It is important to have regular dental examinations to ensure healthy gums and fresh breath. It is also better to detect any potential problems early so we can treat them before they progress to more advanced stage of disease.
Our Dental hygienists will help you understand the importance of preventative dental health and will help you to understand how to look after your teeth and gums at home by giving you the correct home care advice.
It is important to regularly have your teeth professionally cleaned by our hygienists so they can remove any plaque or tartar build up from your teeth. This is otherwise known as a scale and polish.
Dental hygiene at the dental practice also forms part of treating gum disease and bad breath. If you have a bridge, denture, orthodontic treatment or a dental implant you will have specific hygiene needs that the hygienist will be able to assist you with your own personal oral hygiene plan.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease is caused by a build-up of plaque on the teeth. Plaque forms which is a sticky substance that contains bacteria. Some bacteria in plaque are harmless, but some are very harmful for the health of your gums. If you do not follow a good oral hygiene routine then plaque will build up and irritate your gums. This can cause your gums to become red, swollen and bleed. Bleeding gums has been linked to a number of health risks which include heart disease and diabetes.
Signs and symptoms of gum disease:
Tender/ bleeding gums
Red/ puffy/ swollen gums
Mobile or loose teeth
As dental professionals, we believe in preventative dental care and encourage our patients to bring their children to the practice from an early age. Regular check-ups from a young age will ensure children won't suffer from untreated dental decay with devastating effects to their growing dentition. There are a number of preventative 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. Fissure sealants are tooth coloured and applied to biting surfaces of children's teeth to prevent decay.
Studies have shown that the younger the age that you bring your child to the dental practice, even if just for a check-up, the more likely they are to have a positive experience and grow up not to be afraid of the dentist. Our team will take special care of your child to make them feel safe and cared for.
Treating a child from an early age also allows the dentist to spot early signs of underbites, cross bites or overbites developing. As with most things, the sooner you can start to treat it, the quicker it can be resolved.
Prevention is always better than cure so call the practice today to make an appointment for your child.
We recommend that you register your child with a dental professional as early as 6 months of age or when their first tooth erupts.
Do you feel a shooting pain in your teeth when eating or drinking something hot or cold? Does the thought of biting into ice cream or a cold hard apple make you wince? Sensitive teeth can be a burden for many people and can be caused by several things. It is always important to seek advice from a dental professional so the source of the problem can be identified and treated.
One cause of sensitivity is dental erosion, which is the loss of tooth enamel. Enamel is the hard-outer coating of a tooth, which protects the sensitive dentine underneath. If the enamel is worn away or eroded, this dentine is exposed which can lead to pain and sensitivity, which can be worsened with extreme temperatures.
Erosion can be caused by your diet (frequent consumption of high sugar or high acid food or drink), tooth brushing habits (brushing too hard), tooth grinding, certain medical conditions and eating disorders. For top tips on protecting your enamel and for effective treatment of tooth sensitivity come to the practice for a check-up, where we can create an individualised care plan.
On the surfaces of back teeth deep grooves or pits can be found on the chewing surface. In dental terms, we call the pits or grooves “fissures”.
Fissures can be very difficult to keep clean and sometimes the bristles of our tooth brush may not always reach or clean the area effectively. Because of this the fissures can therefore be a favourable area for bacteria to breed, often resulting in the tooth decay.
To prevent tooth decay forming we can apply fissure sealants to the back teeth on the chewing surface. Fissure sealant material is applied to most commonly premolar or molar teeth to seal off the grooves and pits.
By sealing off the fissures it prevents bacteria/ sugar and starches starting deep cavities inside the fissures.
Many studies have shown that smoking and using tobacco products has a detrimental effect on your teeth and gums. The problem is caused by the fact that tobacco affects the gum tissue cells, making smokers more prone to getting infections in the form of gum and periodontal diseases. Other negative effects of smoking are: bad breath, stained teeth, jawbone loss, shrinking gums, mouth sores, decreased senses of taste and smell, poor healing of mouth sores and hairy tongue.
In addition to this, most people don't know that smoking is the main cause of mouth cancer, with thousands of people dying every year from mouth cancer brought on by smoking.
As dental professionals it is important for us to tell you the risks for smoking and to help you to quit by giving you information and support. By cutting down and stopping smoking or using tobacco products your oral health will benefit very quickly and you will notice changes in your certain mouth. It is essential that you come into the practice for regular check-ups so we can help you maintain good oral health and give you advice and encouragement.
Mouth cancer is a dangerous abnormal growth that can affect any part of the mouth. With regular examinations, your dentist can spot mouth cancer early. If detected early, the chances of a cure are very good.
Your dentist will look at your face and neck, feel under your jaw and down your neck. They will then examine the inside of your mouth with a small mirror, looking at your lips, cheeks, tongue, roof of your mouth and your throat. We can see parts of your mouth that you can't easily see or feel yourself. If we notice something it may need to be monitored or reviewed by a specialist.