For out of hours emergencies call NHS24 on 111.

Opening Hours : Mon 9-8pm, Tue to Thur 9-5.15pm, Fri 9-5pm
  Contact : 01506-652135

New Dental Nurse

The practice is pleased to welcome new Dental Nurse Michelle to the team. Michelle is GDC registered with 7 years’ experience and has a very calming and caring personality which our patients really enjoy.

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Practice Inspection

The practice was recently inspected by Health Board inspectors. All NHS practices are subject to a practice inspection process and must undergo an inspection by the Health Board every 3 years. The inspection focuses on many aspects, including staff training and development, patient care, decontamination of instruments, cross infection controls and radiographic protection. Iriston House passed with flying colours!

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Hands on CPR

The team at Iriston House Dental Practice recently completed our annual CPR training. Occurrences of medical emergencies in dental practices are thankfully rare. However, it is important to make sure that our team is prepared for such situations if they should arise. The team are taught how to deal with different aspects of medical emergencies as well as the use of our defibrillator. The training was delivered by Steven Murray of TTC Medical.

What is CPR?

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, is an emergency procedure in which a person presses up and down on the casualty’s chest (chest compressions) and gives them a series of rescue breaths to help save their life when they are in cardiac arrest.

About defibrillators

A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest.

This high energy shock is called defibrillation, and it’s an essential lifesaving step in the chain of survival. If you come across someone who has had a cardiac arrest it’s vital to call 999 and start CPR. Then you should find out if there is a defibrillator nearby.

There are many defibrillators available in public places such as train stations, shopping centres, airport and leisure centres. These defibrillators are often known as public access defibrillators (PAD) as anyone can use them in an emergency. You shouldn’t be afraid of using a defibrillator if someone has had a cardiac arrest.

 

 

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Infection Control and Decontamination

Effective decontamination and infection control is reliant on each team member knowing what they should do and having the skills to put this knowledge into practice.

In-Practice Training

The in-practice training session has been developed to help support all NHS practices, in Scotland, in implementing current infection control and decontamination guidance. The training session which lasts approximately 3hrs is a blend of PowerPoint presentation and practical. It covers the following areas; hand hygiene, cleaning instruments, environmental cleaning and the testing and maintenance of decontamination equipment.

The whole dental team is trained using PowerPoint presentation and hands on training. A question and answer session follows this presentation.

The main point of the training is to enable practices to look at their existing processes and to consider any changes required to improve and thus bring the practice closer to the requirements of current guidance. Formulating an agreed action plan detailing timescales and responsibilities is an essential component of the training.

Iriston House Dental Practice are pleased to say we passed with flying colours.

 

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Festive Arrangements

The practice will be closed over the festive season and an emergency out of hours service will be available for dental emergencies and toothache. For details of the out of hours service please call the practice on 01506 652135 or contact NHS 24 on 111

24th December – CLOSED
25th December – CLOSED
26th December – CLOSED
27th December – CLOSED
28th December – OPEN 8.45-5pm
29th December – OPEN 8.45 -5pm
30th December – OPEN 8.45 -5pm
31st December – CLOSED
1st January. – CLOSED
2nd January. – CLOSED
3rd January. – CLOSED
Normal opening hours resume from 4th January

Mr Chandra and staff would like to wish all our patients a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Medics Against Violence Ball

Mr Chandra and Liz recently attended the MAV ball with their partners.mav-ball

Medics against Violence (MAV) is a Scottish Charity founded in 2008 by three Scottish Dental Surgeons, Their aim is the prevention of serious injury and death particularly among the young people of Scotland; they aim to change attitudes to violence in Scotland through education and awareness raising.

MAV members (doctors, dentist, nurses and paramedics) take part in the Schools Project. MAV members are all volunteers and they visit 13 to 14 year old pupils in schools and speak to them about the consequences of violence using a set lesson plan and film but illustrating that with experiences from their wide range of medical specialities. They concentrate on schools in areas of urban deprivation or those with high levels of youth violence and focus particularly on issues around knife crime and gang membership. A joint initiative launched with  the Violence Reduction Unit sees them train dentists to spot victims of domestic violence and signpost them towards help.

http://medicsagainstviolence.co.uk/

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Children in Need Fundraising

The staff of Iriston House had a Mad Hair and Face Day to raise much-needed funds for Children In Need. We set up a Justgiving page and raised £70. Mr Chandra kindly donated a hamper which we raffled to raise more funds. Along with donations from our very generous patients, this raised a total of £440.57. This meant we exceeded our target of £500! We raised a total of £510.57!  Thank you to everyone who donated and took part. The winner of our hamper was Mrs Christeen Brown.

Here she is receiving her hamper from Mr Chandra.

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Here are some pics of the staff dressed up. Great effort everyone!

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The Lady Boys of Bangkok

The Lady Boyd of Bangkok

The team had their yearly outing to Edinburgh last week. This year we went to see the Lady Boys of Bangkok. It was a great show.

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Welcome to our new dentist’s reception

We recently carried out a patient survey asking patients for their views on our waiting room and reception.  70% of people agreed that the waiting room was welcoming and comfortable but a few commented that they thought the décor was a bit “dated”, therefore we decided to refurbish the waiting area. The flooring was replaced with nice new laminate, walls decorated and new cushions and pelmets made at the window seating area. As we are now fully computerised, the old filing cabinets were removed to allow more space behind the reception desk. We even added a TV! I hope you enjoy seeing the before and after pics.

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What is baby bottle tooth decay?

Baby bottle tooth decay is a term used for the damage sugars and other ingredients in some drinks given to babies and young children do to their teeth.

What goes in a baby’s bottle can affect the health of their teeth, especially if they hold on to the bottle themselves and sip for long periods of time.

We recommend only giving babies and young children water or milk in their bottle, if possible, to reduce the risk of decay.

Fruit juices, no matter how natural they are, contain sugars and acid that can attack the baby’s teeth. Even weak squash drinks can cause problems for a baby’s teeth.

Giving an infant a sugary drink at nap or night-time is particularly harmful, as the flow of saliva decreases during sleep, meaning sugars stay in the mouth for longer.

While baby bottle tooth decay typically occurs in the upper front teeth, other teeth may also be affected.

If you think baby teeth are temporary, and therefore, not important, think again. Baby teeth are necessary for chewing, speaking, and smiling. They also serve as placeholders for the adult teeth. If baby bottle tooth decay is left untreated, pain and infection can result. Severely decayed teeth may need to be removed.

If teeth are infected or lost too early due to baby bottle tooth decay, your child may develop poor eating habits, speech problems, crooked teeth, and damaged adult teeth. In addition, the chances that adult teeth will end up being crooked are greatly increased.

The good news is that a few simple steps can help stave off baby bottle tooth decay. They include implementing good oral hygiene at an early age. Here’s how:

Wipe the baby’s gums with a clean gauze pad or flannel after each feed.

As soon as the teeth start to come through, you should start brushing them. You can buy special brushes for babies and make sure you use fluoride toothpaste Clean and massage gums in areas without teeth.

Floss once all the baby teeth have come through.

Book regular dental check-ups. We recommend making an appointment for a child as early as possible. The more your child is used to the sights and sounds of the dental practice, the more comfortable they’re going to feel about going.

Other techniques to help prevent baby bottle tooth decay include:

Not filling bottles with sugared water and soft drinks. Bottles are for milk, water, formula, and special electrolyte-containing solutions when the child has diarrhoea. Juices mixed one part juice to

10 parts water to avoid empty calories are a way to interest your child in a beaker. Soft drinks are not recommended for children as they have no nutritional value.

Never allowing your child to fall asleep with a bottle containing anything but water.

Never giving your child a dummy dipped in anything sweet.

Decreasing your child’s sugar intake, especially between meals.

It’s never too late to break bad habits. If your child drinks sweetened liquids from the bottle and/or sleeps with a bottle, break the habit now and reduce the risk of baby bottle tooth decay by:

Gradually diluting the bottle contents with water over two to three weeks.

Once that period is over, fill the bottle with water.

Remember that healthy baby teeth will lead to healthy permanent teeth.

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