Category: Preventative Dentistry

Tooth Decay

What is Tooth Decay?

Tooth decay is a very common issue in today’s society and especially in young children. Tooth decay occurs due to a build-up of plaque on your teeth that releases acid. This causes the rotting and cavities to appear in your teeth. Allowing plaque to build up on your teeth can cause other issues such as gum disease or abscesses.

Symptoms of Tooth Decay

There are a few symptoms that may mean you or your child could be suffering from Tooth decay. Here are a few examples:

  • Toothache – continuous or intermittent pain
  • Bad breath
  • Black or brown spots appearing on teeth
  • Tooth sensitivity

Ways to prevent Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is a common problem however it can be entirely preventable. There are many ways to avoid tooth decay. Here are a few examples:

  • Visit your dentist regularly
  • Cut down on sugary food and drinks, particularly within an hour of going to bed
  • DO NOT smoke or drink alcohol excessively
  • Brush your teeth properly with fluoride toothpaste twice a day, using floss and an interdental brush at least once a day

Protecting your children’s teeth from Tooth Decay

To prevent your children from tooth decay, you must from an early age show them healthy eating habits and most importantly, show them the best ways to keep their teeth clean. By showing your children the best way to keep their teeth and gums clean, you will help them keep a lot more plaque from sitting on their teeth and this will significantly reduce the risk of them suffering from tooth decay. Also, regular visits to the dentist from a very young age will ensure that your children’s teeth are being cleaned properly. If you are not aware of the best techniques to show your children, a dentist can show them some of the best ways to keep their teeth as clean as possible.

How to give your child good dental health for life

Children in the UK still have rates of tooth decay that are too high. This is getting better, but improvement is still needed. At Ladbroke Grove Dental Care we believe that no child should ever end up in hospital because of something as preventable as tooth decay – yet even in 2016, this still happens.

children-dentistThe team at Ladbroke Grove Dental Care offers a full range of children’s dental services, designed to set your little ones up with good oral health for life. Fear of the dentist is sometimes caused by a negative experience of visiting a practice during childhood; that won’t happen at Ladbroke Grove, where the team is highly experienced in working with children, ensuring they feel safe and well-cared for at all times.

You should start bringing your child into the practice from about the age of 12 months, by which time most children’s milk teeth have started to appear. Of course, every child is different, and if your baby develops teeth at a younger age you can bring them in to see the dentist and to learn how to care for infants’ developing teeth.

It may be helpful for a young child to attend a dental appointment at the same time as a parent, guardian, or older sibling. Children love to observe new things and copy what they see, and this can be a great way to introduce them to the idea of sitting in the dentist’s chair and opening their mouth so that the dentist can look inside.

We have a firm focus on preventative dentistry at Ladbroke Grove, and offer fluoride varnish and fissure sealants to all children, to protect and strengthen their teeth. Advice on tooth brushing will be presented in a fun, engaging, age-appropriate manner.

Early visits to the dentist also mean that if your child does develop decay it can be spotted sooner rather than later, usually meaning less invasive treatment is needed. It can also be beneficial to spot the early warning signs of potential orthodontic problems, so that they can be monitored and treated by early intervention if required.

Have a Hygiene Treatment and Put a Sparkle in Your Smile

Have you had a hygiene treatment recently? If you are a regular visitor to our practice then our Watton dentist has probably recommended you see a hygienist every six months, as a regular treatment is a great way to keep your teeth and gums in great shape. It is also a really nice way to give your smile a quick boost. So why should you visit a hygienist regularly?

dental-hygieneAdvantages of Regular Hygiene Treatments

The whole idea of visiting a hygienist regularly is to ensure that all plaque and tartar is removed from your teeth. If it’s been a while since you had your teeth professionally cleaned then you might be able to spot yellowish areas of calculus or tartar that have begun to build up around the gum line and in between your teeth. Tartar can soon build up if you don’t brush or floss your teeth quite thoroughly enough. This is because plaque which is a sticky biofilm begins to harden into tartar after just a couple of days. Both plaque and tartar consists of bacteria that produce toxins. These toxins will inflame and infect your gums so the presence of tartar greatly increases your risk of developing gum disease or periodontal disease.

When you visit our hygienist, all tartar will be gently scraped or scaled away from your teeth. Afterwards your teeth are carefully polished using special polishing paste. Having your teeth polished is a really nice way to help remove some stains. Afterwards you will enjoy the sensation of having that “just been to the dentist feeling” where your teeth feel beautifully clean and you know your breath is nice and fresh.

Get Personalised Advice on Brushing and Flossing

Having your teeth professionally scaled and polished is any part of your dental visit as you will find our hygienist is great at patient education which is a very important part of our practice. For example, if you have any dental implants or crowns or bridges, or other dental appliances such as a brace, our hygienist will show you the best and most effective way to clean around them and may introduce you to some new tools such as interdental brushes that can be highly effective and much easier to use than conventional dental floss.

You will also find our hygienist can identify any areas that you might be regularly missing out when you brush and floss and by working with you to improve your techniques, we can ensure that your oral hygiene routine at home is the very best it can be. This is a great way to maintain good dental health, and in the longer term will pay huge dividends by ensuring your natural teeth last longer and that you enjoy lower dental bills due to reduced risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

You Don’t Need to See a Dentist in Watton When You Have a Hygiene Appointment

Legislation was changed several years ago to allow patients to come and see a hygienist without the need to see a dentist at the same time, although of course we hope you will keep up with regular visits to our dentist in Watton.

A hygiene appointment is a great way to put a sparkle into your smile so if you are overdue then why not give Clarence House Dental Care a call to book your appointment? You can phone us on 01953 882777 or if you prefer you can book online at

Preventative Dentistry Saves Teeth, Time and Money

Ideally, you should visit your dentist at six monthly intervals and it’s a great idea to have a hygiene appointment at the same time. However, when it’s time for your six monthly check-up, it can sometimes be tempting to skip it, as after all if your teeth feel fine then why should you see a dentist in Southend? Unfortunately this can be a bit of a short-sighted view as dental problems can initially create few, if any symptoms, but catching them at an early stage will help save your teeth and it will definitely save you time and money in the longer run.

preventative-dentistryThe Importance of Six Monthly Visits

During your six monthly check-up, your Southend dentist will be looking for any tiny signs of problems. This might be early lesions or signs of cavities in your teeth that require treatment or monitoring. Your dentist will also carefully assess the condition of your gums. This is done by gently probing your gums using a special dental instrument that measures the depth of any pockets in between your gums and your teeth.

It’s important as gum pockets develop due to gum disease. Normally healthy gums will have a pocket depth of between 1 mm is and 3 mm and depths in excess of this can be cause for concern while pocket depths of 5 mm or more may require treatment. At this stage you may be perfectly unaware that anything is wrong, as gum disease is called the silent disease for good reason. These early symptoms which often include gums that bleed while brushing are easy to ignore, but the good news is that gum disease is easily curable when caught soon enough.

Your regular check-ups will also include oral cancer screenings. Unfortunately this disease is becoming more common and it’s often diagnosed late in the day as it’s likely your dentist is the only medical professional who regularly peers inside your mouth. All dentists are trained to spot symptoms and signs that something may be wrong which include changes to the colour or texture of your oral tissues, or any sore spots that may be failing to heal properly. The prognosis for oral cancer is much better when this disease is caught early on.

Professional Hygiene Treatments

Having your teeth professionally cleaned is another important preventative dental care treatment. By removing the tartar that can cause gum disease, we can help keep your gums and teeth healthy and strong and at the same time it’s a great treatment for brightening up your smile as a scale and polish helps remove some surface stains.

If our dentist in Southend discovers that you do need some treatment then it’s likely to be a lot cheaper, less invasive and quicker than had you waited for a problem to develop. Early detection can help prolong the life of your teeth which is definitely something we prefer here at Southend Dental Care.

If it’s been a while since you saw a dentist in Southend or you are overdue for a check-up, why not get on the phone to us to book an appointment. Call us on 01702 465000 or book online at

Why Preventative Dentistry Is Best

Dentists normally like to see patients every six months and recommend a complete dental examination plus a hygiene appointment to keep teeth and gums strong and healthy. However we realise that many people don’t always adhere to this preventative dental care regime and this might be because they don’t think it’s necessary to see a dentist biannually. If your teeth seem healthy and strong and you haven’t got any symptoms of dental disease then why see a dentist? In fact there are many reasons why preventative dentistry is your best possible option and seeing your Basildon dentist every six months or so could save your money and your teeth.

How Preventative Dental Care Can Help You

dentalcaregroupEven if you don’t have any symptoms of dental disease it’s still possible that there may be small signs of problems beginning to develop. For example a small cavity may not yet cause any tooth sensitivity but why wait until you are in pain or discomfort and need an emergency dentist in Basildon? Instead, our dentist can quickly detect any small signs of problems at a stage when treatment is much easier and much cheaper for you. Prompt treatment can also reduce the amount of time you need to spend in our dental chair. Our regular dental examinations also include screenings for oral cancer, so it’s just possible your dental exam could save your life as this disease is often diagnosed during the latter stages when treatment is less certain of being successful.

Why Hygiene Appointments Are Important

We strongly recommend you have regular hygiene appointments. Even if you don’t wish to see a dentist, you can now access hygiene treatments directly. You are probably already familiar with having your teeth scaled and polished and this is an important treatment for keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Scaling removes a substance called calculus which is essentially hardened plaque.

Failing to brush and floss regularly will allow any plaque remaining on your teeth to quickly harden into calculus. This only takes a couple of days but calculus can only be removed by a dental professional during a hygiene appointment as it is very hard. The problem with calculus is that it consists of bacteria that release toxins, inflaming and infecting your gums and increasing your risk of developing periodontal disease. This disease is incredibly common but can lead to tooth loss and can even impact your general health which is one of the reasons why our dentist in Basildon emphasises the need for good preventative dental care.

As well as professionally cleaning your teeth, you will find our hygienist has a wealth of information and can help you brush and floss far more effectively at home. They can identify any problem areas you may be regularly missing with your toothbrush or dental floss and can suggest ways to brush and floss more easily.

All our patients benefit from having a customised preventative dental care plan as we want you to enjoy healthy teeth and gums for life, if possible. If you are overdue for a dental check-up then please contact Felmores Dental Care to book your appointment today. You can call us on 01268 726789.

Great Preventative Dentistry Can Save You Time and Money

All of the very friendly dental team here at Clacton Dental Care are passionate about preventative dentistry. We know it is the best way for our patients to enjoy optimal dental health at all times and with minimal costs. We are also aware that it’s very easy to ignore six monthly reminders from your Clacton dentist that your regular dental examination is due, particularly if you don’t think there is anything wrong with your teeth. However there are lots of very good reasons why you should make sure you book regular dental exams.

Detecting Any Dental Problems Early on

preventative dentistryBy seeing you every six months or so, our dentist can soon pick up on any signs that something is wrong even before you may have realised there is a problem with your teeth. The huge advantage of doing this is that any treatment required will be quicker, easier, less invasive and cheaper. We are more likely to be able to preserve your natural tooth and you are less likely to suffer any discomfort or pain or to require an emergency dentist in Clacton. After we have assessed your teeth and gums, we can also chat to you about the best way to prevent any dental diseases from occurring and will provide you with a fully customised preventative dental care plan. This is designed to keep your teeth and gums looking their best at all times. We also recommend you see a hygienist at the same time as you see our dentist, as this will only take you an hour or so and we hope will be all that is required for another six months.

Advantages of Regular Hygiene Appointments

Regular hygiene appointments should be an important part of your preventative dental care plan. Our hygienist will carefully scale and polish your teeth, removing hardened plaque which is a substance called calculus. The problem with calculus is that it releases toxins that will inflame and infect your gums, greatly increasing the risk that you could develop gum disease. At the same time this treatment is very effective for helping to freshen up your breath, as well as that lovely feeling of having super clean teeth that you get from going to the dentist. By polishing your teeth, our hygienist will remove some slight surface stains and this can be a nice way to give your smile a bit more sparkle and you will probably notice it looks a bit brighter than before.

By cleaning your teeth, our hygienist will be able to identify any areas that you may be missing during regular brushing and flossing and can advise you on the best ways to brush and floss more effectively. Dental education is a very important part of our practice and we do encourage your patients to ask any questions they have about their dental care as we are here to help you. If you’d like some advice on how to floss more effectively or perhaps on alternative tools to use then please just ask us. We know this is one particular area that many people find tricky and as a result it can often be neglected.

To find out more about how preventative dentistry could help you or your family, or to book an appointment with our Clacton dentist, please call us on (01255) 221001 and book your appointment today. Don’t forget, you can book to see our hygienist at any time and you don’t need to see our dentist to access this service.

Preventative Dentistry: The Easy and Cost-Effective Way to Enjoy Great Dental Health

Do you make the time to go to your Ladbroke Grove dentist at regular intervals or do you put off appointments until you get a niggling problem you can no longer ignore? We strongly suggest everyone comes to see us at six monthly intervals for good quality and affordable dental care as this is by far the easiest way to not only get good dental health but to maintain it. With our personalised preventative dental care plan, we can treat any existing dental issues and afterwards you will find it very easy to look after your teeth.

A Cheaper way to Maintain Great Dental Health and a Nice Smile

emergency dentist in Ladbroke GroveThat is the really nice thing about preventative dentistry, as you will gain peace of mind from knowing your teeth and gums are in pretty good shape at all times and if we happen to find any problems during your regular check-ups, then you will need to spend less time and money on treatment to put things right. You are far less likely to end up requiring an emergency dentist in Ladbroke Grove.

How Preventative Dental Care Will Help You

Just by spending a short while every six months in our comfortable and well-equipped dental practice, you can enjoy ongoing good dental health, provided of course that you back up professional dental care with good oral care at home.

During your regular check-ups, we will carefully assess your current dental health and can make a note of any changes to both your dental and general health since your last appointment. If required, we will take digital dental x-rays to examine any potential problems in greater detail and so we can make a quick and thorough diagnosis. Your dental exam will also include regular screenings for oral cancer as your Ladbroke Grove dentist has received special training to pick up any early symptoms that could otherwise be easily overlooked. At the end of your examination, we will talk to you about any problems we have discovered or any areas of concern and if necessary will explain any treatments we feel are necessary. Hopefully we can just send you on your way for another six months.

Why We Strongly Recommend Regular Hygiene Appointments

When you book your dental examination, it is a great idea to make an appointment to see one of our hygienists at the same time. By having your teeth professionally cleaned, you will help keep your gums strong and healthy, reducing the chances of gum disease. Unless your gums are strong and disease-free, you are more at risk of tooth loss and gum disease is unfortunately very common. You will also find our hygienist is full of useful information on dental care at home and dental education is an important part of preventative dentistry.

Are you overdue for your visit to Ladbroke Grove Dental Care? Call us today on 020 7727 9836 and begin making preventative dentistry a regular part of your life.

Why Your Child’s Milk Teeth Matter

Downham Market Dental Care is a family oriented dental practice and we love seeing children. We encourage parents to bring their child in for that very first dental visit at an early age as we can provide the very best preventative dental care to keep your child’s teeth healthy and strong. Your child’s milk teeth are extremely important to their dental health and it is vital they are not lost too soon to disease or decay.

preventative dental careThese teeth help to hold open just the right amount of space for their adult teeth so they have a better chance of coming through straight. Baby teeth will also help your child learn to talk clearly so they can communicate and socialise well and they will be able to eat normally and without pain or discomfort. Good nutrition is important for growing children. So what age is it best to bring your child in to see us?

Age One Dental Visits

We suggest you book an appointment for your child to see a dentist in Downham Market by your child’s first birthday, or soon after they get their very first milk tooth. There are lots of advantages in seeing a dentist at this tender age. For a start, it is the perfect opportunity for your child to get accustomed to seeing a dentist. By having regular preventative dental care they will hopefully grow up free from dental problems and will not need to see an emergency dentist in Downham Market and will not have negative associations with professional dental treatment.

During this first visit, we will very gently look inside your child’s mouth. There is no need to worry as we do take lots of care when treating children and will go out of our way to make sure they feel safe, comfortable and relaxed. By checking their mouth at this early age, we can see if their teeth and jaws are developing as expected. We are also here to help parents and we can offer loads of useful advice on how best to look after your little one’s teeth.

Ongoing Preventative Dental Care

As your child gets older, we can keep a close eye on the development and growth of their teeth and their facial bones. We can check for any early signs of problems with their bite as often early orthodontics can help reduce the need for treatment when they are in their teens and will ensure they grow up with a nicely balance facial profile as well as beautifully straight teeth.

Other preventative treatments offered by our Downham Market dentist include fluoride applications to help harden and protect their dental enamel. These applications help to reduce your child’s risk of tooth decay. Fissure sealants consist of a very thin, tooth coloured layer of flowable plastic material and are painted onto the chewing surfaces of back teeth to protect them. We can also work with your child so they understand the importance of great dental care and can learn how to look after their teeth at home.

If your child needs to see a dentist in Downham Market, why not give us a call on 01366 382265.

Helping Your Child Enjoy the Benefits of Great Dental Health

If you have a young child then you will want to do everything you can to ensure they grow up enjoying great health and good professional dental care is an important part of this equation. Here at Clarence House Dental Care, we welcome young children to our family oriented practice and we can provide all the treatments they need to grow up with healthy, strong teeth and gums. Our friendly dental team can also help with dental education, showing your child the best way to brush and floss in a way that is fun for them and easy to understand.

How We Can Help Your Child

preventative dental careWith our great range of preventative dental care treatments, good dental health has never been easier and we suggest you bring your child to visit us by their first birthday or when they get that very first milk tooth. You might think is incredibly early but there are lots of good reasons for seeing children this young.

Firstly, it will help them get used to another brand-new environment and to become accustomed to the sights, sounds and smells of a dental practice. This way they will grow up seeing there is nothing to be fearful of and they are less likely to develop phobias or anxieties over dental treatment. It is far better that they experience dental treatment in this way than having their first experience of visiting a dentist when they are in pain or discomfort.

Secondly, our friendly and extremely caring dentist in Watton will be able to gently check how your child’s teeth and jaws are developing. As they develop we can often spot the early signs of any malocclusion or bite abnormalities at a very young age. If necessary we can recommend early orthodontic treatment which can be particularly good for correcting any problems caused by thumb or finger sucking. Early treatment can help reduce the need for braces at a later stage and will ensure your child grows up with a balanced and attractive facial profile. We can also assess your child’s level of risk for tooth decay or other dental diseases and can suggest appropriate preventative dental treatments to reduce this risk.

Thirdly, we can provide personalised dental education for you and your child. Initially we can show you how to care for your child’s teeth and gums and the best way to brush and floss without causing too much stress to you both. As your child gets older and wants to brush and floss on their own, we can help them by showing them the most effective way to do this, hopefully giving them healthy habits that will stay with them for life.

Our Preventative Dental Care Treatments

Good preventative dental care begins with regular visits to our Watton dentist so we can provide the most suitable treatments. These include fluoride applications to help harden your child’s teeth and prevent tooth decay as well as fissure sealants to seal the chewing surfaces of back teeth as these are particularly vulnerable to developing cavities.

If you are looking for a great children’s dentist in Watton, why not give us a call today to book their first appointment. Call us on 01953 882777.

Reasons Why Preventative Dentistry is Best

Have you recently received a reminder from your dentist in Watton that it is time for your regular check-up and hygiene appointment? We know it’s very easy to ignore but there are lots of reasons why you shouldn’t.

Enjoy Better Dental Health All Year Round

preventative dentistryFor a start, a full check-up and hygiene appointments should take around an hour to complete which isn’t much time to spend protecting your dental health every six months or so. Hopefully, with proper dental care this will be all that you need to do to ensure your teeth look their best in between appointments and that they remain strong and healthy.

Preventative Dentistry Can Save You Money

However, if our dentist in Watton does find anything wrong, it should be at a stage where treatment is easily provided and is likely to be a matter of renewing an old and leaky filling or another restoration that has gone past its sell-by date. This is the most effective way of ensuring your dental bills remain as low as possible and it can be much cheaper than waiting until a tooth becomes badly infected, by which stage our dentist in Watton would have to carry out root canal treatment or could possibly need to remove the tooth completely. This could leave you with costly restorative bills or even having to replace the tooth.

Reduce Your Risk of Dental Emergencies

By picking up any small problems at an early stage, we hope to reduce your risk of dental emergencies. You’ll be far less likely to develop toothache or other dental problems and this is well worthwhile as you can guarantee dental emergencies never occur at a convenient time.

Keep Your Smile Looking Its Best at All Times

Regular dental checks combined with oral hygiene appointments are a great way to ensure your teeth and gums are always well maintained. Our oral hygiene appointments are particularly important for removing hardened plaque, a substance called tartar from your teeth. Tartar can often look quite yellow, making it appear if your teeth are stained. At the same time your teeth will be gently polished which is a great treatment for removing some small surface stains. Most people will notice their smile looks a bit brighter after an oral hygiene treatment and it’s also a good way to get nice fresh breath.

Protect Your General Health

Looking after your teeth and gums helps protect your general health. This is because your oral health and overall health are very closely linked and numerous clinical studies have been conducted into the way one can affect the other. Gum disease is a particular issue that has been linked to numerous other diseases and can worsen existing health conditions or increase your risk of developing them.

Get Great Oral Health Advice from Our Friendly Dental Team

Everyone here at Clarence a House Dental Care is passionate about preventative dentistry and we love teaching patients the best way to look after their teeth and gums at home. When you visit our hygienist, they can point out any areas of your mouth you might be missing and can give you lots of advice on how to improve your brushing and flossing routine. If you ever want any help then please just ask us.

Do you need a dental check-up? Why not contact Clarence House Dental Care on 01953 882777 to see an NHS dentist in Watton or a private dentist.