Some things you may need to know
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If you are unable to attend for treatment please try to give at least 24 hours notice, enabling us to treat others (who may be in pain). We normally charge a fee for a missed appointment or if insufficient notice is given when cancelling an appointment. See our phone number above.
If you have a dental emergency please phone us as early in the day as possible. See our phone number above.
We have appointments available daily for patients who need urgent attention.
After cleaning your teeth a film of saliva forms. After eating, bacteria in the film convert any sugar in your food to a starch causing dental plaque. If this is not removed, tartar formation can occur. This can lead to irritation and bleeding gums.
Bad breath is mainly caused by dental problems including cavities (holes) in teeth and periodontal (gum) disease.
This can be prevented by good oral hygiene which includes cleaning your tongue.
Teeth are sensitive for many reasons. The most common ones are over-brushing or using an abrasive toothpaste.
Sensitivity can be controlled by using a desensitising toothpaste (for example, Sensodyne Pronamel) or by asking your dentist to apply a varnish.
Sensitivity can also be due to a cavity (hole) or a defective filling. In such cases, it is important to consult your dentist to have a thorough examination and any appropriate treatment carried out.
A good toothpaste should contain fluoride and a mild abrasive. A substance called triclosan is also useful (it helps to stop plaque bacteria adhering to teeth). Some toothpastes are very abrasive and can cause substantial erosion (tooth loss).
Our team will be happy to advise on the most suitable product for you.
A good toothbrush should have a soft or medium texture with a small or medium-sized head.
Rechargeable electric toothbrushes with a timer are preferable to manual ones.
Tests have shown that it takes two minutes to clean your teeth effectively.
Once a week after brushing your teeth, use a plaque disclosing tablet (which contains a dye).
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