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Friday 22nd May 2020: Stories to make you smile!

Thanks to the BBC for posting some fantastic heart-warming stories from around the world. Despite the current challenges we all face, it’s so important to remember to focus on the good things too going on around us every day – sharing a smile and an inspiring story is good for everyone!

Saturday 16th May 2020: Lockdown 2020 – Making History!

Like us, our children have been living in unprecedented times during these weeks of lockdown brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Why not download this project idea from some ‘down-under’ Mums and get your kids to create a memory book of their recent experiences?

When they are older they’ll be able to share it with their friends and families and remember the time when extraordinary events brought us all together in extraordinary ways.

Friday 15th May 2020: Appreciating our NHS and KEY WORKERS

Wednesday 13th May 2020: Is it a Dental Emergency?

If you are concerned about a problem with your teeth, our expert guide can help you decide if the situation constitutes a dental emergency and entitles you to priority care at one of the UK’s designated urgent care dental centre. If the issue is not an emergency, in the guide you will find lots of useful information about how to deal with common dental problems at home during lockdown. Simply click on the image below to access all the relevant information.

Remember also that all Obex practices are running telephone assessment and advisory services, so if you have any questions that remain unanswered after consulting our guide, please call your local dental practice and we’d be happy to help as much as we can at this difficult time.

Tuesday 12th May 2020: Lockdown Oral Health Tips

During these challenging times of lockdown, it is vitally important to look after your teeth and gums because seeing a dentist is just not possible right now unless it’s a dental emergency. Please take a look at our informative guide to get some great preventative advice for maintaining your teeth in tip top condition. Just click on the the image below or read the full guide here.

Monday 11th May 2020: Hannah is an #ObexHero

Hannah Morgan has been nominated this week by her work colleagues as an #ObexHero. Hannah has been volunteering in her time off as well as working hard at Obex when she’s in, doing extra tasks like delivering home-made biscuits to the care home and carrying out the food donation shop. Hannah always has such a positive vibe going on which is really refreshing at the moment and her team mates agree that it was lovely working with her last week and she deserves the recognition!

Saturday 9th May 2020: VE Day 75 years on…

Thursday 7th May 2020: Proud to be making a difference

Staff from several Obex practices have been rallying round with home-cooked meals, cakes and essential supplies for those vulnerable adults supported by Luton organisation Azalea. We received a lovely letter from them the other day and it’s good to know that what we’re doing, and what we will continue to do, is having a positive impact in people’s lives.

Wednesday 6th May 2020: Obex Staff pulling together!

Staff at both Stopsley Village Dental and Houghton Regis Dental are regularly working together to provide home-cooked meals and other necessary supplies for a local organisation Azalea, who support the vulnerable and the homeless. Added to the food donation this week were more beautiful baked delights from Harpenden Smiles’ Bianna!

May The 4th Be With You!

Sunday 3rd May 2020: Helping children in need..

Obex nurses and reception staff have been busy putting together activity packs for the children at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak the children’s playroom was forced to close, so people have been rallying round to give the children alternative bedside activities and creative projects to keep them entertained whilst they’re in hospital. Big THANK YOU to all staff involved!

Saturday 2nd May 2020: Going the extra mile..

Thursday 30th April 2020: Always lovely to be appreciated!

The nurses and reception staff at Hemel Smile Studios went the extra mile this week, donating food to the staff at Herts Independent Living Services (HILS). All staff at the offices and those who deliver food to vulnerable old people in the community were very touched by this generous gesture.

They are all working so hard and really making a difference to people’s lives and our staff felt it was important to show them some appreciation and reassure them that they have not been forgotten.

Wednesday 29th April 2020: Creative comfort for our children

Shaunni from Darrell House Dental has been making some absolutely adorable bears out of old clothes for school age children who didn’t get to finish their school year. Even more poignant, Shaunni has also created these beautiful Memorable Bears for children who are grieving the loss of a family member due to COVID-19.

Tuesday 28th April 2020: Let’s remember the fallen…

Time to reflect and remember the fallen – join the nation today at 11am for a minute’s silence to honour the fallen key workers during the current pandemic. Read more by clicking on image below >>


Monday 27th April 2020: Supporting Our Carers!

As part of our regular practice commitment to support the local community, we recently delivered necessary PPE to Meadow Acres Residential Care Home in Harpenden. Our donation included gloves, masks and protective visors along with some of Bianna’s delicious home-made biscuits. This local care home is one of 3 places we have made deliveries to with much-appreciated supplies, both protective and edible!

Sunday 26th April 2020: It’s never to old to workout with Joe!

Joe Wicks is determined to help everyone stay fit and healthy during these days of lockdown, so here’s one of his new workout videos designed specifically for older fans who want to stay supple and mobile with low impact exercises.

Here’s what one happy senior had to say: “Thanks Joe.. we’ve been doing the senior’s workouts since our gym closed in March and it’s saved our sanity and our fitness!”

No time like the present… or maybe share the link with someone you know who might be interested in getting into some regular exercise for optimum health.

Saturday 25th April 2020: The Return of The Singing Dentist!

Everyone’s favourite dentist is back in the news with his brand new single ‘I Like Your Molars’ sung to a catchy tune I’m sure you’ll recognise and love – especially if you were a fan of the movie Madagascar and the loveable King Julian!

Have a listen now with the volume turned up and know that if you decide to buy the single or stream the track, all proceeds are being donated to the NHS.

The Joy of Receiving!

This resident at Lea Springs Care Home looks thrilled to bits when her carer showed her the box of Bianna’s beautiful home-made biscuits!

Friday 24th April 2020: Bianna’s been baking!

Judging by the tasty-looking biscuits we can see in the photo below, Bianna Espinal’s skills go well beyond the dentist’s chair! These delightful creations were lovingly baked and gift-wrapped for residents in care homes around Harpenden. During this current crisis, it’s great to recognise the efforts of those wanting to give back in our communities. Bon appetit!

Thursday 23rd April 2020: Bath Bombs for the NHS!

Rachel MacShane is a nurse at Houghton Regis Dental Centre and with all this unplanned time at home, due to lockdown measures, she committed herself to a fantastic creative project. Watch the video below to see how Rebecca created and decorated her amazing bath bombs paying tribute to the efforts of the NHS workers around the country. These gorgeous bath bombs are being donated alongside edible delights to the Luton and Dunstable Hospital to help hard-working staff get through the day.



Tuesday 21st April 2020: Making masks that matter!

Samantha Thurston has been busy making fabulous face masks having been inspired by the new Facebook group ‘For The Love of Scrubs‘ where people are busy stitching and sewing for NHS and care workers around the country.

Monday 20th April 2020: Thanks a million NHS HEROES!

Today, more than ever, we should cherish those staff who are working tirelessly to care for people in the face of the current health crisis. Let’s show them some love and create a living map of gratitude from every corner of Britain.

Click on the image below to visit the ‘Thanks a Million NHS Heroes’ page to drop your heart and to see how businesses are supporting NHS workers with special offers during the pandemic. If you are a business who would like to help these health workers in some way, please visit the page for more information.

Sunday 19th April 2020: Quiz time for the kids!

Kids Quiz Daily have some great quiz themes to keep the young ones busy and with the official Easter holidays ending today why not get them to have a go at the Easter Quiz by clicking on the image below?

Kids will love their own TOOTH FAIRY BOX

Check out our simple-to-make Tooth Fairy Box template and help your kids make their very own box for those special occasions when the Tooth Fairy will be stopping by. Click on the image below to view template and then download.

Saturday 18th April 2020: How to fix common brace issues at home

During these days of lockdown we are doing everything we can to provide an effective dental advisory service to support you in maintaining healthy and happy teeth.

For those of you currently undergoing orthodontic treatment we have some great videos to share with you from the British Orthodontic Society which will guide you through necessary fixes step-by-step should you experiencing any ‘technical’ difficulties with your braces!

Just click on the image below to browse the full range of BOS home repair videos.

Friday 17th April 2020: Zara is an #ObexHero

Massive appreciation for Luton hospital workers

A moving scene last night outside Luton and Dunstable Hospital – turn up the volume!

‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’

What a beautiful way to appreciate the dedication and commitment of our NHS and key workers all over the country – thank you to the talented trombonist who’s in fact the brother of one of our receptionists.

Thursday 16th April 2020: Rebecca is an #ObexHero

Wednesday 15th April 2020: RUN FOR HEROES – who’s up next?

A valiant effort from Larissa yesterday as she did her bit to help raise money for NHS Charities but who has she nominated to take up the baton next?

Let’s hear it for the 5 lucky nominees… Vicky Heley, Laura Miles, Anna Heritage, Agata Latosinska and Magdalena Rybak and we’re really looking forward to hearing how you all get on. Just to say too that the £2 million campaign target has already been smashed, so let’s all keep running and keep donating to show the NHS the love and appreciation we’re all feeling!

Tuesday 14th April 2020: Can you support RUN FOR HEROES?

Larissa from Obex is RUNNING FOR HEROES! Show your support for Larissa and help raise money for our NHS heroes by donating today – click on the image below to take you to the fundraising page – they are so close to the amazing £2,000,000 target! Or maybe you want to take part too in the 5K run and then nominate 5 people you know to also get involved – so simple and such a fantastic cause.

Monday 13th April 2020: Get fit, stay fit.. with Joe Wicks

Keeping your body moving is an important aspect of staying fit and healthy and in these times of home confinement it matters more than ever. Physical trainer Joe Wicks now runs an at-home 30 minute PE class on his YouTube channel every weekday at 9am which is perfect for you and the kids!

Start the day with a workout to wake up the body and clear the mind. Everyone knows that after exercise we feel good and right now we need to all do what we can to keep our spirits up and our attitude positive. Check out his Good Friday workout below and then watch out every day for his new PE video – time to get fit and stay fit with Joe Wicks!

EASTER SUNDAY 12th April 2020: Crafty fun for all the family!

If you’ve got a bit of time of your hands this Easter (and who hasn’t!) why not check out these fun crafty Easter activities with your kids? Just click on the image below for some artistic Easter inspiration – HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!

Saturday 11 April 2020: COVID-19 is a threat to everyone

The current restrictions on movement and social distancing guidelines are making life tough for us all, some more than others. Our health service staff are working flat out to give sick people the care they desperately need in these unprecedented times. Please STAY AT HOME this weekend and help keep you and your family safe from infection.


GOOD FRIDAY 10th April 2020

EVERY THURSDAY: Let’s clap for our carers and key workers!

9th April 2020: The power of kindness

In these unexpected and challenging times, we are all being given the opportunity to help others, whether it be those who are vulnerable or isolated, or people less fortunate than ourselves and suffering as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Following the government’s plea for volunteers, the Royal Voluntary Service was inundated with applications, totalling over 750,000 willing and able bodies keen to give back to their communities. I don’t think anyone realised how massive the response would be and it shows just how much compassion and generosity resides in the human spirit.

Every day, social media feeds are full of inspiring and heartwarming stories of kindness in the community and we can now share one of our own about our dentist Dr Sheeren Patel and her family. Enthusiastically assisted by her children Krish and Josh, Sheeren spent the day cooking Chicken Pie and Mash in bulk for the elderly and vulnerable in her community and it looked simply delicious – what a fantastic family effort!

Smoking cessation advice

We all know that smoking is detrimental to our overall health but it is also particularly harmful to our teeth and gums. Besides the unsightly staining of the teeth caused by smoking, it also causes unpleasant breath and greatly increases the risk of you suffering from gum disease.

We have helped hundreds of people quit the habit and if you are looking to stop smoking, but are finding it difficult on your own, please read our smoking cessation guide by clicking on the image below.

8th April 2020: Eat well for healthy teeth!

As well as brushing your teething really well, what you eat and drink plays a big part in how healthy and happy your teeth and gums are. Even if you are careful to avoid obvious sugar-filled snacks, some of you might be surprised where the sugar is lurking! Find out more over on our feature Healthy Diet, Healthy Teeth and we also recommend you check out the Change4Life website which a great resource supporting families in making wise dietary and activity choices. Download the handy app here and be 1 step closer to a new healthier lifestyle for you and your family!

We also encourage you to check out The Eatwell Guide on the NHS website which is full of useful information about the different types of food that make up a healthy diet. In this guide you’ll discover more about the dangers of sugar and how it impacts on tooth health, as well as learning positive ways to reduce your daily sugar intake.


7th April 2020: Feel good stories from around the UK

In these difficult times our news feeds and daily conversations are dominated by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the good news stories often get overshadowed. In light of this, today we wanted to share with you some inspiring and positive stories from around the UK taken from a feature by journalist Harriet Barber:

  • The Cooper Gallery in Barnsley has turned its paintings into online jigsaws and is encouraging people to piece the daily puzzles together virtually. People across the globe have been taking part and it looks like other local museums are set to follow suit.
  • A national camp-out, which is taking part in people’s tents and campervans in their gardens, has raised more than £80,000 for the NHS. The man who started the fundraising face, Ian Alcorn, initially hoped to raise £100 – what an amazing initiative!
  • Villagers in Witheridge, north Devon, stood by their doors to sing ‘For he’s a jolly good fellow’ to celebrate their neighbour’s 100th birthday this weekend.
  • The world’s largest randomised clinical trial of potential coronavirus treatments is under way in the UK, with a “number of promising treatments” being tested. It’s hoped that the results could benefit hundreds of thousands of people globally.
  • There are some signs the lockdown is helping to slow the spread of coronavirus in the UK, according to Epidemiologist Professor Neil Ferguson.
  • The children of key workers at Wigan’s St John Fisher Catholic High School have been making face shields for the NHS using YouTube tutorials – their first batch of 100 were delivered to Wigan Hospital last week. The school has also donated their science goggles to the hospital.
  • A mountaineer called Charlie Wardle, 45, is “virtually” hiking 20 of Britain’s biggest peaks in 20 days using his stairs. He had planned to climb 20 mountains to raise money for charity before the lockdown and is sticking to his fundraising project by bringing the challenge indoors.
  • Penguin Random House UK is sending free books to some of the communities most affected by the crisis, including families on low incomes and older people facing isolation.

6th April 2020: The Queen’s Speech

Many of you will have watched the Queen addressing the nation last night on television, or listened to it on the radio, but in case you missed it, we’ve included it here in our daily update. In the heartfelt and moving speech, the Queen expressed deep gratitude to our frontline workers and reflected on the difficulties faced by families enduring separation from loved ones.

5th April 2020: Rainbows everywhere!

Something to brighten up your day and to recognise our deep appreciation for all the committed and courageous frontline health care staff. Thank you!

4th April 2020: Remember to clean between your teeth too!

Keeping teeth and gums healthy in the long-term is not just about good brushing technique; keeping the spaces between your teeth squeaky clean is also vitally important. For this job, we like to recommend interdental brushes which come in several different sizes (you may need a range of sizes to suit different teeth so that the brush is a snug fit in every gap) and are easily sourced from your local chemist, supermarket or even online.

To use your interdental brush effectively you need to guide it in between teeth just at the gum line and use a gentle brushing movement for 4/5 scrubs. Make sure you carefully rinse each brush after use and use only for the recommended 3-4 days, at which point they should be replaced.

Interdental brushes help to remove food debris and plaque from between the teeth and are a proven effective way to deal with plaque-forming bacteria, outperforming dental floss. So if you haven’t already got some in your cupboard, it’s time to stock up on your interdental brushes and optimise your teeth cleaning routine!


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3rd April 2020: Home tips for dental problems

At this time, more than ever, good teeth cleaning and oral hygiene is vital to maintain healthy teeth and gums. However, if you do experience certain symptoms or discomfort relating to your teeth or gums, we would like to share with you some expert advice regarding effective home solutions.

You will also see guidance on when, if at all, you should contact your dental practice for clinical advice and possible treatment.

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2nd April 2020: NHS staff feeling the LOVE!

Staff at Houghton Regis Dental got a lovely surprise this morning when they opened up. Some kind person had created and left this beautiful gift on the practice door handle to show their appreciation of the NHS and all its staff at this incredibly challenging time. Thank you to whoever it was who made this kind and thoughtful gesture – we really appreciate this show of support for NHS staff throughout the UK.

1st April 2020: Time to make brushing FUN!

If you’re struggling to get your kids brushing their teeth with the necessary enthusiasm, maybe it’s time to inject a bit of fun into their bathroom routines! Listening to the ‘I Love Brushing My Teeth’ song whilst cleaning their pearly whites might just do the trick and you can also download an app to help them keep their teeth and gums in tip top shape whilst a dentist visit isn’t on the cards. To listen to the song, just click on the image below and turn up the volume!

31st March 2020: Are you showing your teeth enough love?

In the weeks ahead we know it’s going to be more important than ever for you and your families to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible. So get the kids involved too and see how well you all do in our Oral Hygiene Quiz. We’ve also included some additional top tips for maintaining great oral hygiene and links to NHS features full of expert oral health advice. Now just click on the image below and get ready to take the quiz!

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30th March 2020: Helping you stay heart healthy..

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29th March 2020: Keeping the kids entertained..

With the children at home all the time are you running out of inspiration for keeping them entertained? We thought you might like to check out which has a fantastic selection of audio books to suit kids of all ages! Click on the image below to visit their website and see the full collection of children’s favourite audio books.

28th March 2020: Look after your teeth!

Keeping your teeth and gums healthy in these times of isolation and uncertainty might be more of a challenge than normal, but follow our expert tips and fingers crossed you’ll come out of the other side with healthy and happy teeth!

Even under normal circumstances, toothbrushes are prone to accumulating bacteria and if you are ill it’s very important to keep your toothbrush separate from those of other household members. Droplets that spread coronavirus are present in saliva, so if you, or anyone at home, has symptoms of COVID-19 make sure the toothbrush is kept isolated and replaced once the person returns to good health.

Remember to brush 2x day with a fluoride toothpaste, directing the brush at a 45 degree angle towards the gum margin and remember to not apply too much pressure or try to ‘scrub’ your teeth clean! With manual brushes use small gentle movements and with an electric brush just hold on each tooth and let the brush to do the work. When you finish brushing, spit out the excess toothpaste but don’t bother rinsing; the residue of fluoride toothpaste will further help to protect the teeth.

If your routine check-up or hygiene appointment has been postponed due to the current coronavirus crisis, please make sure you reschedule as soon as possible so we can work with you to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy.


27th March 2020: Showing the NHS some love!

26th March 2020: Dental problems – home treatment..

In the coming weeks it will become increasingly difficult to see your dentist for treatment unless it is a dental emergency so we have compiled some helpful tips for managing toothache and other dental problems at home.

Simply click on the image below to download a Word document with instructions on how best to alleviate pain due to different oral health issues and when to know that it’s time to call the practice or NHS 111 for expert guidance.

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25th March 2020: Message from the Government..

Every day we are being reminded of the importance to adhering to the government directive of staying home as much as possible and always maintaining social distancing on the occasions when we have to go outside. Hand hygiene is one of the key ways to prevent the spread of infection and we remind you about sanitising your hands before you leave your home and when you return. Take extra care when coming into contact with materials outside the home and avoid touching your face.

Please watch the video below with a vital message from the Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty about what steps to take should you begin to show symptoms of COVID-19.

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23rd March 2020: Managing appointments..

Every day we receive updates from the government and we are committed to responding in this escalating crisis as quickly and effectively as possible to keep our patients as well-informed as possible. Guidelines may change on a daily basis and we ask you to keep checking our website updates so you will be aware of developments which may affect the dental services we can provide.

If you wish to speak to a member of staff about a forthcoming appointment, please call our friendly reception team and we can answer any questions or concerns you may have. Furthermore, in line with the new government recommendations, we are currently requesting that patients comply with the following guidelines.

Please do not attend your appointment if any of the following conditions or symptoms apply to you:

  • You have come back from travelling abroad in the last 14 days
  • You have been in contact with anyone who has returned from abroad in the last 14 days
  • You have a persistent cough or high temperature
  • You have been in close proximity of someone with these symptoms

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21st March 2020: Protect yourself, protect others..

With the escalation of the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak we are all living in unprecedented times of uncertainty and anxiety and we would like to reassure our patients that we are committed to continuing to deliver necessary clinical services at both Harpenden Smiles Dental Studio and Hertfordshire Centre for Dentistry. Our dedicated and efficient teams are working harder than ever to maintain clean and hygienic practice environments in order to safeguard the health of both staff and patients.

In light of government guidelines we request that dental appointments are made via email or over the phone rather than in person at the practices. If you or any of your family are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 or have recently returned from a high risk country, or been in contact with someone who has, please refrain from attending dental appointments. We are also advising patients over 70, those with underlying health issues and pregnant women not to attend dental appointments unless it is for urgent treatment because of associated higher risks.

If you are self-isolating please refer to the NHS for guidance by clicking here and should you experience a dental emergency please contact NHS 111. Please check in again for regular updates as we report on developments which may affect our business and the services we provide. We advise everyone to review the video below which underlines the importance of hand hygiene in this growing crisis.

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