Hello from Rachel, our new Associate Dentist

By Celia Burns on 13th March 2015

I thought it was about time I properly introduced myself. I’m Rachel Wood and I am the new associate dentist at NBTT. I am really enjoying the warm welcome I have received from both staff and patients.

My aim is to help you keep and maintain a healthy mouth for as long as possible. This really does start with a decent electric toothbrush and a healthy approach to your diet.  Implementing a few small changes to your daily routine can really make a big difference to the health of your mouth.  My nurses complain that I sound like a broken record, but electric toothbrushes truly are a wonderful invention!! Once your mouth is in a healthy condition, your regular healthy mouth assessments and tailored hygienist visits will help to maintain the long term health of your mouth and smile.

Professionally I have a number of interests. I have completed post graduate training in cosmetic dentistry – these days we have many new techniques which can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile whilst preserving the natural integrity of your teeth. Tooth whitening is the simplest form of this and is very safe and effective. Tooth coloured filling materials have also come a long way in the last ten years and we have a wider choice than ever of colours and textures which can help us give you the most natural looking fillings possible if required. There is also new technology which has improved the appearance of crowns and bridges, ensuring that if they are needed they can be made as natural looking as possible.

My other interest is facial aesthetics which I have been practising since 2010. I provide anti-wrinkle treatments, which can last six months, and lip enhancement which adds shape and contour to lips in order to make them appear fuller and more balanced.

I appreciate that many patients, especially those who are frightened of dental treatment, have kept away from the dentist for many years. If you are one those patients you are not alone; dental phobia is more common than a phobia of spiders! However, at NBTT I will give you the time to understand your fears and show you techniques to give you control over your treatment in order to allow you to regain your confidence and trust in dentistry.

I am currently working on Mondays, but starting in April I will also be able to offer Friday appointments. This will also allow you to see both myself and Amy Todd, our wonderful dental therapist, on the same day if required. We appreciate how busy people’s lives are today and we hope this convenience will prove helpful. I am really excited at the prospect of meeting more of you over time, as well as welcoming new patients. See you soon!

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About the Author

Celia Burns - Principal Dentist & Clinical Director

My first love isn’t teeth; it’s people. That’s why I love being a dentist. It’s the best feeling in the world to be able to help an anxious patient, who has possibly avoided going to the dentist for many years, build their trust in me, and I get a real thrill from helping someone achieve the confidence in their smile that they want.

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