The team at the Lime Tree Dental Practice, based in Portishead in Bristol, is dedicated to empowering its patients to keep their teeth for life. The practice delivers high standards of dental treatment and support this with education on diet and oral hygiene. Nick says, ‘We offer a full range of oral hygiene products to buy in the practice. It is important to seize the moment so that patients can immediately implement the techniques they have been taught’.
A team approach to patient education is applied throughout the practice. The dentists identify any areas that need improvement and the team works together on the oral hygiene education. The receptionist show patients appropriate oral health products for them.
What an atmosphere
The practice’s commitment to patients extends to the surroundings. Both the waiting rooms face the beautiful garden. Daily newspapers and up to date magazines are a must. The practice also features paintings by a local artist that are for sale. Not only does this provide a practical solution to an expanse of bare walls, the beautiful seascape images are reported to be very calming.
Breaking down barriers
We do our utmost to create a relaxing environment but realise that some patients require additional support. A conscious sedation clinic is run by Helen Mannion-Jones who has a wealth of experience in both major and minor surgery under sedation and general anaesthesia. Nick comments, ‘Sedation allows us to successfully treat our more nervous patients and improve their dental health’.
Worth a try!
The team at Lime Tree Dental Practice has committed time to talking to and educating patients in important oral health techniques. Nick says, ‘The Oral-B Triumph series has been a crucial stock item for years here at Lime Tree. It is an excellent brush which most people respond to very well. We heard about Oral-B’s Pro-Expert toothpaste several years ago through our contact with periodontal consultants at Bristol and Birmingham. Oral-B research, backed up by endorsements from those consultants, meant it was worth a try. Initially I didn’t like the taste, however, I had to admit my teeth felt very clean. I started to offer samples to my patients. In those patients who were using it regularly, anecdotally, we started to see a reduction in calculus and periodontal inflammation. So we started to recommend it across the board for tartar control, sensitivity, perio patients and patients with moderate to high caries risk’.
Nick strongly believes that spending time with patients, explaining their dental health and oral hygiene techniques and discussing treatments puts them in control and gives them ownership of their dental health outcomes.
About the Team
Nick Williams and Jonathan Jones are members of the Product Research and Evaluation Panel (PREP), established by Professor Trevor Burke at the University of Birmingham. It researches and evaluates new dental materials. Nick says: ‘PREP helps keep Lime Tree at the cutting edge of new technology. Being an internationally recognised practice-based research group, we get to evaluate new materials. Through our involvement our patients have benefitted greatly’.