Category: Preventative Dentistry

Why Preventative Dentistry is a Smarter Choice

Here at Smilemakers our principal dentist Dr Thomas Darling and all our dental team are committed to providing our patients with great quality and affordable preventative dentistry as we know that this is by far the most effective way to gain and then maintain your dental health. At the same time, a good preventative dental plan will save you money as it is cheaper for a Southampton dentist to treat early signs of dental disease than to wait until a problem causes pain or discomfort.

preventative dentistryBy this stage treatment is likely to be lengthier and more expensive and any disease may have caused far more extensive damage to your teeth and even the structures holding your teeth in place which include your gums and jawbone. Our aim is to ensure you enjoy good dental health at all times and that you are able to keep your natural teeth for as long as possible and we hope for life. Preventative dentistry will also help protect your general health as there is a close connection between a healthy mouth and a healthy body. So how can we help you?

Personalised Preventative Dental Care Plans

When you visit us for a check-up, then our dentist in Southampton carefully assess your current dental health before working out a suitable preventative dental care plan for you. This will include any recommendations for treatments if required to help restore dental health and an ongoing preventative plan. Your ongoing preventative dental care plan will suggest regular check-ups and hygiene appointments at intervals determined by your personal level of risk for dental disease.

While most people will probably need to see us every six months or so, this interval may be shorter for someone who perhaps has other issues affecting their dental health, or longer for someone who currently has very good dental health. We can also talk to you about how diet and lifestyle habits such as smoking affect your dental health.

Why Hygiene Appointments are Important

We have an award-winning oral hygiene team and they will help keep your teeth and gums healthy and clean. Regular hygiene appointments are important, as having your teeth professionally cleaned is a very easy way to help prevent gum disease.

During your professional tooth cleaning, your teeth will be carefully scaled, a process that removes hardened plaque which is a substance called tartar. This tends to build up around the gum line, where your teeth meet your gums and the bacteria in tartar release toxins that will infect and flame your gums, greatly increasing your risk of gum disease. After scaling your teeth, they are selectively polished so you will leave our practice with that lovely ‘just been to the dentist’ sensation of having a super-clean mouth. Our hygiene team can also offer you advice on dental care at home which will include instruction on how to brush and floss efficiently. If you struggle to floss then we can show you easier alternatives.

Great preventative dental care is the easiest way for you to have a smile you will be proud to show off. Contact us on 02380 442626 or online at www.smilemakers.co.uk if you would like to book your appointment.