Dentistry is the diagnosis treatment and prevention of conditions affecting the teeth, gums, mouth and jaws. Dentistry can also influence your overall health. Our dental team work to provide the highest levels of care for our patients to ensure the best possible results.
Here are some questions often asked by our patients, along with our expert answers. Please also see our patient information and contact us if you have any further questions.
Why and how often should I attend?
Regular appointments for exams and cleanings will keep your teeth and gums healthy by preventing tooth decay and gum disease. This includes bad breath which can adversely affect your health and confidence. At your cleaning appointments, we will ensure that the level of bacteria in your mouth is reduced. The simple action of attending your appointments will boost your oral health, smile and confidence.
Do I still need to see the dentist if my teeth look and feel ok?
Yes, even if your teeth feel ok there can still be problems below the surface. Also, if you’re unhappy with the appearance of your smile, we provide a range of treatments which will enhance your smile, from teeth whitening, tooth coloured fillings, bonding or veneers and implants and invisible orthodontics.
Can I choose any dentist?
Yes you are free to choose any dentist you wish, you will need to decide on a private or NHS dentist which is a personal choice. You can also be registered with a main dentist, and attend another practice for a specialised treatment if your main dentist does not provide the treatment. For example Invisalign or dental implants. When choosing a dentist you should choose based on your personal preferences and you can also consider location and convenience, open hours, specialisms and more.
What do I need to do to care for my teeth at home?
The most important thing is to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, and floss once a day. The toothpaste you use should contain fluoride as this mineral will help to prevent cavities. You should consider the foods and drinks you consume as there are many hidden acids and sugars. If you smoke you should consider stopping. Contact us for your regular checkups, we will advise on the interval required but this is generally every 6 – 12 months.
When should children start seeing a dentist?
Children should start going to the dentist as babies, and before the age of 12 months. They will then need to attend regular 6 monthly checkups. Some fluoride may be applied to individual teeth to enhance dental health.
How do I know if I have a cavity?
A cavity is a small hole which appears on a tooth, and this is caused by decay. The plaque build up mixes with sugars and starches in the food you consume. This combines to form an acid which can reduce the enamel on your teeth. Cavities need to be treated to prevent other dental problems. The good news is that cavities can be prevented by brushing and flossing. If you have a cavity you will be more likely to experience pain or sensitivity.
Do I need fillings?
A filling is a synthetic filler used to fill gaps caused by cavities. Tooth coloured fillings can be used for cosmetic appearance.
What’s gum disease?
This is referred to as periodontal disease and is caused by plaque and the build up of bacteria. Smoking, grinding and some medicines can also cause gum disease. This needs to be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible to ensure it does not lead to complications such as tooth decay or loss of teeth.