Prevention is better than cure

Prevention is better than cure

Did you know that there are more than 700 different types of bacteria living in your mouth? Poor dental hygiene allows these bacteria to flourish and bleeding gums give them direct access to the blood stream.
A recent study at the University of Bristol found that certain types of bacteria stick onto platelets causing the platelets to clump together and encase the bacteria creating small blood clots.

The formation of these small clots increases a person?s risk of stroke or a heart attack. Professor Jenkins who conducted the study said “In other words it doesn?t matter how fit, slim or healthy you are, you?re adding to your chances of having a stroke or a heart attack by having bad teeth.”

Now we?ve well and truly scared you all to death, we would like to introduce you to our personalised hygiene service and the team that delivers it.

Proper hygiene isn?t just about a scale and polish, its about a proper diet too and making sure that you do your bit by regularly cleaning your teeth and ideally flossing. Our team are here to help and advise you on the best and most effective techniques.

At Ballard and Tucker we take dental hygiene very seriously, the fact that we have three hygienists is testimony to that, as many dental practices have only one or in some cases none at all.

We are currently in the midst of building a new website where we will be giving hygiene a much more prominent position than our current site. We?ve also produced a booklet entitled The Guide to Good Oral Hygiene.

This booklet will be available to download from the website and we would encourage as many of you as possible to take advantage of this free publication, its packed full of tips and hints to keeping your teeth and gums in tip top condition

Ballard and Tucker pass Care Quality Commission with flying colours!

Ballard and Tucker pass Care Quality Commission with flying colours!

Ballard and Tucker have recently had their first inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) who are the government body responsible for regulating Hospitals, Care Homes, Dental Practices and Doctors, they perform a similar task to OFSTED, who the parents amongst you may be more familiar with.

We are very pleased to inform you that the practice passed the inspection with flying colours. Bob Ballard said, “this was our first CQC inspection, as they only started them last year and of course everyone was a little nervous and wondered if we had correctly crossed all the T?s and dotted all the I?s.”

But thankfully there was no need for any nerves, the practice passed quite easily. We don?t expect another inspection for a year or so now. You can view the inspectors report, if you visit the CQC?s website at http://

It’s All Change As Jim retires

It?s All Change As Jim retires

After more than 30 years, Jim Tucker has finally decided to take things a little easier and has retired from the practice that still bears his name.

Jim joined the practice way back in 1978 when James Callaghan was the then Labour Prime Minister and believe it or not Ipswich Town won the FA Cup. As you can imagine Jim saw many changes over the years, both to the dental practice and to Biggleswade.

Jim is now spending his retirement fly fishing and walking which he has always enjoyed but of course he now has the time to do much more of it. He will be shortly moving out of the area to Shrewsbury with his wife Sue.

But nothing stands still at the practice and we now have a new partner in Hema Dhingra. Hema actually worked at the practice for seven years before becoming a partner with Bob Ballard.
Hema has taken over responsibility for all Jim?s patients as well as continuing to care for her own too. Hema is married to Sumit who is an Opthalmic Surgeon who has recently opened a new practice in Peterborough, they are proud parents of new baby boy called Rishi.

Hema qualified from The University of Wales College of Medicine and Dentistry and has worked as a Clinical Director in a corporate dental practice. She has a special interest in managing nervous and anxious patients ranging from children through to the elderly. Hema has a very caring and empathetic nature and is always willing to listen to and understand any individual patient needs.

Hema said “I want to do everything I can to make sure that all our patients not only receive the very best treatment, but that when they leave, they feel their visit to the dentist has been a pleasant experience.”