MANY people, young and old, are scared of visiting the dentist. But one Hucknall practice held an open day to ‘drill’ home the message that there is no need to be afraid of getting your teeth checked.
Oasis Dental Care, based on Portland Road, opened up its base for a fun day to help people overcome their fear, but also to raise money for Breast Cancer Care with a strawberry tea event.
“Three of our staff have had relatives affected by breast cancer in some way, so we wanted to get involved in the cause,” said practice manager, Vicki Wallis. “We thought it would be a good idea to combine the fundraising with a dental-awareness event so we contacted the NHS oral health department for help.”
Staff member Alexa Ryan dressed up as a Mighty Molar with Sarah Johnson transforming into the Tooth Fairy to attract passers-by into the practice.
Vicki added: “Once inside, visitors could have a cake in exchange for a donation as well as play dental health-based games and activities.
“We were also giving toothpaste samples away as well as staff being available to answer people’s queries and concerns about their teeth or worries about visiting the dentist.
“It was a great day and a way of connecting with the community,” added Vicki. “Everybody who visited us thought it was a good idea and we will definitely be doing it again in the future.
“We also managed to raise £123 for Breast Cancer Care, so it was definitely worthwhile.”
n OUR PHOTO shows patient Phoebe Corner being told she can eat cake as long as she brushes her teeth. Also pictured are dental nurse Sarah Johnson and Alexa Ryan, who dressed as a giant tooth on the day — DISPIC NHUD12-2140-1