Helping you to keep a healthy mouth

Throughout the years in my career within the dental profession, I have found tooth related conversation is often sparked with both my friends and the new people I meet. It always amazes me to hear their stories, from problems with teeth to unhappiness with their smiles. Some are regular attendees who know how important it…

Posted 20/07/2021

Looking ahead

For over a year our freedom has been curtailed to keep Covid at bay, but it’s looking highly likely that many of the restrictions will be lifting on 19th July in England. This, like most of the pandemic, has sparked debate across the country; some cannot wait to get back to some form of normality,…

Posted 15/07/2021

Laura the Dental Therapist

To our clients who have not yet met Laura, we would like to introduce her. Laura joined the Christchurch Dental team in September 2019. Laura is a Dental Therapist. She carries out the work of a dental hygienist but also has additional qualifications that overlap her duties with a dentist. Dental therapy dates back to…

Posted 01/06/2021

The importance of hygiene visits

A visit to a hygienist may seem like another thing to do on your already busy schedule but is key to maintaining your oral health. Our hygienists carry out vital preventative care and a visit to see them is just as important as a visit to see your dentist. Even if you have a fantastic oral…

Posted 06/05/2021

Teeth Straightening with Invisalign

When we are unhappy with the alignment of our teeth and are considering orthodontic treatment, it’s easy to fixate on metal train tracks, a restricted diet, and difficulty keeping your teeth (and braces) clean. I’ve been there and can completely relate to all of these concerns. Due to the advances in dentistry over the years,…

Posted 19/04/2021

Smile Anxiety

I was scrolling through my Facebook feed yesterday and there he was – the singing dentist posing for an updated ‘Why is dentistry important’ poster – missing an eyebrow, but the first thing you notice is his smile, with a missing tooth. How we feel about our teeth can affect our confidence. Around a third…

Posted 07/04/2021


It’s very easy for us to fall prey to negative thinking and living through a pandemic for the past 12 months has only heightened those negative thoughts. Having negative thoughts can only bring you pain; they drain you of energy and keep you from being in the present moment. The more you give in to…

Posted 24/03/2021

Common tooth brushing mistakes

We all know the importance of keeping our teeth clean but there are some common mistakes people make when cleaning their teeth. The first common mistake is not brushing for long enough. Can you say that you regimentally brush your teeth for 2 minutes, twice a day? The majority of the population brush their teeth…

Posted 08/03/2021

The importance of attending regular dental appointments

Have you ever wondered why your dentist recommends regular dental examinations and why they are so important? Dental examinations and hygiene visits are key in the early detection and prevention of dental diseases such as tooth decay, gum disease and periodontal problems and are crucial for long term maintenance of oral health for people of…

Posted 02/02/2021

New Year habits

Here it is, January 2021, I don’t know about you but right now its feeling very much like 2020. I think lots of people thought we would enter the new year pandemic free, but alas, we are still very much living through it and all finding our own ways to deal with it. After Boris…

Posted 18/01/2021

What a difference a year makes

This time last year, we were rolling our random acts of kindness at Christchurch. Every day on the lead up to Christmas we would carry out a random act of kindness, I blogged on this and we posted on our social media. Never did I imagine that this year would look a whole lot different….

Posted 08/12/2020

Caring for your Child’s Teeth

As a mum of twin daughters, I am very aware of the ongoing battle to keep a child’s teeth healthy. One of my biggest concerns is my children getting tooth decay. There is no excuse for me as I am educated in maintaining oral health. However, I am a mum and I have those constant…

Posted 06/11/2020

Tooth Whitening – the ‘White’ way

I’ve been there, we’ve all been there, you want something and you want in now, but you can’t afford it so you choose the cheap option! If you are short of time and money and want white teeth, there may be temptation to buy tooth whitening products online or take advantage of a tooth whitening…

Posted 21/10/2020

Dental Anxiety – a barrier we can lift together

Anxiety in the dental practice is still a big issue for many, you may think you’re alone if you are an anxious client but truth is, many clients have a level of dental anxiety and many avoid going to the dentist due to their fear. However, avoiding a visit to the dentist can lead to…

Posted 23/09/2020

Seizing that opportunity

I’m sure that I speak for all of us when I say that as we entered the year 2020 we didn’t quite expect the challenges that have been come with this year and they don’t seem likely to let up soon. There is no denying that the pandemic we find ourselves living though is an…

Posted 14/09/2020

It’s ok not to be ok

It’s not very often that I hear a piece of news that stops me in my tracks but on Saturday I read on social media about the sudden death of Caroline Flack and it did just that, I even had to check from another source that this tragic news was correct, and sadly – it…

Posted 19/02/2020

Lemon Water & Tooth Damage

Chloe Kardashian, Jennifer Aniston, Lauren Conrad, Giselle Bundchen, Miranda Kerr and are just some of the celebrities who have said they enjoy fresh lemon juice squeezed into hot water as a healthy drink. It has been claimed that warm lemon water can help you to lose weight, boost the immune system and aid digestion. But…

Posted 29/01/2020

What acts of kindness have taught me

During the lead up to Christmas, we carried out daily random acts of kindness to spread some festive cheer. I learned a lot during this period and what better way to share it with you then in a follow-up blog. I discovered that kindness is very much like a boomerang, when people benefitted from the…

Posted 15/01/2020

New Years Resolutions

The New Year is a great time to consider making positive changes to your life. Common resolutions include weight loss, increased exercise, or stopping a bad habit. How about resolving to improve your Oral Health this year? Here’s a few easy changes you can make that will lead to a happier, healthier smile in 2020….

Posted 03/01/2020

Kindness is free, sprinkle that stuff everywhere!

I love Christmas, it’s my favorite time of year, however to some, the thought of Christmas fills them with dread and that can be for the most trivial of things like a hate for shopping and those busy shops during the festive season or it can be for greater reasons such as having lost a…

Posted 29/11/2019

Clare’s Travels – Peru

My favourite things in life are meeting new people, animals and walking. My last holiday to Peru included all these things and was truly amazing. I flew into Lima where I met up with the other members of the group. There were 11 of us in total, all like minded so we hit it off…

Posted 10/10/2019

Our Raving Fans

In dentistry, it is very easy to get caught up in fixing smiles and the running of the practice that we lose track of whether we are still providing you with that ‘Wow factor’ patient experience. This is when our 5 star google reviews come into their own, they stop the whole team in their…

Posted 12/09/2019

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…

Posted 10/05/2019

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?…

Posted 12/04/2019

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…

Posted 14/01/2019

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…

Posted 17/12/2018

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…

Posted 27/11/2018

Smile – It will make you happier

I’m a self-confessed people watcher, it’s a bit of a game, guessing what each person’s story is. My chosen times to people watch are in the car on the way to work, in a coffee shop and on the train. Some people may think people watching is a bit creepy, but I believe we all…

Posted 18/10/2018

Smiling your way out of those back to work blues

It’s time of year again, the nights are drawing in and the prospect of autumn is looming. My car was reading 6⁰C on the way into work this morning, the kids’ school coats are out and I’m back in tights for the first time in months. I work pretty much full time, so September doesn’t…

Posted 27/09/2018

Hiking – My passion

I can’t believe it’s August already, what a wonderful summer we have had so far! The holiday season is well on its way and the children will be soon back to school. I’m sure, some tired, distraught mothers are thinking “Thank goodness”! For my holidays this year, I went walking in Dolomites. You get to…

Posted 07/08/2018

Too Busy being Busy

Its crazy how busy life is and how quickly time seems to fly by when you are busy. I would say that I’m going through the busiest and most stressful time in my life. My husband and I embarked on a full house build around 3 years ago. I think most people have the ‘I…

Posted 01/08/2018

Will I ever be happy? Will anyone ever be happy?

I was on the Chris Barrow Extreme business course yesterday in London. I faced a gruelling commute home in the evening, standing on the train by the doors like a dog at a car window trying to get some air because the cabin was just too hot and stinky left me with a sour taste…

Posted 12/07/2018

Losing Teeth in a Dream?

I have always found the significance or not of dreams to be interesting.  Even if you have never had a filling, the chances are that you have still had that ‘Oh my goodness my teeth are falling out’ dream. I can certainly point to occasions in my life where I have had dreams of being…

Posted 22/03/2018
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