Oral Health

oral-healthOral Health is a term we use to define the health of our patients’ mouths. A trip to the dentist has long been seen as a check up to make sure there are no cavities. Here at Abbey Dental Care we aim to expand on this offering a broader more extensive consultation, by treating appropriately and establishing a sense of confidence and satisfaction in our patients. We want them to be safe in the knowledge that their mouths are in a healthy state that compliments their general well being.

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Why do I need a dental check-up?

A check-up allows your dentist to see if you have any dental problems and helps you keep your mouth healthy. Leaving problems untreated could make them more difficult to treat in the future, so it's best to deal with problems early, or, if possible, prevent them altogether.

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What happens during a dental check-up?

At each check-up, your dentist will:

  • Examine your teeth, gums and mouth.
  • Ask about your general health and any problems you’ve had with your teeth, mouth, breath or gums since your last visit.
  • Ask about, and give you advice on, your diet, smoking and alcohol use, and teeth-cleaning habits.
  • Complete an oral cancer screen
  • Examine your teeth checking for cavities, gum disease, cracked or broken teeth or fillings or fillings that are leaking.

Any issues that need addressing will be explained to you and you can advise how you wish to proceed.

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How often should I have a dental check-up?

After your check-up, your dentist will recommend a date for your next visit. The time to your next check-up could be as short as three months if you are experiencing gum disease. Generally we recommend you attend for a check up and clean every 6 months.

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Why and when do we take X Rays?

Dentists can tell a lot about the condition of your teeth just by looking inside your mouth, but sometimes they need to look a bit deeper. X-rays are a vital tool for dentists as they can often spot problems before you start to feel any pain or discomfort. They can also be used for something as simple as finding out whether or not you need a filling.

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Hygiene

Dental hygiene is the cornerstone of our dental practice. It has been proven that regular visits to the dentist to support good at-home care consistently prevents tooth loss, gum disease and painful dental emergencies. It is a cost effective way of taking control of your dental health.

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Scaling and polishing

When you go for a check-up, your dentist may recommend a 'scale and polish'. Essentially, this is a deep clean of your mouth, where the dentist will use a special tool to get rid of the hard build up of tartar (calculus)then follow up by giving the teeth a thorough polish. The dentist will probably concentrate on the areas just below the gum line, behind your teeth and in the gaps in between them, as these are the bits that we sometimes miss when we're brushing our teeth. The scale and polish will help fight against gum disease - although you still need to do your bit by brushing properly twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.

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Floss Your Heart

Cleaning your teeth and controlling gum disease is not just about keeping your teeth - it's about staying healthy and possibly even staying alive. Extensive research now shows us that some of the "toxins" from gum disease travel around the body causing problems in many other parts, specifically the heart, and for women during pregnancy can cause premature birth. So it is not just a matter of keeping your teeth clean.

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Stay Young

We all want to look young and fit and healthy. One of the things that really pre-determines how people judge us is our smile. If you are not comfortable smiling people will misjudge you and may consider that you are grumpy, unfriendly and possibly even unhelpful. An element of staying young is having a clean, reasonably even, possibly slightly lighter-coloured smile. We can really help with this. There are many, sometimes very simple, treatments that can be done to make our mouths and our teeth look better and keep us looking better- often for far less trouble or money than you might expect.

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Technology

Our practice is on the cutting edge of technology with the latest in dental equipment, all which make your experience easier.

Digital x-rays allow us to properly examine your mouth with as little exposure as possible to harmful x-rays.

Computer systems allow us to advise you of the very best recall interval to look after your teeth properly and to customise this to your needs.

We are constantly searching for ways to make your dental experience easier, more pleasant and less painful.

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