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25 September 2018

Hi everyone! 😊

I decided to blog this week about netball following what was supposed to be my first match in my new team. Unfortunately the match was cancelled, after our great British weather interfered and flooded the court…so I can’t tell you how it went – we can just keep our fingers crossed the sunshine will hold out until next weekend!

Netball is a sport that I have always loved – it was a passion while I was at school, and I’m still loving it now as an ‘adult’. It’s one of those sports that has never actually felt like exercise, it’s just a game to play and have fun with, rather than a calorie counting, fat burning ordeal. I played through primary school, and then into secondary – but my teenage experience of netball was shortlived after I broke my fingers and got the hump for having to have 6 weeks out. What’s funny, on reflection, is that I wouldn’t bother stopping now for a broken finger – I think most of the team I play with have carried on through chipped bones, pulled muscles and dodgy ankles – unless you’ve drawn blood, you can carry on as long as you can hold out.

I found my love of netball again about 3 years ago, after I spotted someone needing players on Facebook – so I went for it. How bad could I be?! I vaguely remembered the rules – at least the important ones…3 seconds with the ball, position boundaries, and PIVOT!! I obviously didn’t disappoint too much, as 3 years later, I’m still playing with the same team. I’ve changed position slightly, I started off in defence as Goal Keeper – a position which requires a fair amount of leaping about, and it just wasn’t for me. I tried…but I’m just not in a body built for a good leap or even a sufficient lean. I moved into my favourite position when one of the girls left the team, I grabbed the chance while I could – and it’s where I’ve stayed – Goal Shooter. People get really nervous about shooting, a lot of the girls I play with dread the position ever coming to them – but I think it’s great. It can be a bit intense when it’s a close match, but that just adds to it – it’s not often you get to hear your heartbeat in your ears. I think England’s outstanding performance getting their gold medal in the Commonwealth Games has secured Netball a fairly strong following for years to come – Helen Housby is my netball idol for scoring that last goal under such intense pressure!

I have recently joined another team to take part in a Sunday league, which is really exciting (and a little nerve wracking!) This team is being sponsored by The Briars, which makes it really special – our kit has been coordinated to match the Practice colours, and hopefully should bring us some luck with our games! But the link between Netball and The Briars doesn’t begin and end with the creation of this new team. The link between your general health and dental health is something people are not always aware of – but your general health can both affect, and be affected by your dental health. Think of your mouth as the gateway to your body – if you have poor oral health, it may start to impact the rest of your body. I’ve always found the links between illnesses and on-going medical issues such as diabetes and heart disease really interesting – I’ve attached some links at the bottom of the page if you would like to read more about these.

For me, I find netball is not just a great way to keep fit, but also a brilliant way to make friends. If you have an opportunity to get back into a sport you once loved, or even to try out something new – go for it. The benefits to your health and general wellbeing are well worth your time and effort (just try and avoid those sugary energy drinks…!) I think it’s incredible how many more opportunities there are to keep fit now, without having to traipse to the gym. I tried a trampolining class at the beginning of the year (again, far too much leaping about for me), which really got my heart going. A friend of mine has just rekindled her love for pole fitness – she’s covered in bruises, but very toned! Aqua Zumba is also well worth a try – genuinely the most fun I’ve ever had in the swimming pool, even though it made my already questionable coordination worse. Whatever it may be, there will be a sport, or an activity that suits and excites you – it’s just a case of trial and error.

I hope you all have a lovely rest of the week – let me know if you do end up trying something new, or if you have any recommendations!

Amy x

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https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/health-risks-of-gum-disease/

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/conditions/gum-disease/how-poor-dental-care-can-affect-your-overall-health-0313

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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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