Clock Tower Dental Care Team Playlists

We’ve been having some fun at lunchtimes with a song challenge which has lead to some interesting playlists that we thought we’d share with you. We have been given a song category to fill in and then we have to see if we can identify other team members from the songs they’ve picked. Some people are easier to identify than others, some categories are easier than others but it has certainly introduced all of us to some music that we haven’t heard before. Below is our “songs that make you happy” playlist- we’ve left them anonymous so if you want to join in and guess the team member you can. We look forward to sharing some of our other lists with you too and hope you like some of these.

Our “song that makes you happy” playlist

I get around- the Beach Boys

Reminiscing- Little River Band

Mah na mah na song – the Muppets

Build me up buttercup- the Foundations

Don’t worry, be happy- Bob Marley

Locked out of heaven- Bruno Mars

Let’s Dance- David Bowie

You make my dreams come true- Hall and Oates

I wish it could be Christmas everyday- Kylie Minogue

Pocketful of sunshine- Natasha Benningfield

Happy- Pharrell Williams

Sylvia- Focus

Banana pancakes- Jack Johnson

Dental Exam Success

Congratulations and a huge “WELL DONE” to Kelly and Ellie who are both celebrating exam success this week. Ellie passed the NEBDN examination certificate in Dental Radiography while Kelly passed the NEBDN examination award in Dental Intravenous Sedation Nursing. Both nurses completed the courses in addition to their normal nursing duties and showed great dedication in completing the tasks and assignments required.  Donald Sloss, Clinical Director at the practice said ” Both nurses have done exceptionally well gaining these technically demanding awards and we are very proud of them. Their dedication to furthering their knowledge and skills reflects the ethos of the practice in that we are always striving to provide the best possible care to our patients. ” We look forward to seeing which qualifications they. or other members of staff, decide to go for next.

Halloween Success

Many thanks to all patients and staff who voted in the Halloween pumpkin competition. The winner, seen above, was Ellie with her fantastic pumpkin witch. It was very effective and a really good use of the natural characteristics of the pumpkin itself. Apparently it took Ellie quite a while to find the right pumpkin but we all though it was worth the effort. Thanks again to all who took part, it was great fun, all the pumpkins looked fantastic and some of us are already planning what we will do for next year’s competition!

Happy Halloween

We’re having our annual pumpkin carving competition again. Which one do you like the best? If you have an appointment today, remember to cast your vote for the pumpkin you like the best- or just pop in to cast your vote, we’re always happy to see you. If you’d rather vote by email send your vote to There is a small prize for the winning pumpkin so every vote counts. Check back tomorrow to see if your favourite is the winner. Congratulations to all staff who took part, all the pumpkins look fantastic.

Meet the team….

Welcome to our third meet the team and this time’s team member is Lynn Sloss.  Lynn is married to Donald, last time’s “Meet the Team” and as our Business Manager is usually to be found in our upstairs office although she does appear at the front desk on occasion.

“What do I love about my job? That’s easy , the team I work with, who are a fantastic bunch of people, and the fact that through them we can give patients, particularly the young and the fearful, a fantastic dental experience and the smile they deserve. Growing up I had some fairly painful and not overly sympathetic visits to the dentist. I really didn’t like my smile and was very self conscious of it and so to work with a team who believe in doing the best for the patient in the most caring and professional manner is amazing. Donald has been my dentist since he was a dental student- I do feel sorry for him sometimes but not enough to change dentist- and is responsible for changing my opinion of dentists and for giving me my smile back.

Away from work I love spending time with family and our dogs, am a keen photographer and enjoy all sorts of crafts. ”

Cats or dogs: Definitely dogs- apologies to all cat lovers out there. It’s probably more of a size thing than anything, I’m not very coordinated and tend to stand on or fall over smaller animals, probably explains our 2 Newfoundlands and the Pyrenean/Leonberger cross that we have.

What would your superhero power be? Not sure it’s superhero but I’d quite like to be like Samantha in Bewitched who could do the housework by wiggling her nose.

If I had an extra hour a day I’d spend it: doing something fun- definitely not doing the housework!

Thank you to our lovely patients

We received these lovely flowers from Megan last week as a thank you for her week’s work experience with us. In turn we’d like to say a big “THANK YOU” to our lovely patients who are always very welcoming to the work experience students we host. As a team we are all happy to share our love of dentistry with the students in the hope of persuading at least some of them to join the profession in some role.  We, and they, really appreciate patients welcoming them and sharing their experiences with them. It is especially rewarding when the students are as interested and keen as Megan was so a thank you to Megan too for an interesting week.

Sugar and your teeth

In keeping with our sugar awareness month Donald’s post in Review Ripon this month highlights the problems for our teeth of eating and drinking too much sugar.

Tooth decay and age

Tooth decay can happen at any age. While recent studies have shown that a quarter of five year olds suffer from tooth decay,  a change in lifestyle, eg eating mints to help stop smoking, can cause tooth decay at any age. Tooth decay hurts and is harmful to our overall health so what can be done about it?

Sugar and tooth decay

Sugar affects us all in many ways.  To be fair to sugar, as far as your teeth are concerned, it’s not the sugar that causes the damage it’s the bacteria that occurs naturally in your  mouth that feeds on the sugar creating acids in your mouth that in turn  destroy the enamel of your teeth leading to cavities, decay and ultimately pain and possible tooth loss. The good news is that the body tries to fight these acid attacks using your saliva, the acids leech minerals from the enamel of your teeth and the saliva tries to put minerals back. Unfortunately the more often you eat sugary foods creating these acids the less the saliva can keep up with replacing the lost minerals in your teeth.

There’s a constant battle or tug of war going on in your mouth between the acids attacking your teeth and the saliva trying to repair them and this can be a good way of describing to children what is happening to their teeth when they drink that sugary drink or eat that sticky sweet.

How to help your saliva win the battle?

How often acid attacks occur is one of the biggest problems. Cutting out sugary snacks and drinks between meals can really help-remember to watch out for hidden sugars in fruit juices and dried fruits e.g raisins. Swap sugary snacks for fibrous vegetables or dairy products e.g. cheese or yoghurt, where possible. Chewing fibrous vegetables increases saliva production which helps fight the acids and dairy products contain minerals to help strengthen the teeth. Watch out for hidden sugars in foods such as cereals and salad dressings.

As always the advice to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes using a fluoride toothpaste will also help by cleaning away bacteria filled plaque and supplying fluoride to help prevent tooth decay.

Follow our blog on our website to see how some of our team attempt to go sugar free for July, or why not join us. Your teeth will thank you for it.

July is sugar awareness month at Clock Tower Dental Care

Various kinds of sugar

As a team we decided to put ourselves to the test and see if we could at least cut down on our sugar intake for the month of July. We knew it was going to be hard- we nearly all have a sweet tooth although we do try on the whole to only have sugary treats at mealtimes- usually lunch it has to be said, and we were right, it is hard! We’re concentrating on lowering our refined sugar intake not the naturally occurring sugars found in milk, fruit etc

So how are we doing? Well it’s day 5, some have already given up although we’re hoping to persuade them to try again as every little helps, one team member has had a day off for her anniversary dinner but is back on it, the majority are still choosing the no sugar or low sugar option where possible.

What have we found so far? Added sugar is everywhere, in salad dressings, cereals, baked beans to name a few. Our tip for today is to make sure you read the label and try the low sugar alternatives where possible or make your own sugar free version instead. One of the team has switched their family onto low sugar beans with no complaints (although she is remaining anonymous to save any potential arguments!

As the month goes on we’ll update you on how we’re doing and let you know if we have any hints,  tips and interesting facts to help you reduce your sugar intake and help your teeth stay healthy.

We’re getting a makeover….

Those of you who have been in to visit us lately will have noticed we’re having a bit of a makeover- the scaffolding’s a bit of a give away really! As you can see we’ve been giving the front of the building a bit of a do. A bit like a smile makeover it started with the decision that the windows needed a bit of TLC. Then the discussion progressed into “well then they’ll need to be repainted” followed by “if the scaffolding’s up anyway the wooden point and mouldings on the attic windows could do with maintenance” and before you know it we’re looking forward to a whole new look – including new front door colour! The first shade wasn’t quite right but hopefully the latest one will look good. We’re anticipating completion this week with the scaffolding coming down on Friday. Watch out for the first team picture to be taken in front of our beautiful building. Many thanks go to Paul Wrightson and John Gallazzi for the fantastic work they’ve done restoring our lovely building.

Want to live longer ? Look after your teeth

In this month’s Review Ripon article Donald looked at the benefits to your overall health to be had by looking after your oral health

National Smile Month is the largest and longest-running campaign in the UK to promote good oral health. The aim of the campaign is to help us achieve good physical and mental wellbeing by improving our oral health. The 3 main messages of the campaign are to brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least once more through the day with a fluoride toothpaste, cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks and to visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.

The benefits of good oral health

Keeping our teeth for life

Good oral health can help reduce the risk of tooth loss due to decay or gum disease.

Research has found that the number of teeth we have is strongly linked to how long we will live. Those with 20 teeth or more at the age of 70 had a considerably higher chance of living longer than those with less than 20 teeth. With the proper care your teeth can last you a lifetime.

Reducing the risk of disease

Good oral health means you are less likely to have gum disease. This is important because gum disease can allow the bacteria from our mouth to get into the bloodstream.  This can lead to an increased risk of blood clots forming which in turn results in an increased risk of a heart attack.

Gum disease can also cause inflammation of the blood vessels, blocking the blood supply to the brain, leading to a potential stroke and has been linked to a higher chance of developing diabetes.

Reducing the risk of cancer and dementia

By keeping our teeth and gums healthy we are more likely to reduce our risk of certain cancers, particularly in women, as well as some forms of dementia. New research, on post-menopausal women found those with a history of gum disease were 14% more likely to develop cancer. Those people who have healthy gums are also 70 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than those who have suffered from gum disease over a long period of time.

Time invested in taking care of your teeth with regular brushing, a good diet and visits to the dentist will be rewarded with a healthy smile and increased overall health and wellbeing.