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What is preventative dentistry?
We stand by the tried and tested motto that ‘prevention is always better than cure.’ Many severe dental conditions result from poor oral health – preventative dentistry acts as early intervention, keeping your mouth healthy and reducing your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, mouth cancer and tooth loss.
Regular, six-monthly check-ups and hygiene appointments are the best way to keep your mouth in great shape. We will look for early signs of gum disease and tooth decay during your routine appointment, alongside discussing any oral health issues and screening for mouth cancer. Our hygienists will give your teeth a thorough clean to eliminate the plaque and tartar build-up, leaving your teeth fresh and sparkling!
Preventative dentistry is a joint effort – what you do at home is just as important as what we do in the surgery! We'll give you tips on brushing, flossing, and your diet to help you maintain a healthy mouth in-between check-ups and hygiene appointments.
Keeping your mouth healthy
Although six-monthly check-ups and hygiene appointments are fundamental to your oral health, there is a lot you can do to keep your teeth and gums in good condition between visits. Brushing and flossing twice a day for two minutes should be a staple part of your routine to remove plaque before it hardens into tartar and causes gum disease. Try to cut down on sugary and acidic foods as much as possible; if you consume them, wait at least half an hour before brushing to protect your enamel. When you brush, make sure to use fluoride toothpaste to defend against tooth decay.
Dental examinations alone aren't enough to future-proof your mouth, and we encourage you to visit our expert hygienist every six months too. A great way to remind yourself is by scheduling your hygiene appointments and routine examinations together.
No matter how thoroughly you brush, you will always miss something - your brush simply can't reach all the places it needs to. Our hygienist will clean your teeth with specialist tools to dislodge plaque and tartar from the places you can’t reach. This deep clean will significantly reduce your risk of gum disease and tooth decay, as well as remove unsightly surface stains from your teeth.
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