Preventive Dentistry

Preventive Dentistry

Fluoride applications and fissure sealants for protection against decay.

Dental Hygiene
Scale & polishing teeth to remove unsightly debris and tartar as well as demonstrating how to keep them clean.

Bad Breath
Improve your social life with fresh breath and have a fresher feeling mouth.

Gum Disease
Treatment of swelling, soreness or infection of the gum tissues.

Decay Detection
Detect early decay and prevent unnecessary discomfort and avoid expensive larger restorations.

Mouth Cancer Screening
Smoking, drinking and unhealthy diets increases risks of mouth cancer. Early detection increases chances of survival.

Just as sugary food and drinks can cause tooth decay, acidic food and drinks can cause erosion, the wearing away of the top layer, the enamel of the tooth. Erosion is very serious as, once the enamel has gone, it cannot grow back, so its a permanent loss.
The biggest culprits for erosion are fizzy drinks, fruit juices and squashes as they contain high levels of acid. We offer oral hygiene and dietary advice and recommend that you avoid these and opt for water or milk whenever possible but you can do the following to minimise the damage.
Add plenty of water to juices and squash to dilute the acid. Use a straw when drinking fizzy or other acidic drinks, as it directs the liquid past the teeth. Don’t swish drinks around your mouth.

Mouth ulcers
Mouth ulcers can be uncomfortable. They look similar to small blisters and can be caused by a tooth rubbing, a lack of vitamin B12, anaemia or even stress. Treatment of ulcers is quite simple and they will usually heal within seven days. If they last for more than two weeks, you should see us as they may be an early indication of something more serious.
If you have a mouth ulcer, you can help clear it up by using a special antiseptic mouthwash or pastilles. These are available from most pharmacies – just ask the pharmacist for advice.
Having a healthy diet can help prevent mouth ulcers and ensure you keep in good health generally. Remember to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

Aching Jaw

If your jaw aches, it’s usually because of increased tension in the surrounding muscles. This is often related to stress, tiredness or anxiety, and is quite common among students taking exams. Painkillers and sedatives may relieve the symptoms in the short term, but you may also consider trying relaxation techniques. If you grind your teeth at night while you sleep, you could wear a ‘biteguard’ to limit any damage. We can have this made for you within 24 hours.

Dry mouth

We all suffer from a dry mouth from time to time, but for some people the condition is more long-lasting. Xerostomia is a condition where the mouth becomes very dry and can make people more susceptible to dental problems such as tooth decay, gum disease or bad breath, or cause problems for denture wearers. There are lots of different reasons why people get dry mouth, and there are things that you can do both to ease the condition and to help prevent problems with your teeth.

Some prescription drugs and medicines can cause dry mouth as a side effect, especially treatments for depression and high blood pressure. Also, certain medical conditions affect the salivary glands, so they don’t produce as much saliva and the mouth tends to be drier.

Xerostomia can lead to a burning or sore feeling in the mouth or a bad taste. You may also have difficulty swallowing and speaking. If you wear dentures, you may find they become loose and cause sore areas.

Making sure you don’t get dehydrated by drinking plenty of fluids can help. Also, doctors and dentists can prescribe artificial saliva, which comes as a spray, to help moisten the mouth. Talk to your doctor about the medicines you take to see if there are suitable alternatives less likely to cause dry mouth. Some people find sucking sweets, or chewing gum helps produce more saliva, but take special care that these don’t contain sugar as this could cause more tooth decay.

Preventive DentistryWe all snore from time to time, usually if we’re nursing a cold or a blocked nose. For some people, though, snoring is a long term condition, which can be distressing for them and especially their partners.

Snoring happens when the soft palate and soft tissues in the throat vibrate together. Throat muscles relax during sleep, like all muscles, and this reduces the size of the airway. A dentist may be able to fit a special appliance which can be worn in the mouth to pull the lower jaw and tongue forward, keeping the airway open and reducing the chance of snoring.

How to prevent snoring

If you’re a sufferer – or if your partner is – try these possible solutions:
+ Try losing weight.

+ Cut back on alcohol or sedatives and stop smoking.

+ Change your sleeping position.

+ Ask us about special customised appliances that we can manufacture to open up the airway.

+ Ask your doctor or pharmacist about drugs to reduce nasal congestion.