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‘La Dolce Vita’

4 September 2018

Only 5 days to go until I finally get to board a plane and disappear to one of my favourite countries – Bella Italia. Rich and I are off for a week to explore Lake Garda and the surrounding cities. I’m still trying to convince him that it’s worth an hour’s drive to Verona so I can go and see Juliet’s balcony, and put a love letter in the wall – I’ve not been hugely successful in winning him over so far, but watch this space…!

We first visited Italy 4 years ago, and I totally fell in love with it. The draw for me was the history and culture– going to Rome to see the Vatican City, the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain. I’d read so much about it all, and watched so many documentaries about this amazing ancient city, I was so excited. Then I experienced the food, and I fell head of heels for the Italian way of life. Pizza is my absolute favourite of all the foods this life has to offer – call it sad, call it boring, I call it the best thing Italy ever created. Rich and I got engaged the second time we visited Italy – what did we celebrate with? Pizza. So as far as I’m concerned, I’m ticking every box – Sunshine? Lots of it. Prosecco? Cheaper than lemonade. Culture? You’re swimming in it. Pizza? It’s never more than a mile away. Get me on that plane.

As we’re at the ‘less than week to go’ mark, we have to look at packing. We have the same discussions every time we go away – do we own enough shorts/dresses/t-shirts/shoes/socks to go away for a week!? Somehow, even though we’ve made it through an entire summer without these extra clothes, there is always some doubt that we could last another week. It usually means an emergency trip into town – catching the end of summer sales to replenish our supplies of summer clothes that’ll be shortly disappearing back into the wardrobe for the winter…

Rich usually sorts himself out with his clothes packing – but I’m always in charge of toiletries – particularly the dental kind. I think it’s engrained in most dental professionals to change their toothbrush regularly – I swap ours routinely every 3 months, and I always take a brand-new toothbrush on holiday. I don’t know why, it just feels like part of the holiday experience. New toothbrush, new tube of toothpaste, new packet of floss – all totally unnecessary when there are perfectly good open versions in the bathroom. I just never fully trust the toothpaste not to spring open and make my clothes minty fresh. I never take my electric toothbrush with me, mostly because I’m a bit of a nightmare for losing things, and it’s an expensive item to leave behind – but I also because I dread the thought of it going off in my case and raising eyebrows as to the contents of my luggage.

I also pack every form of over the counter medication under the sun – I’m covered for poorly heads and tums, scrapes, bruises, bites, blisters – I even pack an emergency dental kit. It sounds a bit over the top, as neither Rich nor I have particularly heavily restored teeth – a couple of fillings between us, but nothing exciting – but I always feel like I need to take one ‘just in case’. We had an incident verging on 15 years ago involving my poor Mum, a broken tooth at Disneyworld, and an emergency dentist – an experience which has stuck in my mind, and taught me to always carry my own back up kit. (Sorry your first mention in this blog was related to dentistry Mum, not your favourite topic I know…) The kit contains material to recement crowns or fillings that have come adrift, and is quite a handy addition to a normal first aid kit – we sell them here at The Briars, but they are available in most supermarkets and pharmacies.

You’ll have a reprieve from my ramblings next week – our Hygienist Jo will have had the most tiring weekend of her life, and she is really excited to tell you all about it!

I will catch you all when I’m back from my hols! 😊

Arrivederci,

Amy x

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I recently visited Briars Dental Practice in Newbury and had a truly excellent experience. From the moment I walked in, the receptionist greeted me warmly and made me feel welcome. The hygienist who saw me prior to my appointment with the dentist was very thorough and gave me some great advice on how to keep my teeth healthy.I was then seen by Richard, one of the dentists at the practice, and I have to say that he and his nurse were fantastic. They put me at ease throughout the whole procedure, were extremely professional and caring, and made sure that I was comfortable at all times. I was also impressed by their attention to detail and their willingness to take the time to answer all of my questions.In fact, I was so pleased with my experience that I would also like to mention another dentist named Richard who saw me previously. He too was excellent, very thorough and professional, and I felt very well taken care of during my appointments with him.Overall, I can't recommend Briars Dental Practice highly enough. The staff are all so friendly, professional, and knowledgeable, and they really go above and beyond to make sure that their patients are well looked after. If you're looking for a great dental practice in Newbury, look no further than Briars.
Beatrice Andreea
Beatrice Andreea
12:07 11 May 23
Thank you for a wonderful experience, I am a coward when it comes to the dentist, Mr Nick French, put me at ease, and has the patience of a Saint. I would also say the dental nurse was I lovely lady who let me crush her hand while I was having my injections. I give Briars Dental Centre 10 out of 10, and would not hesitate to recommend them.
Jan Hamments
Jan Hamments
19:11 29 Jun 23
I had a hygienist appointment with Jo and her nurse, Suzanne. It was the first time I’d tried GBT and found the experience much more comfortable than usual. Jo and Suzanne really put me at ease and made sure I was happy throughout the treatment. It was good being able to clearly see the areas which I needed to improve on brushing and Jo gave me great tips. Would highly recommend
Lauren Jade
Lauren Jade
16:52 19 Jun 23
After such a positive experience today with Richard I thought it only fair to delete my previous review. I am a very nervous patient and not ashamed to say I cried before my appointment. Richard and his lovely dental nurse were so understanding and treated me with kindness and empathy. Richard explained everything to me and allowed me to go at my pace. All options for my next appointment were explained to me and I now have trust in Richard that I feel I will not need full sedation. I was in alot of pain prior to my appointment today along with an enormous amount of anxiety. Richard even explained to me how to breathe when having treatment- no other dentist has ever explained that to me before!Thank you again Richard and to your lovely dental nurse.
Mary Lovelock
Mary Lovelock
15:03 24 Apr 23
I had my consultancy appointment with Chelsea today who looked after me very well. She was very friendly and easy to talk to and explained everything to me very nicely. And also answered all of my questions and made me feel at ease today and for future appointments. It was nice to meet you, and thank you.Glenn.
Glenn Cooper
Glenn Cooper
22:20 23 May 23
I recently had to visit Richard Lineker as I'd broken a tooth.He and his lovely nurse Agata made me feel comfortable and explained what treatment I needed.They work extremely well as a team andmy treatment was painless.
Pauline Preston
Pauline Preston
13:59 12 Jul 23
Wanted to share my mother's thoughts of recent experience visiting Jo Craig hygienist."Jo was attentive , caring gentle and thorough today.I came out feeling fresh and motivated.Well looked after also by her lovely nurse Jenny."Angela Shaw.
Suzanne Hendry
Suzanne Hendry
11:03 21 Jul 23
I am very pleased with the treatment I received. After another dentist had told me the tooth had to be extracted, Mr Fady Khoury managed to save the tooth. The procedure was carried out in a very efficient and professional manner and I am very happy with the outcome.
Terence Marshall
Terence Marshall
16:03 24 Jul 23
Had an appointment with Chelsea today and it went very very well. Had my scans and photos done for Invisalign, which can be a bit awkward but she made it a comfortable experience. She was very friendly, welcoming, put me at ease and asked if I had any overall questions at that stage of the process. She was knowledgeable and explained everything I asked about. It's my first time at this clinic so I'm looking forward for my second appointment to discuss treatment. Great first impression from the moment I stepped through the door! Thanks!
Diana
Diana
11:01 31 Jul 23
A very happy customer! I had quite a lot of crooked and misaligned teeth so Victoria introduced me to Invisalign. She carefully created a program to give me the smile I wanted. In the end it took longer than we had expected but Victoria very diligently took me through every step of the process and she didn’t compromise on any part of the process to ensure I got the smile and teeth alignment we both wanted. A huge thank you to her and her assistant Jen who made every effort to make me feel comfortable throughout. Highly recommended.San
San James
San James
17:16 02 Aug 23
My visit to Richard last week went well. He identified that x rays hadn’t been taken for 3 years, and showed me the images, interpreting the results carefully and explaining the steps that may be required as treatment. I am disappointed that I will need to have another consultation to confirm if a root canal is needed. Warning: if you do need a consultation with the endodontist, you will need to pay in advance. I couldn’t do that on the day, but I will be booking in to have this followed up as soon as I can. I will need my own teeth for many more years!
Emma Mulholland
Emma Mulholland
15:31 18 Oct 23
Over the years I`ve found that the Briars delivers consistently high quality dental care and yesterday was no exception. I recieved first class root canal treatment by Dr. Richard Condon and team. Everything was explained carefully and despite my misconceptions was delivered pain free. I have no hesitation in recommending the Briars.
Mark Batten
Mark Batten
10:42 24 Oct 23
Having just completed a course of treatment with The Briars I can strongly recommend Fady and his team. Thank you for your straightforward and thorough approach, and for providing treatment in a stress-free environment.
Tom Saunderson
Tom Saunderson
08:16 02 Nov 23
It was a very welcoming place at the practice with friendly staff whose knowledge was informative and comprehensive. Chelsea was very accommodating and took the time to listen my concerns and provide me with the best advice on what action to take next.
Michael Scrimshaw
Michael Scrimshaw
18:02 23 Nov 23
Had my Hygiene appointment yesterday with lovely Meryl and her nurse Kiera. Meryl was gentle and very thorough. She removed all the staining from my teeth and now they feel super clean. Kiera made sure that I was comfortable throughout the treatment.
Agata Czarnecka
Agata Czarnecka
19:23 18 Jan 24
I highly recommend Briars Dental Care, I can't thank them enough for my teeth, they really put me at ease especially Kody. My teeth have never been straight but over the years they got worse, and made me feel so ashamed and embarrassed by them, now I have nice straight teeth and my confidence back .
Wendy Pearson
Wendy Pearson
09:58 23 Jan 24
Absolutely Excellent service, from the initial phone call with Libby at reception who was so kind, understanding and so helpful and Zoe who helped us on the phone with trying to find us appointments needed and for the amazing care and service received on arrival for treatment that this dental practice is without a doubt outstanding. Five stars is not enough!Highly recommend the briars, lovely staff and top class treatment!
Angel Greaves
Angel Greaves
13:05 07 Feb 24
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