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Routine Dentistry

At Art of Dental Care, we provide routine check-ups to ensure your smile is healthy and happy all year round.

These routine exams promote good oral health by helping to spot the early signs of common dental problems such as tooth decay, gum disease and emergency dental care. We can then take proactive measures to prevent these conditions, or treat them should they have become present.

Here at Art of Dental Care, our team are trained to handle a wide range of dental issues and provide comprehensive care to patients of all ages.

During your general examination visit, we will undertake a thorough oral examination where your dentist examines your mouth for any signs of dental decay, gum disease and oral cancers. We also provide diet and oral hygiene instructions and advice. If you’re new to the practise, we request our patients kindly provide us their detailed medical history.

Dental radiographs are an essential diagnostic tool. The images are produced digitally, to help us diagnose and treat any dental problems that you may have.

Dental radiographs are safe, and the amount of radiation used is minimal. However, if you are pregnant or concerned about the radiation, please inform your dentist so we can avoid them.

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Here at Art of Dental Care, we take great care to ensure each appointment is as comfortable, relaxed and informative as possible. If you need a routine check-up, speak to a member of our friendly, experienced team today.

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Frequently Asked Questions

You should aim to visit the dentist every six months for a routine check-up and cleaning. However, your dentist may recommend more frequent visits based on your oral health needs..

To prevent cavities, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, floss daily (or use other interdental cleaning aids), maintain a balanced diet, limit sugary and acidic foods and drinks and visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings.

Use a soft-bristled manual or electric toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Brush in a circular motion (while applying gentle pressure) for two minutes, ensuring you cover all surfaces. Ensure you clean the in-between surfaces of the teeth using dental floss or other interdental cleaning aids.

Gum disease can cause symptoms such as swollen or bleeding gums, receding gums, bad breath, loose teeth and changes in the bite. If you spot any of these signs, it's important to see your dentist for an evaluation.

Dental filling is a restorative material used to repair a damaged tooth / teeth, caused by dental decay or trauma. The filling material is placed into the cavity created by removing the decayed portion of the tooth, and then shaped to restore the tooth’s original form and function. The most common materials used for dental fillings include amalgam (a mixture of metals), composite resins (a tooth-coloured material), glass ionomer cements and ceramic/gold (Inlays & Onlays). Fillings typically last for several years but may need to be replaced over time due to wear or recurrent decay. Proper oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing regularly, can help prevent the need for fillings in the future. Generally, amalgam fillings (silver fillings) last about 10-15 years, while composite fillings (white fillings) and porcelain restorations can last up to 10 years.

Tooth sensitivity can be managed by using toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth, avoiding acidic foods and drinks, using a soft-bristled toothbrush, and practicing good oral hygiene. If the sensitivity persists, it's recommended to consult with your dentist.

There are several options to replace a missing tooth/ teeth, including dental implants, bridges and dentures. The best option for you will depend on various factors and your dentist can guide you through the appropriate treatment.

Dental X-rays are generally safe. The amount of exposure to radiation is minimal, and dentists take precautions to mitigate any risk. If you are pregnant or concerned, please do not hesitate to let the dentist know, so the X-rays can be avoided.

In case of a dental emergency, such as a knocked-out tooth, severe toothache, swelling or injury to the mouth, it is important to contact your dentist immediately. They can provide guidance and if necessary, schedule an emergency appointment.

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can be prevented if you follow these oral hygiene practices:

• Brush your teeth twice a day (as explained in detail above). Pay attention to all surfaces of your teeth, including the tongue and the back of your mouth.

• Use a tongue scraper or your toothbrush to gently clean your tongue. Bacteria can accumulate on the tongue's surface, leading to bad breath.

• Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day to maintain a moist mouth. Saliva helps wash away food particles and bacteria that can cause bad breath.

• Avoid tobacco products: Smoking and using other tobacco products can contribute to bad breath, as well as increase the risk of gum disease and oral cancer. Quitting tobacco can significantly improve your breath and overall oral health.

• Watch your diet: Certain foods, such as onions, garlic and spicy foods can leave lingering odours in your mouth. Try to minimise their consumption or brush your teeth afterwards.

• Limit alcohol and coffee/tea: Alcoholic beverages and coffee/tea can contribute to dry mouth, which can lead to bad breath. Limit your intake and drink water alongside them to stay hydrated.

• Regular dental check-ups and dental hygienist visits are essential for maintaining good oral health and detecting any underlying issues that may contribute to bad breath.

• Practice good overall oral hygiene: In addition to brushing and flossing. Using an antimicrobial mouthwash can help reduce bacteria and freshen your breath. However, it's important to note that mouthwash is not a substitute for proper brushing and flossing.

• If you follow these practices consistently and still experience persistent bad breath, it's advisable to consult with your dentist. They can evaluate your oral health, identify any underlying causes and provide appropriate treatment or recommendations to address the issue. 

Orthodontic treatment for children can typically begin once their permanent teeth have erupted, which usually occurs around the ages of 7 to 14. However, the exact timing of orthodontic treatment may vary depending on the specific needs of the child. In some cases, early intervention may be recommended to address certain orthodontic problems, such as severe overcrowding, significant bite issues, or jaw growth discrepancies. In general, it’s a good idea to have a child evaluated by a dentist around the age of 9, so that any potential orthodontic issues can be identified early on. It's important to note that each child's orthodontic needs are unique and the timing of treatment should be determined by a qualified orthodontist.