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Janine Jones

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 February 2016 13:11

Janine Jones

Dental Nurse RDN

GDC No: 122637

Janine has worked at Hay-on-Wye Dental Practice for 19 years, most of which was as Practice Manager.

Janine is currently back working as a Dental Nurse so she can concentrate on her family life, she is a valued member of the team and has been updating her knowledge by attending regular courses, and assists our Dental Therapist in surgery.

Janine also has NVQ1 and 2 in beauty therapy.

   

Clare Baldwin

Last Updated on Friday, 20 October 2017 13:28

Claire Baldwin 

Clare Baldwin RDN

Dental Nurse

GDC reg no: 118750

Clare has worked at the Hay-on-Wye Dental Practice for 13 years as Nigel Williams’ Nurse. She qualified in 2004 with the NVQ Oral Healthcare qualification. Clare works part-time at the practice. Clare is also a British Horse Society Assistant Instructor.

   

Karin Bennett

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 October 2016 14:51

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Karin Bennett RDN

Dental Nurse

GDC reg no: 250537  June 2014

Kaz joined our team in January 2016 as a qualified dental nurse, and is a good all-rounder. Kaz has just started her radiography qualification and would also like to assist with dental implants in the future.

Outside of work Kaz spends most of her free time attending to her horse and is a qualified horse riding Instructor

 

 

   

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.

   

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