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Samantha Bowen

Last Updated on Friday, 20 October 2017 13:23

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Samantha Bowen 

Dental Nurse / Receptionist

GDC: 269310

Sam joined our team in September 2015 and passed her NEBDN National Diploma in Dental Nursing in March 2017. Sam has excellent customer service and offers a very warm welcome to patients when she is working on our reception desk. She already has become a valuble team member so we are looking forward to seeing her progress and develop her skills, Sam is waiting to enroll on the Radiography for Dental Nurses course.

   

Olivia Peek

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 March 2016 15:31

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Dental Nurse RDN

GDC Reg No 156768 01/08/2008

Olivia qualified as a dental nurse in 2008, and was working in a dental practice in Leominster, she left to have a family and joined our team in September 2015.

Olivia keeps up to date with her knowledge by attending regular courses, and is interested in cosmetic dentistry, implants and paediatric oral health care and is hoping to do the certificate in NEBDN Oral Health care.

She is a valued member of the team, and currently assists the dentist and organises the decontamination room.

 

   

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease is a disease affecting the supporting structures and tissues around a tooth. These tissues are keeping the teeth in place. Gum disease is caused by bacterial plaque. Bacterial or dental plaque is the accumulation and deposit of oral bacteria on hard oral tissues, especially teeth. More than 108 bacteria are present in 1 mg of dental plaque. Dental plaque microbes produce a variety of toxins, antigens and acids that challenge the immune system of every individual. Throughout lifetime there is usually a harmony between the host and the bacterial flora in the mouth. However there are cases where the composition of dental plaque changes or the immune defense mechanisms of the individual are no longer able to cope with the bacterial challenge. Some individuals are more susceptible than others. Smoking, stress and diabetes are factors that are thought to hamper the immune response. When this happens, oral tissues in contact with bacterial plaque become infected. The first tissues to become infected are the gums, leading to a condition commonly known as gingivitis. If left untreated, destruction of local tissues would lead to the establishment of a periodontal pocket between the gum and the tooth. Microbial flora within the pocket will now become more virulent, and chronic presence of this flora can lead to loss of tissue attachment around the tooth, affecting the bone as well as the gums. This condition is called periodontitis or gum disease.

   

linda crook

Last Updated on Monday, 23 October 2017 07:52

Linda Crook

Dental Hygienist

GDC reg no: 2660

Linda joined the Practice in June 2016 when she relocated to Hay having previously worked at one of our sister practices in Devon for many years. She initially trained as a dental nurse before qualifying as a dental hygienist in 1983. Linda regularly attends courses and seminars to update her skills and knowledge and aims to provide gentle dental care in a relaxed and friendly manner.
 
In her spare time she enjoys walking in the beautiful countryside around Hay with her husband and golden retriever, Bailey.

 

 

   

Petra Krawczyk

Last Updated on Monday, 15 December 2014 09:55

Petra Krawczyk

Petra Krawczyk BSc

Dental Therapist

GDC reg no: 118025 Birmingham July 2010

Petra, originally from Germany, worked for a number of years as a Dental Nurse in Herefordshire before studying to become a dually qualified Dental Hygienist and Therapist.

She graduated in July 2010 from the University of Birmingham and joined the practice in September 2010.

Petra takes a special interest in adult restorative dentistry and, since graduating, has attended various courses to further her skills.

   

Why have periodontal treatment?

Dental plaque is not easily removed from the surfaces of the teeth. If done correctly, every day brushing can remove the bacterial deposits above the gums. Sometimes these bacterial deposits can become calcified, leading to the formation of tartar above or below the gums. Tartar can only be removed by your dentist or hygienist using special instruments. The purpose of periodontal treatment is to remove bacterial deposits and tartar from pockets around affected teeth halting the process of the disease. In certain cases, surgery involving the gums needs to be done.

   

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