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Life-saving training for all staff

Every member of the team at EYDS will be given training in handling common medical emergencies including resuscitation techniques during a training day next month.


It is an annual update on new developments for many staff, and forms an essential part of the practice’s junior staff training curriculum.


Owner and clinical director Jason Spence BDS MSc said: “We have undertaken this very important training annually for the last 13 years, long before it became mandatory by the General Dental Council. We feel it is essential for all the team to be able to handle a medical emergency in any of our practices, it might just save someone’s life.”


All three practices will be closed for routine treatment on Wednesday, June 12, so that the training can take place, and an emergency service will run on that day.


Practice Manager Penny Higbee said: “We understand that closing for a few hours is an inconvenience to our patients, but this training is essential. We will endeavour to provide an emergency service on the day from as many venues as possible.”





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20,000 investment in patient care

East Yorkshire Dental Studios has invested £20,000 in a state-of-the-art microscope which will improve patient care.

The practice bought the powerful ceiling-mounted microscope for carrying out complicated root fillings.

Owner and principal dentist Jason Spence said they made the investment to boost patients’ chances of successful treatments.

He said: “It is used for doing complicated root fillings and precision cosmetic work. It has an incredibly bright white LED light source which allows us to see clearly what we're doing.

“Doing a root filling without a microscope is a bit like driving down a motorway at night with your headlights switched off. It's possible, but sometimes it ends badly.

“The scope allows us to focus right down the length of a root canal so we can often see to the end of the tooth. At this level of magnification it often becomes evident why other dentists’ root fillings haven't worked,” he said.

The Zeiss microscope, made by Carl Zeiss, a German company, is widely recognised to be one of the best in the world.

The microscope also has a high definition video camera which is linked to a 32-inch television screen, allowing the dentists to see down the root canals.

It will be based at the Brough practice, Welton Road, which is a referral practice for complicated dentistry and also treats patients from other practices who need advanced dental work.

Jason, who has a Masters in Dental Implantology, making him one of a handful of experts in implantology in Yorkshire, added: “The camera is useful for pointing out to people where things have gone wrong in the past or for explaining what we'll be doing.”

Dr Chris Maher, who specialises in endodontics, said he is looking forward to using the new equipment to perform root canal work on his patients, as it will maximise their chances of successful treatment.

He said: “As well as being a great gadget to play with, the main reason we've made such an expensive Montblanc Replica Watches purchase is to improve patient care. There's lots of good quality evidence available to prove that using microscopes in dentistry dramatically improves the chances of root fillings being successful.”

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Sunshine House children to get teddies, thanks to EYDS

EACH child who is nursed at Sunshine House will be given a teddy bear on admission to help soothe the anxiety of being away from home.


Sunshine House, in Walker Street, provides respite care for children with serious health problems and is supported and helped with funding from the Smile Foundation, who have refurbished rooms and tided up their garden for the children to enjoy.


Smile has now partnered with leading dental practice East Yorkshire Dental Studios for the next 12 months, to help support the unit.


Jason Spence, principal dentist and owner, has pledged to support Smile’s chosen charities, and one of the main projects will be to give each child at Sunshine House, and their siblings, a teddy.


The children will also be given a sleepover pack for overnight stays, which includes toiletries, toothbrush, and pyjamas.


The unit’s Senior Nurse Tracey Robinson said: “What a teddy bear does is give unconditional love, warmth and reassurance. They will always be there and never turn away from a child. A teddy bear will be someone to share your hopes, wishes, dreams and fears to, and never shatter that trust.


“A teddy bear will be a life-long friend on a child’s journey and should the time come when that journey becomes heartbreaking, a teddy bear will become a precious memory for loved ones left behind.”


Mr Spence said he was looking forward to working with Smile for such an important charity.

“Sunshine House is an amazing facility with excellent care for children with very complex health needs. Many people are not aware it exists, so we’re delighted to not only help on a practical level, but to raise awareness among our many staff and patients.”


As well as helping with the Teddy Bear campaign, EYDS will be raising money for Smile’s other chosen charities, including Special Smiles and Friends of the Hull Memory Clinic.


Mr Spence, who has three practices, in Brough, Beverley, and Hedon, added: “What is so nice about working with the Smile Foundation is that all the money raised stays in East Yorkshire to help local charities, and being a dad, it gives me extra motivation to know that two of the chosen charities directly impact upon children’s lives.”


Andy Barber, Charity Manager at Smile, said: “We are delighted to have EYDS on board. Our challenge is to utilise their full range of skills and resources, and not just the funds they raise.”



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EYDS welcomes tooth whitening legislation

RECENT years has seen a huge influx in trades offering teeth whitening, from beauty salons to hairdressers.


But what the general public don’t widely realise is that there are many different types of chemicals that can be used in the teeth whitening process. Some of these can damage teeth and can be very dangerous if used incorrectly.


The problem with beauticians and others carrying out these treatments is that they have very limited knowledge of teeth, and have had no training in safe techniques or the right chemicals to use. Many rely on company reps who just want to sell their own brand of tooth whitening materials.


This is why new legislation has now been passed which means that only dentists can now perform this treatment, nobody else.


Anybody else now offering this treatment is practising dentistry illegally, so if anything goes wrong, they will not be insured.


If you use the wrong materials, it can kill teeth or cause very painful abcesses, but used correctly by a dentist, it can be very effective.


The dental profession has been lobbying for a change to legislation, so this move is very welcome, and hopefully those practising illegally have already stopped.


I would urge anyone seeing this practice being performed by anyone other than a dentist to report it to Trading Standards and the General Dental Council.


Anyone flouting the law could face a hefty fine running into the thousands.


At our practice, teeth whitening is a very popular cosmetic procedure, and is the singular most effective way of taking years off your age.


Any adult can have a cosmetic benefit from tooth whitening, however our best results tend to be with the thirty somethings and above, people who smoke will especially benefit.


Other things, such as highly coloured foods like berries, coffee, red wine, and trauma, can also discolour teeth.


Anyone considering having it done should book a consultation with a dentist who offers this, when any concerns and questions should be answered and they can relax in the knowledge that a trained professional will ensure a safe and effective treatment.



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Staff raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research

STAFF from an East Yorkshire dental firm have raised more than £1,500 for Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Dentists and dental nurses from East Yorkshire Dental Studios (EYDS) took part in a 13-mile charity hike around Beverley and the surrounding area.

Around 20 members of staff volunteered to join in after dental nurse Louise Bean organised the event in memory of two close relatives who lost their lives to cancer.

Louise, 24, has now raised around £4,000 for the Yorkshire cancer charity through a variety of fundraising events.

Staff from all three branches of EYDS took part, including Edward House, Brough Dental Studio, and Hedon Dental Practice.

The dental practice’s principal dentist Jason Spence is currently growing a moustache for Movember, raising money and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer charities. Anyone who would like to sponsor him can log on to

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