I was about eleven years old when sweets became unrationed and freely available. Suddenly, and for a few pence, my young generation could indulge at will crunching on sherbet lemons, aniseed balls and toffee. There were two varieties of orange squash: Kiaora and Suncrush. We had to have them - all of them. Brush your teeth! Toothpaste was a flat tin of Gibb's dentifreece. A pink solid in which you dipped your brush. Used by the whole family, and swimming with water it was not a convincing advertisement for dental hygiene.
You can guess what happened next. Suddenly, or so it seemed, there was decay and toothache. Going to the dentist became a very unpleasant experience.
Why? Well it hurt, that's why! No numbing injections and the drill was operated by foot power. When it ran out of r.p.m the drill would stick in the patient's tooth. It was my first introduction to pain.
As the years went by so the machinery improved but my dread and fear were ingrained. Local anaesthetic improved the experience and I joined the RAF where dentists expected you to be fit dentally. If not, then drill and fill became obligatory. The better dentists left after a few years having taken time to gain better qualifications and hence a more rewarding career.
I came back from the Falkland Islands in 1991. The dentist at RAF Mount Pleasant (no pun I assure you), bless her, had filled a tooth which started to ache about 4000 miles from home. While on leave my Mother suggested a visit to her dentist, Peter, who said very politely he would not have been proud to do 'that filling.' He was good; I trusted him; we became friends. Last appointment in the day and then across the road to the pub for a beer and a chat. I decided I wanted no more dental treatment from the RAF. I would pay for it. The military was furious.
Years later, Peter retired. I spent a lot of time searching for a similar replacement practice but somehow the one I thought might be most suitable for me was either too busy, too formal or too far to travel. And then I discovered Buckden Dental clinic.
And here have I stayed. From my first appointment to date, Georgina and her staff put me at ease. To begin with they carried out a few essential tasks and put right a few potential problems. DENPLAN clearly works for them as it does for me. If I have a problem I know I will be treated as soon as possible .
Do I look forward to the next visit? Well in a way yes. You see, it's the caring approach, the feeling I am the only patient they have. Keep going Georgina, you have a lovely team. Well done and thank you.