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Preventative Dentistry

We work with all our patients to ensure they are following best practices at home to keep their teeth and gums healthy and clean.

Best practice includes brushing, flossing, using a quality mouthwash, and even dietary advice to help reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. We recommend brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day to reduce plaque and tartar build-up.

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.

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 can accumulate.

If you have questions about how to care for your teeth and gums, call us on 020 8224 7562.

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.

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.

Another way you can positively impact your oral hygiene is by eating a healthy, balanced diet low in sugar and avoid carbonated or acidic drinks that can erode your tooth enamel.

It is also vital you visit a dental hygienist for professional cleaning as required. A hygienist uses special tools to remove stubborn tartar build-up, helping to reduce the risk of complications like gum disease, leaving your teeth sparkling clean.

If you need additional support with your dental hygiene, book a consultation with one of our dental hygienists on 020 8224 7562.

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. Maintaining their health decreases the risk of developing gum disease. There is also a connection between gum hygiene and the likelihood of developing a range of other health problems.

Early signs of poor gum health include bleeding, soreness, redness, swelling, recession, and bad breath. If left untreated, gum disease can develop into periodontitis, a severe infection of the gums that can lead to tooth, tissue, and bone 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. 

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. Your dentist will 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. Your dentist may 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.

If you would like to talk to your dentist about airflow tooth polishing, contact us on 020 8224 7562 to book a consultation.

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