What is preventive dentistry?

What is preventive dentistry?
14/10/2015 76 Harley Street

The aim of preventive dentistry is to minimise the amount of dental work you will need in the future. By keeping your mouth healthy, you can prevent tooth decay and gum disease, the two key causes of tooth loss. Regular appointments with your dentist and hygienist are at the heart of this goal.

Preventive dentistry is a partnership

At London specialist dental practice 76 Harley Street, we believe in a collaborative relationship between patient, dentist and hygienist where the mutual goal is to lessen the likelihood that dental intervention will be required. During a check-up, we will assess the health of your mouth, flagging up early signs of decay or disease and together we will create a maintenance plan to address any issues. Our experienced hygienist Abi Ball will meticulously remove tartar from the teeth and give you detailed advice on the most effective at-home dental care methods, enabling you to maintain the highest possible levels of oral health.

Am I too old to start?

The principal goal of preventive dentistry remains the same whether you have few of your own teeth remaining or the full set: to reduce the amount of dental attention required by your mouth, be it your teeth or gums, or any other part of the mouth. At our specialist dental practice in central London, our hygienist will look for early signs of any oral disease, for example mouth cancer or denture stomatitis, a common condition where mild inflammation of the oral mucous membrane occurs beneath the denture.

Neither are you too young to start. To that end, our award-winning hygienist Tracy Tang runs Saturday morning surgeries, advising teenagers on the most effective way to care for their teeth and gums, and in doing so prevent the onset of damaging tooth decay and gum disease.

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