It is extremely important for the care of your teeth and your family’s teeth to make an appointment to have a dental health check.
The two major causes of tooth loss are decay and gum disease. The better we prevent or deal with these two problems with the help of dental experts, the more chance people have of keeping their teeth for life.
Working together prevents the need for treatment of fillings and extractions. A course of dentistry treatment may be recommended to get your mouth into good condition, and a dental health check and maintenance plan will be worked out to help you keep it that way.
People who do not have teeth can also benefit from regular visits to the dentist because of conditions such as mouth cancer.
Your Dental Health Check
- An assessment of your teeth, gums and soft tissues (for oral cancer screen) is carried out by one of our experienced team
- A treatment plan is then formulated for your specific needs
The main aim of dental health check is to help you get your mouth healthy and prevent any dental problems.
Our Hygienist can then show you the best methods of brushing and flossing to remove the bacterial ‘plaque’ which forms constantly on your teeth and gums. Plaque will also cause gum inflammation if it is not regularly and thoroughly removed. The hard tartar (calculus) which builds up on the teeth also starts off as plaque.
You will be informed about which oral care products are the best ones for you to use
There may be a need to discuss diet and any habits such as smoking and drinking with you
Our team will make sure that all your fillings are in good shape.
What can you do at home?
It is very important that you keep up a good routine to keep your teeth and gums healthy at home.
- Brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day with fluoride. We recommend most patients to use electric tooth brushes
- Floss or use interdental brushes between your teeth – brushing alone only cleans up to about 60 percent of the surface of your teeth
- Use a mouthwash – this can help keep your breath fresh. It can also help to dislodge any food debris
- Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks
- Chew sugar-free gum. This helps stimulate saliva and prevents your mouth from drying out and can help to prevent dental decay and erosion
- Visit our team regularly, as often as they recommend