Newsletter Winter/Spring 2016/2017

Practice News

Nicola Robinson has returned to the practice after the birth of baby Oscar.  Agnes Bugaj, who was covering Nicola's maternity leave, has kindly agreed to stay on one day a week. As a result of this we are continuing to take on a limited number of new patients. Please contact reception to enquire about availability.

New receptionist - we would like to welcome Pippa Hawkins who has recently joined the team.

All of our practice plan patient’s should all have received letters recently from Practice Plan. Each year the practice reviews the plan fees and this year the practice decided not to raise the cost of our maintenance plans. Every year when reviewing our price increase due to inflation, we do our upmost best to keep all of our fees as low as reasonably practicable.

There has been newspaper coverage recently involving a patient who swallowed a dental instrument used during root canal treatment. All our dentists routinely use a protective device called a dental dam during our root canal treatment, which protects the patient’s mouth during the procedure. The safety of our patients is very important to us.

Please take a look at for more information on dental dam.

Mike Waplington - Presidential role!

As mentioned in the last newsletter Mike Waplington has recently been appointed as the President of The British Endodontic Society (root fillings). Mike helped organise and coordinate a national dental conference at the NIA in Birmingham in November. The conference was a joint event in conjunction with other specialist dental societies and covered such diverse topics as implantology, root canal treatment and presented surgical cases in 3 dimensions using state of the art projection techniques.  Over 700 delegates attended the event.

Hot Topic - Children's teeth and sugar

Key facts

Dental decay is the number one reason why children aged 5 to 9 are admitted to hospital in England, even though this could be largely prevented through regular brushing, adequate exposure to fluoride and reducing sugar consumption. The NHS spent £30 million on hospital-based tooth extractions for children aged 18 years and under in 2012-13.

Nearly a quarter of the added sugar in our diet comes from soft drinks, fruit juice and other non-alcoholic drinks and children aged 11-18 get 40 per cent of their added sugars from drinks, mainly soft drinks, such as cola.

Britons eat around 700g of sugar a week: that’s an average of 140 teaspoons per person. Teenagers’ intakes are the highest of all groups and they consume 50 per cent more sugar on average than is currently recommended. Intakes of sugar for adults tended to be higher in the lowest income groups.

Current Government advice suggests limiting sugar intake to 10 per cent or less of your daily calories, and this might soon be revised down to 5 per cent, in line with recent World Health Organisation recommendations: that’s about 70g sugar for men (about 14 teaspoons) and 50g (about 10 teaspoons) for women, although this varies according to factors such as age, size and how active people are. Food and drinks high in sugar should only be consumed in small amounts.

What can you do?

1. Limit sugar intake: In the mouth, the bacteria living on the teeth rapidly convert sugar into acid and it is this acid that dissolves the tooth enamel. The risk of developing decay increases as the amount and frequency of sugar consumption rises.

2. Brush regularly: Keeping teeth clean by regular brushing helps prevent decay as the amount of acid generated is dependent on the quantity of dental plaque on the teeth. All children up to three years old should use  toothpaste with a fluoride level of at least 1000ppm, both morning and night. After the age of three, toothpaste should contain 1350ppm-1500ppm. Children’s brushing should be supervised until the age of 7.

3. Don’t miss your check-ups:  any oral health problems can be spotted early.

4. Put a lid on unhealthy snacks: The problem is made worse by the trend for sweets, which tend to be eaten between meals, and contain increasingly acid ingredients. Breadsticks, nuts and raw vegetables are far better alternatives to sugary snacks. Even if carbonated drinks are sugar-free, their acid properties will still lead to tooth damage, by erosion rather than decay. Raisins can be a problem too, as they tend to stick to teeth and attack enamel, so should be consumed after meals, rather than as a snack.

5. Watch out for ‘hidden’ sugars: Pure fruit juices can be a healthy choice, but the natural sugars these contain can still damage teeth, so fruit juice should be consumed with a meal and only one glass (150ml) a day. Sugars in whole pieces of fruit are less likely to cause tooth decay because they are combined with fibre.



We are delighted to be able to offer Agnes Bugaj a permanent session at our practice after shuch great feed back from the patients that she has kindly been taking very good care of while Nicola has been a maternity leave.

If you would like to register at our practice then please do not hesitate to contact us where one of our members of staff will be happy to arrange an appointment for you.

Newsletter Summer/Autumn 2016

Practice News

Nicola Robinson and baby Oscar are both well. Thank you for all your kind messages - we have passed them on. Nicola will be returning to the practice later this year.  Agnes Bugaj (GDC number - 221370) will be caring for her patients until then. A big thank you to Agnes for providing such great care and attention to her patients.

The practice is are constantly investing to give our patients the best dental care. Over the last few months Mike Waplington's surgery has been refurbished, Andy McRobert's surgery has had a new x ray machine and we now have a vacuum steriliser in the sterilising room. We would like to thank you for bearing with us while this work was being carried out.

The practice is currently taking on a limited number of new patients for Agnes Bugaj. Please contact Sally on reception to enquire about availability.

Mike Waplington - Presidential role!

Mike Waplington has recently been appointed as the President of The British Endodontic Society. He received his presidential medal at the society's spring scientific meeting in March where he also presented his presidential address.

Mike and a BES delegation recently visited the Houses of Parliament to speak to Members of Parliament and raise concerns over the provision of endodontics. within the NHS and future endodontic commissioning.


Mike with his BPE colleague Rachel Tomson.

Seated: Lord Colwyn, vice chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Dentistry.










He has recently spoken at the British Dental Association conference in Manchester - a presentation entitled "Clinical tips for improved endodontics."







Hot Topic - Antibiotics in Dentistry

Antimicrobial resistance has become a worldwide problem over the last few decades and now constitutes a major threat to public health. Dentists working in the NHS in England prescribe nearly 10 per cent of all oral antimicrobials in the primary care setting, and all antibiotics prescribed in dentistry can have an adverse effect on the rest of the body’s natural bacteria.

Antibiotics are prescribed in dentistry when an infection is present. Not all infections need antibiotics and some infections can be treated by draining the infection. Therefore antibiotics cannot be prescribed without the patient seeing the dentist as other treatments may be more suitable.

The assessment of patient's gum (periodontal) health

The Basic Periodontal Examination (BPE) is used as a basic screening method to check the gums of a patient. It is a simple procedure and quickly identifies any particular gum (periodontal) problems. Patients will usually have a BPE carried out at each examination by either the dentist or the hygienist.

The mouth is divided into 6 regions and each is given a score from 0 to 4 - the highest score for each area is the one recorded. After recording the BPE gum treatment for the patient can be tailored based on their needs. Scores of 3 or 4 may indicate that some gum disease is present. Further tests, including x rays and a more detailed periodontal examination, will enable the dentist to assess which future gum treatments are indicated.

Winter/Spring Newsletter 2015/2016


We would like to welcome the newest member of our team: Sophie Baker.

Sophie is joining us as a dental nurse and you will see her working alongside Julie, Nicola and Agnes. She will also be very busy behind the scenes in our sterilising suite! Sophie has recently qualified and is looking forward to expanding her knowledge especially in the endodontic and implant fields. Outside of work Sophie likes to cook homemade meals for her family and is an avid Manchester United fan.


The practice is now able to offer patients dental implant treatment. Dental implants replace missing teeth. They are made from Titanium and integrate into the jaw bone where they can support crowns, bridges or dentures. They can replace single teeth or provide a complete set of fixed teeth.

Mike Waplington completed the International Team for Implantology (ITI) foundation in implant dentistry modular course in 2013. The course was held at one of the ITI's eight international centres of excellence in Surrey. This fulfils the GDC required good practice guidelines for implant placement.

Mike works very closely with Graham James, Consultant Maxillofacial surgery at WRI (Worcestershire Royal Hospital).

Mike's nurse (Julie Jennings) has also completed an ITI two-day hands-on course in implant training for nurses, to enhance our patient care and implant services.


Practice News

We are very sad to announce that Sarah Morgan will be leaving us at the end of the year 2015. Many of you will have met “smiley” Sarah on reception and in the surgery. Sarah is leaving to take up the challenge of working as a matron in a local school. We all wish her all the best for the future!

Nicola Robinson has recently given birth to a baby boy (November 2015) – welcome to baby Oscar. We will all be cooing when she brings him to visit us!

Nicola will be back after her maternity leave and her patients will be cared for by Agnes Bugaj.

Agnes is a qualified dentist registered with the GDC. She is confident, dedicated and articulate individual who utilises highly developed technical and clinical skills in the treatment of all patients, demonstrating a friendly and approachable personality and the ability to put people at ease.



The Evesham bell tower is a remarkable building that will always require ongoing maintenance and support. We recently supported the appeal by selling some of the icon towers product at our practice. We like to thank everyone who contributed towards and the continued support.


Hot Topics - Sugar and Dental Health

This topic has been covered very widely in the press and on television programmes over the last few months.

The average Briton consumes 238 teaspoons of sugar each week - often without knowing it! Lots of foods contain hidden sugars. The British Dental Health Foundation has an excellent page on diet, giving practical advice on spotting those hidden sugars. Please ask us if you want any more information.




In 2013 Mike Waplington Specialist in Endodontics, successfully completed the International Team for Implantology (ITI) foundation in implant dentistry modular course. The course was held at one of the ITI's eight international centres of excellence in Surry. It consisted of six two-day modules that took place monthly. This fulfils the GDC required good practice guildlines for implant placement.

Since the compleation of Mike's course he has been working very closely with Graham James Consultant Maxillofacial surgery at WRI (Worcestershire Royal Hospital), and ITI teaching fellows, and has compleated many successful implant placements.

Mike's nurse Julie Jennings, has also compleated an ITI two-day hands-on course in implant training for nurses, to enhance our patient care and implant services.

Sad News

Unfortunately Catherine will be leaving us in the summer as she is relocating to the North East. This has not been an easy decision for her to make but feels it is the right time in her career pathway to make the change and also on a personal note move her closer to family. She would like to take this opportunity to pass on her best wishes to all her patients.

 Care Quality Commission inspection

We had our routine Care Quality Commission inspection on 22nd April 2013. The job of the CQC is to check whether hospitals, care homes and care services are meeting essential standards of quality and safety. The essential standards are described in the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2010 and the CQC (Registration) Regulations 2009.

On visiting our practice the inspector was looking at a number of standards within our dental practice. These included

  • Consent to care and treatment
  • Care and welfare of people who use our services
  • Cleanliness and infection control
  • supporting workers
  • Assessing and monitoring the quality of service provision

We are very pleased to tell you that WE PASSED all of the above with very high standards.

Quotes from some of our patient during telephone conversation with the CQC inspector.

 "Always friendly. Helpful, gives that little extra."

 "Very high quality of treatment is given. I rate them 10 out of 10."

 "I receive excellent care and treatment. on my first visit they picked up on everything. I had to see the hygienist and they were very good. This has changed the way I manage my teeth."

If you would like to read our full report then please visit the Care Quality Commission website

Welcome to our newest member

We have a new member of staff at Albert Road Dental Practice Sarah Morgan. Sarah began Dental Nursing in 1999 and worked hard to gain her Dental Nursing qualification two years later. After nursing in practice for Five years Sarah was ready for a new challenge and moved to Scotland, where she worked for a charity, travelled and was a nanny to five children. Over time Sarah had enough of the harsh winters and "sunny” Evesham called her back to her home town.

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Another big spotty THANK YOU

We have all had a fun filled fund raising week at Albert road dental practice for a second year in a row for children in need 2012. With lots of generous donations from staff, patients, the regal cinema and also Evesham arts centre we manage to raise a whopping £374.20. With the book sale doing so well last year we decided to do another one this year along with dental goodie bags, a raffle with some amazing donated prizes. Rhondda, Monika, Martine and gill also kindly gave up their free time to hold a table top sale in the practice car park to finish off a fabulous fundraising week. So once again we would like to personally say a big massive THANK YOU to everyone who contributed in anyway, however little, to help raise money for children in need 2012.

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Decontamination room

Decontamination and infection control is of the greatest importance to us all at Albert Road Dental Practice. The objective of decontamination is to protect the patients and staff who come in contact with instruments after the decontamination process, from contracting diseases caused by microorganisms on those devices. In the past, all decontamination was carried out in the clinical environment, instruments were manually washed and sterilised in bench top autoclaves in the surgeries – with the patient present. One of the main requirements of decontamination guidance and standards is that decontamination takes place in a dedicated room away from all clinical activity. This is to ensure the segregation of clean and dirty activities to minimise the risk of contamination of clean/sterile instruments. Instruments are packed immediately after sterilisation and are stored for the periods defined in HTM01-05 (currently 21 days respectively)                                                                                                        

We had a new decontamination suite fitted 12 months ago which provides us with the space and organisation we need to ensure that we are always up to date with the current standards of the dental HTM01-05. Please click here for more information.



Going spotty to help Pudsey and children 2011

All the team at Albert Road Dental Practice spent a busy week fundraising. The very generous staff and patients donated books & cakes for us to sell. We also raffled a Pudsey Bear from The Bear Factory, along with a homemade Pudsey cake made by Martine. The week was finished off on Friday with fancy dress. We all had a lot of fun and managed to raise a big £216.38. So we would like to personally say a big THANK YOU to everyone who took part to make this possible. 



Your safety comes first

All the staff are regularly trained in cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the handling of emergency medical situations. In addition, Mrs Julie Waplington has successfully completed a British Red Cross course and now the qualified first aider for the practice and is fully trained in dealing with minor medical emergencies.


Practice hours...

Mon:8.30 am - 5.00 pm
Tue:8.30 am - 5.00 pm
Wed:8.30 am - 5.00 pm
Thu:8.30 am - 5.00 pm
Fri:8.30 am - 4.30 pm

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