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Ilford 1961

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Ilford]

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Conservative treatment which consists of fillings, sealings and
gum treatment was carried out whenever possible in order to save
as many teeth as possible. When however extractions were required
these were done under local or general anaesthesia. If a general
anaesthetic was used a medical officer was always present to
administer it. Most patients prefer a general anaesthetic if they
have more than one or two teeth to be extracted and unless there
was some medical contra-indication the patient had the choice.
I continued with one evening session per week at Mayesbrook
Clinic. The evening sessions, from 5.15 to 8.15 p.m. are very popular
with the expectant and nursing mothers because many find it difficult
to attend during the day if they are working or unable to find
anyone to look after their children. It is noticeable that evening
patients are much more at ease and therefore easier to treat.
Dental X-ray facilities are available at all clinics in the Area.
This can often save the mother's time and pain by a quicker diagnosis.
Partial and full dentures were supplied to patients who needed
them. These are made at a local dental laboratory, an arrangement
which has been in operation for many years and is satisfactory.
During 1960 and 1961 high-speed Borden Airotors for fillings
have been installed at clinics in Ilford and these are proving to be a
great asset in faster cavity preparation and causing less pain to the

The number of cases treated at the Clinics during 1961 was as follows:-

New CasesMade Dentally FitTotal Attendances
ExaminedNeeding Treatment
Expectant and nursing mothers:-
(a) Day Sessions:-
Kenwood Gardens888756178
(b) Evening Sessions:-
Children under 5:-
Kenwood Gardens127117112168