At Dental Healthcare Practice our dentists and dental hygienists prioritise oral health to prevent dental problems arising. We founded our practice on the principle of preventing dental problems before they get out of hand, so all of our treatment plans are designed to improve oral health and minimise treatment.
We believe in using a team approach to minimise the possibility of any invasive dental treatment. Our dentists and dental hygienists work together to get your teeth and gums in the best possible shape.
Together our practitioners will develop a prevention plan for you. Ultimately, we want you to have the healthiest smile possible, and avoid the dental work that inevitably comes as a result of poor dental hygiene.
Tooth decay and gum disease are the most common problems we see when our patients first come to us, so our prevention plans are focused on improving dental health. Here’s how we help you to keep teeth and gums healthy:
Oral hygiene advice
When you first come to see us, and throughout your treatment, we will give you guidance on dental care including cleaning the mouth. We understand how busy people are these days, so we’ll give you a practical hygiene routine that is simple, realistic, and easy to fit into your day.
Scaling and polishing
No matter how well you brush your teeth, there will always be areas that are tricky to clean, meaning plaque bacteria can accumulate and become impossible to remove through brushing alone.
We use scaling and polishing frequently in our dental treatment plans to remove tartar and the deposits that build up on teeth over time.
Are you wondering why you need to remove plaque? Plaque is mostly made up of bacteria, which feeds on sugary food and drinks. Plaque bacteria produces acid as a waste product. It’s this acid that attacks the teeth, causing various teeth and gum problems, including bad breath and teeth discolouration.
Scaling and polishing removes the hardened calculus, preventing build-up of plaque and the subsequent associated teeth and gum problems.
Fluoride applications and sealants
Two effective treatments in the fight against dental decay are fluoride applications and sealants. Our fluoride treatments provide extra protection against tooth decay.
We also use sealants where appropriate. Sealants are plastic coatings that are commonly used on the deep pits and grooves of the back teeth, which are more susceptible to decay. We’ll only use these treatments where appropriate to strengthen teeth and improve resistance to decay.
The type of food and drink we consume can cause dental problems. Hidden sugars in so-called “healthy” drinks are one example of the things we consume that can contribute to decay and excessive tooth wear.
We give sensible, realistic advice to enable you to avoid and reduce the problems certain foods can cause. It’s not just what you eat, but when you eat it. We’ll help you to understand better how you can minimise any damage being caused by the food you are eating.
If you are looking for experienced dental hygienists and advice for dental care in Horsham, Southwater or other parts of Sussex, call us today to book an appointment. We are passionate about healthy mouths and teeth and want all of our patients to enjoy the very best oral health possible. Our ethos is to prevent the problems that cause lengthy and expensive dental treatment.