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I’m not buying it!

It’s that time of year again and my inbox is filling up with ‘BLACK FRIDAY EVENT’ emails!

I won’t be setting my alarm early to hit the shops and I have a few good reasons why…

1. I don’t enjoy shopping, I used to love it before I had kids but now it’s a chore that I just don’t have time for.

2. Busy shops are my worst nightmare, long queues and people pushing and shoving to get the last [ever so slightly discounted] thing off the shelve. It reminds me of Car Boot sales – people pushing and shoving to get my second-hand junk and that’s if they haven’t already pulled it out of the boot of my car for me!

3. It doesn’t actually do anything for businesses, most of the larger discounted items are outdated items that are at least a year old and need to be cleared from warehouses.

I would rather spend a bit more this weekend and support my smaller local businesses that don’t have the budget to spare on marketing for black Friday or the flexibility to drop prices.
If you hadn’t guessed already – I’m not a fan. I’m not sucked in that easily. The whole point of black Friday is to get you to consume when you wouldn’t normally.
As I am sat here writing this, I get another email notification ‘Black Friday Bonanza Begins’. I’ve even had an email off our compliance company titled ‘Black Friday Special Offers’…. I opened that one as I was intrigued by what they could possibly have on sale!

But just because I’m not sucked in, it doesn’t mean we all aren’t, Black Friday is the biggest shopping event of the year.

For me, the only black thing this Friday will be my mood. I’m already sitting here beating myself up for not taking the time to opt out when GDPR came in – fortunately it’s never too late so later this evening I’m going to have a culling session. Black Friday you have at last been of use to me! May cyber Monday be a more peaceful day for my inbox.

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

I’m not a big fan of the cold weather that winter brings and those miserable gloomy days make me feel glum, however there is a reason why winter is the most wonderful time of the year – yes you guessed it! Christmas!
Its not about the presents, at the age of 33, the thrill of writing a Christmas list left me many years ago.
Perhaps for me, it’s the fact that I have children, so the Christmas magic is still there but I was just as excited about Christmas prior to having kids. I think the only year I haven’t been excited is when I was pregnant with the twins, my due date was late January but due to some complications in the pregnancy the doctors had prepared me for having them ‘any day’. I manged to hold out until 28th.
Perhaps it’s that I have Christmas week off – the practice is open over Christmas (excluding the public holidays) but I always book Christmas off from a childcare point of view and because of the twins’ birthday. The prospect of a chance to recharge my batteries is always appealing although my husband still works so its not a nice family break and the alarm still goes off at 6am – not that you need an alarm with young children!
Perhaps it’s the excitement I get the first time I walk into a shop and see the Christmas decorations but after that few seconds of delight I then moan that ‘it’s far too early’.
Perhaps it’s the Christmas decorations in the house that get me excited but I have OCD so the idea of glitter and tinsel spread around the house fill me with dread.
Maybe it’s the works Christmas party, or maybe not as the lead up is stressful with the ‘What dress’ dilemma!
Maybe it’s the food, I am a self-confessed foody and Christmas is the perfect excuse to eat, but it’s always overshadowed by the number on the scales.
Maybe it’s that I love to listen to the ‘proper’ Christmas music on Classic FM, but the kids don’t appreciate it and want to listen to their Christmas music – which isn’t the music you come across on Classic FM!
It’s not that everyone is that bit kinder this time of year – because they aren’t, Christmas time for some is miserable. If its miserable for you because you have toothache, or because your dentures fill you with Christmas dinner dread or because all you want for Christmas is your two front teeth then we can help improve your Christmas.
Perhaps it’s the Carol service at the church that we attend every year without fail but surely its not just that, why has the love of Christmas not left me yet?
I believe it’s the little things and the traditions that keep me excited for this time of year, a combination of all the above and more – the smell of Christmas, the party games, the Christmas eve excitement, the traditions from my childhood that I am now repeating for my children and they will do the same with theirs. I believe it’s the honest escapism back to my childhood where life was much simpler and innocent, where I believed in the magic of Santa.
As an adult I know how lucky me, and my family are if we are all here this time again next year, as life is fickle and I’m eternally grateful for another year with all my family and friends celebrating the ‘most wonderful time of the year!’

Ding Dong……I do!

For many women, our wedding day is the most important day of our lives, the day we have dreamed of since we were little girls. When I married, I wanted everything to be perfect, I wanted the wedding day that everyone would be talking about for years to come – and I was lucky enough to have it. But that was 10 years ago……fast forward to 2019 and the measures that couples go to in order to have the perfect day kick everything that we did to the curb.

Weddings increasingly seem to be more than just a celebration of the love between two people. It can too often become premeditated glitz and glamour that is used to impress, and the actual meaning of marriage can get lost in all the craziness. I blame the ever-increasing pressures on society for this, but they aren’t going away anytime soon.

Fast forward the clock 10 years from when I married, and you see how much bigger and crazier all this wedding malarkey has become. The venues are bigger, the dresses are even more beautiful, forget flowers as table arrangements, why not put a tree on them! And then there are the measures we take prior to our weddings in order to look our best.

10 years ago, when I married my husband microblading, Botox, Gel nails, fillers, airbrush makeup hair extensions and Invisalign (to list a few) were not a thing – or if they were, I didn’t research very well. Tooth whitening was only just becoming a wedding thing back then – I’m making it sound like I’m a dinosaur who married 40 years ago but it’s a sign of how quickly times change, especially in the world of weddings.

We all know that women face daily pressures to look good but then a woman decides to get married and we know what comes with getting married…. photographs, videos, social media and scrutinization by guests. It’s not a surprise that all the little insecurities rear their heads and the desire to look the best version of yourself commences.

As wedding season approaches another crop of brides are currently immersed in a torturous process of self-improvement.

From the outside it seems like madness, but the pressures are almost impossible to resist especially today in this selfie and social media obsessed world – and we get that.

In Practice we see both brides and grooms ahead of their big days on a regular basis wanting that perfect smile for their wedding days and we help them to achieve their goals. We understand the importance of wanting that perfect smile for your wedding day because you’ll be wearing it not just for your wedding day but in the photos that are going to last a lifetime.

Seeing overjoyed brides and grooms ahead of their day gives us a great sense of achievement and is a massive part of why we love what we do.

If you are a budding bride or groom looking to improve your smile before your big day then look no further and pop in to see us so that we can help you to become the most beautiful version of yourself – be it Invisalign, a smile makeover or some tooth whitening – we are here to help.

One Step at a Time

Being practice manager, I spend little time in surgery these days but when I do I often hear ‘I only brush once a day, I’m too tired in the evening so skip brushing before bed’, ‘I have a sweet tooth’ or ‘I don’t floss as often as I should’. Does any of this sound familiar?

The thing is, these are all things you can control. You can control your attitude and your effort, sometimes it takes making some changes to your routine but it’s all achievable.

The expression ‘one step at a time’ can be applied to most goals and we’ve all been told to take things one step at a time at least once in our life time.

The idea is that small changes can all add up to big differences, but is this really case? After all, wouldn’t it be better to just go big or go home as this will help you achieve your goals faster?

One of the major problems with big changes is that you often end up needing to alter your daily routine or your lifestyle in order to accommodate them. This can be incredibly difficult to do and mean that it is harder to keep up with them, as other things will get in the way.
This increases your chances of not achieving what you set out to, which can ultimately see you give up. However, taking things one step at a time means that small changes can be slotted around your daily schedule so you aren’t having to make large changes to accommodate them.

Let’s take interdental cleaning as an example, if you routinely sit down at 7.30pm to watch Eastenders, then why not sit down with your interdental brushes or floss and do a bit of multitasking at the beginning of the programme.

I went to church last week to see my daughters perform in their Easter service and the prayers that the children were saying really pulled on my heart strings, they were praying for their families health and happiness, praying that the sea doesn’t drown in plastic, apologising for the pollution in the world, praying for world peace.

Some of these things are controllable like lowering pollution and plastics in the sea, even world peace, and relatively speaking they make not brushing teeth twice a day or not flossing sound incredibly minor. Thing is, if we can’t even make the effort to alter our routines in order to do the small things then what hope do these children have when it comes to answering their prayers.

Blogging about ‘Nothing’

I decided that today would be the day that I write my next blog. So far this morning, I’ve made several phone calls, dealt with my growing inbox and had 3 cups of tea all with my next blog ticking away in the back of my mind, hoping that at some point I would have a eureka moment on what exactly to blog about but no eureka moments today. This could have easily made me put it off for another day but instead I’ve decided to blog about ‘nothing’.
Wouldn’t it have been easy to just put it off and focus on one of my many other tasks? Of course it would! I would still have a sense of fulfilment as I ticked more jobs off my list but the blog would still be looming over me.
I find we are all guilty of that, from leaving the washing up to leaving that cavity that the dentist found at your last oral health check. The problem is that the washing up will continue to build up and that cavity won’t be getting any smaller either. In dentistry we often find that what starts off as a very small problem in the mouth and that you didn’t even know was there, can very quickly become a larger and more expensive problem. The point of view from the client is that it’s only small, it can wait. However, then they are too busy to attend their next oral health review or book that filling appointment and by the time they come back again that small problem has grown or they are booking in for an emergency appointment because now they have toothache and don’t just need a filling now, they need more extensive treatment.
The one good piece of advice that I can give you today, is don’t put it off, my blog would have been even harder to write tomorrow, the pile of washing up will take longer tomorrow and if you have been putting off that filling you might be waking up with toothache and a larger dental bill tomorrow.

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