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Been an interesting few weeks at smiles centre as I have recently been enrolled on a course to become a CDT (clinical dental technician). At the present moment I’m a dental technician so this means that I am qualified to construct the appliances but take no part in the appliance being fitted. However since the enrolment of the CDT course I have been asked by my lecturers to participate in patient appointments and then write down my observations. So rather than just working upstairs in the background of smiles centre, I was able to see the appliances I worked to create; actually go into the patients mouth and see first hand. This is a totally different experience to what I’m used to, working entirely with plaster models and wax set ups. Its strange to thing to see, what you made being used in a context with another human, not just a plaster model. I expect there will be a lot more interaction between me and patients over the next few years which I hope to build on my experience and knowledge.
The Long Road
Despite this only being the first, almost “taster” course, they have given us a reasonable amount of homework to do and is perhaps a reflection of whats to come. Graham our CDT at smiles centre has done this course previous and has already warned us of the impending stress and work load that follows with the course. A part of me is looking forward to the work load, only a park of me though!.
The downfall of this course however is that I live in swindon, and the course is mostly in london. This means a lengthy journey on the coach or train and a night in the hotel before the course begins. So like last time I best fill my kindle with random films so I got something to do on the way.
I got a busy few years ahead of me doing this course with many journeys to and from London, plenty of learning and a good amount of writing. Its going to be busy few years for certain but with that much work ahead reminds me of a quote I recently heard which says “Its harder to think about pushing the wheelbarrow, than it is to just push the wheelbarrow.”“ Which I think refers to, how sometimes thinking and stressing about a job or activity is perhaps more draining and stressful than simply just doing it.
Either way I best prepare myself for some busy times ahead.
Ever wondered how a denture is made?
I’m Simon from The Smiles Centre in Swindon. I am going to be putting together a step by step guide on how a, or your denture is made. This will be minus the complicated terminology as I’m sure you get from the title but informative never the less. We will start from the initial impression, all the way through to the finished product.
Find your way to our website to meet the team behind this guide or just pop in for a coffee and a chat. I hope you find this interesting and helpful and if you have any questions I’m only a phone call away.
Thanks Simon Jennings.
We want give our patients the best service, exceptional service! So when should we open? We currently offer a late night (open until 9pm) every tuesday and an early morning on wednesdays (from 8.30am) and now we are thinking about opening on a Saturday. What would you prefer, morning or afternoon?
The Smiles Centre continues to improve and develop in all areas from customer care to product development but we also put some of our focus on growth, to deliver our fantastic service to even more people. This month has been good in all areas, especially growth and we are now in the process of finding a new dentist to join our team and hopefully put in place a saturday morning clinic for those that can only see a dentist at the weekend.
As far as festivals go, for someone of a relatively young age, I’ve done ’em all (well, maybe not all…) but I’ve been to a fair few, and in these past couple of weekends I’ve attended both Truck Festival in Oxfordshire and 2000 Trees Festival in Gloucestershire. I got to see lots of bands, some of which I’d never heard of before, but now have the privilege of knowing. (And some that I’d rather never hear again;) But besides all of that, it was the friendships that I made that will hopefully last me for years to come. In fact, I’d say that the frolics in the campsite meant more to me than the acts themselves! There was however one thing that really caught my attention, and that was the large amount of young people (18-30 or so years old) with unhealthy looking teeth; I began to ponder this as I lay in my cozy sleeping bag while the party outside never seemed to end, and it came to me, the reason why these young people appear to have so many issues with tartar buildup and rotting teeth is because they drink so frequently, so late into the night. As you may know, alcoholic drinks contain a very high level of sugar, and when sugar is in contact with our teeth, plaque bacteria in our mouths feed on the sugar, some of the bacteria turns the sugar into a kind of glue that they use to stick themselves to the tooth’s surface and then in turn, the byproducts of this feeding, and the sugar break down and essentially become acidic, rotting the tooth. But not only is the sugar in these drinks a problem; alcoholic drinks are also immunosuppressant, which means that it lowers your immune system’s defenses to fight infection and disease, and also while your body is busy looking after your liver and other areas that the alcohol is causing damage, often the mouth becomes a lower priority to your body’s natural defenses.
It seems that the best way to avoid this would be to cut out sugary foods and drinks entirely, but we’re only human, and simple basic oral hygiene is all we really need to stop ourselves from a life of damaged or missing teeth; a toothbrush, some toothpaste and some floss really doesn’t take up much space in your holdall or backpack, and remember the kind of things about taking care of your teeth that your dentist or hygienist drills into you (if you’ll pardon the pun!) That way, when you’re going to festivals, like me, you can eat as many greasy burgers, bacon butties, and drink as much Pimms as you like, without fear that you’re building up to irreparable damage to your teeth.
Your teeth are designed to last you for a lifetime, take good care of them.