids.

    🐰HEALTHY OPTIONS

    1. Sugar-free eggs and dark chocolate, are now widely available in stores!
    2. Snacks – a few examples, crackers, celery, cheese, milk, water, nuts, fresh vegetables and fruits!

    Remember Our teeth and gums play a vital role in our overall health and wellbeing, so it is important to have regular dental check-ups and hygiene appointments.

    You can now book appointments online at

    www.crooklogdentalpractice.co.uk/book-an-appointment/

    OR

    Contact us on – 0208 303 3838

         COME ON, HOP ON IN AT OUR CROOK LOG DENTAL PRACTICE!

    PLEASE NOTE:

    We will be closed during 19th and 22nd April.

    In case of an emergency please call: 111

    Have a lovely Easter from all our team at Crook Log Dental Practice.

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  4. Basic Life Support - April 9, 2019 by crooklog

    MEDICAL EMERGENCY

    1. CPR

    (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation)

    1. TRAINING
    1. AED TRAINING

    (Automated external defibrillator)

    Here in Bexleyheath we practice BLS (Basic Life Support) once a year, we feel that it is important and beneficial for everyone to have knowledge of CPR, as you never know when the need may arise. Today we had the opportunity to update and refresh our knowledge with the latest guidelines.

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    A fast response can mean a better recovery!

    WHAT IS CPR?

    👉 CPR stands for cardiopulmonary resuscitation

    👉 Performed on people suffering from cardiac arrest

    👉 Provides a continuous flow of oxygen to the lungs and brain until the person regains consciousness.

    IMPORTANCE OF CPR?

    👉 Did you know that the brain can only survive approximately five to six minutes without oxygen (after the heart stops)!

    👉 However, if CPR is performed within the above time the brain may survive the lack of oxygen.

    WHAT CAN I DO AS A PATIENT TO MINIMISE MY RISK OF A MEDICAL EMERGENCY?

     Things you should share! 

    👉 Providing your dentist/hygienist with honest information about your current health and health history is vital, as this will help them provide you with the best dental care possible, especially in an emergency.

    👉 Provide us with current medication on every dental visit.

    From over the counter medication to prescribed medication.

    👉 In the event of an emergency, knowing what medications you are currently taking can be vital to your health when we are determining our next course of treatment or prescribing other medications.

    We want to ensure you that our dental team, at Crook Log Dental Practice, are up to date with the latest guidance and training, this means if a medical emergency occurs in the practice our patients will receive quick, effective treatment.

    Thank you for reading!

    For further reading visit www.resus.org.uk

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  5. A huge congratulations to our award winning dentists! - April 1, 2019 by crooklog

    Two of our dentists win 4 awards, all within the space of 12 months!

    Dr Claire Louise Culverwell: BSc BDS GDC No 185352
    Dr Sim Mangat: BSc BDS GDC No 2716

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    Crook Log is a NHS/Private practice and also has the pleasure of hosting vocational trainers! It was a pleasure taking Sim on during his 1st year of training, as well as, training hard with the support of his mentor Dr Baber Khan, where he won the Best Case Presentation South East London Deanery for 2017.
    Nothing stopped him there! He continued to excel the following year 2017 – 2018 where he won the National Foundation Dentist of the Year!
    What an achievement…

    WELL DONE SIM!
    At Crook Log we believe in hard work and high quality dentistry. Our trainee dentists are taught our ethos and we are so proud to see all the hard work pay off for them.

    WELL DONE TEAM!

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  6. MOTHERS DAY! - March 20, 2019 by crooklog

    Mothers Day is approaching quickly this year! This year this fun-loving day will be celebrated on Sunday 31st March.

    Flowers, perfume, chocolate, makeup hmm.. a gift you give and receive every year!

    Being a parent we often put our children first. Caring for our own dental health can sometimes be neglected and delayed however, at Crook Log Dental we want to put you first and show you that your children and family do care. So, how about making 2019 mothers day a smile makeover, making it memorable and meaningful with a beautiful gift of a smile.

    Our team at Crook Log Dental have highly experienced cosmetic dentists offering treatments from facial aesthetics to dental cosmetic results.

    TOOTH WHITENING

    With time our teeth eventually change colour due to aging, lifestyle and diets! Fortunately this is reversible in today’s world. With our modern teeth whitening options here at Crook Log Dental we can provide the nice white smile you want! Prices are affordable and not as pricy as you think.

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    ORAL HEALTH TIPS FOR OUR BUSY MOTHERS!

    1. Keep hydrated – remember to sip on water throughout the day, especially when you’re on the go.
    2. Healthy snacks – Reach for the healthier snacks, cheese and crackers, vegetables and fruit.
    3. High in sugar food and drinks – to be consumed at meals times only. Drinking a sugary drink with a straw will give your teeth less contact to sugar.
    4. Sugar free gum – Try and chew sugar (Xylitol) free gum. The gum will help promote saliva, neutralising the acids in the mouth.

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  7. We Are 10 Years Old! - February 20, 2019 by crooklog

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    Thank you for being part of our success over the years! We greatly appreciate your custom and continued support. It has been an eventful 10 years – here are some of our main achievements!

    2009

    Dr Khan and Dr Younis take over – proud to be handed over the responsibility of taking care of the patients from Dr Jamus

    2010

    We renovate our decontamination room to comply with HTM 01-05 standards

    2011

    Renovations continue to Surgery 2 with improving the surgical workflow.

    We go live on Facebook!

    We introduce our first Hygienist to the team, Ms Nicola Walker, who continues to play a pivotal role in maintaining the oral health and hygiene of so many of our patients!
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    2012

    All surgeries begin major renovations! We improve compliance with infection control guidelines and drastically enhance staff and patient experience

    We become a Foundation Training practice! It is with great pride that we are able to support and coach newly qualified dentists at the start of their careers. Our first FD was Dr Christopher Wooldridge, who remained with us until 2015

    2014

    We were shortlisted as finalists for the Best Practice at the Dentistry Awards

    Dr Khan graduates with a Diploma in Restorative Dentistry from the Faculty of General Dental Practice

    We go digital! Introducing Cerec to our practice to improve our restorative workflow for both patients and staff

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    2015

    The work begins to renovate the entire ground floor to create disabled access and improve ground floor access for patients to see the dentist and hygienist. It was a long process and great thanks go to our patients and staff whose patience and understanding throughout the building work did not go unnoticed!

    Dr Younis receives her Masters in General Dental Practice from King’s College London

    2016

    The ground floor renovations are completed! What a transformation!

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    Our dentist Claire Culverwell wins Foundation Dentist of the year 2016/17!

    2017/18

    Two of our dentists win 3 awards, all within the space of 12 months!

    Dr Mangat wins the Best Case Presentation South East London Deanery for 2017/18 and Dr Culverwell has won the Best Case Presentation South East London Deanery 2016/17 as well as the Best FD Nationwide 2016/17 by the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners FGDP

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    2018

    Our very own practice principal Dr Khan received his Masters in Restorative Dentistry from the University of Leeds.
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    We launch our sister practice in Dartford!
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    So as a thank you we are offering free cosmetic consultations including botox and fillers with a 10% discount off treatment price.

     

    We are also offering a FREE electric toothbrush with our teeth whitening packages.

     

    Over the months of February and March we will be posting different blogs from members of staff who have undergone treatment too so keep your eyes peeled!

     

    It has been a fantastic 10 years and here’s to another ten we hope to share with you!

     

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  8. National Smile Month 2018! - May 29, 2018 by crooklog

    It’s May, and that means its National Smile Month 2018!

    So what does that even mean?

    It means that this is the month where many organisations try to spread messages for a healthier and happier mouth, and it is a long running campaign based on promoting good oral health.

    So what are the top tips for a healthier smile?

    1. Brush twice a day, morning and night with a fluoride containing toothpaste. Fluoride a great ingredient in toothpastes to make the teeth more resistant to everyday insults
    2. Cut down on the sugary foods and drinks. The number of times we expose the teeth to these in a day, the more likely we are to damage our teeth, so let’s cut down!
    3. Visit your dentist as often as they recommend this maybe every 3 months, 6 months or even 2 years – depending on what is necessary.

    We at Crook Log believe that every month should be smile month, let’s start a life full of smile months starting with May 2018. If you have any questions/concerns or to book a consultation feel free to contact the practice on the details in our “Contact Us” section.

    Have a great month and enjoy the sun with a healthier smile.

    Crook Log Dental

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  9. Creation of a practice representative of our vision of dentistry. - March 15, 2018 by crooklog

    “True compassion does not sit on the laps of renovation; it dives with an approach to reconstruction” – I Ayivor

    This notion resonated with our vision at Crook Log Dental when considering creating a practice fit for the future. We became co-owners of the practice in 2009 and since then have been making improvements, initially within the surgical rooms and then the decor. We believe the practice in every aspect should represent the ethos of the group clinicians visions, that of provision of excellent dentistry centred around a relaxing patient experience, tailored to the needs and expectations of the clientele we attract.

    It quickly became apparent to us that our practice appearance was not really representing the type of dentistry we were doing. In effect, it was giving out mixed messages. On one hand we were aiming to give the ultimate dental experience; on the other hand, the décor and layout were tired and dated. We discussed this with our designers (Paradigm Design Solutions) and they worked with us to put a coherent plan in place that would clearly position the practice and give it a strong‭ ‬ and‭ ‬ memorable brand identity.

    The process began with a clear vision, which we communicated to the design team involving a large scale reconstruction. The CGI’s attached show what the initial consultation yielded and then almost a year after the reconstruction of the receptions area photographs show a clear realisation of the original vision. The reconstructive work saw the surgery be finalists in the prestigious Private Dentistry Awards 2017.

    For us the two essential aspects leading to a successful transformation were:

    1. A clear vision of our goal when providing dentistry.
    2. Clear communication with a great design team

    With these two salient ingredients, the vision became a reality, as can be seen below.

    More updates and pictures and posts will be shared on the Instagram and Facebook pages for CrookLog Dental, if you have any comments or feedback feel free to email in/drop a message.

    We would like to thank Gavin and the whole Paradigm Designs Solutions team for realising our vision.

    Ultimately, we invested in the practice for the benefit of our patients and our team. It is so rewarding to get positive feedback from our regular patients who have witnessed the positive changes over the years. We hope you like it!

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  10. National Children’s Dental Health Month - February 13, 2018 by crooklog

    So it’s February, and this month is National Children’s Dental Health Month.

    So what does that mean?

    The ADA (American Dental Association) sponsors this event in order to ensure that the right information is given to patients and children to highlight the importance and impact of good oral health.

    Here at Crook Log Dental Practice, Bexleyheath we would like to do our bit in giving 5 tips for caring the little ones.

    1) It’s important to brush twice daily for two and a half minutes. To form create a habit, try supervising this at the same times daily until it becomes routine for the child.

    2) Correct brushing technique: Multiple videos can be found on YouTube/websites, just search “Modified Bass Technique.” A soft/medium bristle brush, angled 45 degrees towards the gum, brushing in small circles for 3-5 seconds per tooth surface should provide a good clean

    3) Did you know that the most important active ingredient in toothpaste is the fluoride? Mouthwashes after brushing wash away the toothpaste and reduce its benefits. Refrain your child from rinsing the mouth after brushing and adopt the “spit don’t rinse” habit early on. Mouthwashes can be used between meals!

    4) Unfortunately, fruits & smoothies are full of sugar so it’s best to try to avoid smoothies and just eat the fruit, and when your child eats their fruit it is best served with a main meal. It’s the frequency of sugar consumption that contributes to decay, so this is a good way to reduce that frequency.

    5) Trips and falls. This is a common problem, if the child falls over and a tooth falls out, to give it its best chance of being put back in, hold the tooth from the crown (white part of the tooth) and not the root, then place it in milk and come to the dentist ASAP and call them on the way so they can plan to see the child urgently as time is of the essence, to be exact, the likelihood of success drops considerably after 60 minutes. For more information on this, you can visit the IADT for more in-depth tips (this is a website for dentists but has great tips on how to handle the incident immediately)

     

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