Preventive dentistry is the modern way of helping you keep a healthy mouth. It is a partnership between you and your dentist to keep your teeth and mouth healthy and to care for your general health.
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KEEPING A HEALTHY MOUTH
Not only does this help you to keep your teeth and means you need to have less dental treatment, it also helps to ensure that your mouth and teeth will function properly, enabling you to eat, speak, and socialise without disease, discomfort or embarrassment, and will contribute to and protect your overall health.
There are two main areas of preventive dentistry. Firstly there are the things that you do, what we call your lifestyle choices. Then there are the things that we can do, the clinical processes.
By far the most important and effective area of preventive dentistry relates to what you do every day. Your diet, your tooth-brushing habits, and the other things you can do such as flossing, using inter-dental cleaning aids, and mouth rinsing. These are far more important than anything else. You will find a full description of these and the actions you need to take in the Oral Health section of this site.
Much of this advice relates to general health because we know that the health of your teeth and gums affects, and is affected by, your general health. Accumulations of dental plaque in your mouth can have effects on your heart and other organs, and will complicate conditions such as Diabetes. So any advice we give you will take into account your general health, your age, and any medical conditions you may have. In the surgery we can carry out primary preventive measures such as applying fissure sealants and applying fluoride varnishes to teeth. These processes are not just for children. In fact many elderly people will benefit from fluoride applications if the gums start to recede or your mouth becomes dry.
Before we do any of these things, we will carry out a risk analysis relating to your oral health, and then discuss with you a programme of preventive dentistry designed around your needs and what you want out of it. We will also try to ensure that treatments we provide for you do not harm your future dental health. The margins of fillings will be contoured to the tooth natural shape. The join between crowns and your own teeth will be smooth, dentures will be designed to minimise damage to any other teeth.
In this way we hope to be able to prevent as much dental disease as we can, and also to prevent future deterioration in your oral health, and in your ability to eat, smile, talk, and socialise without discomfort or embarrassment.
Airflow tooth polishing is a cosmetic dental procedure that cleans stains from your teeth beautifully without damaging your teeth. The Airflow polishing system uses a precise combination of a very mild abrasive powder and air within a water jet to gently clean tooth enamel in a way that is refreshing and painless. Stubborn stains and discolouration from foods, beverages, and smoking can disappear, along with accumulated plaque, in a single treatment
Prior to any Airflow polishing treatment a careful examination will be performed by your dentist to check for tartar (hardened plaque). For the best results, it is recommended to have tartar deposits removed by our dental hygienists before your Airflow polishing. Completely safe and non-damaging to tooth enamel, Airflow tooth polishing thoroughly cleans your teeth and leaves your mouth wonderfully fresh.
ARRANGE A CONSULTATION
If you would like to improve the appearance of your teeth and would like to explore your options, contact us today to arrange a consultation. We will discuss the course of action with you before anything is undertaken and are happy to answer any questions you may have.