Dental Health Advice
At every dental Health check and routine hygiene visit you will be given information and guidance on how to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible ensuring you have a happy and functional mouth.
In accordance with National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines, fluoride application is recommended, for those at high risk of dental decay/caries. Fluoride kills the ‘bugs’ that cause decay in teeth and currently 1350ppm in toothpaste for those aged 6 and over is advised.
Doses are different for younger children as fluoride can affect developing teeth- please ask your dentist or click more info.
Fissure sealants are the best way to protect teeth from decay whether as an adult or child. They are made of a plastic resin material which is painted into the most vulnerable surfaces of teeth to make them:
- Easier to clean, and
- Prevent progression of any early decay
This is the best way to avoid fillings for unrestored teeth.
Fissure sealants must be monitored and recharged/replaced as required which your dentist will check at each dental health check.
As dental professionals, we believe in preventive dental care and encourage our patients to bring their children to the practice from an early age. Regular dental health checks from a young age will reduce the risk dental decay with potentially devastating effects to their growing dentition. There are a number of preventive treatments that our team can provide for children:
- Fluoride applications are a safe and effective way to safeguard your growing child’s teeth from developing decay. The fluoride is painted onto the surface of the child’s teeth and this helps to mineralise the teeth and kill the ‘bugs’ that cause decay.
- Fissure sealants are tooth coloured, plastic restorations that are applied to vulnerable surfaces of teeth to prevent decay.
- Frequent visits from a young age, even if just for a dental health check, make visiting the dentist a more positive experience and hopefully ensure children grow up without fear of the dentist. Our team will take special care of your child to make them feel safe and cared for. We will check diet and oral hygiene to help prevent dental disease.
- Treating a child from an early age also allows the dentist to spot early signs of orthodontic problems (I.e. teeth being in an undesirable position) and appropriate referrals may be suggested.
Prevention is always better than cure so call the practice today to make an appointment for your child.
- Healthy teeth and gums for life
- Reduced risk of developing tooth decay and needing fillings
- No fears or phobias of the dentist
- Straightening teeth from an early age as appropriate.
Mouth Cancer Screening
Early detection of oral cancer dramatically improves the chances of recovery. Late detection of mouth cancers have resulted in a higher proportion of deaths per number of cases than breast cancer, cervical cancer or skin melanoma, with about 2,700 deaths per year in the UK. Mouth cancer screening is a simple procedure we perform at every dental health check which involves the following:
- A detailed checking of your oral health history to determine any risk factors that you might have for example excessive alcohol intake and smoking
- A thorough examination of the outside of your mouth, head and neck by observation and touch
- A thorough internal examination of your mouth, including the inside of your cheeks, under your tongue, palate, gums and tonsil area
- Any inconclusive findings will be referred to a specialist consultant for diagnosis and treatment as required
It is recommended that you come in for an oral cancer screening at least once a year. If you have any sores, lumps or long-term ulcers (lasting 3 weeks or more with no obvious cause) in your mouth, no matter how small, it is very important that you come in to have it looked at.
Smoking is strongly linked with many forms of cancer and other dental problems, we always encourage smoking cessation (quitting). Also alcohol intake, higher than current recommendations (recently changed to 14 units for BOTH men and women), is cause for concern. Both smoking and high alcohol intake make the risk of oral cancer increase exponentially.
An excellent source of information is the Mouth Cancer Foundation if you require any further information.
- Early detection of oral cancer dramatically improves the prognosis
- Sustained good oral health
- Sustained good general health