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PREVENTATIVE CARE

Oral Screening


ORAL CANCER SCREENING

The aim of Oral Cancer Screening is to identify mouth cancer early, when there is a greater chance for a cure.

Studies show that mouth cancer is on the increase and that early detection dramatically improves the chances of recovery. Mouth cancer screening is a short procedure at the dental practice that involves a thorough examination of your whole mouth, neck and head for any lumps or lesions that you might have. This will highlight any risk factors so we can treat or refer you as quickly as possible.

It is recommended that you come in for a screening on a yearly basis (during your routine check-up). If you have any sores, lumps or long-term ulcers in your mouth, no matter how small, it is very important that you come in to have them looked at.

Because smoking is strongly linked with many forms of cancer and other dental problems, we always encourage our patients to quit smoking. An excellent self-learning source is the Mouth Cancer Foundation if you require any further information.


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Oral Hygene

ORAL HYGIENE & GUM DISEASE

Everyone should make regular visits to a dentist for the sake of their Dental Hygiene. A well-balanced diet together with brushing and flossing properly, is one of the best ways you can try to avoid gum disease and to keep your natural teeth for the duration of your life.

While most people acknowledge that Gum disease is a dangerous condition, others aren’t aware of how serious gum disease is. Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it. Also referred to as periodontal disease, gum disease is caused by plaque (the sticky film of bacteria) that is constantly forming on our teeth, which actually breaks down the fibres holding the gums tightly to the tooth that subsequently results in formation of a “pocket”. This is usually showing up as an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth, which is still unfortunately a major cause of tooth loss in adults. If left untreated, along with tooth loss it is also linked to increased risks of several major medical conditions including heart disease and strokes, type 2 diabetes, and premature or low birth-weight babies.

More than half of adults across the UK have some form of gum disease, according to NHS estimates, but many people don't realise they have it. The factors that increase the risk of developing gum disease include: poor oral hygiene, smoking or chewing tobacco; genetics, crooked teeth that are hard to keep clean; pregnancy; diabetic patients; and some medications.

Warning signs of gum disease

Warning signs of gum disease:

• Gums that bleed easily or bleed when you brush your teeth or floss
• Red, swollen, tender or puffy gums
• Gums that have pulled away from teeth leaving a pocket
• Loose teeth
• Bad breath or bad taste
• Receding gums
• Gaps between teeth that were not there before
• Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite or in the fit of partial dentures.

At WSDP, during the consultation appointment we will discuss the number of appointments we think you may need and the likely duration of the treatment. The cost of treatment can vary depending on the extent of the disease, the number of teeth affected and the gum tissues’ response to treatment. An estimate of the cost based on an individual assessment will be included with the treatment plan, which will be discussed with you at the time of the consultation and prior to any treatment.

Warning signs of gum disease

At WSDP, during the consultation appointment we will discuss the number of appointments we think you may need and the likely duration of the treatment. The cost of treatment can vary depending on the extent of the disease, the number of teeth affected and the gum tissues’ response to treatment. An estimate of the cost based on an individual assessment will be included with the treatment plan, which will be discussed with you at the time of the consultation and prior to any treatment.

Prevent Gum Disease with Three Easy Routines:

Brushing your teeth twice per day needs to become something you don’t just do, but you do for at least two minutes

Flossing daily is another important routine to get used to. You can’t neglect this important practice – it’s just as important as brushing your teeth! You should be flossing every night, either before or after you brush. Flossing gets plaque out of hard-to-reach spaces that are especially prone to gum disease.

Having a professional dental care at WSDP every six months is the third part of the equation. With regular cleanings and exams, we can identify, treat, and stop gum disease in its tracks. It’s essential to get a professional cleaning twice a year – that’s how you establish a nice, clean baseline to start from!


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PREVENTATIVE DENTISTRY

Preventive Dentistry is the modern approach to reducing the amount of dental treatment required to maintain a healthy mouth and help keep your teeth for life.

Tooth loss results primarily from gum disease and decay. A proactive approach to the management of these causes therefore increases the opportunity for prevention.

Whilst it is the ideal way to manage the oral healthcare of children and young adults, it is the recommended approach for everyone - including people with false teeth who can benefit through the early identification of conditions like mouth cancer and denture stomatitis. That's why people need to see their dentist on a regular basis.

See your dentist regularly

 

• Making regular trips to see the dentist is crucial if you want to do your best to keep your mouth healthy
• It helps to prevent halitosis (bad breath) because we'll clean away the bacteria that cause it.
• We give the warmest welcome to our patients and instruct them how to overcome possible disorders.


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