Teeth are really important. They help us eat, chew and digest our food as well as helping us to talk and pronounce our words. They help to give our face its shape and healthy teeth look great when we smile. There are two main problems that affect our teeth if we don’t take care of them:
- Decay in teeth causes pain and discomfort and destroys their structure necessitating fillings and crowns to rebuild them.
- Gum disease destroys the structures that support our teeth so they eventually become loose and need to be removed. Gum disease is entirely preventable by good oral hygiene and proper brushing.
How do we keep our teeth and gums healthy?
It’s easy to keep your mouth clean and healthy. A simple homecare regime of brushing and flossing, good diet and regular dental health checks is all it takes to prevent most problems.
Decay and gum disease are caused by plaque and the efficient and regular removal of plaque is the most important factor in keeping our mouths healthy. Your hygienist is specially trained to help you achieve a healthy mouth by efficient cleaning and eating a healthy diet.
Regular visits are vital
Our standard hygiene sessions are 30 minutes and you can choose to visit your hygienist as often as you like, without having to see your dentist first, although we will always recommend an appropriate recall interval. Our dental hygienists, Denise and Darren, will help you to look after your teeth and provide expert advice on maintaining a healthy smile. They may even recommend extra visits if you’re not making the progress we would hope for.
They will usually recommend a care regime that’s appropriate to the health of your mouth. Our minimum standard of care would be annual visits, but little and often is more effective generally.
Hygiene therapy works well as part of our membership scheme as the cost of appointments is spread evenly throughout the year.
We also stock a comprehensive range of dental care products and are always at hand to show you which products are best for your mouth and to explain how to use them.
Specialist gum care
We are delighted to offer patients access to our specialist periodontist for more advanced problems. Some forms of gum disease are entirely reversible, but some patients can be susceptible to more aggressive forms of periodontal disease, which are more destructive. Complex interactions between the bacteria and the patient’s own immune response leads to destruction of the bone and tissues around the tooth. These advanced cases require specialist care and periodontists are able to offer procedures that are generally outside the scope and expertise of most dentists and hygienists. Our visiting specialist is Amir Savage who provides this service for our patients as well as receiving referrals from surrounding practices.