This weekend, Team Denplan took on one of our biggest charity challenges to date: The National Three Peaks Challenge, raising money for the Make a Wish Foundation. A team of 18 walkers (dentists and Denplan staff alike) with the support of their 2 ground control, 2 guides and 2 minibus drivers, took on the challenge of ascending and descending The Three Peaks: Snowdon in Wales, Scafell Pike in England and Ben Nevis in Scotland. All in just 24 hours.
Swapping blazers for wet gear, and Louboutin’s for walking boots, our team were awake at 5am Saturday morning, and started the ascent of Snowdon in the pouring rain. If they thought that doing this in July would save them from the British weather, they were wrong. It was pouring with rain, and it was freezing.
One thing became clear very quickly: although everyone had trained, this was more of a challenge than anyone could have predicted. Literally, this was NOT a walk in the park! The ascent was described as “the stairway to hell”.
Having climbed and descended Snowdon and had a hot chicken sandwich provided by their amazing Ground Control support crew, it was time to get back onto the minibus, for the drive to Scafell Pike. Catching forty winks on the mini-bus was the plan, but turned out a bumpy and noisy drive was not conducive for a good kip.
Up and down Scafell Pike, and taking in some beautiful views, sure, but by now people were flagging. More sandwiches, and back on the minibuses for a five hour drive to Scotland. That’s three countries in 18 hours! Even just the travelling is exhausting, let alone literally having to climb a mountain in country! Arriving at Ben Nevis at 2am, they were chucked out of the mini-bus, wet gear back on, head torches on, and a third mountain to climb. In the pouring rain and wind. Of course.
Needless to say, they did it because it had to get done. Ben Nevis certainly wasn’t a picnic. Arriving back at 7am the next morning, soaked through to the bone, they were greeted with a gin and tonic and a more than welcome breakfast in Wetherspoons!
So, how did they stay motivated, I guess you’re asking?
Well, as well as jelly babies, sweets and 90’s hip hop rap, Ground Control had prepared them goody bags. Inside were massagers, pillow spray, foot spray, phone chargers and
treats. But as well as all that, they were each given a card to remind them of why they were doing this.
So far, Team Denplan have raised over £4,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants children and young adults fighting life threatening conditions their own magical wish. Wishes can be anything from bedroom make-overs to walking with dinosaurs (hey, they’re can do ANYTHING).
Make-A-Wish have been granting wishes to sick children for 30 years. Their story started with a young boy called Anthony. In 1986, Anthony was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour, meaning he would have to undergo 6 weeks of radiotherapy treatment. Having been told he only had one more Christmas, his family set about to make it the best.
After Christmas, the family carried on as normally as possible The community were raising money for a local girl who had a stomach tumour – Anthony and his family went along to the fundraiser, unaware that their lives were about to be changed forever.
Make-A-Wish had only been founded in the UK in 1986, and had yet to grant its first wish. Volunteers went to the Liverpool fundraiser and met Anthony and his family – they knew that they had to help this special boy.
Anthony’s greatest wish was to go to Disneyland. And after months of pain and suffering, Anthony became their first ever wish child, jetting off to Disneyland in Orlando, Florida for the most magical experience of his life.
The family enjoyed an absolutely amazing week in Florida. But whilst the children enjoyed themselves, Tony and Ann were gathering memories as they prepared for the worst.
However, months passed and Anthony seemed to be pulling through. Every day he seemed to be getting stronger. As Anthony’s condition stabilised, it became clear that he could defy the doctor’s expectations. Amazingly, all of the family’s wishes seemed to be coming true – tough little Anthony would not only survive past the 12 months but live to become an adult and uncle.
Unfortunately, not every child has the same happy ending as Anthony. Hannah is a nurse on the Children’s Oncology Ward art Southampton General Hospital. Hannah said of Make-A-Wish: “Sadly some of the children we refer are palliative. In these cases we are very aware that sometimes a wish is the last chance a family will have to spend quality time together. Make-A-Wish are able to grant wishes for these children in a timely manner – so they are able to make special memories whilst they’re still well enough to enjoy them.”
The memories created by this foundation are priceless. So having read their reminder cards, armed with jelly babies and chicken sandwiches, Team Denplan’s motivation and inspiration came from nurses like Hannah, and fundraisers, but mainly from the children themselves. If children as young as 3 can be brave enough to fight life-threatening diseases, then Team Denplan can climb some mountains to make that
fight a little easier, to bring a smile to their and their families’ faces, and to create lasting and magical memories.
And with that in mind, we are asking for your donation. Please visit our fundraising page and give as much or as little as you can: every penny really does count.
Thank you all, from a still slightly aching Team Denplan.
Another year, another Health Insurance Awards ceremony, and once again, Denplan is proud to sponsor the award for Best Dental Benefits Intermediary. Could you be the winner? There’s another month left for you to submit your entry and be in with a chance of becoming triumphant.
What are the Health Insurance Awards?
The Health Insurance Awards are the UK’s top awards for intermediaries and providers who have shown excellence over the past year. They’re the “Oscars” of the industry, and a testament to the high quality service and support you provide. We at Denplan are encouraging you to submit an entry: you have to be in it to win it, and we’re here to help you do exactly that. We’ve even written you a guide to talk you through it!
Why should you enter?
Winning this prestigious award means you could gain an advantage over your competitors; you could enhance customer confidence and you’ll have a 3 course meal and a black tie night out at Grosvenor House to boot!
Whether you win or are short-listed, you’ll receive a logo that you can use on your upcoming literature, website, emails, social media, other stationery. giving you the edge over your competition.
We all like to claim to be the best, so why not show the industry that you really are the best by winning an award this year!
It’s easy to enter.
- Write a company overview and then think of a client you’ve had a particular success with. This should be a case study where you feel you went over and above the usual level of service
- Work with us to submit a (up to) 1000 word entry to HI.
- To enter simply contact your Account Manager for full details.
We’re here to help.
We’ll help you with any queries you may have while entering the awards. We’ll provide you with hints and tips on how to best write your entry, and we’ll even send you a framework to prompt you into writing a fantastic entry! The closing date for entries is 31st of July.
The awards will be held on the 13th October at Grosvenor House, Park Lane – we hope to see you there!
We’ve already entered
We’ve also been nominated for the Best Dental Provider award. If you’d like to vote for us, you can online in just a few short clicks.
Here at Denplan, we believe that prevention is definitely better than cure.
Increasingly, studies are finding connections between our oral health and our overall health. Links are now recognised between gum disease and more serious conditions including diabetes, strokes, and heart disease. Not only does this support the importance of regular dental check-ups, it also highlights the far-reaching benefits that good oral health can have on your overall wellbeing.
Every year we run a consumer survey to explore how people feel about their oral health and dental care. This year, we asked consumers about their understanding of the links between their oral health and overall wellbeing. Here were some of our findings:
- 82% of adults agree that poor oral health can have a significant impact on your overall general health.
- 75% of adults agree that signs of serious diseases and illnesses can be detected in their mouth by their dentist.
- 79% of adults think that dentists, GPs and other health professionals should provide more information and raise awareness of the links between oral health and conditions such as mouth cancer, heart disease, strokes, and diabetes.
Henry Clover, Denplan’s Chief Dental Officer said:
“Although still in its infancy, some private dental practices are starting to offer additional health checks to patients such as weight monitoring, blood pressure, diabetes checks, and cholesterol levels. This value-added service supports the message of oral health linking to overall health and provides patients with valuable insights into their general wellbeing, especially if they find it more convenient to visit their dentist on a more regular basis than their GP.”
For more information on how employees could brush up on their oral health through our range of corporate plans, please call 01962 828 007 or visit www.denplan.co.uk/companies.
Running from 16th May – 16th June 2016, National Smile Month (NSM) is one of the largest and longest-running oral health campaigns in the world! Organised by the Oral Health Foundation, National Smile Month’s primary aim is to improve the UK’s oral health. And this year marks a landmark: NSM turns 40!
NSM promotes three fundamental messages, helping us develop and maintain a healthy mouth.
- Brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion with a fluoride toothpaste.
- Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks.
- Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.
In support of NSM, we’ve re-launched our Smileguide. Full of information, tips and advice about oral health, the Smileguide is available to download, or for printed copies, get in touch with us here.
And to celebrate the launch of our Smileguide, we’re running a fantastic competition offering the chance to win one of 500 goody bags, worth £45 each! Details can be found on the back of the Smileguide, or check back here on the 16th May 2016 for more information!
You have survived the Easter Holidays, and although you indulged in some chocolate eggs you didn’t go overboard. You’re feeling good! Except that now you seem to have woken up the sugar beast within you, and constantly find yourself reaching for the biscuits at 11am and 3pm each day. Read on for some tips on beating those sugar cravings and taking back control.
Sweet treats are great in moderation, nobody wants to live their life eating nothing but spinach and grilled chicken. The problem with this is due to the addictive qualities of sugar, eating it in moderation is often the most challenging part. Also, sometimes we think we’re being healthy to choose the fruit smoothie instead of the fizzy drink, or fruit and nut bar instead of the chocolate truffles, only to find they have the same or even more sugar content than the perceived ‘less healthy’ choice.
Here are ten tips to help reduce your sugar cravings:
- Drink a glass of water instead
Often you are just dehydrated which can lead to cravings for sweet foods. Aim to drink eight glasses a day, adding fruit or mint leaves if you need additional flavour.
- Limit your intake of junk and processed foods
Processed foods are often packed with sugar, salt and sweeteners. This leads to further cravings and becomes a vicious cycle, affecting your teeth too. Aim for meals with a balance of fat, protein and carbohydrates instead.
- Ensure you are getting enough sleep
Tiredness is one of the worst things for cravings, the simplest thing to do when tired is to give in and eat the sugary food. Aim for at least eight hours of uninterrupted sleep each night.
- Substitute for a less sugary snack option
A square of cheese, handful of nuts or veggie sticks with hummus are a more filling, teeth-friendly and just as delicious alternative. You are less likely to over-consume these foods than chocolate or sweets.
- Include your treats with meal times
Eating sweet things after a meal instead of an empty stomach is a good technique, you won’t be so ravenous and are likely to consume less as a result.
- Chew gum instead
Keeping a packet of sugar free gum in your office drawer is a great distraction. The minty fresh taste will distract you and you won’t want to put anything sweet into your mouth.
- Ensure you are eating regularly
If you go too long between meals you’re more likely to cave to processed snack foods to fill the gap. Aim for three adequate meals a day and healthier snacks to avoid temptation.
- Get more magnesium into your diet
Sweet cravings are often a sign of magnesium deficiency. Try upping your intake of leafy green vegetables, nuts, whole grains and avocados to keep your magnesium levels in check.
- Learn to reward yourself without food
Challenge yourself to cut down on sugar for a few weeks, and treat yourself to a pair of shoes, trip to the cinema or a day out somewhere for resisting your cravings.
- Distract yourself until the craving passes
Take a short walk around your office, go for a run or make a phone call to distract you. When you return the craving may have passed, and you would have had time to think about whether you really need it or not.
Sugar cravings are stubborn, so it may take some time before you will be able to beat them completely. Start slowly by utilising a few of these tips and not being too hard on yourself, and before long you will beat the sugar beast and have improved your oral health at the same time – your teeth will thank you!
It’s that time again where the shelves of your local supermarket are bursting at the seams with chocolate eggs and sugary treats in celebration of the Easter holidays. It can be a big challenge to avoid these tempting sweet treats, but don’t forget the impact this could have on your teeth and your health.
With an average 100g of milk chocolate egg containing 54g of sugar, one full 225g Easter egg is packing over 120g of sugar, which is four entire days sugar allowance for the average adult, and around six days of sugar allowance for children aged 4-6*. This would not take into account any additional sugars hidden in the foods you eat on top of this.
Every time you eat something packed with sugar, your teeth are being attacked for up to one hour, producing harmful acids that increase the risk of tooth decay. Therefore it’s vital to limit sugary foods and reduce the amount of time your mouth is at risk.
Below are some tips you can follow this Easter break to take the best care of your teeth without missing out on any of the fun.
- Brush teeth twice daily for two minutes a time with a fluoride toothpaste, not forgetting to supervise children brushing if they are under seven years of age.
- Restrict chocolate consumption to only meal times, rather than constant nibbling throughout the day.
- After your meals, eat a small piece of cheese – this helps to neutralise the acids that can cause tooth decay.
- Consider giving your child a non-sugar containing gift such as a cuddly toy or trip to the zoo, or limit them to a few treat size Easter eggs.
Limiting your sugar intake will do more than benefit your teeth and oral health, it can improve your general wellbeing. The key is to consume everything in moderation and have a consistent oral healthcare routine.
Have a great Easter!
This Sunday marks World Oral Health Day. Celebrated on the 20th March annually, it’s an international day to promote the benefits of a healthy mouth and to raise awareness around the importance of oral hygiene.
At Denplan we have long believed that there are links between your oral health and overall wellbeing. There is increasing evidence supporting the links between poor oral healthcare and other more serious conditions, such as diabetes, fertility problems and cardiovascular disease*.
We believe that prevention is definitely better than cure. It’s never too early or too late to start looking after your oral health. No matter what age, ensure that you are visiting a dentist on a regular basis.
Dentists are best placed to spot any other conditions that may need further investigation. Brush your teeth for 2 minutes twice a day, and make sure to clean in between your teeth. If flossing doesn’t suit you, make use of interdental brushes or sugar-free gum. Limit your intake of sugar and alcohol, why not make use of our handy sugar-free recipes?
We’ve developed our My Teeth website specifically with good oral health in mind. My Teeth is ideal for people that want to discover more about caring for their mouth outside of the dentist. And it doesn’t end there! You can also assess your own oral health through My Dental Score. This handy assessment can be an important first step for those who want to find out the state of their oral health.
Having a healthy mouth goes far beyond having a nice smile. Healthy mouth ensures a healthy body and you can visit The World Oral Health Day website to learn more about how to achieve it.