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Getting to know: Zoe Sutton

2017 August 3
by Ashley


Our Getting to Know series aims to give an insight into the great team here at Darren Bywater Dental Care. In our third edition, we spoke to Receptionist/Specialist Treatment Co-ordinator, Zoe Sutton, about her role at the practice and what she gets up to in her spare time…

What is your role at Darren Bywater Dental Care?

My role here at Darren Bywater Dental Care is Receptionist/Specialist Treatment Co-ordinator.

What attracted you to join the practice and why?

I was previously with Darren at his old practice and moved over to join this exciting growing practice.

Since joining the team, what is your proudest achievement?

My greatest achievement is gaining my customer service qualification.

Do you have any unusual hobbies, passions or talents?

I can play a church organ and also I am a keen home brewer. I am also a steam train enthusiast. I enjoy watching motorbike racing, especially road racing.

If you could visit any location, where would it be and why?

I would love to visit San Fransisco and Philadelphia to sample the craft beer scene and of course ride the trams.

What are three things you would struggle to live without?

My husband who is my rock, my books and my walking boots.

What is your best dental tip?

Keep flossing!

Getting to know: Melanie Redfern

2017 June 15
by Ashley


Our Getting to Know series aims to give an insight into the great team here at Darren Bywater Dental Care. In our second edition, we spoke to Deputy Practice Manager, Melanie Redfern, about her role at the practice and what she gets up to in her spare time…

What is your role at Darren Bywater Dental Care?

My role here at Darren Bywater Dental Care is Deputy Practice Manager.

What attracted you to join the practice and why?

I joined the practice because I wanted the opportunity to further my career and the state-of-the-art practice is a beautiful environment to be in!

Since joining the team, what is your proudest achievement?

Since working here I think my proudest achievement is being able to get to grips with the efficient running of a dental practice and leading the amazing team we have.

Do you have any unusual hobbies, passions or talents?

I wouldn’t say I have any particularly unusual hobbies, however, my ambition for when I retire is to run my own successful B&B in Cornwall.

If you could visit any location, where would it be and why?

Definitely Australia, there is so much you can do there and I would love to meet a Koala Bear!

What are three things you would struggle to live without?

The things I wouldn’t be able to live without would have to be my hairdresser, cuddles off my boys and of course my dog!

What is your best dental tip?

Always remember to clean your teeth!

Getting to know: Carly Roguszka

2017 May 24
by Ashley


Our Getting to Know series aims to give an insight into the great team here at Darren Bywater Dental Care. In our first edition, we spoke to Dental Technician, Carly Roguszka, about her role at the practice and what she gets up to in her spare time…

What is your role at Darren Bywater Dental Care?

I’m a Dental Technician and I work closely with patients requiring dentures treatments.

What attracted you to join the practice and why?

Darren offers excellent training opportunities and it is a beautiful practice with up-to-date equipment.

Since joining the team, what is your proudest achievement?

My proudest achievements are every time I see dentures that I have made fitted into a patient’s mouth – seeing them so happy with the treatment and how the new teeth we have made have changed their life.

Do you have any unusual hobbies, passions or talents?

I love archery, rifle shooting and clay pigeon shooting. I would be an ace contestant for the zombie apocalypse!

If you could visit any location, where would it be and why?

I would tour around all of the UFO sighting locations in the US in my VW camper van! I think it would be fascinating and the journey would be as fun as the destinations!

What are three things you would struggle to live without?

I think mine would be: my two dogs: Buster and Daryl, cheese (of any variety) and Game of Thrones!

What is your best dental tip?

Brush your teeth!

Premium Dentures with Carly Roguszka

2017 April 3
by Ashley

Darren Bywater Dental Care offers a denture service to suit you, with every effort made to make your experience as comfortable as possible. With support from our practice specialist technician, Carly Roguszka, we can guarantee our treatment will leave you with a full, confident smile.

When you hear the word ‘dentures’ you’d be forgiven for your immediate thoughts to be ‘uncomfortable’, ‘awkward’ or ‘impractical’. However, at Darren Bywater Dental Care, we are focussed on actively countering the negative view of dentures, by using products of the highest quality, combined with premium service and care to offer our patients the best possible treatment.

We aim to offer our patients a great amount of choice in their treatment, with two distinct options to resolve issues of missing teeth; these are either standard dentures, or implant retained dentures. Regardless of which treatment you choose, the final product will carry a five year guarantee to offer absolute faith in your investment.

For patients who choose to have dentures fitted, our service is exemplary in the Derbyshire area owing to our outstanding facilities and remarkable in-house staff. Unlike other providers, who rely on time consuming back-and-forth with external professionals, every stage of our service is carried out within our practice. After booking an appointment for a date and time to suit you, you may be seen by our dentist and denture technician on the same day, with quality dentures fitted on site, collected direct from our practice in under 24 hours if desired. We use a leading denture process, commended for the impressive level of comfort, and natural, aesthetically pleasing appearance offered. Made using premium materials, our dentures are also very resistant to wear, chipping and staining, offering you the freedom to go about your day without worrying about your smile.

Alternatively, for those who have slightly more to spend on their treatment, implant retained dentures are an extremely popular choice. As the leading dental implant practice in the East Midlands, our service is second to none. Securing your dentures in a stable position with high-calibre implants, you can rest assured that your teeth will not be affected by sudden movements, laughter, talking or biting into hard foods. More affordable than opting for a large number of implants, this treatment will offer you complete confidence.

We cannot discuss our denture service without highlighting the great work of our Dental Technician, Carly Roguszka. Carly got into dental technology 6 years ago, working in a family dental laboratory. She studied for 3 years for a foundation degree in Dental Technology at Central College Nottingham, afterwhich she joined our team at Darren Bywater Dental Care. Under her expert supervision, we can assure you of a denture treatment you can trust. Carly is currently completing her first year of clinical dental technology course based University of Central Lancashire.

If you are interested in our denture service please get in touch via our contact page or the contact details below to see Carly direct.

How Water Can Sweeten Your Breath

2016 February 24
by DB admin

Research suggests that a drink of water in the morning can help to counteract bad breath.

Research recently published in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene has suggested that drinking, or rinsing the mouth, with water could be an effective way to improve your breath. This is obviously a simple thing to do, and many people, on reading it, will find it an easy way to make their breath smell sweeter. Whilst this is useful to know, we should also take a look at some of the main issues surrounding halitosis in general.


First of all, let’s take a look at how drinking water can help reduce bad breath. Whilst we sleep, the ‘bad’ bacteria that live in our mouths are likely to increase, especially if we are not fully hydrated before we go to bed. By drinking water or swilling it around the mouth, we are able to dislodge many of these that have become stuck on, or between, our teeth and on our tongue. Small food particles, which may already be in the early stages of decay, can also be dislodged in this way. It should be said though, that an efficient brushing and flossing regimen should already be in place as a minimum, morning and evening.

So far, so good, but is this enough?

Gum disease

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Don’t Let Your Teeth Cause You Undue Anxiety

2016 February 17
by DB admin

Staying on top of your oral health is important for well-being and confidence.

Perhaps because of where our teeth are in the body, many people are self conscious of them to some degree. If you think about it, how often do you look at your teeth in the mirror, or even touch them with your tongue, perhaps seeking out rough edges or to see if food is caught between?

It would seem that, despite the reputation of the British for having poor teeth, we are actually quite concerned about them. Unfortunately for some, this does not always translate into taking action to keep teeth strong and healthy.

No secret

There really is no secret to having healthy teeth. Whilst genetics and some health conditions can play a role; by and large avoiding a high sugar diet whilst cleaning and flossing regularly, along with regular professional dental check ups at our Derby dental clinic, should be all that is required in order to preserve healthy teeth. Those who neglect these simple things are the ones most likely to be anxious or even depressed about the state of their teeth. This can be from an aesthetic or a practical point of view. We will look briefly at the aesthetic aspect of our teeth later, but first let’s consider how poor quality teeth can affect our confidence.

Weak or painful teeth

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Sensitive Teeth

2016 February 1
by DB admin

The role of regular dental check ups.

Most of us will, at some point or another, experience sensitivity in our teeth. Usually this is temporary and under extremes of hot or cold, but it can also be both persistent and quite uncomfortable. It may also indicate an underlying problem with your teeth or gums.

Causes of sensitivity

There are a number of issues that can potentially cause the teeth to be more sensitive than usual. These include the following:

Damaged or worn enamel – When the hard enamel surface of our teeth becomes worn or damaged, the softer dentin layer underneath is exposed. This is porous and therefore any temperature extremes are more likely to be felt via the nerves in our teeth. Worn and damaged enamel can be caused by too many acidic foods, poor cleaning or even teeth grinding.

Receding gums – As we get older, many of us will find that our gums recede to some extent, partially exposing the root of our teeth, which have no enamel. This is likely to cause an increase in sensitivity. Disease can also cause recession and regular check-ups at our Derby family dental practice will help to identify any issues quickly.

Dental decay – Whilst decay can cause toothache on its own, any hot or cold drinks are likely to exaggerate this sensation, making it even more painful.

Cracked and chipped teeth – Again, any damage to the teeth will expose the dentin and make the teeth more sensitive.

Temporary after effects of dental veneers – Dental veneers are increasingly popular with patients who have badly chipped or stained teeth.  A few patients experience some increase in sensitivity following the procedure but this is typically not a cause for concern and usually passes within a few days.


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Are You Looking For Teeth Whitening in Derby?

2016 January 14
by DB admin

Why not take a look at our in house or at home treatments, available now.

Ask anyone what the most popular cosmetic dental treatment is and, invariably, they will mention the teeth whitening procedure. This is not really surprising as people are now used to seeing movie stars with pearly white teeth. Until recently too, there was a surge in the number of high street boutiques set up specifically for teeth whitening procedures; it is that popular!

Legislation though, now means that these shops are illegal. This was passed for health and safety reasons as many procedures were being carried out by unqualified, and sometimes unskilled, people.

Only from your dentist!

The demand for whitening procedures though has not diminished and now the only way you can have this treatment completed legally is under the supervision of a dentist. This makes sense as no one wants to visit a place to have their teeth whitened and come out with burns on their lips and gums. By using an experienced dentist in Derby, you can be sure that you will not only have nicer looking teeth, but will have the procedure performed both safely and responsibly.

The procedure

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Helping To Overcome Dental Phobia in 2016

2016 January 4
by DB admin

Professional dental care – essential for a healthy mouth.

Dental phobia is very common, and, anyone thinking that they alone experience it, could not be further from the truth. The reality though is that, without professional dental care, the risk of dental decay, gum disease and other oral health complications occurring is much more likely. For this reason alone, making an effort to beat dental anxiety is worth the extra effort.

Friendly dentist

At Darren Bywater Dental Care, we are used to seeing patients who suffer from anxiety about their dental visits and we are fully sympathetic to this. Most of our Derby patients find that the friendly manner of our dental team, combined with the relaxed atmosphere of the practice is enough to enable them to relax sufficiently to receive treatment. For those whose anxiety levels are higher, methods such as relaxation can help, and, some GPs will help by issuing short term anti anxiety medication to allow a patient to receive essential dental care.

Why see a professional?

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Last Minute Xmas Stocking Fillers

2015 December 14
by DB admin

A few dental ideas for those last minute Christmas presents.

Even those closest to us can be difficult to buy for at Xmas time. Whilst they may have suggested a main present themselves, it can leave us rushing around for those little extras that make for a full Xmas stocking. Our team at Darren Bywater Dental Care thought that we would take a look at a few ideas that might help to both fill that stocking and, at the same time, helping to keep your loved one’s oral health in good shape. After all we are dentists!

Electric toothbrush

Perhaps the most obvious present to buy as a stocking filler is an electric toothbrush. These have become increasingly popular over the years, and, in our books, anything that helps people take better care of their teeth can only be a good thing. It should be said though, that a regularly replaced manual toothbrush works equally effectively when used properly, so it is worth trying to subtly discover if your partner would switch to an electric toothbrush, or simply stick to what they know best.

Dental Floss

Not exactly a glamourous Xmas present, it has to be said, and one which could be taken the wrong way by some, so purchase this one wisely! Encouraging your other half to use dental floss though, will not only result in sweeter smelling breath as food debris and bacteria are removed from between the teeth, but also help to save them from some potential dental work in the future. So not quite as silly as it sounds.

Water pik

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