Our qualified dentists and hygienists will work with you to ensure the long-term health of your mouth by preventing problems from occurring or getting any worse. Early detection of any tooth and gum problems can help to avoid the need for more extensive treatment in the future.
Have regular dental appointments
We recommend regular dental health checks so we can identify any problems and provide the very best care. Generally our patients will see the dentist and hygienist at least twice a year but for young adults with minimal or no fillings we find that a once yearly visit is sufficient.
Regular check-ups with your dentist ensure cavities are spotted early and can be dealt with before they cause unnecessary pain – or the need for tooth extraction. Your dentist and hygienist can also spot any changes in your mouth, gums and teeth which could indicate more serious issues such as mouth cancer.
To ensure you are seen regularly by our dentists and hygienists, we offer a range of dental plans to suit your specific dental needs and your budget.
See your hygienist
Even if you have a good daily tooth care routine, this isn’t enough to prevent the daily build-up of plaque which brings with it a whole host of nasties, including bleeding gums and bad breath. Also, if left untreated, tartar build up can lead to gum disease so it’s really important to have regular hygiene appointments.
Remember if you do notice any bleeding when you brush, a metallic taste in your mouth or gum redness, it could signify the early stages of gum disease. If left untreated this could lead to receding gums that can cause teeth to become loose or even fall out.
Our hygienists will scale and polish your teeth leaving them feeling deeply cleaned. They can check your gums and offer advice about oral health, showing you the latest techniques for effective teeth brushing, interdental brushing and flossing. After just one appointment, there will be an obvious improvement in the look and feel of your teeth.
Look after your mouth at home
You should brush your teeth at least twice a day – especially before going to bed – using the techniques that our hygienists recommend. Also try and clean between your teeth once a day using floss, interdental brushes or tape. Brushing your tongue with your toothbrush will also benefit the overall health of your mouth.
Watch your diet
Avoid eating sugary or acidic foods too often and eat any sweet treats straight after a meal. If you do fancy a sugary snack, try and eat it all in one go – rather than making it last.
Highly acidic foods such as citrus fruits, wine and fizzy drinks can soften your tooth enamel so, as an exception to the regular brushing rule, you should avoid brushing your teeth for at least 30 minutes after eating. Instead rinse your mouth with water or chew sugar-free gum to help neutralise any acids.
Care for little teeth too
It’s a great idea to teach children good oral hygiene as early as possible and to try and make sure they are comfortable with regular visits to the dentist and hygienist from a young age.
See our ‘Dental Health for Children’ page for more information and tips for tiny teeth.