Your dentist will determine how regularly you need to visit the dentist based on your own personal needs. Often you may feel like you have no issues therefore you do not feel the need to attend dental appointments, especially if you have no pain. Remember, prevention rather than cure: It is easier and cheaper to prevent problems occurring than to cure ones that have already taken hold. It is essential to keep up with regular visits to maintain a clean and healthy mouth and to prevent any problems developing. At Lion House our practice policy states you must attend for an exam appointment in a two year period or you will lose your NHS space at this practice.
Whilst we aim to ensure continuity, you are not ‘registered’ with any particular dentist. At times it may not be possible for you to see your regular dentist, however all of our dentists are fully qualified and experienced practitioners and you may be offered appointments with them.
When you attend the dental surgery, you may be asked by our reception team to complete a medical history. This is to ensure your dentist has an up to date record of any medical issues you may have.
The dentist will then ask you about your general health and determine if you are experiencing any issues with your dental health.
They will then conduct a thorough examination of your entire mouth, checking your teeth, gums and soft tissues. X-rays may be taken to check for cavities and other issues with your teeth and jaw.
You may be asked to return for further treatment. Your dentist will explain the cost and details of the recommended treatment.
It is important that children see a dentist from an early age to familiarise them with the surroundings. We recommend bringing them as soon as their first tooth appears. Children’s teeth are much softer than adult teeth, therefore problems can develop much faster.
It can be daunting for children if they are not used to the environment so lots of praise and encouragement is advised to help make their dental visits enjoyable!
Many patients require dental X-Rays. The frequency depends on each individual patient and their circumstances. Some patients require X-Rays every six months, others who have excellent oral hygiene and visit the dentist regularly will only need them every year to two years. This will be discussed with you at your appointments.
YES!! Excellent oral hygiene is key to maintaining a healthy mouth. There are various interdental cleaning aids on the market such as floss, interdental brushes or Waterpiks.
You should brush your teeth twice a day and clean in-between your teeth at least once a day - Especially before visiting your dentist!
Gum disease occurs when plaque is not removed effectively from the teeth. This causes the gums to become inflamed and sore. If this is untreated, the teeth can lose bone support, resulting in loose teeth.
Symptoms of gum disease are some bleeding from the gums when brushing, red and swollen gums. These symptoms are the early stages of gum disease called gingivitis and can be treated with excellent oral hygiene and regular cleaning.
If untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis. The symptoms of periodontitis or periodontal disease are bad breath, loose teeth and gum abscesses. The gum becomes so inflamed, it creates a pocket between the gum and tooth where bacteria can get trapped, making it harder for you to clean. The treatment for this is periodontal treatment which may include several trips to a hygienist for in depth measurements of the pockets, deep cleaning and more frequent visits.
You are at greater risk of gum disease if you