At Park Street Dental Clinic we believe in preventing problems rather than just treating them as they occur.
Regular oral health care advice will be given to encourage you to keep teeth and gums healthy. As a result, you can reduce the amount of treatment needed. To ensure both you and your teeth receive the best care, you may also be advised to visit our hygienist.
When treatment is required, you can rest assured that we will always use the highest quality, longest lasting and most aesthetic materials and techniques.
Our friendly staff are committed to providing quality dental care, including information and motivation to help facilitate effective home-care by all members of the family.
As is often the case, ‘prevention is better than cure’. No matter how advanced a dental problem is there is normally always a way to deal with it. However it is always better to avoid the need for invasive and lengthy dental treatment- with a little extra care and attention in advance.
By adopting a pro-active approach to your dental hygiene- including education regarding diet and useful dental hygiene products- some issues can be completely avoided, whilst others can be detected earlier and dealt with before they become too serious.
Our recommendations to help keep teeth healthy in the long-term:
Regular check ups with the dentist
The most effective way to keep on top of your oral health is to attend regular appointments with your dentist at least twice a year.
As well as spotting changes which could signify more serious diseases such as mouth cancer, your dentist will also fully check your mouth and gums- picking up on cavities so that they can be treated before they become too advanced. They can also recommend sealants for teeth at high risk of decay.
Brush your teeth twice a day:
You should always brush your teeth twice a day. Floss, mouthwash and interdental brushes can also be used to make sure teeth and gums and completely clean. Disclosing solutions can show you if you have missed any spots.
If your teeth are sensitive then a sensitive toothpaste should help.
Remember that smoking can also have a bad effect on your oral hygiene.
Avoid too many sugary foods:
Be aware of your diet and bear in mind that sugary items such as chocolates and sweets should be consumed in small quantities. If you do eat sweet items have them following a meal so that your mouth acids have chance to neutralise afterward.
If you can, brush after eating particularly sticky or hard sweets to remove sugary deposits left on or between the teeth.
At the other end of the scale, highly acidic foods such as wine, citrus fruits, and fizzy drinks can actually soften the enamel on your teeth and therefore, you shouldn’t brush your teeth straight away. Instead it is recommended that you wait for at least half an hour.
Instead, you can drink water to clean your mouth or chew a sugar free gum to neutralise acids in your mouth.
Start oral education early:
It is important that children are educated regarding their diet and personal oral health as early as possible.
As soon as their first teeth appear your child should be encouraged to brush twice a day– with supervision. A child should be able to brush their teeth independently from around 7 years of age.
Remember that fruit juice, squash and fizzy drinks contain lots of sugar and should be avoided. Sweets and chocolates should also be avoided. Milk and other high calcium products like yoghurt and cheese are ideal for building strong teeth and bones but should be included as part of a balanced diet.
Babies should be registered with a dentist at birth. A first visit should be scheduled for around 6 months of age- when the first teeth generally start to appear- and regular visits are recommended from then on to help ensure they are confident and relaxed.
It is recommended that bottles are avoided after 6 months of age and dummies after 1 year- in order to prevent developmental issues with the mouth. If in doubt speak to your dentist or your health visitor for more advice.