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The butterfly effect

Dr Shabs Patel, of Magicsmiles, is making it his mission to help get Blackburn's dental health back on track.

For many years, survey results have placed the dental health of the population in east Lancashire among the worst in Europe. But practice principal Shabs Patel and his team, at the multi award-winning Magicsmiles in Blackburn, are determined to change the fortunes of their local area.

Shabs says: 'We firmly believe all our work is built on a foundation of good dental health. It has been shown that a great smile can defy ageing more than any other part of the body. Also, with the connection between good dental health and overall health now well established - a good example of this is diabetes - improvements in gum disease can mean related improvement in conditions elsewhere in the body.'

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