A dental examination or “check-up” is our way of making sure your oral health is maintained for today, tomorrow and the future.
During this dental examination, we take the time to listen to your wants, needs and any other aspect of your dental care you wish to discuss. Open communication is the key to understanding our patients as best we can.
A comprehensive examination of the face, head and neck is performed including the jaw joints. This is followed by an oral health screen for gum disease, oral cancer and tooth decay which is accompanied by digital X-rays for diagnostic screening purposes. If any problems or disease are identified, we take the time to discuss things with you in detail and lay out all of the possible treatment options.
At The Windmill Dental Practice our focus is on how we can prevent oral disease before it occurs. We aim to achieve this through advice, education and building relationships to ensure that your dental health is maintained in the long run.
How often should I attend the dentist?
We always recommend routine examinations every six months to ensure you maintain excellent oral health and have peace of mind with regards to disease.
What will happen at my first appointment?
You will be seen by one of our highly skilled dentists who will introduce themselves, get to know you and exactly what you need from your dentist, and it will be a chance for you to discuss any concerns you may have. The dentist will then perform a full examination as outlined as above and provide you with a course of treatment as is required, based on the results of the examination and what you feel we need to focus on.
What is tooth decay?
Tooth decay, or dental caries, is a very common disease process. It occurs through the process of dietary sugar consumption which is used as an energy source by the bacteria that live in the mouth. As a waste product bacteria produce acid which breaks down the tooth structure and causes the tooth decay.
How can I reduce the chance of causing tooth decay?
By reducing the amount and more importantly the regularity of how often you consume sugar / and sugary foods, it reduces the energy source available for the bacteria and in turn the acid that they produce to cause the decay in the first place. We recommend eating three meals a day and snacking at one other time, and drink only water between meals.
Brushing with a fluoride-based toothpaste twice a day. Fluoride incorporates itself into the microstructure of the tooth which makes it more resistant to decay. Furthermore the bacteria that live in the mouth are not fond of it and fluoride makes it difficult for them to exist.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease or periodontal disease is very common and equally very treatable. It occurs because of the buildup of plaque on the tooth surface which contains a vast amount of bacteria which can irritate and damage them. Some people are more susceptible than others. If teeth are not cleaned regularly the bacteria can cause the gums to become inflamed, bleed and cause pain. These are all signs of gum disease and must be treated immediately. If left and allowed to progress, it can result in more severe symptoms such as recession of gums, sensitivity and mobility and loss of teeth.
How can I prevent gum disease?
Brushing twice a day on the tooth surface and gum margins will remove the plaque and the cause of the irritation to the gums and gum disease.
Using inter-dental cleaning aids. A large portion of teeth if not flossed are left uncleaned, so it is important to use floss or interdental brushes to remove any plaque and debris.
Attending regularly to see the hygienist. The hygienist will ensure that the health of the gums are checked, cleaned and also provide advice on how best to improve any oral hygiene regimes.
Avoiding smoking. Smoking can release many potent chemicals into the mouth and this in turn can result in gum disease. There is a large scientific basis suggesting the two are linked.
New patient consultation half price offer (was £200, now £100 for a short time only).
Routine examination £75 or incorporated in your Practice Plan charges.