Dental Check Up & Prevention

  • Early detection of decay and gum disease.
  • Identify your risk profile
  • Advise on some changes in life.

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Prevention is better than cure and that is at the heart of everything we do at the at Medway Smile Clinic’s – we want to help you keep your teeth for life.
The most common dental diseases are completely preventable. Regular dental check-ups and hygienist appointments are one of the best ways to keep in touch with your oral health and spot any problems before they start. We recommend appointment times according to your personal dental habits and risk profile, with an average suggested 6 months between check-ups.
There are some basic rules you can follow to avoid some of the more common dental issues:
Dental Hygiene
Regular tooth brushing and flossing are the basic requirements for healthy gums, teeth and a fresh breath. Patients often brush several times a day but their technique may be inadequate for effective cleaning. Our Hygienists focus on improving and maintaining the condition of your gums, as well as offering a range of treatments- from relief from tooth sensitivity to fluoride treatments and tooth sealants-designed to help you to be more confident and feel better about the long-term condition of your teeth.
Diet
Sugars and particularly carbohydrates are a major cause of tooth decay. The most important point is to limit the number of times any item of food or drink makes contact with your teeth. Thus all foods should be consumed during mealtimes only and avoid snacks between meals.
Tooth surface loss due to acidic foods and drinks is also a major concern today. Please seek professional advice if you feel your teeth are affected by tooth erosion.
Fluoride
Use of toothpaste with fluoride is one of the major factors why children today have less tooth decay. Great care should be taken on taking additional fluoride supplements in young children and professional advice must be sought.
Smoking and Oral Health
Smoking can lead to many different health issues and diseases and, in some instances, these can be fatal. Although most people are aware of the effect that smoking can have on their body and general health, many are unaware of the effects that smoking has on their mouths which include:

  • stained teeth
  • bad breath (halitosis)
  • tooth loss
  • gum disease
  • loss of taste and smell
  • reduced blood supply to the mouth
  • increased build-up of plaque and tartar on your teeth
  • delayed healing following dental extractions and other oral surgery
  • increased risk of oral cancer
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