Prevention is better than cure. We will show you how to prevent decay and gum disease by helping you learn to care for your teeth and gums as well as you can.
Achieving and maintaining the best oral hygiene possible improves your chances of keeping your teeth for a lifetime. Regular visits to our hygienist will help keep your mouth clean, fresh and healthy, thereby reducing the likelihood of dental problems in the future.
The hygienist will clean your teeth professionally to remove unsightly staining along with hard deposits that no amount of brushing will shift. You will also be advised about brushing and flossing techniques that will help keep harmful bacteria at bay.
Bad breath is a very common problem and there are many different causes. Persistent bad breath is usually caused by the smelly gases released by the bacteria that coat your teeth and gums. However, strong foods like garlic and onions can add to the problem.
Smoking is also one of the main causes of bad breath, along with certain illnesses such as nasal and stomach conditions. Bits of food that get caught between the teeth and on the tongue will rot and can sometimes cause an unpleasant smell. So correct and regular brushing is very important to keep your breath smelling fresh.
The bacteria on our teeth and gums (plaque) also cause gum disease and dental decay. If you see your dentist regularly this will not only help prevent bad breath but will also let the dentist look for and treat these problems.
Decay may or may not cause discomfort; even though it doesn’t hurt, the tooth is deteriorating. Using higher magnification and powerful lighting, it is easier to detect decay at an early stage to prevent excessive tooth damage. When cavities are small, they are much easier and less expensive to treat.
Early tooth decay does not tend to show many physical signs. Sometimes the tooth looks healthy, but your dentist will be able to see from an x-ray whether you have any decay under the enamel, any possible infections in the roots, or any bone loss around the tooth.
Mouth cancer is a malignant growth which can occur in any part of the mouth, including the tongue, lips and throat. Mouth cancers have a higher proportion of deaths per number of cases than breast cancer, cervical cancer or skin melanoma.
The mortality rate is just over 50%, despite treatment, with about 1,700 deaths per year in the UK. This is because of late detection. Visit your dentist at once if you notice any abnormal problems or are not sure. Regular dental checkups allow early detection of abnormalities in the mouth.
The dental hygienist’s treatment includes professionally cleaning the teeth for the patient. This is usually called scaling and polishing. However, perhaps the most important role is showing the patient the best way to keep the teeth free of plaque.
Children’s Dental Care
Most parents want the best for their children. Our goal is to be a positive influence on your child’s dental health. Preventive dentistry is the main focus, teaching the young person good dental care from an early age, monitoring them as they grow and their jaws and bite develop.
We aim to prevent dental disease rather than treat it at a later date. Fluoride applications and fissure sealants (tooth coloured sealants) are applied to biting surfaces of children’s teeth to prevent decay.
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