At St. Oswald’s a vital part of the preventive care that we promote requires routine check-ups to ensure that any problems are spotted early and (if appropriate), addressed before they can cause pain or require more complex intervention.
During your routine assessment, we will carry out a comprehensive examination of your teeth and gums, checking for signs of decay and keeping a watchful eye for any changes to your mouth that could indicate more serious issues, such as gum disease or mouth cancer. When necessary we work together with our hygienists. Extra diagnostic aids like x-rays may be required and if time allows simple treatments such as tooth cleaning can be provided during the check-up appointment. New patients enjoy an extended consultation time but for the same fixed fee.
At the end of this process, your dentist will sit with you and talk over your case. Hopefully, you will get a thumbs up but if there are treatment options they will be explained and discussed. Naturally, any questions or concerns will be addressed. Your dentist will give you an indication of any anticipated costs and a written estimate can be provided if required.
Growing teeth need plenty of attention, which not only means looking after them every day at home but also bringing youngsters to see the dentist at least every six months for preventive dental care.
Teeth start to emerge at around six months but we are very happy to see children earlier in order to give us the opportunity to offer simple advice aimed at protecting the new teeth as they arrive in the mouth. The earlier children come for their first visit the more easily they get used to the sights, smells and sounds of the dental practice, allowing them to be more confident as they grow older.
Most children go through times when their tooth cleaning is not perfect, we can offer gentle advice on brushing and maintaining a healthy diet. Your dentist can protect adult molar teeth with a fissure sealant, a clear coating that shields the harder to clean back teeth. Fluoride varnish can also be applied to strengthen tooth enamel and make it more resistant to decay.
Most tooth cavities can be prevented. An effective daily home care routine is essential for keeping a developing dentition healthy. You should start to clean your child’s teeth twice a day as soon as they appear and make the transition to supervised brushing as they get older. Many foods and drinks contain sugar; it is not only important to know which foods are ‘safe’, but also to appreciate that teeth can be further protected by introducing appropriate intervals between the eating or drinking of sugary food and drinks.
We treat children free of charge on the NHS. Our experience shows that when young adults leave home, they are initially at a high risk of developing serious tooth decay. We, therefore, offer this age group discounted consultations in order to prevent them avoiding regular dental care due to the cost.