Mental health – look after yourself

It’s important for dental professionals to look after themselves both physically and mentally. Not only does this ensure your well-being, but it also enables you to deliver the highest quality care to your patients. Stress can challenge mental health However, maintaining your psychological health may be easier said than done given the occupational stresses you … Continue reading Mental health – look after yourself

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FD training – the journey begins

The transition from university student to the practice environment can be exciting but challenging for newly qualified dentists. We catch up with Dr Megha Upadhyaya two weeks into her FD training at Aldershot Dental Practice. What have been the main challenges of moving from university to practice? I learnt quickly that time management is hugely … Continue reading FD training – the journey begins

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Smoking cessation – providing the right support

We know that smoking is bad for our health – both general and dental. It seems the message is getting out there, too. There was more than a 5% decline in the number of smokers aged 18 and over in the UK between 2011 and 2018.[i] This is great news for public health and the dental … Continue reading Smoking cessation – providing the right support

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Maximising on the benefits of milk for children

Cow’s milk affords many benefits for children. We speak to Phillip End, dentist at Davyhulme Revive, about how dental professionals can encourage healthier habits among young people. “Milk has two mechanisms of protection. Firstly, it neutralises plaque acids. Secondly, milk contains a protein that interacts with the oral environment. This creates a protective layer over … Continue reading Maximising on the benefits of milk for children

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Job satisfaction and happiness at work

For dental professionals, happiness at work often relies on job satisfaction. There are many factors influencing how satisfied you are in the dental practice and it’s important to optimise your happiness wherever possible. September 23-27 is International Week of Happiness at Work – so how happy are you? A happy nation Despite the current turmoil … Continue reading Job satisfaction and happiness at work

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Is it really in their genes?

Many health conditions are linked to our genes. In fact, genetic make-up is associated with risk of developing various diseases from breast cancer to type 1 diabetes. But how can genetics impact people’s oral health and how can you use this to tailor the dental care you provide? Dental caries and periodontitis A 2019 meta-analysis … Continue reading Is it really in their genes?

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HPV – tackling a growing problem

HPV is rapidly becoming a problem across the globe. It is implicated in the development of various types of cancer, including mouth cancer. With Sexual Health Week held on 16th-22nd September, this is the perfect time to consider how dental professionals could help tackle the issue. HPV and cancer Approximately 8 in every 10 people … Continue reading HPV – tackling a growing problem

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Tackling suicide head on

World Suicide Prevention Day (10th September), aims to raise awareness and help those who may be struggling to find a way out. As stress and depression can precede suicidal thoughts, it’s important that we all know how to help colleagues who may be at risk. Dentistry is very much a people industry. It’s all about caring … Continue reading Tackling suicide head on

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Caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease

With an ageing population, you can expect to see more patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Tailoring their dental care to their needs is crucial. ‘Dementia’ describes diseases that cause problems with memory, thinking, language and perception. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common of these. Symptoms usually begin with mild memory loss or issues with solving problems … Continue reading Caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease

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Raising awareness of childhood cancer

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. It aims to help more people understand the disease for earlier detection. It is important for dental professionals to know how the disease affects sufferers so that they can deliver the appropriate dental care. 4,500 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer in the UK each year. That … Continue reading Raising awareness of childhood cancer

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Welcome to our FDs!

Carlos Clark, Associate Director for Professional Development at Rodericks, would like to welcome all new dental graduates who have joined Rodericks for their Foundation Dentist training year. This is an exciting time of year in dentistry. For those fresh out of university, September marks the beginning of FD training. I would like to extend a … Continue reading Welcome to our FDs!

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Reducing the environmental impact of dentistry

The idea of reducing our environmental impact has gained momentum in recent years. As the consequences of climate change become more apparent, so too does the need to change the way we live. Environmental impact of dentistry Healthcare is the largest emitter of carbon in the UK. It contributes an estimated 4.5% of the UK’s … Continue reading Reducing the environmental impact of dentistry

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Career development for the newly qualified dentist

Charlie Steere, dentist at Marylebone House, discusses his career development and offers some advice for newly qualified dentists starting their own journeys. I qualified from Leeds University in 2015 before completing my FD training year in Winchester. At this point, I had no idea what I wanted to do next, except I wasn’t keen on … Continue reading Career development for the newly qualified dentist

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Thank you and farewell to a valued member of the team

Rodericks is proud to work with an array of skilled and enthusiastic individuals throughout the group. We strive to create the best possible working environments with the support and facilities professionals need to truly strive. As such, we are delighted that so many people stay with us for many years, developing their careers as they … Continue reading Thank you and farewell to a valued member of the team

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Career mapping – get it right from the beginning

Shalin Mehra – Chief Executive Officer of Rodericks Dental – is passionate about effective career mapping for dentists. Here, he answers some common questions to help newly qualified dentists follow the right path for them… I recently completed Foundation Dentist (FD) training and will be working as an associate in practice. What could my career … Continue reading Career mapping – get it right from the beginning

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Optimising patient communication

Julie Gillard, dental hygienist from Bryant Dental Practice, shares her experience and offers some advice for improved communication with patients… Good patient communication is crucial in dentistry. It ensures informed consent, which in turn avoids litigation issues and helps patients improve their oral health. It’s important to explain suggested treatment clearly and then acknowledge that … Continue reading Optimising patient communication

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Humanitarian aid and supporting the less fortunate

As we celebrate World Humanitarian Day 2019, we consider the need for aid in less fortunate communities. We also look at the many ways that dental practices can get involved both here in the UK and abroad. There are many people in this world who depend on humanitarian support in their daily lives. In the … Continue reading Humanitarian aid and supporting the less fortunate

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Rodericks is shortlisted for Engagement Award

We are delighted to announce that Rodericks has become a finalist in the ‘Rising Star of the Year’ category for the Engagement Excellence Awards 2019, organised by Reward Gateway. The first year of this category, it is designed to recognise and celebrate employee engagement within companies across different sectors. Jenna Hartley, Head of HR here … Continue reading Rodericks is shortlisted for Engagement Award

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Taking a stand for children’s oral health

Children’s oral health is a hot topic in the UK right now. While statistics show improvements over time, there is much more still to do. In particular, this applies to the inequalities being seen between different areas of the UK. Concerning statistics Josh Kelly – dental therapist at Rodericks Dental’s Cefn Coed Dental Practice in … Continue reading Taking a stand for children’s oral health

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Social media – the do’s and don’ts

You don’t have to be a social media expert to benefit from using these platforms. You just need to know the basic do’s and don’ts, and then dedicate enough time to your page. Here are some top tips from Nicola Ripton, Marketing Business Partner at Rodericks, on how you can do just that. What common … Continue reading Social media – the do’s and don’ts

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Making social media work for you

Social media may be outside the dental team’s expertise, but there are many benefits when you get it right. We spoke to Nicola Ripton, Marketing Business Partner at Rodericks, about how professionals and practices could make the most of the opportunities available. What are the benefits of social media for dental professions? On an individual … Continue reading Making social media work for you

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Systemic health and oral health

Dental professionals are aware of the links between systemic health and oral health. Many practitioners describe the mouth as ‘the gateway to the body’ as any disease in the mouth can mirror what is going on in the body and vice versa. Research is now available to show how some of the most commonly faced … Continue reading Systemic health and oral health

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The latest advice on breastfeeding

The UK has one of the lowest rates of breastfeeding in Europe.[i] While 73% of UK mothers breastfed their new-born babies in 2015/16, this reduced to 43% when their child was 6-8 weeks. Why is this relevant to you? Just under a quarter of children aged 5 years have dental decay in England. In addition, almost … Continue reading The latest advice on breastfeeding

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Hepatitis – a recap and a warning

Hepatitis affects around 0.3% of the UK population.[i] However, prevalence is higher among dental professionals[ii][iii], because they are more likely to encounter the blood and bodily fluids of others.[iv] Consequently, they are at an increased risk of infection. Why is hepatitis dangerous? Hepatitis B and C cause more than 1.3 million deaths globally each year. Likewise, … Continue reading Hepatitis – a recap and a warning

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Exercise your right to be healthy

As dental professionals, you will likely encourage your patients to establish as many healthy habits as possible. But what about you? Do you get enough exercise to keep your mind and body healthy? Adults aged 19-64 years should aim for at least 150 minutes of physical activity every week. This should include a combination of … Continue reading Exercise your right to be healthy

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Stress – beat it with a little help from your friends

Stress affects everyone differently. For some, it makes them concentrate harder. For others, it can feel overwhelming and cause them to make mistakes. We all know that dentistry can be a stressful profession, but there are things you can do to help your days go more smoothly. Stress in dentistry Unfortunately, dentists rank highly on … Continue reading Stress – beat it with a little help from your friends

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Diet is everything when it comes to oral health

It’s important for patients to understand how diet impacts general wellbeing. This includes being aware of how it affects oral health. Starting young Sugar is public enemy no. 1 right now. However, it seems that the sweet stuff gets us young. Public Health England (PHE) published an evidence review[i] on food designed for infants of … Continue reading Diet is everything when it comes to oral health

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Tooth whitening – I do!

The demand for tooth whitening often spikes in summer. This is not surprising given that summer and early autumn are the most popular times of year to get married.[i] Weddings and dentistry Well, most people are keen to look their best for the big day. In today’s appearance-driven world, this includes ensuring that their smiles … Continue reading Tooth whitening – I do!

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Here comes the sun – and the vitamin D!

Get yourself outside this summer to enjoy all the benefits of vitamin D. And we do mean outside – you need direct contact between sunlight and skin so it doesn’t work if you’re sitting behind a glass window! Get outside Making the most of the great outdoors is therefore a must. Is there somewhere outside … Continue reading Here comes the sun – and the vitamin D!

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7 top tips to help your dental patients pucker up with confidence!

Did you know that 6th July 2019 is International Kissing Day? A great excuse to pucker up, the day celebrates the age-old expression for love and care between romantic partners, family and friends. Keeping romance alive When you think of a kiss, you probably assume the type with a romantic partner. That may be because … Continue reading 7 top tips to help your dental patients pucker up with confidence!

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Rodericks family expansion with Denticheck

Rodericks Dental aims to improve access to high quality dental care across the UK. As a result, it has grown by welcoming several new practices to the family. The team is delighted to announce the recent acquisition of Denticheck Ltd. Welcome to Denticheck practices Bringing the group to a total of 94 practices, Denticheck has … Continue reading Rodericks family expansion with Denticheck

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Putting patient safety first

Safeguarding patients is an important responsibility for all dental professionals. It is much more than just a legal requirement or a part of our Duty of Care. Get it right, and we can make the world of difference to an individual. Get it wrong or lack the confidence to speak up and do something, and … Continue reading Putting patient safety first

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On your marks, get set, engage!

For a dental practice to be successful, engagement with the local community is key. It could involve participating in local events, supporting town activities or forming partnerships with other businesses. For example, you could take a stall at the village fete. You could sponsor the local rugby club or offer members of the local gym … Continue reading On your marks, get set, engage!

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Building the dental profession of tomorrow

Carlos Clark, Head of Professional Development at Rodericks Dental, contemplates the importance of laying down solid foundations for a successful dental career and the role FD training has to play in this. Innovation and education are often the cornerstones of progression and success. This is no truer than when it comes to dentistry, where new … Continue reading Building the dental profession of tomorrow

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Proud to make a difference

Committed to giving something back and supporting both the profession and the community in any way it can, Rodericks Dental is proud to have worked with Bridge2Aid for several years now. It was the first dental group to adopt the scheme set-up between Bridge2Aid and Lloyds Bank, whereby a particular handset is used in each … Continue reading Proud to make a difference

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Challenge of a lifetime

Our Dentist at Aldershot Dental Practice is undertaking a Challenge of a lifetime… Read more here

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The Company’s finest asset is you

The Sunday Times’ Best 100 Companies Awards recently showed companies that recognise their staff as unique individuals are far more appealing. Read more… here

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Prototypes – What do you need to know?

Prototypes – What do you need to know? Rehan Ghaffar – Grange Park Practice, Rodericks Dental – provides an update on the Prototypes so far… How would you summarise the prototypes? Our practice (Grange Park Dental Practice) is currently trialling the prototype system, which follows the pilot contracts initiated in 2011 that were geared towards … Continue reading Prototypes – What do you need to know?

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Ethical Dentistry at its heart

Dr Alaa Guni completed his foundation training year with Rodericks Dental in September 2014 and has remained with the group as an associate at Wallingford House Dental Practice in Oxfordshire. “The main benefits of working within the group include close staff with excellent team skills providing ethical dentistry under the NHS… read more here

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Women change their toothbrush twice as often as men

  Dentists recommend that toothbrushes are replaced every 3 months. Women switch theirs every 92 days while men wait for around 185 days it means men are potentially risking the health of their teeth and gums. Women also spend an average of £42 on dental care – nearly double men Read more…  

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Is flossing your teeth a waste of time?

The US health department has stopped recommending it, but the NHS is still in favour. So, should you bother? read more here.

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NHS Ponders sugary drinks ban

The NHS in England is asking staff and the public about whether it should ban or impose a tax on any sugary drinks sold in hospitals… read more

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7 things smoking is doing to your mouth

Most of us are probably aware they smoking is incredibly bad for our health, causing an untold amount of misery due to a vast variety of medical problems. It is estimated that every year in the UK around 96,000 people die from diseases caused by smoking and about half of all regular cigarette smokers will … Continue reading 7 things smoking is doing to your mouth

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New self-help guide for kids could stop fear of the dentist

The number of children with phobias of the dentist could be reduced as experts create the first self-help guide designed to encourage young children to face their fears…   Read more here

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Breathe new life into your business

Dental principals considering selling their practices, will find no other buyer to rival Health Investor-accredited dental group, Rodericks Dental. If the demands of modern dentistry have become altogether too much to bear, and you are on a quest to concentrate on your patients rather than administration and finance, the team at Rodericks Dental understands… read … Continue reading Breathe new life into your business

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