Cleaning and Prevention

Preventative dentistry ensures that we catch any potential problems before they develop

We all would love to keep our natural teeth for as long as possible but this is only possible with the correct care. You need to reduce your chances of developing decay and gum disease. The best way to do this is by attending regular dental appointments.

Preventative dentistry ensures we catch any potential dental health problems before they develop further. The amount of required treatment is reduced, often making it quicker and cheaper to treat. You can avoid having so many extractions and fillings, and are more likely to keep your natural teeth for life.

At your appointment, your dentist will assess your mouth and discuss any necessary treatment with you. They will try to prevent any recurring problems. Any fillings or other dental work you have will be checked over. After your dentist has assessed your dental health, they will recommend a course of treatment or maintenance plan to keep your teeth in the best condition as possible.

Your dentist or hygienist will perform a thorough professional clean which is known as a scale and polish. They will also teach you the best way of keeping your teeth and gums clean and free of plaque. Plaque is an invisible layer of bacteria which turns into acid when it is mixed with sugar. This acid starts to eat away at your teeth and can cause tooth decay, as well as infecting the gums. This leads to gum disease.

I have been with the practice for seven years. I have found them welcoming, pleasant and reassuring, as a visit to the dentist is not high on my list of pleasurable activities. Through their care and advice I have managed to keep my teeth for longer than expected, due to gum disease. I do not live locally but am happy to travel to receive such excellent care.

Gum disease

Gum disease is caused by a build-up of plaque. This can be avoided if you brush and floss your teeth twice a day. There are various symptoms of gum disease, including swelling, redness, soreness and bleeding during brushing. There are two types of gum disease – gingivitis and periodontal disease.

Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums, causing the symptoms described above. If you have gingivitis for a long time, it can turn into periodontal disease, which affects the tissues supporting the teeth. Over time this can lead to the deterioration of the bone that teeth are anchored to in the jaw, eventually causing teeth to become loose or even fall out completely. Periodontal disease causes more tooth loss than tooth decay, and so you should ensure you maintain your daily routine of brushing and flossing to prevent the build-up of plaque.

Wickersley Dental Practice
20 Morthen Road
S66 1EU

01709 543033