General Dental Treatment
We provide a range of services to maintain and improve the health of your teeth, with several treatment options allowing you to choose the best option suited for you.
Our services include:
Preventive dentistry is the key to a healthy smile and the sooner it starts the better, no matter what your age. Children, adults and even those who no longer have their teeth can benefit from preventive dentistry. We aim to prevent dental disease rather than to treat it at a later date.
For children preventive dentistry begins with their first tooth and becomes a lifelong process. Regular check-ups from an early age will help prevent tooth decay and gum problems from even starting. If started at early stage, preventive dentistry can help to make a huge difference in a child’s future oral health. Early invention as young as three with the application of fluoride varnish and fissure sealants can help prevent caries with regular dental brushing.
For adults preventive dentistry can help to reduce decay and gum disease which increases the chances of keeping your own teeth.
For those who have lost teeth preventive dentistry plays an important role in detection of mouth cancer or denture sores.
Depending on your age, some other elements of preventive dentistry include: brushing, flossing, topical fluoride, oral habits, orthodontics, parental involvement, proper diet, sealants and crowns or onlays for cracked teeth to avoid further damage.
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What causes gum disease?
Gum disease is caused by plaque, a layer of bacteria which forms on teeth. Plaque is mainly found at the gum line, and in between teeth. If it is allowed to build up, it will cause the gums to become inflamed. This early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. The gums become red, and may bleed easily. In time, the plaque may spread down between the tooth and the gum. This is called periodontitis. This causes the bone which supports the teeth to be destroyed. Hence, the teeth become loose. It also causes bleeding gums, bad breath, and a bad taste. In fact gum disease is the major cause of tooth loss in adults.
How can I prevent gum disease?
You can do this by cleaning your teeth thoroughly twice a day, in order to remove plaque from them. The following are a few precautionary measures:
1. Start by brushing your teeth, using a fluoride toothpaste.
2. Hold your brush with the bristles pointing towards the gum.
3. Brush along the gum line, using small circular movements. Work around your mouth systematically, not forgetting to brush the insides and the outsides.
4. Finally brush the biting surfaces of your teeth, spend at least 2 minutes doing this.
Cleaning in-between teeth or tooth brushing alone does not completely clean the teeth. There are available various cleaning aids to effectively clean the teeth area. Examples are:
Which one you use depends upon the size of the gaps between your teeth and whether the teeth have been ‘bridged’. For more advice ask your Dentist or our resident Oral Health Educator – Miss Selin Regis.
A private hygiene session is designed to improve the appearance of your smile, beyond plaque removal.
Superficial staining is created by some of the following, and can be removed during a hygiene session:
- Smoke stains and betel nut stains
- Tea and coffee stains
- Red wine
- Corsodyl and similar mouthwashes.
The process of a hygiene session is similar to an NHS scale and polish, but with the added aim of stain removal to improve the appearance of your teeth. This is also coupled with a tailored oral hygiene instruction session where necessary, to avoid stain and plaque building up as rapidly.