Working with your dentist in Upper Heyford


Understanding preventive dentistry

When your dentist talks about preventive dental care they are referring to the daily oral hygiene care taking place at home, as well as appointments with your dental team. Preventive care is the area of dentistry that is based on a high standard of maintenance concerning your overall dental hygiene, so as to prevent the development of dental problems further down the line. By maintaining and improving your dental hygiene your overall wellbeing can be improved both physically and mentally.

The importance of regular check-up appointments

Working on the basis of preventive care means that regular dental check-up appointments are of great importance. Attending the dental practice every six to twelve months, combined in some cases with regular hygienist appointments, ensures that any flaws within your daily oral hygiene process are spotted early on and addressed promptly. Working with your dentist in Upper Heyford as a team is one of the most effective ways to ensure that your oral hygiene techniques are effective and efficient in all aspects.

Visiting a hygienist alongside your regular check-ups

Although we would all like to think that our oral hygiene methods are of the highest quality at home and are being as effective as possible, unfortunately this is often not the case. Therefore plaque builds up around the teeth and in a short period of time gingivitis begins to take hold. Whilst a slight bleeding of the gums may seem unimportant, if the hygiene process is not altered then then gingivitis can develop further into periodontal disease. The gums will become inflamed and bleed, and in the more severe cases, the stability of the teeth can be affected and may lead to tooth loss. This is where the combination of visits to our dentist in Upper Heyford and our hygienist works wonders.

Whilst your dentist in Upper Heyford will check your dental care and advise on any treatments or procedures, it is often the hygienist that will carry out any deep cleaning processes that may be in order. For instance, the buildup of plaque is one of the leading causes of  gingivitis and tooth decay so having a professional, in-depth clean on a regular basis alongside your dental checks is the best way to continue forward in following the preventive dental care process. Our hygienist will also advise and educate on the best way to clean your teeth properly and on any tools to do this for maximum benefit.

Sensitive teeth and how we can help

Whilst toothache can often be overlooked when the discomfort is mild, as the pain progresses, daily life can be affected. This pain whether mild or severe can be down to a number of reasons, but is important to attend an appointment should it affect your ability to concentrate due to the discomfort. Sensitive teeth can be caused by a variety of factors including tooth enamel loss. Contacting your dentist is therefore the best approach to tackling this pain, as we will take time to figure out the cause and work on eliminating the discomfort going forward.