Teaching oral hygiene at Oxley Park School

hands-up-in-classAt Oxford House Dental Practice we believe that good oral oral health starts when you are young, and good habits and knowledge at a young age can only help as you get older. When it comes to dental health and oral hygiene, preventative measures are preferable to treatment so when the nearby Oxley Park School invited Hafsa (dental therapist) and Kirsten (dental nurse) to help teach two classes of children about healthy eating and oral hygiene, they literally jumped at the opportunity.

The lessons were planned around learning types of teeth in both adult and primary dentition, the correct way to brush your teeth, with demonstrations, and different types of healthy and unhealthy snacks.

The day was a great success. The children were enthusiastic and fully engaged across all the activities. Hafsa highlighted that “It was interesting that their knowledge of types of teeth was generally good but they were not so sure about the difference between dentitions” – a knowledge gap that Hafsa and Kirsten were delighted to fill.

They already knew that ideally they should brush their teeth twice a day, but they did not know that brushing teeth at night can be more important than in the morning. They were glad to learn this and all agreed to bear that in mind from now on.

The lesson ended with an activity. Hafsa and Kirsten presented the children with a range of snacks, and gave them the task of identifying the healthy and unhealthy ones. Most of them were pretty obvious, which the children pointed them out straight away. But the main thing that threw them was the food that had a lot of hidden sugar – tomato ketchup and smoothies.  A valuable insight.

The children were engaged, attentive, and enjoyed the lessons. They each left with a goody bag filled with activity sheets, a tooth-brushing chart, a pencil, a toothbrush, toothpaste and a sticker. They left the classroom with bright shining smiles – which after that day will be shining for years to come.

Hafsa and Kirsten also thoroughly enjoyed the day. The team understands the importance of teaching children how to clean and look after their teeth, and school visits are a regular part of daily life at Oxford House.

If you would like our dentists to visit your school and teach about oral hygiene and dental health, feel free to get in touch by calling 01908 887389.

My first four months as Trainee Dental Nurse

canstockphoto18242518My name is Elly and I joined Oxford House at the beginning of July as a Trainee nurse. I applied for this job as I wanted to begin a career within a healthcare setting. Before this job I was working in a pub. I did have fun whilst I was there but I always knew it was never going to be a forever job. I soon started seeing my friends and family progressing in their careers and being passionate about what they did and I was envious of this and I soon came to the conclusion that I didn’t not want to work in hospitality anymore and that’s when I decided to apply for the position of trainee dental nurse here at Oxford House.

It would be fair to say that dental nursing was not as simple as I initially thought at the beginning. I soon realised it was complex and I had a lot to learn. I had no idea about the anatomy of the mouth or any of the materials used in dentistry. A lot of people said to me it was similar to learning a new language and one day it would just click.  It has taken a lot of patience and focus, but four months down the line I definitely feel a lot more confident as I have been learning lots from the Hygienists, Dentists, Nurses and Receptionists. I have been really fortunate to get a chance to help on the reception and also nurse with the hygienists and occasionally even the dentists (normally with someone helping me).  By being with different people with different roles its really helped me to understand how the practice is ran so efficiently and the importance of communication. I also have developed a greater understanding of the terminology.

One of the best parts about nursing is meeting the patients. Everyone is different, so it makes the day more interesting as no day is the same. I also get great job satisfaction when I know I have helped them.  All of the patients at Oxford House are so patient with me, especially when I’m learning a new skill on reception or taking some new details on the phone.

The last four months have gone so quickly and I can only thank all of the team for letting me in to the big Oxford House family. I have learnt so much in that short space of time and feel like I have been part of the team for a lot longer than 4 months and I am really enjoying Dental nursing and Reception. I enjoy working with everyone and I feel lucky to be in career I enjoy and can progress in. I can’t wait to start my course and to eventually become a qualified dental nurse, and I know this is just the beginning of a long career in helping people!