Our Location8 St Johns Road,
Newbury, RG14 7LJ
Call Us Today01635 40311
8 St Johns Road, Newbury, RG14 7LJ 01635 40311
BOOK ONLINE Patient Portal Login

Educating The Young…

4th December 2018

Hello and Happy Christmas to everyone!!

Last week Amy and I visited St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Newbury to talk to the year 4 students about their oral health.  I started by talking about the different teeth that we have, their shapes and what they are used for and we looked at how different animals have different shaped teeth according to their diet. We also talked about how to look after their mouths and what can happen if they don’t look after their teeth.  The children were very enthusiastic and interactive with lots of patient hands in the air waiting to tell us their stories and ask questions.  We got a little side tracked and with the help of Amy looked at an X-ray to show the baby teeth and also the permanent teeth waiting in the jaw to erupt.  I was really pleased with the response and general enthusiasm from the children, they had already done some experiments looking at the effects different drinks had on egg shells and were keen to learn more.

I found that it is very easy to get distracted and side tracked by a question and I felt a few times that I lost my thread and had to think about where I was in my presentation.  I’ve never been very good at changing tack on the spur of the moment, I’m definitely a planner!  I think that teachers do an amazing job in keeping to a lesson plan despite many enthusiastic distractions.  It’s a very different scenario being in the classroom as opposed to the usual one-on-one education which is my usual routine. In the surgery with my patients I’m confident and comfortable but the classroom is a much more daunting experience.  I came away in awe of how the teacher had complete control of the class and how well behaved and polite they were.

 I believe firmly that educating the young in how to look after and manage their oral health is essential if we are ever going to reduce childhood rates of tooth decay and tooth loss and, who knows, it may even help in tackling some of the other complications that arise from poor diet and personal care.

 So thank you to the lovely children at the school and I wish you all a Merry Christmas!!

 Keep Brushing…

 Jo x

Go Back

patient Testimonials

I would like to thank Vicki and Laura for fixing my broken tooth and filling yesterday. They were exceptionally kind in making me feel relaxed under such difficult circumstances. Best wishes,Lyndie

Very comfortable and safe experience my recent visit to you was. Thank you for all your care. E. Fenston

I would like to thank you for your efforts to provide a safe environment for dentistry. I would like to commend them for their courtesy and professionalism in this new situation. I felt very safe and I hope that they did too. S. Kerr

The new reception procedure was straightforward with no hassle and to all intents and purposes almost ‘normal’. Marcus

The staff were very friendly and helpful, explaining everything clearly. I felt like the treatment was completely tailored to me and they knew what would be suitable for my skin type more than I did. G. Chaloner

I undertook Invisalign treatment with Dr Holden. It was the best thing I have ever done, Pain free, straight forward and most importantly invisible. Vicki

My time in the dental chair was totally painless, Nick and his lovely nurse Kasia made me feel at ease (so much so I managed to doze off for a short time) Mr Preston

I just wanted to say that the implant has been really good – actually bliss – the bridge was my bête noir. I couldn’t been more grateful for the care and outcome of your treatment. Anonymous

Thank you to the Briars for giving me the perfect smile for my wedding! I highly recommend the practice! Mrs Hawkins

A short note to send my sincere thanks to Nick French for helping me overcome my 30 plus year fear of dentistry! Karen

I just wanted to say thank you for doing such a grand job with my fillings yesterday! Julia

Thank you for fitting the Somnowell Snore Guard and how professional the services was right form the first assessment... Karl

Thank you for doing a super job on my filling – looks so much better :) Kate

Thank you for being kind and dealing with my terror and silly behaviour of not having been to a dentist in so long. Margaret

Thanks for my lovely new tooth, now I can feel my mouth again, it feels great!

Just a brief note to say how much I appreciate the fact that you fitted me into your busy schedule yesterday... David

I just wanted to let you know how pleased I am with all the the work you have done with my teeth and mouth generally. David

Keep up the good work and hope we meet again sometime. Pearl

Leave us a google review » Leave us a facebook review »
100 Happy Patients Seen each week
99% Good Feedback after treatment
13 Dental Awards for our dentistry
22 Dental Treatments available for you

contact Us Today

We look forward to hearing from you

Get in contact now

Live Facebook Feed

Live Twitter Feed

Opening Hours