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  1. Lets beat cancer

    March 14, 2016 by acoadmi1

    My name is Victoria and I’ve been working at Acomb dental care on and off for the last 22 years, as a dental nurse. While I have been working with Lynda and the team, I have been married, and had 4 children – all boys! Thomas is the eldest, now 19 years old, followed by Harry (18), Sam (15) and Oliver (12). Two years ago, when Tom was 16, we had the devastating news that he had been diagnosed with a rare and aggressive teenage cancer. Nothing can prepare you for it, but when it comes and you have got over the initial shock, you just have to get on with dealing with it, and that is exactly what we did. Tom was extremely courageous throughout. He had to go through numerous surgeries, and a very aggressive regime of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, which involved a lot of time as an inpatient in Leeds general infirmary on the teenage cancer unit.

    Someone gave us some very good advice when Tom was first diagnosed, he said ‘don’t even take it one day at a time, take it one second at a time’, and really that was the only way we could cope. Anyway, we did get through all Tom’s treatment, he did really well, and after a year of chemotherapy, he finally had his last treatment. He had to go every 3 months last year for m.r.i scans and chest X-rays, and we’ve just started going every 4 months for 2 years, and then it will be every 6 months for the last 2 years, and if we get through all that, the doctors say his cancer shouldn’t come back.
    While Tom was going through all his treatment, the Candlelighter’s charity, based in Leeds, were a lifeline. They do so much to make the lives of the children and teenagers suffering from and being treated for cancer, a little easier. From bringing platefuls of tempting goodies around to every child, every day just to try and tempt them to eat, to paying for families of children on treatment to have a holiday. They organise evenings at the cinema, days out at sporting events and so much more. They help families financially too. When your child is that ill, quite often one parent will have to give up work to be with their child, and the financial burden can be huge.

    We have already had a couple of fundraising events for Candlelighter’s, but this time Thomas and his dad have decided to jump out of an aeroplane at 15000 feet, to try and raise some money for Candlelighter’s, and give something back. They are doing their skydive on the 26th March, and both have ‘Just giving’ pages. If you would like to help them raise money for this fantastic local charity, then please donate to Tom Dibbs’ Just giving page
    Every penny raised will help to make life a little easier for a child suffering from cancer.
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    Tom, his dad and little brother Oliver, about to go up in a light aircraft, on a family fun day organised by Candlelighter’s.

  2. How plaque causes gum disease

    February 2, 2016 by acoadmi1

    As patients you are told it is essential to brush your teeth and undertake interdental cleaning daily to remove plaque. But what is plaque and how does it affect your mouth and gums? Plaque is soft deposits that adhere to the teeth and other hard structures within the mouth- it contains multiple components such as saliva, gingival fluid, as well as bacteria and their products. It is this bacterium within the plaque that causes inflammation of the gums as well as bad breath. The bacteria within the plaque releases toxins that attack the gums tissues directly which causes bleeding, redness and the gums to become sore this is the first stage of gum diseases called gingivitis. If this continues the response of your immune system becomes exaggerated towards the bacteria gradually braking down tissues related to the area of inflammation causing the further stages of gum disease ‘ periodontitis’ . This is why removing the plaque from your teeth and from around the gum margins should be a part of your daily hygiene routine as well as visiting your hygienist when recommended by your dentist!

  3. Should you visit the dentist with a cold sore?

    January 21, 2016 by acoadmi1

    Should you visit the dentist with a cold sore?

    The facts and symptoms

    Cold sores are small blisters that develop either on the lips or around the mouth. They are caused by the herpes simplex virus.

    A Cold sore normally starts with a tingling or itching sensation around your mouth.  Small fluid-filled sores then begin to appear, most commonly on the edges of your lower lip.

    People can get a cold sore when they are generally run down ,or ill with cold/flu.  Also sunlight  can often bring on an outbreak of cold sores.

    They are extremely contagious and can easily be passed to other people by close contact so remember to avoid  KISSING!

    A cold sore is most infectious when it is blistering. I know it’s easier said than done, but you must try to avoid touching cold sores, or attempting to squeeze them as you can pass the virus on. If you happen to touch the affected area you must wash your hands thoroughly  with soap and water .  Cold sores usually clear up by themselves in about 7-14 days, fortunately  there are  Antiviral creams, such as aciclovir that you can get from a Pharmacist which can ease the pain and help the sores heal more quickly.

    Our Advice to you

    At Acomb Dental Care Centre we recommend that you wait until your cold sore has completely healed before attending an appointment. Not only because of the high risk of spreading the virus but also because your lips may feel sore and could crack or bleed during treatment.

    So if you do get a cold sore and you have an appointment arranged, please give us a call with as much notice as possible, and we can reschedule your appointment.

  4. Never too Old for Anything – A Halloween Tree House Adventure!!

    December 16, 2015 by acoadmi1

    Once upon a time there was a dental nurse and a hygienist who were extremely determined never to grow up. Fun was their middle name. Any patients ever attending for a visit to see us will know that if we don’t manage to make you laugh at some point during your visit, it is a rare occurrence.

    At 52 years of age I chuckled to my self lots of times at the idea of staying in a real tree house for my birthday treat. It was a very different present and the whole thing took me back to being a child again. What made it a bit spooky and even more fun was it was to take place on Halloween!!

    We both packed Halloween masks and a mobile cocktail bar with a set of multi coloured test tubes to drink from! The tree house was in a lovely big garden in “Studley Roger” a stunning place to visit.

    The eve of Halloween was really foggy and we decided to go for a little walk. We walked into the beautiful deer park and as it started to get dark we trudged up the little local high street that was decorated with lots a jack o lanterns that glowed a bright orange through the fog. We got really muddy on our walk and very hungry so we went to a quaint Italian restaurant for a bite to eat. As we sat at our table we looked down at our wellies—we quickly hid them under the table. we were very careful that we didn’t dirty anything! The food was yummy and we even had a cheeky pudding! We made our way back for a cocktail or two at the tree house and put on our halloween masks for fun. We chuckled to our selves because just as we had taken them off the owner appeared and they might have thought we were a bit bonkers and very childish indeed! Eventually it was time for sleep and we climbed the steep steps and got all cosy and warm—within minutes we were both out likes lights. We didn’t hear the owls hoot or the bats flap it was wonderfully peaceful and in the morning we woke up to stunning sunshine and all the lovely autumn colours.

    It was a birthday treat to remember and a memory for the rocking chair when we are both to old to make the stairs!

  5. Victoria’s Christmas Blog

    December 3, 2015 by acoadmi1

    Christmas is a hugely busy time for most mums and for me being a mum of four boys, there isn’t much time to relax in the run up to the big day!

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    My Christmas preparations start quite early, I love decorating my home for Christmas, but I like to put my decorations up on nice, clean, newly painted walls, so I usually spend time in October, giving my living room and dining room a fresh lick of paint. Around the middle of November, I start a whole house deep clean, including washing woodwork, walls and light fittings. Pictures are taken down and cleaned and polished, my old leaded windows are thoroughly cleaned inside and out and my wooden furniture and fireplaces are polished with beeswax, and buffed to a shine.

    Around the end of November, we go and choose our fresh Christmas tree. Over the years, I have built up a collection of many vintage Christmas decorations, and I take great care of them so that they stay in good condition.

    It takes almost a whole day for me to decorate my tree, and usually another day to put up the rest of the decorations. The boys have their own tree to decorate, and theirs is full of all the decorations they made at toddlers, nursery and primary school, lots of happy memories!

    I love Christmas carols and songs, and I enjoy playing my Nat King Cole Christmas album, or John Rutter carols, while I’m putting up the decorations. It is hard work, but I love it, and I like to be allowed to do it by myself. A small glass or two of baileys and one or two Christmas tree chocolates are my little reward!

    All too soon, the festivities are over, and all my lovely old decorations are taken down, polished, wrapped in bubble wrap and carefully put away. I actually say goodbye to them and thank them for being beautiful and tell them I’ll see them next Christmas! (I’m not mad, honest!!)
    I wonder if there are many other mums out there who go to as much trouble as I do for Christmas? I haven’t met one yet!

  6. A bright future for our practice

    November 23, 2015 by acoadmi1

    I am thrilled and proud to announce that during the past few months the next exciting step in the journey of Acomb Dental Care has finally been taken.

    The Dental Practice that I have been so fortunate to have led for the past 19 years is now part of Portman Healthcare, a privately owned, family-run group with a proven track record of running around 30 high-quality dental practices across the UK.

    So why the decision to join forces with Portman?

    Well I can tell you that the decision to hand over the reins of my business has not been made lightly. However, I am certain that in order for us to continue to grow and deliver an excellent service, it makes good sense to team up with other like-minded practices who share the same high values and standards in dentistry as ourselves.

    Choosing the best people to work with has been of paramount importance to me. It has taken time to find the right match, but after much research and deliberation, I am very confident that Portman is the perfect fit for myself, my team and, most importantly, for our patients. Crucially, Portman encourage us to keep our own identity. Going forward we will remain very much the ‘Acomb Dental Care’ that our patients know us for and are comfortable with.

    Without the stresses and strains of running the business, I am looking forward to many more happy years at Acomb Dental Care doing the job that love and working with the fantastic people that are such a big part of my life.

    I have to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has supported me in taking one of the biggest decisions in my business career to date. To my wonderful family who have kept my life in perspective, and to the amazing, loyal team of people that I am blessed with at Acomb Dental Care who have shown such a positive attitude to change and strong belief in the big future ahead for us.

    A huge thank you is also due to the whole team at Portman who have been hugely helpful throughout this process and who have listened to and co-operated with us every step of the way. They continue to make us feel very welcome as we integrate into the group. It really does feel like we have become part of a family.

    Last but not least, my thanks must go to all of our patients who continue to support the practice and place their trust in us. Rest assured that we will still be here to continue to look after you with the same personal, caring service as ever.

    Lynda Allman

  7. Oral Cancer Screening at Acomb Dental Care

    November 16, 2015 by acoadmi1

    Early detection is the key!

    Throughout November its Mouth Cancer Action Month, we are so proud to support this campaign by aiming to raise awareness of mouth cancer. You may see us taking #bluelipselfies to help promote and deliver the message to everyone.

    Who can be affected by mouth cancer?

    Anyone can be affected by mouth cancer, even those who have no teeth. Although people over 40 are more at risk and it is twice as common in men than women! However new research has shown that mouth cancer is becoming increasingly more common in younger patients.
    Latest figures show that in 2011, there were 6,767 people diagnosed with mouth cancer in the UK
    That’s 18 people every day – one person diagnosed every 77 minutes!

    Risk Factors

    Those who smoke and drink to excess put themselves at risk by up to 30 times
    More than half of cases in the UK are linked to a poor diet

    Oral Cancer Screening

    As part of our Oral Health Assessments your dentist will always carry out oral cancer screening checks of the soft tissues, please remember to mention any changes or concerns you may have.

    If in doubt get it checked out!

    If you notice any changes in your mouth that you feel are not normal for you, then please give us a ring and we can make you an appointment to see one of our Dentists ASAP.
    Symptoms can be an ulcer or sore that does not heal within a few weeks, but can be any persistent pain or discomfort in the mouth region.

    The earlier oral cancer is diagnosed, the better the chance of recovery. That is why it is extremely important to see your dentist regularly for Oral Health Assessments to increase the chances of early detection.

    More information and advice can be found on the Mouth Cancer Foundation Website here:

    Why not join in with the Mouth Cancer awareness month’s activities and send us your #bluelipselfie to

  8. Meet Karima

    July 28, 2015 by acoadmi1

    Karima TCO

    What is your role at ADP?

    I’m a Treatment Co-ordinator at ADP. I’m here to welcome our patients to the practice and to ensure they have the best possible experience in our care. Whatever our patients needs and personal dental health goals are I’m here to support them every step of the wayy. I have the pleasure of spending time with our patients to discuss treatments options and answering any questions that they may have along the way. I am also able to explain our various payment options too.

    What do you enjoy the most about your job?

    Making people Smile!
    I love getting to know our patients and helping those with phobias overcome their fears. It’s amazing to be a part of the life changing transformations that take place when someone has a smile makeover and achieves a healthy confident smile mouth they can be proud of.

    When you’re not at work, what do you love to do?

    Socialising with family and friends. I’m a lady who likes to lunch!

    So, Karima, if you didn’t work in Dentistry what would you do?

    I’d love to be a property developer.

    My guilty pleasure is… Amaretto and Bailey shots 😉

    What are your plans for 2015? I’ve booked a couple of weekend trips away over the summer including a Spa break and I’m going to York Races very soon!

  9. meet debbie

    July 14, 2015 by acoadmi1


    What is your role at Acomb Dental Care?
    Business & Accounts Manager

    What do you love the most about your job?
    Getting stuff done, by managing routine work and deadlines with the unexpected and reactive surprises that each day brings – it’s never a dull moment supporting the clinical staff.

    What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
    Go running; gardening & drinking wine

    If you didn’t work at Acomb Dental Care, what other job would you like to do?
    I would like to be a CSI preferably in Miami!

    What is your guilty pleasure?
    Skin care products, because I’m worth it

    What are you plans for 2015?
    Making my garden pond wildlife friendly and spend lots of time with my husband

  10. meet mo

    June 30, 2015 by acoadmi1


    What is your role at Acomb Dental Care?
    I’m the Practice Manager and take care of the day to day running of the practice, with the help of a great team.

    What do you love the most about your job?
    The diversity of my role, I can be at meetings one day discussing budgets and marketing, repairing equipment with my screwdriver the next, ( if I can’t fix it then I know a man who can) or even working on reception to meet and greet our patients.

    What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
    I love being outdoors, in the garden, down at my allotment or just walking. I also love reading especially murder mysteries set somewhere in the past

    If you didn’t work at Acomb Dental Care, what other job would you like to do?
    An archaeologist, I love history and love the idea of finding something that was held by somebody hundreds of years ago.

    What is your guilty pleasure?
    Red wine

    What are you plans for 2015?
    Holidays with my young grandchildren in August, then taking the rest of the year to recover from that holiday.