News about Change4life

Screen time damages children’s teeth.

14th January 2019 | Vanessa Giraud

Earlier this month, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) published a report advising parents not to worry about screen time. Screen time itself is not a bad thing, the report suggests, so long as it’s under control. Undeniably, time spent using a screen is very much part of modern life. Yet as…

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Beat the back to school packed lunch challenge!

5th January 2019 | SpaDental Administrator

  Game on! The back to school packed lunch challenge is a tough one! There’s a lot in the news about children and sugar. Children need our help. With so much choice around and so much pressure from advertising and retailers, it’s not surprising that we’re all tempted to eat products with little or no…

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Out and about teaching children how to brush better.

23rd November 2018 | SpaDental Administrator

  Our talented duo and are out in the community again. They’re on a mission to teach children how to brush teeth better. And they’re not alone. Henry the Helpful Brushasorous goes with them too, and keeps everyone smiling. Helping children to brush better It’s so important for children to learn how to look after…

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Educate for life – exercise and food choice matter.

12th November 2018 | SpaDental Administrator

School meals are still a hot topic. School meals have changed for the better. Media focus on the benefits of a good school meal means that the standard of school dinners is definitely much better now than it used to be.  Nowadays, schools are serving meals that are not only tasty but healthy too. As…

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Children’s Dental Health Coordinators go back to school.

1st November 2018 | SpaDental Administrator

Our Children’s Dental Health Coordinators go back to school! Mrs and Mrs are having interactive educational talks with primary school children in the Plymouth area. They are proving very popular, especially with the help of Henry, our lovable Brushasorous! What do we do? The talented duo visit schools on an arranged time and day to deliver…

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The back to school packed lunch challenge

28th August 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

After the sunniest of summer holidays, it’s nearly September, and the school packed lunch challenge begins again! Day after day, throughout the school term, it’s hard to keep getting meals ready. It isn’t easy making something the children like, that fills them up, and is healthy too! Why do some families opt for school packed…

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Increasing number of children have type 2 diabetes.

20th August 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

What is type 2 diabetes? In the past, type 2 diabetes was a condition that adults got. A problem that developed with age; a problem often associated with weight gain and even called “adult-onset diabetes”. But times are changing. Type 2 Diabetes: develops gradually so it can be hard to spot is chronic, so once…

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Healthy children become healthy adults.

1st June 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

Both SpaDental Plymouth and SpaDental Whitchurch have hosted Children’s Days this week. We aim to nurture dentally healthy children. Yet it’s a time when, once again, there’s been a lot about children’s health in the news. The focus? The number of children who are overweight and obese. As dentists, we’re concerned because unhealthy eating habits…

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Sugar habit? The UK sugar tax kicks in today

6th April 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

We need to kick our sugar habit because there are still too many children having bad teeth removed in our hospitals, and obesity is an increasing health problem. The tax begins that will help us to curb our sugar intake. No longer are we just being told it’s our responsibility to exercise caution in what…

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Too many sweet treats?

2nd April 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

Sweet choices We’ve just enjoyed the sweet treats of Easter… …lots of sugar-laden ‘goodies’ ranging from beautifully wrapped eggs to seasonal shaped chocolates… lots of chocolates, often with sticky fillings. In the UK we love our festive chocolate! But we’re not alone. Many celebrations around the world also include sweet delicacies of one kind or…

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Getting five a day is easier than it sounds.

21st March 2018 | Heather Cresswell

We’ve all read that we should be getting five portions of fruit and vegetables as part of a healthy diet. Here are some explainers and tips on how to add natural colour to our menu. Why are veg and fruit so good for us? they’re a great source of vitamins and minerals dietary fibre helps keep…

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Food for thought – International School Meals Day

15th March 2018 | SpaDental Administrator

“How was school today?” For many children lunch break is the best bit of the school day! It’s a time to be with friends, eat and chat. And if you ask the question, “How was school today?” you’ll probably be told what was for lunch! Most children will put food first, especially whether it was…

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More tips for cutting down sugar

8th February 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

For the second year running, Cancer Research is using the month of February to promote the advantages of cutting down sugar. Cancer Research is one of the organisations that is fighting the battle against our ever-increasing consumption of sugar. Here are their top five reasons for cutting down sugar. Or even better, cutting it out!…

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Why is sugar so bad? Here are some not-so-sweet facts

10th January 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

Is it just a passing fad, this media focus on sugar? Or is our love affair with sugar something we should have moved on from years ago? Is sugar so bad? For years plenty of saccharine song lyrics have added to the myth that sugar’s something good. But Maroon 5 have got it right: a…

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Encouraging Healthy Eating for Obesity Awareness, 2018

8th January 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

National Obesity Awareness Week begins today The aim? To improve the health of the nation, through encouraging healthy eating, less snacking, and more exercise What’s the problem? According to the NHS: “The term “obese” describes a person who’s very overweight, with a lot of body fat. It’s a common problem in the UK that’s estimated to affect around…

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The packed lunch challenge

3rd January 2018 | Vanessa Giraud

After the winter holiday, our kids are back in school, and the packed lunch challenge is on again! It’s a tough one! Change4Life has launched its new campaign to remind us that too much sugar is bad for our bodies and bad for our teeth:  “Children in England are eating nearly three times the recommended…

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Our next Children’s Day at SpaDental Plymouth is Thursday 21st December 2017

6th December 2017 | Heather Cresswell

Care as well as fun Do you have children who are due for their routine dental check at the practice? As part of our preventive care, we want to see children regularly. Children who are used to visiting us from an early age are more likely to have good teeth for life! Our special day…

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School Meals Week 2017

13th November 2017 | SpaDental Administrator

National School Meals Week 13th-17th November 2017 supported by SpaDental Today is the first day of the  LACA special focus week, organised to encourage healthy eating and food awareness. School meals are a hot topic! School meals have changed for the better. Every morning children at school look forward to their lunch break. Children like to…

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North/South divide shows in our babies’ teeth

23rd October 2017 | Heather Cresswell

A recent study by the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry has revealed that children under the age of two years old in the North of England are more than twice as likely to be taken to see an NHS Dentist than infants in the South. Are our babies’ teeth at risk? Dental professionals are keen to ensure…

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Fun at your practice with the SpaDental Group

17th October 2017 | SpaDental Administrator

SpaDental always encourages you to bring your children along with you to the dentist, even if they don’t need to be treated. It can be fun! Fun in the clinic Getting small children used to visiting the dentist is a good idea. Children can be put off even by the noise and the smell of the…

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Fat? How much is too much?

14th October 2017 | SpaDental Administrator

Fat and sugar – an invisible problem Children ‘might seem fine on the outside’ but eating too much saturated fat can lead to a harmful buildup of fat inside. Your kids ‘might seem fine on the outside’ but too much sugar can also cause the harmful buildup of fat around internal organs. This can lead to…

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Meet ‘Dental Buddy’

22nd August 2017 | Louise Burgess

It is a frightening thought that in Primary Schools across the UK, about eight or nine children in each school class will have already developed tooth decay. That is rapidly approaching a quarter of a million children in every primary school year.  That is around 3.3 million young people aged between 0-14 years of age….

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Be Food Smart – Children’s Event

23rd January 2017 | Louise Burgess

You may be aware that Public Health England has launched Be Food Smart – a national campaign focusing on healthy eating for families. Part of the campaign will be to encourage families to download the new ‘Be Food Smart’ app to reveal the surprising amounts of sugar, saturated fat and salt in everyday food and…

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Change4Life recommends reduced sugar intake for everyone

15th January 2017 | SpaDental Administrator

We are all eating too much sugar in our diets, especially children who often consuming their whole day’s recommended allowance before school. The government’s Change4 Life campaign recommended sugar guidelines are: Children aged 4 to 6 years old shouldn’t have more than 19g of added sugar per day – that’s 5 cubes (based on 4g…

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Dr Alavi & Diamond Dental join the SpaDental Southampton practice

7th March 2014 | SpaDental Administrator

Dr John Webley and his staff are pleased to welcome Dr Hamid Alavi and the patients of Diamond Dental to our SpaDental Southampton practice.  Dr Alavi’s current surgery, four doors along Burgess Road, is closing and from today, he is treating his patients at the SpaDental practice. SpaDental can offer Dr Alavi’s patients additional services…

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Testimonials

Here to support service veterans - SpaDental Plymouth

"This was my first dental appointment since leaving the Armed Forces 2 years ago, and having left it far too long I eventually thought I ought to try to get myself an NHS dentist. Recognizing the unique challenges that veterans face when they leave the military, Spa Dental's veterans policy enabled me to get an initial appointment and receive treatment as an NHS patient - exactly what I'd hoped for. The professionalism and friendliness of…

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"Absolutely delighted" with veneers - SpaDental Whitchurch, Shropshire

A glowing testimonial for Dental Surgeon - veneers SpaDental Whitchurch Shropshire. Veneers SpaDental Whitchurch Shropshire "Excellent treatment! Absolutely delighted! Dr Jindal replaced two veneers for me, providing throughout brilliant treatment. He advised me of the options for the veneers and I opted for the better quality ones. The whole process was methodical and precise, keeping me informed step by step during the whole procedure. Great attention to detail was given to myself and the implants…

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High praise for Lucy Smith and Maria Shrigley, Plymouth.

Dental Surgeon and her assistant are helping anxious patients to manage dental visits more easily. High praise for the team! We know that it can be hard for people to come in to see the dentist. Here's one message: "I just wanted to say a huge thank you for your care at my recent dental visit. Lucy, I know because of your care and attention to my needs I feel so much better attending an…

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A great dental service to Plymouth patients.

We really appreciate all the reviews we're getting from patients who visit SpaDental Plymouth. Your feedback helps us feel confident we give good advice and offer a great dental service to Plymouth patients. Thank you! Here are some recent reviews: These two reviews highlight the importance of regular examination of the soft tissues in the mouth. "I feel... grateful to [my dentist] for referring me to Derriford hospital for a lump to be removed from…

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Approval ratings are high for Ledbury! Thank you for your reviews.

At SpaDental Ledbury we're enjoying reading your reviews! In April, we asked you to share your experiences with us. We've been emailing our patients to ask you to fill in on-line forms so that we know how your appointments went. It's been heart-warming to read the kind things that you've said about us in your reviews. Thank you! Here are a few of the comments that we've received: "Very professional. Always polite and helpful. Easy…

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More Plymouth patient appreciation for SpaDental - thank you!

Since we piloted the online feedback form for Plymouth patient appreciation or dissatisfaction with our practice, we've had over 300 responses. Thank you so much for taking the time to submit your views. Our review rating of 4.7 stars (out of 5) highlights Plymouth patient appreciation for the work we do. We're smiling with pride, and happy that you're happy! Here are two recent reviews: "Fantastic experience - I was on the NHS waiting list for over…

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High praise for the Plymouth team

Earlier this week, one of our patients sent this lovely message to the Plymouth team. We really appreciate your praise! "I have been a patient at the Hyde Practice [SpaDental Plymouth] for some 46 years, so have seen many changes of staff etc. I have today, been compelled to email you as a result of my latest visit. Far too many people are quick to complain hence this email. I suffer a bit from arthritis. At…

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Nervous patients in Plymouth reassured

Our dental surgeon is expanding her list, so nervous patients in Plymouth can feel confident they will receive sympathetic, effective treatment. One of Lucy's patients had this to say: "I am extremely nervous/phobic when visiting a dentist. This was my first visit to SpaDental - I can honestly say I couldn't have been looked after better! From the receptionist to the nurse, to the dentist (Lucy) and the hygienist, everyone was so kind, gentle and…

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My Invisalign journey - a patient experience.

SpaDental patient, Laura tells us about her Invisalign journey and how it's going: Laura's Invisalign journey is easier than she'd expected! "I've always been paranoid about my front teeth. Whenever I went to smile I had my hands over my mouth, and I never felt confident in photos. I didn't think I could do anything with them. And I was over the moon when my dentist suggested it." Laura began her Invisalign journey with SpaDental…

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"Invisalign helped my confidence," our smiling patient says!

We'd like to share with you a really positive testimonial from one of our SpaDental Whitchurch patients. He recently finished his Invisalign treatment and feels confident with his new smile. 'When I was young I had metal braces and I didn’t want to have them again when most people my age don't. I'd heard Invisalign treatment was convenient and wouldn't affect the way I looked at all, so it sounded a good choice.  I work…

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