Preventive Dentistry in East Molesey

Preventive dentistry is a vital treatment for patients to avoid future dental issues… and reduce future dental bills.

Preventive Care and Oral Hygiene

What are the preventive measures we can implement?

As dental care providers, our first goal is to make sure you have all the information and resources needed to properly care for your own oral health.

We work with our patients to ensure you are following the best practices at home to keep your teeth and gums as healthy and clean as possible.

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Brushing, interdental cleaning, and mouthwashes

We recommend brushing twice a day – first thing in the morning, and last thing at night.

In addition, we provide our patients with an oral hygiene plan where which may involve using floss or interdental brushes to clean in-between your teeth.

Using mouthwashes is beneficial only if you are cleaning well using the above methods and will remove any loose debris that may have been left behind, and of course, freshen your breath.

Dietary adaptations to help reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease

We also advise our patients to eat a healthy, balanced diet. We recommend the avoidance of sugary foods and drinks, as sugar reacts with the plaque in the mouth, creating harmful acids that wear away tooth enamel and cause cavities.

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Hygienist visits

Finally, we advise our patients to have regular professional cleanings with a dental hygienist.

A hygienist cleans away stubborn tartar that is impossible to remove by brushing alone.

They can also reach areas that a toothbrush cannot, such as the pockets beneath the gum line where plaque and tartar can accumulate.

How important is dental hygiene?

Good oral hygiene is essential to ensure your teeth and gums remain healthy, helping to prevent future issues that could lead to costly restorative treatment.

Although most adults are committed to brushing their teeth twice daily, many people forget to floss, use mouthwash and also are not brushing their teeth attentively or properly.

Maintaining a high standard of dental hygiene reduces the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

Dental hygiene is crucial for adults and children.

Good habits should begin the moment a child’s first tooth erupts, including daily hygiene such as brushing and flossing, as well as regular dentist visits.

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How can I ensure optimum gum hygiene?

Gum hygiene is a crucial component of your overall oral health.

Our gums support our teeth and protect the underlying bone tissue in the jaw.

By maintaining their health, you can decrease your risk of developing gum disease.

There is also a proven connection between gum hygiene and the likelihood of developing a range of other health problems.

Early signs of poor gum health include:

  • Bleeding and soreness
  • Redness and swelling
  • Gum recession and bad breath

If left untreated, gum disease can develop into periodontitis, a severe infection of the gums that can lead to tissue, bone and tooth loss.

You can enhance your gum hygiene with a scale and polish treatment, where a dental hygienist removes tartar from beneath the gum line.

They will then polish your teeth to smooth their surface and help to prevent plaque build-up.

If you would like to book a gum hygiene consultation with a dental hygienist, call us on 020 8224 7562.

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Professional Cleaning: Airflow Tooth Polishing

Our teeth can become stained for many reasons. The biggest culprits are smoking and drinking tea or coffee, but several foods and beverages are also known to stain enamel over time.

If you want brighter teeth, airflow tooth polishing could be for you. We use a blend of air, sodium bicarbonate, and water to remove stubborn plaque and superficial stains, leaving you with teeth that look and feel cleaner than ever.

Dentists sometimes use airflow tooth polishing in conjunction with other treatments to achieve even better results. If you would like this, we can perform a scale and polish beforehand to remove hardened plaque on the teeth and beneath the gum line.

Airflow polishing is also a good preparatory step for professional teeth whitening treatments.

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Dawn SwansonDawn Swanson
10:27 24 Nov 22
I have been with the Gentle Dental Practice for 8 years, the care and service I have received has always been 5 star. I have recently used their new hygienist Nicky who is great. Looking for a new dentist just contact their very friendly and proffessional team.
George HorseyGeorge Horsey
18:54 15 Nov 22
Dental Impant Surgery:I had my dental implants fitted recently and I am extremely happy with the outcome. Ali and the team have done an amazing job since I lost my 2 front teeth over 6 years ago. I had to wait for the surgery for a long time due to my age and the issues surrounding having implants at a young age.I finally had the surgery 12 weeks ago and had my two new crowns fitted last week. They look absolutely amazing and the whole procedure was way less painful than I ever thought it would be.I would highly recommend getting your implants done at the Gentle Dental Practice, you won't regret it!A massive thank you to everyone at the practice!
Deeban SkandalingamDeeban Skandalingam
12:06 03 Nov 22
Fantastic work on my teeth and I would highly recommend! My teeth turned out better than I had even hoped for. If you are in need of any dental work, you would be doing a great disservice if you didn't speak to this practice first. The staff were extremely friendly, there were text updates and all in all an excellent service from start to finish. If you haven't guessed already, I am thoroughly pleased with The Gentle Dentle. Thank you!
Pippa HarveyPippa Harvey
14:54 26 Oct 22
Like many people, I have an immense fear of dentistry, and dentists, due to previous experiences.I had two broken teeth and one that had been treated incorrectly by an NHS dentist. I had been in daily pain for about 18 months, and had been put on a 6 month waiting list by my NHS dentist.I called gentle dental to explain my problem and they offered me a same day appointment. They were kind, compassionate, understanding, patient and validating. I’m not sure anybody ever feels completely comfortable in the chair, but It’s the closest I’ve ever come!The work needed was carried out, all of the staff were kind and welcoming, and it showed me that the dentist doesn’t have to be a dreaded place!Thank you so, so much gentle dental! I will definitely be returning.
Tilesh PTilesh P
15:45 14 Sep 22
Dental Implants - 3 New Teeth - June 2022I had the most professional and pain free experience when getting my new tooth implants at Gentle Dental. Honestly I put it off for some many years because I just didn't want to go through the pain. But my experience was totally the opposite. Ali and the wonderful girls were there every step of the way. All my questions got answered and I was reassured everything would work out well. And it did. I was worried for no reason.I did think about going abroad to have it done but when you consider the risk factor, time and professional standards - it made no sense to me. I have known Ali for a long time and knew I would be in the best hands and if there were any issues these would could be resolved easily.If you are thinking of having dental implants at Gentle - don't waste any more time. Just book and get it done.Was it painful ? No, uncomfortable for a few days, yes for sure.I just wish I had it done sooner. Thanks guys, love my new teeth 🙂
Edward CrameEdward Crame
13:43 04 Dec 21
Very happy with all aspects of the work they have done. Very clean, professional and well run business.
Lynn HuddartLynn Huddart
12:43 24 Nov 21
Dr Ali Rifai was professional and I am very pleased with the outcome of my Invisalign's. I have been with this practice for many years and would highly recommend. The staff are very friendly and nothing is an issue.
Jonathan PlumbJonathan Plumb
11:52 24 Nov 21
Can't thank this practice enough for all their help. I don't post reviews very often, so when I do, it's because an impression has been left! Dr Ali saw me at short notice to help fix a broken tooth. The nurse (I think her name was Danni) was so helpful and kind, as were the rest of the team. Thank you for being there for me in my hour of need (the same day i asked for an appointment!)
Eva AugustEva August
07:11 06 Nov 21
I’m so happy to find this practice. I suffer from anxiety and high sensitivity to pain. It was very stressful for me going to dentist after years of fear. The team not only make me calm and welcome but I FELL ASLEEP during treatment with Dr Marshall ! So understanding and caring. Thank you!
Marc NevittMarc Nevitt
11:35 11 Oct 21
I have been using this dentist for well over a decade and can honestly say my teeth would be in a far worse situation if wasn’t for the Gentle Dental practice.My most recent visit was for a filling .. barely felt the injection!I would highly recommend this dentist to anyone, but especially if you’re teeth require a high level of care like mine.
Emma BrauerEmma Brauer
08:44 04 Aug 21
This place was recommended to me by family and for a nervous patient the best experience. The reception welcome is cheerful and friendly, beautifully modern area with hot drinks and water on offer.I needed implants, crowns and bridges followed by whitening, so lots of appointments. My dentist Mr Ali Rafai was superb from start to finish, so professional and personable. Throughout the whole process I was cared for wonderfully plus lots of laughs along the way. The constant care during appointments was very comforting, no rushing, and I knew I my needs were Mr Rafai's priority. Plus check up call the next day without fail to make sure everything was going well.Absolutely deserves five stars!
Alan SamuelAlan Samuel
13:30 14 Jul 21
Fantastic experience with Ali. It took 18 months including bone grafting, removing and replacing failed dental implants, invisaline for my bottom teeth which were all over the place and some veneers but now I'm delighted with the outcome.Ali was always very clear about how this wasn't an overnight solution in an honest and forthright manner which gave me confidence that he would deliver results.I was offered several overnight solutions from other dentists locally at a fraction of the cost but when I see how much effort and detail that went into my plan, I know i made the right choice.
Kurt JohnsonKurt Johnson
17:48 14 May 21
I have got no complaints about this Dental Practice. They were all very friendly and accommodating and always professional.My dental treatment was also really good, everything went according to plan and the results are great!I am VERY happy with the outcome and would recommend them anytime!
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