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General dentistry

General Dentistry

Our dentists provide all suitable options tailored to your individual treatment needs. We go out of our way to ensure that you receive the best service, making sure you’re treated with respect and dignity by every member of our team. Here are some of the concerns that we can resolve for our patients:

  • Staining on teeth
  • Bleeding gums
  • Gum disease
  • Dental pain
  • Tooth decay
  • Crooked teeth
  • Tooth wear and acid erosion
  • Missing teeth
  • Dry mouth
  • Mouth ulcers

We can offer you every type of general dentistry, so why not get in touch to find out more.

FAQs

Many people do not see a dentist on a regular basis. They only go when they have a problem. The problem is it doesn’t necessarily follow that not having any pain, means you don’t have any dental problems. Tooth decay and gum disease need to be well advanced before they cause pain. By the time they cause pain treatment becomes more difficult more expensive and time consuming and the outcomes are less predictable.

At our check ups we will check your teeth and gums very carefully and advise you of any potential problems. We also check for mouth cancer. If your teeth and gums are completely healthy, we will give you advice on how to keep them that way. We may also recommend you increase the interval between check-ups to a year or even 2 years if you are spectacularly good!
Electric brushes remove more plaque and are gentle on teeth and gums. They're also beneficial for those with limited mobility. Manual brushes are affordable and easier for younger children to use. Our dentists recommend Oral b electric toothbrushes but it really is your choice. If you are thinking of switching to an electric brush hear are some things to bare in mind.

1- You don't need to blow all your money on an expensive brush. Most brushes have all the necessary features and cost around £40.
2- If you have more than one person in the house using an electric brush you only need to buy 1 motor and change the heads!
3- Make sure it's rechargeable, we don't want to be running round looking for batteries in the morning rush.
4- Press sensor, not essential but stops you from over brushing and applying too much pressure.
5- Round head, gets into hard to reach areas.

Still unsure? Give us a call on 0116 2767760 (Uppingham Road) or 0116 2470431 (Upperton Road).
Whilst brushing your teeth gets rid of some of the bacteria in your mouth, flossing and interdental brushes get rid of the bacteria the toothbrush can't get to. If you do not floss or use interdental brushes daily, you allow plaque to remain between your teeth, which eventually hardens into tartar. Plaque can be removed by brushing however only the dentist or hygienist can remove tartar.
Always spend two to three minutes brushing your teeth and avoid brushing too hard! It takes very little pressure to remove bacteria and plaque. Floss or interdental brush at least once a day to remove bacteria from between the teeth.

Limit the sugar you eat as sugar is what bacteria in the mouth turns into acid which causes dental decay. Be mindful of foods like raisins and peanut butter that stick to your teeth. If you feel like eating something sugary, try to limit it at meal times, so breakfast, lunch or dinner. This means that the number of acid attacks on your teeth throughout the day is reduced. For example, eating a small bag of sweets in one go is better than eating it slowly throughout the day.

Try to mouthwash straight after eating as this neutralises the acid. Brush at least 30 minutes after eating to avoid brushing the acid into your teeth. Chewing sugar free gum after meals can also help to stimulate saliva flow which also neutralises the acid.

Importantly, visiting the dentist regularly along with good hygiene and dietary habits will prevent dental problems in the future.
Periodontal disease is inflammation and infection of the gums and supporting bone structure caused by poor oral hygiene or other medical problems. The bone and gums are what hold our teeth in place which means that untreated periodontal disease will lead to loosening of the tooth and potential tooth loss. Signs of periodontal disease include:

• Bad breath • Red or swollen gums • Loose teeth or teeth that have moved • Sensitive teeth • Pus coming from around the teeth • Pain when chewing • Tender gums • Bleeding gums

Periodontal disease can be prevented and treated successfully by seeing your dentist and dental hygienist regularly and following recommended care plans.
People often worry when they see bleeding from their gums and feel that brushing them causes worsening of the problem because they bleed more. Bleeding gums is caused by plaque build up at the gum line which causes inflammation and reddening due to the bacteria present. The solution is to gently brush the gums to remove the plaque. This in turn reduces the inflammation and the gums return to being healthy and pink again.

Don’t worry if they bleed more initially! After a couple of days, the spontaneous bleeding when brushing should stop. If it doesn’t or you are concerned about your gums, please do not hesitate to contact the practice where our dentists will be happy to help.
Any toothpaste containing fluoride that you like the flavour of is fine. Fluoride is important because it helps to strengthen tooth enamel, inhibiting tooth decay.
Visits to the dentist include more than just "checking teeth." While patients who wear full dentures no longer have to worry about dental decay, they may have concerns with ill fitting appliances or mouth sores to name a few. Annual visits to the dentist (or sooner if soreness is present) is recommended. During these visits, an oral cancer screening and head and neck exam will be performed as well as an evaluation of the fit or need for replacement of the existing dentures.
Sensitivity toothpaste, which contains strontium chloride or potassium nitrate are very effective in treating sensitive teeth. After a few weeks of use, you may notice a decrease in sensitivity. Our recommendations are Sensodyne or any fluoride containing sensitivity toothpaste.
The best way to make the most out of your toothpaste is by brushing for two minutes and spitting the toothpaste out. i.e no rinsing, even with water! This leaves a thin film of toothpaste around the teeth after brushing which gives more time for the paste to have an effect.
If a particular area is sensitive, rubbing sensitivity toothpaste over the area and leaving this over night can really help target the area of pain.
Highly acidic foods such as oranges, grapefruits and lemons, as well as tea and fizzy drinks can increase tooth sensitivity, and work against sensitivity toothpaste, so try to avoid these.
If you do not get relief by brushing gently and using desensitizing toothpaste, see your dentist for further advice.
With so many different brands on the market all promising whiter, brighter and healthier looking teeth it can be overwhelming and difficult to decide which is the right one to choose. Here are a few things to bare in mind:

1. Whitening toothpaste appear to whiten your teeth by removing surface stains such as those caused by tea and coffee.
2. They include special abrasives which can cause sensitivity.
3. Whitening toothpastes can not change the natural colour of you teeth.
4. If you want to change the natural colour of your teeth this can be achieved by teeth whitening treatments and should only be provided by a dental professional.

If you are still unsure or have any questions then please call us on 0116 276 7760 were a member of the team will be happy to help.