Dentistry might not be back to normal – but it is back
Dentistry is back, but not back to normal just yet! It is great to be back. There is a new normal and many things have changed, but we are back in practices and back to caring for our patients. I would like to start by highlighting just how amazing everyone throughout Rodericks has been. Everyone … Continue reading Dentistry might not be back to normal – but it is back
Getting children to care about oral health
With the current state of oral health among children in the UK, it is has never been more important to help young people learn good habits. Part of this is about engaging with children and involving them in their dental care. They need to understand why it’s important and what they can do to help. … Continue reading Getting children to care about oral health
Half way there – Fiona and FD training
It’s been nearly six months since we first spoke to Fiona Mackay at the beginning of her Foundation Dentist (FD) training at Wallingford House Dental Practice. We caught up with her to find out how she settled in and what she’s learned so far… Specialist courses “Since the start of my FD training, Rodericks has … Continue reading Half way there – Fiona and FD training
Volunteering in remote areas of Nicaragua
Will Hanks, a dentist at our Kyrle Street Dental Practice, has been volunteering with the Peace and Hope Trust for more than six years. Right now, he is in Nicaragua with his wife, who is also a dentist, two nurses, a consultant orthodontist and several other non-medical volunteers. They are supporting local communities who have … Continue reading Volunteering in remote areas of Nicaragua
Rodericks reaches 100 practices!
Rodericks has long been committed to improving access to high quality dental care for people across England and Wales. In our quest to achieve this, we are delighted to have reached 100 practices, making us the 4th largest dental group in the UK! The latest teams to have joined the group and helped us reach … Continue reading Rodericks reaches 100 practices!
Vegan diets – good or bad?
At the end of Veganuary 2020, we look at what a vegan diet means for individuals and for dental care. So, what do you need to know? Impact of an animal product-free month According to the charity behind Veganuary,[i] the impact of 350,000 people taking part worldwide for 31 days would: Stop 41,200 tonnes of CO2eq … Continue reading Vegan diets – good or bad?
Alcohol – a love hate thing
For many people, the festive period is closely associated with over indulgence – often regarding both food and alcohol. We use the party season as an excuse to enjoy one or two more glasses of wine than we would usually allow ourselves. While alcohol may be a treat for some people, others have a more … Continue reading Alcohol – a love hate thing
Top 10 articles of 2019, as chosen by you
Wishing you all a very Happy New Year! We hope you had a well-earned break and enjoyed the festivities with your friends and loved ones. As we settle into 2020, it is a time for reflection. It’s the perfect opportunity to review what we are proud of from last year and use this to continue … Continue reading Top 10 articles of 2019, as chosen by you
Introducing Jonathan Gardner
As you will likely know, Jonathan Gardner recently joined the senior management team at Rodericks as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). He takes on this role as Shalin Mehra moves into the position of Chairman to guide the strategic direction of the business. A healthcare background Jonathan brings a wealth of experience in leading and supporting … Continue reading Introducing Jonathan Gardner
Season’s greetings to all!
As we see out the final weeks of 2019, we would like to wish all our friends and colleagues the very best for the New Year! Here are a few words from members of our Board… Shalin Mehra, Chairman “Rodericks has seen substantial growth this year. We have completed 25 acquisitions, as well as welcoming … Continue reading Season’s greetings to all!
Building patient rapport – simple but vital
In today’s society, building patient rapport is essential for all dental professionals. If a patient likes their professional team, they are more likely to trust and follow their advice. Consequently, they benefit from improved oral health. They are also more likely come back. Not only does this ensure continuity of their care, but it is … Continue reading Building patient rapport – simple but vital
Supporting the next generation – getting into FD training
For dentists interested in mentoring the next generation of professionals, FD training can offer a challenging yet rewarding career move. Felicity Harland, Dentist and Educational Supervisor at Aldershot Dental Practice, shares her journey into FD training. “During my own FD year, I realised that being an Educational Supervisor was something I would like to do … Continue reading Supporting the next generation – getting into FD training
The gloves are on
Stephen Lee, Practice Manager at Stony Dental Practice, is taking on a new challenge this November to raise awareness and donations for Cancer Research UK. He is participating in an Ultra White Collar Boxing (UWCB) event. It’s an amateur boxing challenge designed to help individuals get fit and healthy while trying something new. “I chose … Continue reading The gloves are on
Communication is key for fulfilling your career potential
Job satisfaction in dentistry is as much about fulfilling career potential as it is delivering quality patient care. Having access to different opportunities to progress your skills and feed your passion is crucial. This is true for all members of the dental team. Know your options Christina Regan, HR People Partner, shares insight into what … Continue reading Communication is key for fulfilling your career potential
Adding value and choice for patients
Part of our ethos at Rodericks is to improve access to quality care for more patients. This is the main driving force behind the growth of the business, as we continue adding practices to the portfolio across the country. As such, we are delighted to have almost reached the 100-practice milestone with the addition of … Continue reading Adding value and choice for patients
Sugar – a long-term battle
In dentistry, we understand the dangers of high sugar consumption. The challenge is to spread the word among the general population, which involves members of the dental team, not just the dentists and dental hygienists/therapists. Increased awareness Dr Simon Harrison from Kyrle Street Dental Practice considers how he thinks awareness of sugar has changed over … Continue reading Sugar – a long-term battle
Save energy, one switch at a time
In today’s world, we all understand the need to save energy. Whether you are motivated by climate change, animal welfare or the rising cost of living, you will have likely considered how to reduce your energy consumption at home. So, why should it be any different at work? It’s easy to apply simple energy saving … Continue reading Save energy, one switch at a time
Men’s health still needs a little TLC
As healthcare professionals, dentists work hard to improve both women’s and men’s health. However, men are trailing behind women when it comes to looking after themselves. As such, it’s important for dental professionals to be aware of the barriers that male patients may face in order to provide the most effective support. The less healthy … Continue reading Men’s health still needs a little TLC
Getting started as an FD
We will be speaking to Fiona Mackay throughout her journey as an FD at Wallingford House Dental Practice. We caught up with her just one month into her training. A new life When asked about the biggest difference between life as a dental student and life in practice, Fiona said: “Every decision is suddenly on … Continue reading Getting started as an FD
Rodericks joins the Super Bash for Bridge2Aid!
Rodericks Dental has long supported Bridge2Aid and the amazing work that it does for vulnerable communities around the world. We participate through the Lloyds bank cardnet handsets, donating a small percentage of every patient transaction to the charity. Since 2016, we have donated more than £16,500 and we are keen to continue. As another way … Continue reading Rodericks joins the Super Bash for Bridge2Aid!
How and when you should find a clinical mentor
Finding a clinical mentor is an important part of skill development in dentistry. A clinical mentor provides the support and guidance you need to progress safely and effectively. This is true whether you’re a newly qualified or highly experienced dentist moving into different fields. Guidance at every stage Manoj Bhatia, a dentist at Rugby Dental … Continue reading How and when you should find a clinical mentor
Dental marketing – the who, what and how
Dental marketing is important for the long-term success of a practice. Effective promotion of the services you offer supports business growth and sustainability. It also facilitates your practice and team goals. For the best results, it’s necessary to consider who in the practice should take control, what they should do and how. Who manages activities? … Continue reading Dental marketing – the who, what and how
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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!
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!
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
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
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!
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
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
Challenge of a lifetime
Our Dentist at Aldershot Dental Practice is undertaking a Challenge of a lifetime… Read more here
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
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?
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
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…
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.
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
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
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
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