We have the knowledge and experience to spot oral cancers, hence the importance of visiting the practice every 6 months or so for your peace of mind in view of early detection and prevention.
Cutting out certain habits such as smoking and heavy drinking can also help prevent the development of mouth cancer.
For more information please visit:- Mouth Cancer Foundation Website.
Visit us every six months for regular dental check-ups that will help to keep your teeth and your overall wellbeing healthier for longer. Children and adults should visit us for regular cleaning and check-ups twice a year but people at greater risk of oral diseases should have dental check-ups more than twice a year (we will risk assess you and inform you of the number of visits per year you require).
Book your routine examination with us to ensure you mouth is looked after by caring, professional people who endeavor to keep your teeth as long as possible.
- Dietary advice.
- Oral hygiene aid demonstrations that we feel may help you get that technique right.
- Your hygienist will also talk to you about any habits that may affect the teeth and gums (e.g. Smoking and Drinking etc) and advise you accordingly.
Part of this preventive programme will include a meticulous scale and polish to remove all hard ‘tartar’ (calculus) which can build up on your teeth. Following a good preventive regime at home, combined with visits to your Hygienist, will give you the best chance of avoiding any tooth extractions and lower your risks significantly of any invasive treatments
Your Hygienist or Dentist will be happy to give you more detailed and personalised advice on how YOU can keep your mouth healthy.
What home care should I do?
Daily dental care should consist of a regular routine of brushing and flossing or some sort of interdental (between the teeth) cleaning. This should occur twice daily, once in the morning and one before bed. Recommendations to brushing 2 minutes each time you brush. We also recommend the daily use of a mouthwash containing fluoride, this will help keep your teeth strong, gums healthy and fresh breath. (Please check with us on current recommendations and also be aware SOME mouthwashes can cause staining ask us at your next appointment.)
How do I look after my dentures?
Partial or full dentures should be cleaned thoroughly to ensure that no food or bacteria is left on the dentures that can contribute to gum disease and they should be left out at night. Pre-soaking your denture with the correct solutions is important.
- Rinse your denture after every meal. Clean your denture thoroughly twice a day with a denture brush (this came with your denture kit) and a non-abrasive denture cleanser. Regular toothpaste is too abrasive for denture care.
- Do not wear your dentures at night. The gum tissue needs to rest and breathe. This will allow your tongue and saliva to cleanse the gum tissue in order to promote better long term health.
- Store your denture in warm water or a denture cleaner, never soak in bleach.
- Dentures are fragile, so it is important to handle with care.
This means that we can now welcome patients requesting to the services of the Dental Hygienist/Therapist without having to be examined by a dentist prior to the appointment.
For new patients to the practice who just want to see the Dental hygienist, the patient will be required to fill in an up to date medical history and a consent form for treatment. The patient will have a regular hygienist appointment and the standard fee will be payable at the end of the appointment.
For patients who regularly see our dentists it is no longer necessary to have a prescription from the dentist before having a hygienist appointment. So if you just require an extra clean, just book in!
It may be before that big day, a special event or even you just want to sparkle – just call us and book in to see our hygienist who can facilitate this clean for you.
Please be aware of the following important notes regarding direct access to the Dental Hygienist:
- If a hygienist identifies an issue whilst performing their duties, they may recommend a referral to a dentist. You should bear in mind that hygienists and therapists do not have the same training as dentists and a trip to the hygienist does not remove the need for periodic examinations by a dentist.
There are certain duties, that even if they have been trained to perform, hygienists and therapists are still not allowed to undertake through direct access. These include:
- Teeth whitening as the law requires a dentist to perform the first application of gel
- Prescribing of x-rays, they may be allowed to take x-rays but only under the prescription of a dentist
- The application of topical fluoride – this can be completed under the prescription of a dentist
- Intravenous Sedation
- Oral Sedation
Get in touch with us or drop in to meet the team to discuss your phobias and needs.