To help you achieve dental health we recommend visiting your dentist every 6 months for your dental check up. Checks ups/dental assessments play an important part in keeping you mouth, gums and teeth healthy.
We practice preventative dentistry at our clinic in Codsall. Our aim is to help keep your natural teeth for as long as possible and help educate you on steps you can take in between each dental visit. At the check up we will:
- Look at your teeth to see if there is any wear/damage (cavities, build up of plaque, signs of bruxism)
- Check the health of your gums for signs of gum disease or any other abnormalities
- Check for signs of oral cancer
- Educate on best practices for oral hygiene whilst at home
- Give tips and any advice on lifestyle and dietary improvements to help look after your natural teeth for as long as possible
One of our lovely patients who was happy to have their photo taken
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer is a very serious disease that can occur for multiple reasons. Early detection is very important for a higher recovery rate.
Our clinicians are trained professionals and during the check up will look for any sings of oral cancer. If anything is detected, we will make the necessary referrals with all haste. With the recommended visit to a dentist being every 6 months for your check-ups, we are able to spot any changes than may be occurring unbeknown to you.
There are also checks you can do at home:
What Is Preventative Dentistry?
This term is used to encompass proactive steps we can take to keep after our natural teeth for as long as possible. One of the most important things everyone can do daily is by practicing a good healthy oral hygiene (brushing/flossing/mouth wash etc) routine. The other important factor is understanding how your lifestyles choice can have an effect on your teeth (having too much sugar etc).
By making simple changes to your life you will reduce the likelihood of cavities, deposits of plaque building up, tooth/enamel wear, and ultimately help look after your natural teeth for longer.
We work with you, our patients, so we can help protect your natural teeth for as long as possible. This is why having a dental check-up is such an important part of your preventative care.
It’s also important to note that pain in your mouth is often one of the later signs that something is not quite right in your mouth e.g. hole in your tooth (cavity). Early warning signs can be picked up prior to pain happening, and this is why being a proactive dental patient is important to help keeping your natural teeth.
Cavities, Plaque and Tartar
A lot of early dental problems can be linked to plaque and tartar which then leads to holes in your teeth (caries/cavities).
Plaque is when bacteria builds up on your teeth. The easiest way to tackle this is by brushing your teeth (twice a day), flossing (once a day) and using a mouth wash as part of your daily oral hygiene routine. Over time plaque that has been left will solidify and become a hard-sticky substance called tartar.
This becomes more difficult to remove as your daily oral hygiene routine alone will not be able to remove the tartar using conventional methods. You will need a dental hygiene appointment where we use professional tools that can reach those difficult to clean areas and efficiently remove this build-up. As part of your recommended check up every 6 months, a hygiene (scale & polish) appointment is also important to achieve dental health, as we can help you stay on top of your oral hygiene.
The reason why its important to keep your teeth free from plaque and tartar is because they can cause irritation to your gums (chance of gum disease) and lead to holes in your teeth (cavities). Your lifestyle does play a big part in cavities appearing, which is often linked to how many sugary drinks/foods are consumed.
When it comes to cavities, these can have many knock-on effects to your overall dental health. The first complication is that bacteria can start to seep into your teeth. This is bad because at the root of your teeth is where the nerves are. This can lead to very bad dental pain and may require root canal treatment to save the tooth (and in the worst-case scenario, it leads to tooth loss!)
When it comes to dental complications the longer things are left untreated, they will get progressively worse which will require more complex treatment to achieve dental health again. This can mean higher dental bills and higher chances of the worst case scenario of tooth loss becoming a reality.
Dental Plans & Pay As You Go
At our private dental practice in Codsall we have two ways you can proceed with treatment. You can pay as you go at every appointment. Or, you can join our denplan dental plan which will help you save on your yearly dental care. To find out which option suits you best, please do not hesitate to call us and our friendly team will be happy to help.