Summer Newsletter 2018

The full Kendal Dental Care Summer Newsletter is on its way. We've been really busy here at KDC and have lots to tell you so please bear with us. Meanwhile here are some useful tips about maintaining your dental and oral health during the summer season.


This summer, stay hydrated and healthy but think carefully when you choose your beverage – some drinks can increase your risk of tooth decay. Avoid sugary, acidic soft drinks. Keep your mouth moist by drinking water throughout the day. This helps wash away plaque-causing bacteria and can even improve your breath.

If you are going to settle down to watch the footie then make sure you avoid too many sugary, carbonated drinks like cola, beer or even gin and tonic. Many of us enjoy a snack while we watch the big match but many snacks, like crisps and popcorn, can stick to your teeth, giving cavity-causing bacteria the chance to attack your teeth. Instead, put apples and pears in a bowl or graze on carrot sticks, celery or raw broccoli. They’re like natural toothbrushes, scrubbing off plaque build-up and stimulating saliva to wash away what’s left.

Keep the summer from being an “acid attack” on your family's teeth by investing in healthy snacks. It’s hard to limit snacking when the kids are home all day but you can stock the fridge with healthy options. Be sure to keep the fruits and veggies washed and ready. You'll feel better about snacking when the kids are reaching for blueberries and strawberries instead of sweets and biscuits.

Brushing twice a day and flossing daily is as important in the summer as it is at any other time but with holidays away from home, days spent at the pool or beach and other activities, don’t be surprised if you frequently need to remind your kids to brush and floss.

Welcome to our new Dentist, Ruth

We would like to give a very warm welcome to our new dentist Ruth Crook, who joined us in November 2017 after relocating with her husband Stuart from Aberdeen to the Lake District in Summer 2016.

Ruth will be providing our periodontal care and is currently studying for an MSc in periodontal disease. This will enable her to use more advanced methods of treating and preventing gum disease (periodontitis) and will enable us broaden the range of treatment available for patients needing more comprehensive dental care.

Welcome to our new Nurse, Emily

We would also like to give a warm welcome our new trainee dental nurse Emily Gardner, who started working with us in November last year.

Emily previously worked in retail whilst studying for her A levels and she will be a great addition to the team at KDC. We look forward to watching her progress as she trains to become a fully qualified dental nurse and hope she is very happy at KDC.

And Farewell to Clare

We are sad to say goodbye to Claire Ratcliffe, one of our dental nurses, who left us in December. She moves onto pastures new, closer to home in Lancaster, and we wish her the very best for the future in her new role.

Practice Holidays 2018

The practice will be closing for holidays on the following dates this year:

Monday 27 August

Monday 24 Sept - Friday 28 September

During this time emergency cover will be provided. Please call the practice number on 01539 720302 for details of who to contact for emergency dental treatment.

New Year, New Smile!

We are currently taking new Denplan patients.
Please ask at reception for more details about the payment scheme and how to register.


In our Summer newsletter we began a 3 part feature on getting the smile we deserve. We continue with Part 2 by our principal, Stuart Crook.


A great smile can open doors. It gives us confidence, brings a sense of youth and vitality. It can even help you progress at work.

In part 1 of this series we discussed straightening teeth. Whitening is the next logical step.

As our teeth age, they wear and pick up staining, which can make them appear dull and lifeless. Whitening reverses this process.

The safest, most effective method is to use Carbamide Peroxide within a mouth guard, ideally overnight, but for a minimum of two hours a day.

This can take as little as two weeks, depending on the amount of staining or discolouration.

Are there any side effects?

Most people experience some transient sensitivity during treatment although the use of   certain toothpastes will reduce that.

There have been no reports of long-term side effects of whitening with this method.

Can’t I just use whitening toothpaste?

In a word, no. Most only remove superficial stains and some can be quite abrasive, causing wear and further darkening of your teeth over time.

For further information about whitening speak to your dentist or pick up whitening FAQs/Guide to Whitening.

Join us next time to see how we can enhance the shape of your teeth.

Remember – a great smile doesn’t happen by chance!









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