Tooth decay and gum disease (periodontal disease) are the biggest causes of tooth loss. When it comes to oral health, we believe that “prevention is better than cure”.
Our team at The Avenue Dentistry value your dental health and we take these avoidable diseases seriously. We have a preventative agenda that educates, promotes and encourages all of our patients to achieve and maintain a healthy mouth.
We encourage parents to register their children with us as early as possible so that our clinicians can give you preventive advice and support. We will advise and assist you with toothbrushing techniques, interdental cleaning, toothpaste selection, fluoride treatments and diet.
For our adult patients, we encourage regular check-ups by our dentists to enable us to maintain your oral health and identify any problems early. This will help avoid the need for extensive dental work and keep your mouth healthy.
At your dental examination a dentist will carry out a full check of your mouth, teeth, gums and soft tissues. They will also ask about your general health and any problems you may have experienced with your teeth, mouth and gums since your last visit.
Diagnostic Services Including X-Rays
X-rays are used in conjunction with a clinical examination to help diagnose and confirm a clinical diagnosis.
Oral Cancer Screening
During your routine dental examination, the dentist will check your head, neck and soft tissues for any abnormalities.
Our hygienist promotes good oral health and provides effective treatment for gum disease. By including regular professional teeth cleaning in your oral care routine, you can help to prevent gum disease and tooth decay.
Oral Health Education and Advice
This allows us to educate our patient’s on oral health and hygiene regimes. We also give advice on homecare including toothbrushing, flossing, diet and routine care of teeth.
Fluoride varnish can be applied to both baby teeth and adult teeth. The process involves painting a sticky, flavoured varnish on to the surface of the tooth every 6 months to prevent decay.
Fissure Sealants are coatings that are a safe and painless way of protecting your teeth from tooth decay. The sealant is applied to the biting surface of all back teeth.
A custom-made mouthguard is a rubber like cover which fits over your teeth, cushioning them from damage. These can be worn during sports to protect your teeth or at night to protect your teeth and jaw muscles from the effect of grinding and clenching.
An anti-snoring device is like a mouthguard and gently retains your lower jaw in a forward position during sleep. This plastic/rubber like mouthguard allows air to pass freely and prevents obstructions that cause snoring.
Tips for a healthy smile
Visit your dentist regularly. The exact frequency is determined by your dentist and is on an individual basis.
Brush your teeth and gums thoroughly for at least two minutes, twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
Children should use a fluoride toothpaste too. Current advice suggests a fluoride toothpaste containing no less than 1000ppm fluoride but we recommend you consult with one of our dentists to ensure you choose the right toothpaste for your child’s individual needs.
Clean the plaque from in-between your teeth with either floss or interdental brushes.
Reduce the frequency and amount of sugary food and drinks consumed.
Do not smoke (our dentists can help with smoking cessation advice).
If you have a dental problem, visit us as early to enable us to intervene, offer advice and treatment and ensure the best possible outcome.
About Your Appointment
Arrive in plenty of time
Give yourself plenty of time to arrive and park your car if you are driving. You should aim to arrive 10 minutes before your appointment.
We understand that some people can feel anxious when visiting the dentist. Relax in our waiting room and we'll take good care of you.
Be sure to tell your dentist about any medication you are currently taking.
Should you need to cancel your appointment for any reason, please ensure you give 24 hours notice.