Family Dentistry, Prevention - the key to dental care.
Childhood is the most important period in a person’s life, and we know how important it is to get dental care right, right from the start. Good dental habits formed now will last a lifetime.
It is important that your child feels comfortable visiting the dentist and the earlier the better.
We would recommend a visit when the first teeth arrive so that your child can get use to the understandably strange surroundings and allow us to advice on healthy diets and the best brushing techniques.
As your child grows we will continue to offer preventative advice and keep a check on their dental health and development.
Derwent Street Dental Practice is fully committed to a preventative approach to dental care. Preventative dentistry is the modern way of helping you maintain a healthy mouth.
We as preventative dentists working along with the hygienists and you, the patient, aim to reduce the amount of dental treatment required in the hope of avoiding the traditional cycle of fillings and extractions. Preventative dentistry can also help you keep your own teeth for longer, if not for a lifetime!
The two main causes of tooth loss are through dental decay and gum disease. With modern dental treatments and oral hygiene products it is possible to prevent or at the very least substantially reduce the prevalence of these diseases in the mouth.
Your dentist will examine your teeth and gums and from this examination formulate an individual action plan. Your dentist and hygienist will then work together; if your teeth are already damaged (due to decay etc.) then your dentist will devise a plan to repair this damage discussing the various treatment options open to you.
The hygienist will give you appropriate advice on how to look after your mouth, this may well include a thorough ‘scale and polish’ of the teeth. They will demonstrate the most effective methods of brushing and cleaning between the teeth using interdental brushes or floss as appropriate. They will advise you about fluoride and oral care products. They will also discuss the effect of diet, smoking and alcohol consumption on your oral health.
You can maximise clean teeth by using the most effective techniques for tooth brushing.
Hold your toothbrush at approximately a 45 degree angle to the tooth. Use small strokes and brush your teeth in sections.
Hold your toothbrush at approximately a 45 degree angle to the tooth, guide the electric brush along the front surfaces, back surfaces and chewing surface of each tooth.
Rinse away stains: if you cannot brush your teeth after consuming food or beverages that may stain your teeth rinse with water or a dental rinse.
Quit smoking: smoking is one of the top factors that undermine clean teeth.
Dental hygienists carefully clean patients teeth and are specially trained to provide deep and effective removal of plaque. This is an essential part of protecting your oral health and ensuring you have strong teeth for life.
Regular visits to the hygienist help prevent gum (Periodontal) disease, bleeding gums and tooth decay:
Benefits include: preventive advice-day to day care of your gums
Teeth cleaning and polishing