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Dr Simon Rana dentist at Spires Dental Clinic, dentists in Lichfield Staffordshire

Welcoming Dr Simon Rana to Spires Dental Clinic in Lichfield

What makes me tick?

Firstly, let me introduce myself and say how excited I am to be working in Lichfield and especially with Stuart and the amazing team at Spires Dental Clinic.

I’m Dr Simon Rana and I have been a full time practising dentist since I graduated from the University of Manchester in 2015.

Since graduating I have been fortunate enough to work in two busy, well-established NHS practices. It is from these positions where I developed almost an obsession with dentistry! This led to pushing my skills as a dentist and up-skilling myself through courses within the Royal College of Surgeons. Currently I am one of the youngest members associated with the Diploma in Restorative Dentistry within the Royal College of Surgeons. Here I am being guided by some of the UKs leading dentists. I am also lucky enough to be part of the Post Graduate Certificate programme in Aesthetic Dentistry through the Tipton Training academy.

So why Spires Dental Clinic?

Surrounding myself with like-minded individuals was key to choosing the dental practice where I work. When I first met Stuart and the team I was so impressed with their enthusiasm and passion for dentistry. Stuart has 15 years of fantastic experience and I feel that I can develop and use the skills which I have been taught within Spires Dental Clinic.

From our initial meeting our passion for high quality, ethical dentistry was evident. We both share the same ethos: “help patients not need us!”

The competency and caring nature of the whole team was clear to see. One of the main things I wanted from a dental practice was to ensure that the patients are looked after from the moment they contact the practice all the way through to their end goal and beyond. Spires Dental Clinic clearly shows this.

We both pride ourselves on patient care and one of the strongest qualities is building a good rapport with patients. It is a very exciting time ahead!

Dr Simon Rana cosmetic dentist at Spires Dental Clinic, cosmetic dentists in Lichfield Staffordshire

What is my passion?

My passion within dentistry is to provide the most effective, minimal invasive dentistry to improve patients’ well-being. Dentistry for myself is not only about fixing teeth, I love nothing more than to see the happy expressions on my patient’s faces when I show them their new smile, or I have made that pain disappear for them.

Improving a person’s self-confidence, giving them the feel-good factor and helping people when they are in need is a job satisfaction that I am lucky enough to experience.

I pride myself on good dentistry and love what it can do for people and how it can be life changing for so many people.

What are my goals?

As I am new to the Lichfield area, I am looking forward to building a patient base from scratch. Just like Stuart, I want to build up a name for myself here in Lichfield as a dentist you can trust and enjoy coming to visit.

So, what do I do in my spare time?

As well as being a dental geek I am also a football geek and an avid Aston Villa supporter, for my sins!

I have always been motivated to push myself to maintain a healthy lifestyle, recently I completed “Total Warrior assault course” which was not only physically challenging but pushed me mentally as well. Maybe I will get Stuart and the team to complete the next one with me!

At heart though, I am a family man. My friends and family would describe me as an avid foodie as I believe nothing brings people together more than great food and great conversation.

If you’re over-due a check-up and want to come and visit me for a dental health check-up for a half price consultation, then simply give the practice a call so Jess or Beth will book you in.

Looking forward to meeting you!

Dental health advice for you babies teeth at Spires Dental Clinic in Lichfield Staffordshire

Caring For Your Babies Teeth

Many people say you should take your child to see the dentist on their first birthday, at Spires we don’t think this is necessary as if you look after your children’s teeth with our easy steps, you won’t need to visit the dentist until your child is older.  We recommend bringing your child when they will actually allow us to have a look- about 2-4 years of age.

So, in the meantime, how should you be caring for your child’s teeth?…

Milk Teeth

From the age of about 6 months your baby will start teething and will have around 20 baby teeth by the age of 3 years old. Milk teeth play an important role as they hold space for the second teeth. The enamel on baby teeth is thin and is more likely to decay and erode especially if they are exposed to sugar or acidic drinks too often.

When should you start cleaning your baby’s teeth?

You should start as soon as your baby’s first teeth start to come through.  At first you will not be able to clean them too well but please remember the aim of cleaning is to apply fluoride to the teeth to help strengthen them.  You will not be able to remove all the plaque effectively till they are a little older, maybe 12-24 months.

Remember it is not the cleaning that prevents tooth decay; avoiding sugar is the single most important thing.

Cleaning from such a young age morning and night gets your baby into a routine. The important thing is to get your baby used to brushing their teeth as part of their daily routine. Why not set a good example and let them see you brushing your own teeth.

What do I use to clean my baby’s teeth?

To begin with you may only be able to use a small soft baby toothbrush.  Personally I found that cleaning my children’s teeth was very difficult so I started to use an ORAL B electric toothbrush when my children were 18-24 months.  The ORAL B invariably cleans more effectively and is much easier to use.

It is highly recommended to use a child specific toothpaste as they contain less concentration of fluoride, reducing the chance that your child will mottle their adult teeth by ingesting too much of the toothpaste.

Why is fluoride recommended?

Fluoride strengthens the enamel of our adult and baby teeth making them more resistant to tooth decay. Fluoride can occur naturally in some water supplies within the country, and it has been added to other parts of the country where it doesn’t occur naturally to help prevent dental decay. Research has shown that there is less decay in children’s teeth where fluoride is found in the water.

It is also important to brush your child’s teeth with fluoridated toothpaste, and it is important to not rinse your child’s mouth after brushing as this will wash away the fluoride.

Sadly Fluoride can lead to brown and white mottling of the developing adult teeth if children ingest too much toothpaste.  To this end it is important that you only place a smear of tooth paste on your child’s tooth brush as children cannot spit out effectively till they are 6 years of age.  We recommend you oversee their cleaning sessions until they are 7 years of age and place the toothpaste on the brush yourself to make sure they aren’t using too much.

Early food and drink

The early weeks of your baby’s life is more straightforward with milk being the sole source of food. Once your baby starts on solids it is important to try and keep food to meal times plus it is important to avoid giving your child any food or drink except for water in the hour before bed. Avoid as much as possible food and drink that contain sugar this includes dried fruit such as raisins.

Ultimately you need to keep your child away from sugar as much as possible, but especially in-between meals.

Brushing tips for babies

  • Use a tiny flat smear of toothpaste for babies and toddlers up to three years old, and a pea-sized amount for children aged three to six years.
  • Brush their teeth twice a day: just before bed and in the morning
  • If your child doesn’t like having their teeth brushed, just keep trying. Make it into a game, or brush your own teeth at the same time and then help your child finish their own.
  • The easiest way to brush a baby’s teeth is to sit them on your knee, with their head resting against your chest.
  • Brush the teeth in small circles, covering all the surfaces, and encourage your child to spit the toothpaste out afterwards. Remember don’t rinse as this will wash away the fluoride.
  • Supervise brushing to make sure your child gets the right amount of toothpaste and they are not eating or licking toothpaste from the tube.
  • Carry on helping your child brush their teeth until you’re sure they can do it well enough themselves. This will normally be until they’re at least seven.

Also have a read of our blog: How to prevent tooth decay in children


April’s Building Progress


Well April is upon us and Lichfield is getting a new addition to the skyline… well, that may be exaggerating a little.

We’ve excavated, placed the footings and started on the structure so hopefully things will all be due to be completed by the start of July 2016.

Sadly things haven’t all gone smoothly, making a hole in the neighbours’ wall was a low point, but thankfully we now seem to be on track.



Well the main aims are:

  1. To add a ground floor surgery to our practice
  2. To fit a decontamination suite so we can carry out central sterilising (of dental instruments J), the GOLD standard of cross infection, something you would expect to see in hospitals.
  3. To fit a central x-ray room
  4. To open out reception and create a better flow for our clients- if there is one part of the practice i dislike it is the reception……URGGHHHHHH L
  5. To renovate how the practice looks and feels. There is no doubt in my mind that we offer a very high standard of dentistry but sadly the appearance of the front of the building and the general look of the interior just looks a little dark and tired.  No longer!!…..our interior designer Kate has come up with a really relaxing, non-dentisty look that is just FAB!! IMG_1597


Our philosophy (to help people need dentists as little as possible) is strong and chimes well with our clients.  Almost all of our clients notice they need less and less dentistry as time goes on.  Thankfully this is working well and thus we now need a bit more help and a bit more room to see more and more patients.


Well there are a number of things……

  1. A new ground floor surgery will grant better access to clients who can’t quite manage the stairs as well as they used to.
  2. A new dentist means we can now offer our Spires Essentials range to all our membership clients.  Our essentials range offers patients treatments at more affordable costs.
  3. When i go on holiday we will have in house cover for our clients…..no more referrals to one of my colleagues.
  4. A renovated practice will provide a fresh and relaxed atmosphere for all our clients.



Well there are two downsides:

Firstly, in June, we are going to have to shut down parts of the practice whilst we renovate meaning we will be operating a reduced service out of the new downstairs surgery.

Secondly… the damn thing is costing around £200K (GULP!!). God bless the banks and low interest rates eh?

Wish us luck 🙂