As we come to the end of the sixth week in lockdown, are we getting used to this new, remote way of life? Searching shopping aisles for eggs to put in your heavily disinfected trolley whilst donning PPE seems to be the new norm; a strange thought when only six weeks ago a psychological evaluation would have been in order. Who would have thought the time would come that we would be queuing outside pharmacies adjacent to deserted McDonald’s drive-throughs!
If you are yet to meet me, I would like to use this opportunity to introduce myself. My interest in teeth began with my frequent visits to the dentist as a child; I was adamant that I could crunch my way through bags of sour sweets without developing cavities. This was, of course, terribly incorrect as I found out four fillings later. I carried out work experience at the very same dental practice, and eventually moved out of my hometown in London to Sheffield to achieve my BDS. After working for a few years in an NHS and Private practice, I now live in Northampton, but regularly visit London for work and to see family and friends. I practice all aspects of dentistry because I enjoy offering a holistic service, from restorative and cosmetic orthodontic work, to oral surgery and endodontics.
Without a doubt, social distancing has been the hardest aspect for me during this pandemic. Last week I buried my grandmother, which was especially tough when respecting the six-feet apart rule. Technology goes a long way in allowing us to communicate with far-away loved ones, but a video call does not quite replicate the joy I get from squeezing the chubby cheeks of my seven-month old nephew, or to break my fast with the mouthwatering taste of my mother’s chicken biryani, washed down with refreshingly chilled, homemade lassi.
For those of you who, like me, are missing these invaluable life pleasures, try not to forget the opportunities that come with this sudden abundance of free time. Time that can be spent learning new skills, catching up with old friends, and most importantly - brushing your teeth! Being late for work is no longer an excuse for forgetting to floss or to brush for at least two-minutes, morning and night. If you were ever thinking about improving your smile, check out some of the cases we have treated on our website at https://maidasmiles.co.uk/smile-gallery/.
It is a great time to have a chat with one of our dentists about your dream smile; we are offering free, one-to-one virtual consultations, where we can discuss the steps that would be involved in your personal treatment plan, from simple procedures such as cosmetic whitening, to a full smile makeover, so that we can quickstart your smile journey.
If interested call the clinic on 0203 583 9809 to book a date and time which suits you.
I wish you all well in these challenging times and hope to meet you soon.
Dr Mobeen Farooq