Implementing and maintaining a sterile field in the work place
In the Dental practice setting up and maintaining a sterile field is apparent for both patient care and treatment success.
We always aim to stay on top of changes to the guidelines and within the industry.
On Friday Paige, Dr Ana and Carol participated in a Surgical Draping course. Thank you to Cathy Schafer from C & L Dental Education Consultants for such an informative and hands on presentation.
Daffodil Day, Jeans for Jeans day and Red Nose Day
The team have had a busy few months raising much needed funds and awareness for charity.
We think that they looked funny in red noses, pretty in jeans and mellow in yellow!
Such a great effort was put in by all and we would like to thank all of our Patients for their support.
Have your teeth done now, pay later!
Did you hear? We have teamed up with Zip Pay to offer this wonderful service to our Patients.
Eligibility, the person who is taking out the finance plan must meet the following criteria:
Over the age of 18
Australian Citizen or Permanent resident
Have a valid Australian mobile phone number and email address
Have a bank account/ debit card for regular payments
Have a verified Facebook, PayPal or LinkedIn account in your own name.
If you wish to use the payment plan option please advise the Dentist at your next visit or call the surgery on (02) 4936 2011 to discuss booking an appointment using the service.
NOTE - Please apply for your Zip Pay account PRIOR to your appointment, via the Zip website;
*Up to the value of $1,000.00
Smiles all round at Team Building night
The team had a wonderful night out at Pulse climbing in Newcastle.
We all learned new skills and were put out of our comfort zone in terms of height and control.
Our communication was put to the test when we were given goggles and eye wear that was blacked out. (meaning we could not see)
If you are looking of a fun day out or some where to take the family on a rainy day, we would defiantly recommend Pulse Rock climbing for all ages.
Check out their web site for session times and pricing: https://pulseclimbing.com.au/newcastle/
Mouthguards can protect you from some serious sporting injuries, such as broken jaws, fractured, cracked or knocked-out teeth, cut lips and tongues. You can play any sport with a mouthguard, you don’t just have to be playing obvious contact sports like rugby union, rugby league, AFL, hockey, etc to sustain those kinds of injuries. Even non-contact sports like cricket, basketball and even netball, carry a real risk of accidental collision, resulting in dental trauma.
If you have braces it is highly recommended to wear a mouthguard to avoid grazes or serious injuries to the lip, cheek and tongue.
Our staff have recently completed a training course – Modern Mouthguards presented by Dr Brett Dorney. This hands on practical course will ensure that your mouthguard is made with special moulding techniques to minimise impact.
About Dr Dorney;
Dr Dorney has been awarded fellowships from The Academy for Sports Dentistry, the International College of Dentists and the Academy of Dentistry International and has also been lecturing for 20 years in Australia and overseas on Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Dental Injuries.
"Fangs at the Nostalgia Festival"
The team had yet again a wonderful time at the 2018 Nostalgia Festival interacting with the Kurri Kurri community.
They were busy handing out Free Oral Health show bags and managed to seek in some time with our cute,fluffy and scaly friends from The Hunter Valley Zoo
A big thank you to every one who stopped to say hi and we look forward to seeing your "Fangs" at your next Dental Appointment or at the 2019 festival.
At The Happy Tooth we like to stay up to date and informed of the latest infection control guidelines. A big thank you to Cathy and Lyn from C & L Dental Education Consultants for proving training to our team!
Have you got a Mouthguard?
Mouthgurads will be Health Fund ONLY (meaning no out of pocket expense) or a fixed price for the period of 1/2/18 - 31/3/18.
To avoid disappointment, be sure to book an appointment on (02)49362011 during this period!
*For fixed price, please contact the surgery on (02)49362011
Escaped out into Newcastle
The Happy Tooth Kurri celebrated our staff Christmas party at the Newcastle Escape rooms and Merewether Surf House on the weekend!
The team attempted to escape from the escape rooms without success and had a relaxing dinner watching the waves of the ocean at Merewether.
Thank you to all our wonderful staff and Patients for a wonderful year.
A gift for young Matilda
Each year the team help bring a little extra Christmas Cheer to town by the purchase of a gift.
This year The Happy Tooth made Matilda feel very special, with a pair of new shoes for her to wear and love.
We hope that they will make this Christmas a memorable one for all.
Medical emergencies in the Dental practice is something we all wish to be prepared for.
Every year Cynergex Group come out to The Happy Tooth and provides Medical Emergency training.
This ensures that all of our Dentists and support staff are up to date and prepared for any Medical Emergency that may arise.
Megan wins prestigious award
On Saturday 16th of September 2017, the team attended the 2017 The Dental Assistants' Professional Association conference, held at the International Convention Centre Sydney - ICC Sydney.
Megan was nominated for The Vern-Barnett Award for Excellence in Dental Assisting by Dr David Ward and was crowned the winner by a selection of Dentists, Mrs Vern-Barnett and industry peers from the Dental Assistants Professional Association.
What does the award stand for?
Nominations had to meet a selection criteria;
Influence a student
Volunteered to help the underserved
Organised continuing education courses
Developed procedures to improve the workplace
Be an exceptional mentor for staff or made your workplace a better environment in which to operate
We would like to congratulate Megan on her achievements.
The inaugural Towns of Murals Art Show attracted more than 200 entries
The Town of Murals Art Show was officially open on Saturday 9th of September 2017.
With over 200 high quality entries, the judges sure had a tough job picking the winners.
We would like to extend our congratulations to all the entries.
Category winners were:
Traditional – Wednesday’s Child by Susanne Gorring
Contemporary – Exotic by Rene Brager
Aboriginal – Sunrise by Vicki Purvis
Watercolour – In the Rain by Yvonne Barnett
Miniature – House by the River by Gaye Shield
Still Life or Flowers – From my Garden by Eugenia Dunlevie
Senior Youth – first prize, Ariel Dreaming by Abby Ussher; second, Green Tree Frog by Matilda Brown; third, Wandering Girl by Ebony Cannon.
Youth – Japanese Dragon by Ryan Lewis
Junior Youth (joint winners) – Home by Mekari Trevor Pattern; Spiderman by Chantelle Gray; The Past and the New by Luca Heibel
The Happy Tooth look forward to being proud sponsors of the 2018 Town of Murals Art Show.
As the 2017 Sporting season draws to an end.........
We would like to congratulate all our "Happy Teams" on an outstanding effort, on an off the field.
Kurri Kurri Bulldogs RLFC - Women's League
Kurri Kurri Bulldogs RLFC
Kurri Kurri Women's Football Club
Kurri Kurri Jnr Girls Netball - Maitland
Wishing you all the best for the finals..... go Happy Tooth!
On Friday 21/7/17 we celebrated and raise awareness for The Pyjama Foundation.
The team donated a whopping $130.00 for the organisation.
We have had so much fun wearing our Pj's to work and enjoyed hearing all our Patients excitement as they arrived for their appointments.
If you wish to make a donation, you can do so via The Pyjama Foundations website; http://www.thepyjamafoundation.com/
Naidoc celebrations were held in the Kuri Kurri Rotary Park on July 4th 2017.
Megan and Amie attended along with a bunch of goodies from The Happy Tooth.
Many fun times were had playing "Happy Tooth - Sad Tooth", Floss like a boss and Brush the bacteria.
We hope that everyone enjoyed their Happy Tooth Festival Show bag and we cant wait to see you all again for the 2018 celebrations.
The 2017 Kurri Kurri Nostalgai Festival was a huge success!
The Happy Tooth team attended the festivities inside the Kurri Kurri Public School on Sunday 26th of March.
Dr David Ward would like to thank the Hunter Valley Zoo for providing a wide array of friendly animals in the petting zoo.
Looking forward to seeing you there in 2018.
Tayla and Megan headed off on a life changing experience to Nepal. They worked with Project Yeti as Dental Aid for two weeks at the Kopan Monastery.
During their time at the Monastery; the girls got to experience the Buddhist religion, strict routine for the Monks and the Monastic lifestyle. The girls are very thankful to all the Patients at The Happy Tooth, the Kurri local community/business and Dr David Ward, that made generous donations to help get them there.
“Real happiness in life starts when you begin to cherish others.”
About Project Yeti
The Project was founded in 2012 by Dr George Manos and his wife Helen. Dr Manos and Helen aimed to provide dental care and oral health education in Kathmandu. The clinic is within the Kopan Monastery which is near Boudhanath, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal.
Want to help? Dental Operators and trained support staff are highly sort after.
If you wish to volunteer with Project Yeti, please refer to their web site; http://www.projectyeti.org/volunteering