Case Studies


Case Studies

Case study – focusing on oral health, rather than ‘drill and fill’

After months of suffering severe facial pain as a result of several undiagnosed abscesses, 41 year old Anne is finally on the road to recovery following a lengthy course of complicated root canal treatment. Her new dentist, Dr Ben Atkins, was keen to improve Anne’s general level of oral hygiene to try to avoid the need for further dental intervention and to ensure she would keep her teeth, rather than facing the horror of needing multiple extractions.

Read Anne’s case study and find out how her oral health has been turned around.

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Case study – dramatic behaviour change following dental pain

Dennien was referred to dentist Dr Ben Atkins after complaining of toothache at school. It soon became clear, that never having been in a regular routine of visiting the dentist, she now had a great fear of dentists and had not actually seen one for several years. With poor all-round oral healthcare, Dennien was classified as a Red Patient so before a detailed course of remedial treatment could commence, she was required to show improvement in her overall oral healthcare.

Read about Dennien’s experience and the dramatic behaviour change she has undergone in this case study.

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Case study – smarter toothbrushing for adults

At a routine appointment, it was discovered that Dominika needed a filling. As a teenager, she had had a brace and had always been very conscientious about oral hygiene, but as an adult she had lapsed back into bad habits. Although she had always brushed her teeth regularly with a manual toothbrush, it was clear she had not been brushing slowly or methodically enough.

Read her case study to find out what being a Red Patient means and how Dominika improved her oral health with the support of our Oral Health Education team.

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Case study – working with high risk patients to improve oral health

Atticus, is now aged five. Three years ago, two days short of his second birthday, Atticus went into hospital for a general anaesthetic in order to have six of his top front teeth extracted. The teeth were so decayed that they were actually crumbling away and extraction was the only viable option. With such poor oral health so early in life, it was absolutely essential to bring about behavioural change for Atticus and his parents to avoid a lifetime of further invasive treatment.

Read Atticus’ story to find out how oral health can be truly transformed by radical behavioural change.


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Case study – teeth straightening for a young adult

Trainee dental nurse Salma has been self-conscious about her crooked teeth since childhood. Increasing numbers of adults are now keen to investigate ways of straightening their teeth, for aesthetic or health reasons. However, a strong and effective oral healthcare regime needs to be evident, before the dentist will commence with orthodontics. Salma’s dentist Dr Ben Atkins decided to make her an appointment with the Oral Healthcare Education team at his practice.

Within weeks of her coaching with the team, Salma began to notice a real difference in her teeth. Read her story here.

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Case study – how to teach children effective brushing methods

A whole family visited dentist Dr Ben Atkins for a routine check-up. Their mum Helen reported that all three children often forgot to brush their teeth and even when they remembered to, they sometimes forgot to put toothpaste on their brushes! Dentist Dr Ben Atkins believed it would be possible to revolutionise this family’s teeth cleaning, which would have a lifelong impact on the children’s future health.

Mum Helen, Olivia (11), William (8) and Edward (4) spoke with Ben about the best way to use modern electric toothbrushes. Read their stories here.

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Case study – getting really clean teeth, thanks to some healthy competition

Shockingly, tooth decay is the number one cause of hospital admissions among children in the UK. It can have a significant impact on children’s general health and development. Poor oral health can increase the risk of diseases such as stroke, diabetes and heart attack in adulthood. Two brothers, aged nine and seven, enjoy a healthy diet, but were not at all good at brushing their teeth. Their dentist wanted to find a way of setting good brushing habits that would become ingrained behaviour as the boys grew older.

Read Benjamin and Felix’s story and our top tips for parents.


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