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Preventative Dentistry

Healthy Gums

Healthy Gums are pale pink and support your teeth in the jaw bone. Looking after your gums is just as important as looking after your teeth. If plaque and bacteria are not effectively removed during tooth brushing then you may develop gingivitis (gum disease). If gingivitis is left untreated then it can progress further into the deeper supporting structures, causing periodontitis. This can lead to teeth becoming uncomfortable, sensitive and wobbly.

If you notice your gums bleeding while brushing your teeth this is a sign that you may have gum disease. We recommend that you come in for regular dental examinations and hygiene appointments for us to monitor and optimise your gum health.

Sensitive Teeth

Does the thought of biting into ice cream or a cold hard apple make you wince? Sensitive teeth can be a burden for many people and there can be several reasons. It is always important to seek advice from a dental professional so that the source of the problem can be identified and treated.

A common cause of sensitivity is tooth wear, where the protective enamel of the tooth has worn away. Tooth wear can be caused by frequent consumption of acidic food or drinks, brushing your teeth too hard or grinding your teeth.

For top tips on protecting your enamel and for effective treatment of tooth sensitivity come to the practice for a check-up, where we can create an individualised care plan for you.

Children's Teeth

As dental professionals we believe in preventative dental care and encourage our patients to bring their children to the practice from as young as 6 months old when they get their first teeth. Regular check-ups ensure we can spot early signs of cavities and orthodontic problems as soon as they arise. We offer preventative treatments, such as oral hygiene advice, fluoride applications and fissure sealants, to ensure that children have a positive experience and grow up not to be afraid of the dentist. Our team will look after your child to make them feel safe and cared for.

Godmanchester Dental offer free check-ups for your children until their 6th birthday and then reduced rates or monthly plans for their continued dental care through childhood.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is what causes cavities (holes) to develop in our teeth. Tooth decay is caused by sugars in our diet and bacteria in our mouths. Every time we eat sugar, it feeds the bacteria, which produce acid that damages the teeth. Tooth decay can be prevented by reducing how frequently you consume sugar and thoroughly brushing the teeth twice a day to remove the bacteria.

You may not realise you have a small cavity, as they often don’t become painful until the cavity has got so large that the nerve of the tooth is affected. Regular dental examinations allow us to detect the earliest signs of tooth decay, offering preventive advice and early treatment.

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the last of our adult teeth to emerge at the back of the mouth and they usually come through in our late teens to early twenties.

Occasionally wisdom teeth do not have enough space to grow fully and get stuck halfway through the gum. Tooth brushing in this area is difficult so plaque can accumulate around the wisdom tooth and cause the gum to feel swollen, tender or painful. Using a very small headed toothbrush to clean thoroughly around the wisdom tooth and rinsing with antiseptic mouthwashes, such as warm salt water or chlorhexidine mouthwash, can help to prevent infections developing in the jaw.

Fresh Breath

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is most commonly due to poor oral hygiene and a build-up of bacteria in the mouth. Other causes could be cavities or infections in the mouth, smoking, or having a dry mouth. Bad breath is also made worse by strong foods like garlic, onions and coffee.

To keep your breath fresh, you should ensure you are brushing and flossing regularly and thoroughly to remove food debris and plaque from your teeth. Cutting down on sugary foods and drinks will reduce the amount of plaque that builds up. Regular dental examinations and hygiene appointments will ensure your teeth are free from disease and we will give you tailored oral hygiene advice to keep your plaque levels as low as possible.

Help to Stop Smoking

Many studies show that smoking or using tobacco products has a detrimental effect on your teeth and gums, as well as your general health. Tobacco users are more prone to gum infections, periodontal diseases, bad breath, stained teeth, decreased sense of taste and smell, poor healing and mouth cancer.

As dental professionals it is important that we advise you of the risks of smoking and offer information and support to help you quit. After stopping smoking you will quickly notice changes in your mouth and your oral health will benefit. We recommend regular check-ups so we can help you maintain good oral health and give you advice and encouragement.

Mouth Cancer Screening

Mouth cancer screening is a short procedure that involves a thorough examination of your neck, jaw and mouth; looking and feeling for any lumps or lesions that you might have, as well as highlighting and discussing any risk factors that are present. Studies show that early detection of mouth cancers dramatically improves outcomes.

If you notice any sores, lumps or ulcers in your mouth that have been present for more than two weeks, it is very important that you come in to have it looked at. It is recommended that mouth cancer screening should be done at least once per year and we routinely carry this out as part of every dental check-up.

To find out more about our preventative dentistry services or to make an appointment please call us on 01480 573939. Our opening Hours are Monday- Friday: 9am-5pm, Saturdays: 9am-1pm. Early morning and late evening appointments are available on request.

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