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What is preventative dentistry?

The health of your teeth and gums is greatly impacted by how you choose to take care of them. If you aren’t committed to regular all round cleaning and keeping up to date with your dental appointments, then you seriously run the risk of plaque and tartar building up - these are the leading causes of decay, gum disease and tooth loss.

If you are looking for more ways to help protect your teeth then preventive dentistry could be the answer for you. Here’s all you need to know about preventive dentistry options.


Types of preventive dentistry


We at Smile Welling are proud to offer all our patients a comprehensive list of preventive treatments to keep your teeth in tip-top condition.


Check-ups


If you want to keep an eye on oral health then check-ups are the way to find out the condition of your teeth at any given time. A very quick 15-20 minute appointment with our dentist in Welling could offer you a wealth of information on your tooth and gum health. Our dentist in Welling will be able to carry out a few small manual examinations and then take photos and X-rays to check what’s going on below the surface of your teeth.


Hygienists


One of our favourite types of dental treatment here at the practice is a trip to the hygienist. Regular hygiene appointments are an excellent way to maintain good health for your teeth and gums, and can leave patients feeling they have a super clean smile. And what’s even better, some patients have even reported that a good hygiene appointment can even make it appear as if their teeth have been whitened.


Sensitive teeth


If you’ve ever felt that sharp pain from an ice cold drink or a hot cup of tea then it could be that you’re suffering with sensitive teeth. Sensitive teeth can cause disruption and discomfort to your lifestyle and it's often a very easy fix. But as with all things, it’s best to get in contact with your dentist in Welling to check there isn’t anything more sinister going on.


Children’s dentistry


The team here believes that bringing your children to the dentist from a young age counts towards preventive care too. Starting children early can make a real difference to how they relate to their teeth moving forward. By bringing them to see us from a young age you’re introducing the idea of the dentist to them in their formative years and making it a normal part of their health care routine.


At-home prevention


One of the biggest areas of prevention is made up of the steps you choose to take at home - good regular cleans, that follow all the steps of best practices when brushing, are really important. Brushing twice daily for over two minutes, flossing, investing in interdental brushes, and using fluoride products will all help add to your excellent oral health routine.


If you begin to show symptoms or signs of something different happening with your teeth or gums then you should get in contact with one of the team as soon as possible, any changes to your oral health need to be checked and monitored by a professional.