Carcassonne to Barcelona by bike….

Continuing our charity efforts this year dentist Allan Wood is cycling from Carcassone in France to Barcelona in Spain over the Pyrenees. Here Allan explains what prompted him to take up the challenge:

There are not many of us these days that haven’t been impacted by cancer either personally through our relationships with friends and family or in my case professionally. I’ve helped diagnose and support patients with signs and symptoms of both oral and head and neck skin cancers. I’m doing this challenge with one of my patients, Paul who in 2012 I referred with what I thought were the early signs of oral cancer. This was confirmed and successfully treated and I’m delighted that he is now fit enough to challenge me to this gruelling ride over the mountains.

We will be attempting a four day ride from Carcassonne in France over the Pyrenees via Andorra to Barcelona. This is an epic challenge with around 500km of riding and 36,000ft of climbing (that’s Everest with Ben Nevis on top)

I’m looking to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. If you can support us with some sponsorship it would mean a lot to me. You can do so at reception or visit my justgiving page.


Thank you for your support





National Smile Month 2017

We are delighted once again to be supporting National Smile Month.  This year the campaign is highlighting three main messages to improve oral health.  They are:

  • Brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion during the day with a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks.
  • Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.

National Smile Month also aims to make the campaign fun and includes the “smileys” used in the photo above. We have been encouraging everyone to take photos with the smileys and look forward to sharing them with you.

The aim of National Smile Month is to ultimately improve the UK’s oral health which ties in with our practice aim of improving the oral health of all our patients. We are running a competition for all our young patients with an electric toothbrush as for the prize and also giving goody bags with advice cards, balloons and toothbrushes to all our young patients. Watch out for more Smile Month photos and for the winners announcement after the 15th June 2017.


The weight is over…

We are delighted to announce that Melanie, our practice manager, won the overall weight loss challenge. Many congratulations go to her on her magnificent achievement. All those taking part lost some weight, if not all the weight they wanted to lose, and the challenge certainly led to some interesting discussions on the benefits or otherwise of various foods and diets in the staff room. Together we lost 95lbs, which was not quite the baby elephant we were hoping for but was the equivalent of a southern elephant seal so we were close. We all feel better for the weight loss and now the work begins to keep it off! Congratulations once again to Melanie.

Celebrating National Tea Day

When we heard that today was National Tea Day it seemed like to good an opportunity to miss. We decided to celebrate it with afternoon tea, but at lunch time. Yes we were sensible and had some sandwiches but we did also indulge in some sweet treats as you can see. We were following our own advice and having them at a meal time, although the jam tarts may have come under the heading of “sticky things”. It was a fun way to celebrate National Tea Day with lots of tea being drunk and having the tea in a teapot and china cups made a nice change from the usual mugs of tea we have every day. Dafternoon teaiscussion also turned to what other National or International Days there may be. Apparently there is an International Speak like a Pirate Day which Hamish is keen for the practice to take part in and Amy is hoping there is a National Cake Day. In the meantime we hope you have enjoyed your national Tea Day and we will definitely be celebrating it again next year.

April in Review Ripon

review ripon aprilApril’s edition of Review Ripon focused on how to keep your teeth healthy and still enjoy some Easter treats. The main advice was to try to limit your treats to meal times, choose something that doesn’t stick to your teeth (so avoid the toffees and gummy sweets), wait 30 minutes after eating them before brushing your teeth and visit your dentist regularly to ensure that you’re using an effective brushing technique. We know we are biased in wanting everyone to look after their teeth but your teeth really should last you a lifetime and be pain free.

The eagle eyed among you may also have noticed the new photo with the article- we felt it was about time for a change. Donald was persuaded to get up close and personal with the sign again, and the sun came out for the only time that day. Unfortunately it caused a few shadows so there may be another photo shortly- keep looking in the magazine.

If you have any suggestions for items you would like to see covered in the magazine please send your suggestions to

Our new website is live…

We are delighted to announce that our new website is live. We hope everyone likes it and finds all the information they need on it. Many thanks go to Krishan, Amy and the team at Dental Focus for the new website- they have worked long and hard on it for us.

Please email us at if there is any dental topic you think we haven’t covered and should or anything you would like more information about. Our website is there to help you, the patient, make an informed decision about your dental treatment so we appreciate all feed back which helps us deliver this.


Congratulations Amy


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Congratulations to Amy, one of our dental nurses, who appeared on the Channel 4 “Katie Piper Face to Face” show. Amy, who was born with a port wine birthmark on her face, spoke about her love and use of make up before using her expertise to carry out a make over to help a make up novice with a similar mark. Amy, who was filmed both in Ripon and London for the programme, thoroughly enjoyed the experience. “It was great to be able to help other people like myself, and help them gain confidence. I received lots of support from people all over the UK through social media and it felt great to have made such an impact.” Amy has You Tube tutorials on how to apply her make up and has her own  blog, which has lots of beauty tips and advice. Well done Amy, we were all excited and proud to watch you on national television.

The weight loss continues…….

mel weight loss championMel was our weight loss champion last week and received the spot prize of some lovely flowers- more appropriate than wine or chocolates for the diet! Total weight loss so far is 71lbs between us- that’s a fantastic 5st 1lb, 32.27 kg or a baby Caribbean Manatee! We’ll lose that baby elephant yet. We have four and a half weeks left to go on our challenge and everyone is finding it a bit difficult to keep going but we are determined. As an incentive there’s another spot prize  for the person losing the most in this week coming so keep checking to see who will be the next “Weight Loss Champion of the Week”- will Mel retain the title or will some one else lose more?

New app being put to the test

Having heard about the new Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected toothbrush and Philips Sonicare app we decided to put them to the test to see if they could improve oral health for our patients. With the American Academy of Periodontology stating that recent research has  demonstrated that inflammation may be responsible for the association between systemic diseases and gum disease it makes sense to keep gums as healthy as possible. A member of staff kindly offered to be the test subject, the toothbrush was ordered and the app downloaded. Sam, one of our dedicated team of hygienists, carried out an initial assessment of the test subject’s oral health and offered advice on the areas requiring special attention. The test will run initially for two weeks using only the brush and the app, after which time Sam will again carry out an assessment to see if there is any change in oral health.

The reviews for the app were not promising with people complaining that the app wouldn’t link to the toothbrush but our test subject had no problems linking the app and toothbrush. Goals have been set on the app and we are all interested to see if it makes a difference to the test subject’s oral health. Look out for a follow up report in a fortnight.

The challenge continues…..

The weight loss challenge continues and is proving to be a hot topic of discussion at lunch times! So far this week we have lost a total of 13lbs with 2 members of staff on holiday and one still to have their official weigh in. That loss brings the running total to 47lbs, 3st 5lbs or 21.36kg so far- more than a fifth of our target weight loss but we’ll need to stick to our diets/healthy eating and exercise regimes if we want to lose the target weight in time. We have now lost a baby American bison (20kg) and are now aiming for a Sumatran rhinoceros (23kg) and a dugon (28kg), a marine mammal related to the manatee. For more information about dugongs have a look at Check in next week to see how we are doing.Dugong Marsa Alam.jpg