Caring for children’s teeth
We want the children in our practice to grow up with great teeth and keep them for life! Caring for children’s teeth in a calming, pleasant enviornment is one of our highest priorities.
Oral hygiene for all
Tooth brushing is the single biggest factor dictating the health of your mouth – not how often you go to the dentist. As such, it is important that good habits are developed which become automatic. Two minutes is now the normal advice for tooth brushing – brushing for this time will usually transform an unhealthy mouth.
Flouride is excellent at protecting a tooth from decay as it strengthens the surface of the tooth against acid attack.
Usually it is how often the sweets are eaten that is a more accurate risk factor. After we have eaten, our mouth is usually acidic for a while, and especially when there is plaque on a tooth, the bacteria will produce acid which, when below pH 5.5 starts dissolving our tooth surface.
Gums are important
Gum disease is prevented by having a good oral hygiene regime which particularly cleans those areas between our back teeth which we cannot get to with normal tooth brushing. These are areas where bugs flourish and cause chronic damage to the gum and bone holding the teeth.
Soft tissues: checking for cancer
A routine part of your regular dental examination is for us to check the soft and hard tissues in your mouth for signs of cancer. Often we find bumps and lumps that are not cancerous and heal on their own.
Due to the reduced oxygen and harmful smoke and gases which saturate your mouth for long periods in the day, the bacteria colony present in your mouth are changed and your gums will be more damaged by worse bacteria.