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  • Wentworth Avenue
  • Slough
  • Berkshire
  • SL2 2DG


  • Wentworth Avenue
  • Slough
  • Berkshire
  • SL2 2DG
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Our August Newsletter….

29th August 2022

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Hello There! We’re pleased to share our August newsletter. We hope you are all keeping well. In this months newsletter we share some insight into the difficulties the NHS are facing around recruiting new dentists. We also share some information about the latest trend of people going to Europe to get their teeth ‘fixed’ and the hidden dangers in doing so. Additionally we’ve also included our usual updates, question of the month and team news!. UK NHS dentistry shortage, the facts….
You may have already seen in the news that the NHS has been under immense strain since the COVID-19 pandemic first started. An article published by the BBC states:“Nine in 10 NHS dental practices across the UK are not accepting new adult patients for treatment under the health service, a BBC investigation has found.In a third of the UK’s more than 200 council areas, we found no dentists taking on adult NHS patients.And eight in 10 NHS practices are not taking on children.The Department of Health said it had made an extra £50m available “to help bust the Covid backlogs” and that improving NHS access was a priority.BBC News contacted nearly 7,000 NHS practices – believed to be almost all those offering general treatment to the public.The British Dental Association (BDA) called it “the most comprehensive and granular assessment of patient access in the history of the service”.While NHS dental treatment is not free for most adults, it is subsidised.The BBC heard from people across the UK who could not afford private fees and said the subsidised rates were crucial to getting care.The lack of NHS appointments has led people to drive hundreds of miles in search of treatment, pull out their own teeth without anaesthesia, resort to making their own improvised dentures and restrict their long-term diets to little more than soup”

We are doing everything we can to prevent long delays and avoid cancellations. However, unfortunately due to the ongoing strain and the recruitment crisis making it difficult to employ new dentists, our patients are still experiencing some inconvenience and we apologise for this. We appreciate your ongoing patience and understanding! Read Full Article Here
Team Update….Happy Birthday Dr Matharu! This month our fab associate dentists, Dr Matharu, celebrates his birthday! We wish him the happiest of birthdays 🙂 Feel free to follow us on social media for more team news.We Are Listening….We want you to know that we take any kind of feedback seriously here at Moonlight Dental Surgery. Each month we take a look at all our patient reviews and feedback, we analyse the results and determine any outstanding trends or concerns that need attention.

In the past month we have continued to receive repetitive feedback about cancellation of appointments. We want to assure you that we do everything in our power to prevent cancelling patient appointments. The only times we will cancel an appointment is if there is insufficient staff or if there is an equipment failure that could cause a health and safety risk. We really don’t like having to cancel appointments and cause inconvenience to our patients.

We thank you for your patience and continued understanding. Question of The Month….Each month we publish a question that one of our patients has asked. 
This month’s question was:Q: Do I have to wait for an appointment if I am in pain?A: We will do everything we can to accommodate patients in pain. At present we have a temporary emergency access service available to patients outside of our normal hours. If you call our reception team on 01753 526301 they will do what they can to help. Social Media Check-Up….Feel free to follow us for more updates….Are ‘Turkey Teeth’ all they’re cracked up to be?….“Turkey teeth” – what do you need to know?
You will likely have seen the headlines by now – “Turkey teeth” are ruining people’s smiles across the UK! Is it true? What do you need to know if you were thinking about getting dental treatment abroad? How can you save your teeth from disaster when looking for a smile makeover?

The problem
The recent BBC documentary – and various stories shared across social media – have put a spotlight on the individuals who have travelled abroad for cosmetic dental treatment. There are many examples of individuals travelling overseas for crowns, having a significant portion of their teeth filed down in the process.

Why is this a problem?
For a start, you do not always need to remove that much natural (and often healthy) tooth tissue to achieve a stunning result. It is unnecessarily invasive and harmful in the long-term. This procedure can cause lasting sensitivity and pain, and increases the risk of abscesses and devitalisation (effectively ‘death’) of the teeth.
Some of the stories suggest poor communication by the dental team who offer ‘veneers’ and then provide crowns. Veneers are far less invasive as they are roughly half as thick as crowns and simply attach onto the front of the teeth instead of needing lots of tooth structure destroyed. This means that veneers tend to be easier to repair or replace over time than crowns – crowns should be the last resort for most people.
The other issue is that the quality of the dentistry provided has come into question. Not all countries have the same strict regulation and high standards that we have in the UK, so the quality of products and techniques used may not be as good. Similarly, the after-care might not be as thorough because this would require patients to travel back to the practice at a later date for reviews – which is often not included in the original treatment plan and therefore added expense for the patient.

Choose carefully
t’s important to understand that there are many fantastic dentists working outside the UK. Some of the most highly skilled and talented dentists are trained overseas, as well as in the UK. The problem is that people do not always know what to look for and are often persuaded by cost of treatment alone.
Whether in the UK, Turkey or elsewhere, your dental care provider should be chosen carefully. They must be reputable, be closely regulated and the professional team must be adequately trained to deliver the treatment they are offering. All of these things are much more important that the cost of treatment. Buying cheap often means buying again – but when it comes to your teeth, once they are destroyed you cannot grow them back.

Ask the question
If you are thinking about improving your smile, make sure you do your homework. Speak to us before making any final decisions – you may be surprised about how much value and peace of mind we can offer while creating the smile of your dreams. Our dentists are members of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD), which means they are among the most skilled, educated and passionate dentists providing cosmetic dental treatment in the world. They offer an array of procedures that can help to enhance so much more than just the appearance of your teeth. Plus, you can do all this without destroying your natural teeth or risking years of pain.
We’re here for you and very happy to answer questions you may have about your teeth, so please get in touch if you’d like to know more.IN CLOSINGThe strength of our clinic grows from the recommendations of our patents. We are currently in a position to accept new patients and find that the very best way to get more patients like you is by personal referral.  We are very grateful if you choose to spread the word about Moonlight Dental Surgery’s professional and caring service. You can keep up with us online and leave reviews here:
 We will be in touch again in a month or so with our next newsletter. In the meantime, stay safe and keep smiling! Kindest regards,All at Moonlight Dental Surgery  Moonlight Dental SurgeryWentworth Avenue, Slough, Berkshire SL2 2DG
01753 526301
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