Title:
Oral history interview with Alan Quaife and Graham Bond about dentistry in the Epping District, 19 May 2005
Level: Category
Sound Archive
Level: Fonds
EPPING FOREST DISTRICT COUNCIL
Level: Sub-Fonds
Epping Forest District Museum
Level: Series
Changing Perceptions oral history project
Scope and Content:
Interview with Alan Quaife and Graham Bond, former dentists in Loughton and Buckhurst Hill. The interviewees are sometimes difficult to hear, with some background noise.

Part One
[00:00:] [Alan Quaife, AQ:] Early life; his training in dentistry, studying at Royal Dental Hospital from 1948 to 1952; working at the Royal Dental Hospital; completing his National Service from 1954; work from 1956 as assistant for practice in Stanmore; starting own practice 1 January 1958.
[03:20:] [Graham Bond, GB:] His early life and schooling; training at the London Hospital Dental Institute; working for friend's dental practice in South Chingford for five years; working as associate in Billericay; working in Basildon New Town; starting own practice in 1969 in Hainault; opening additional practice in Buckhurst Hill; also working at Bryant and May industrial practice for factory workers; also working at Bank of England printing works, Debden; his retirement; decision to go into dentistry.
[06:55:] Determination of both to go into dentistry; following clear career path; development of National Health Service (NHS) and levelling dentist's fees; long working hours to compensate for capped fees.
[12:00:] Vast growth in number of patients with introduction of NHS in 1948; large number of extractions done.
[17:10:] Improving dental hygiene from the 1960s; factors behind poor dental hygiene in the 1940s and 1950s; growth and development of preventive dentistry; educating patients.
[22:00:] Development of new treatments in the last fifty years; changing patient expectations; standard equipment in the 1940s and layout of dentist surgeries; use of mercury.
[27:25:] Introduction of X-rays; description of treatment trays used by students; low incidence of cross-infection.

Part Two
[00:00:] Continuing discussion about minimal precautions against cross infection; most commonly used dental instruments and development of new tools.
[06:00:] Responsibility for furnishing and managing own dental practice; NHS setting fees for treatment; other staff in a typical surgery; doing paperwork at home.
[12:20:] Working as sub-contractor for NHS; Alan's surgery on Debden Estate, juggling NHS and private patients; Graham's decision to serve only private patients towards the end of his career and sale of one of his practices.
[19:00:] Calculation of average dentist's earnings by NHS; quality control by Reference Dental Officer.
[23:00:] Economic decisions to open new dental surgeries in given area; trends in dental hygiene, improving levels of hygiene, growth in cosmetic treatment.

Part Three
[00:00:] [GB] Treating employees at Bryant and May match factory and Bank of England printing works on Debden Estate [interruption from telephone call].
[03:20:] [GB] Facilities at the dental surgery at Bank of England; treatment of patients; security vetting.
[07:35:] [GB] Memorable case of making dentures for actor; [AQ] taking on challenging cases; insurance coverage; specialisations; NHS encouraging dentists to become more managerial.
[11:55:] Favourite aspects of career; taking pride in work; least favourite aspects of the work; increasingly negative public attitudes towards professional staff.
[16:45:] Reflections on changes over their careers.
Dates of Creation:
19 May 2005
Extent:
77 minutes 42 seconds
Creator Name:
Carien Kremer
Admin History:
Alan Quaife was born in Scotland in 1930. He moved with his family to [Winnington?], Ilford in 1932/1933. He studied dentistry before serving his National Service in the Royal Air Force. After assisting other dentists, he moved to Loughton in 1958 and set up his own dentistry practice on Debden Estate. He retired in July 1990.

Graham Bond was born in Walthamstow in 1938. He trained at the London Hospital Dental Institute, graduating in 1962. He ran his own dental practice until he retired in 2004, when he sold his dental practice.
Archivist Note:
SJM 10/10/2017
Custodial History:
Original reference number CP/EFDM/2004/094. Originally deposited as two CDs: Parts One to Two on one CD, and Part Three on the second.
Acquisition Source:
Received from Epping Forest District Museum
Copyright:
Interviewees transferred their copyright to Epping Forest District Museum. Contact the Museum prior to use for public performance by the public, for non-Essex Record Office publications, for broadcasting on the radio or television, or for broadcasting on non-Essex Record Office website.
Physical Characteristics:
MP3 files created from two CDs
Originals Location:
Epping Forest District Museum
Not Available:
Essex Sound and Video Archive: use digital copy available on Soundcloud

Key terms

TypeKey termsDescription
Subjects Dentistry Oral history interview with Alan Quaife and Graham Bond about dentistry in Epping, 19 May 2005
Personal Names Alan
Quaife
Oral history interview with Alan Quaife and Graham Bond about dentistry in Epping, 19 May 2005
Personal Names Graham
Bond
Oral history interview with Alan Quaife and Graham Bond about dentistry in Epping, 19 May 2005
Place Names Chigwell, Buckhurst Hill Oral history interview with Alan Quaife and Graham Bond about dentistry in Epping District, 19 May 2005 Former dentist
Place Names Loughton Oral history interview with Alan Quaife and Graham Bond about dentistry in Epping, 19 May 2005 Former dentist in Loughton
Document Types Sound recording Oral history interview with Alan Quaife and Graham Bond about dentistry in Epping, 19 May 2005
Institutions National Health Service Oral history interview with Alan Quaife and Graham Bond about dentistry in Epping, 19 May 2005 Former dentists