Preventive Dentistry

Manningtree Dental promoting prevention from an early age

Preventing dental disease is the cornerstone of our philosophy. As a team we will help you look after your teeth for a lifetime and show that the most important member of this team is you

Major causes of tooth loss are decay and gum disease. Regular visits to a dental hygienist or dentist will help enable you to keep your mouth in great health by giving advice on how to prevent such disease.Preventing decay may involve advice on diet, brushing and fluoride suplements, and gum disease can be prevented with advice on brushing techniques that are easy and effective, along with regular visits with our hygienist to remove any calculus and staining that has built up.

Our dentists may recommend a course of treatment to get your mouth into good condition and then a maintenance plan will be worked out to suit your needs.

Everyone is susceptible in varying degrees to common dental diseases such as tooth decay and gum disease and our aim is to help you reduce or eliminate your experience of these.

Our care plans are designed to encourage regular attendance with the one of our three hygienists, and regular reviews of the health of your teeth, gums and mouth. From this we can customise our advice and treatment that we provide you.

Gum disease

Gum disease is caused by the bacteria in plaque attacking the gums that support the teeth. In the first stages, the gums become inflamed, red and bleed easily, when brushing for example. If this plaque is left, it becomes hard and cannot be removed by simple brushing alone. This is when it needs to be professionally removed by a dentist or hygienist. If the calculus is left then harbours more plaque and attacks the gums causing deep pocketing and bone loss around the tooth. At this stage, treatment is difficult and requires meticulous cleaning by you. If left the tooth then becomes loose and painful and difficult to treat.

It is easy not to notice gum disease until it has progressed to a stage where it is difficult to treat as there is often no pain and the symptoms can be missed. It is for this reason that we monitor your gum health at every check-up, even in an apparently healthy looking mouth, so that we can deal with any problems early.

It is much easier for you to clean your teeth if you do not have gum disease.

We help you to do this by helping you find easy and effective ways to clean your teeth, and remove any calculus that may be present.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is caused by the bacteria in plaque digesting the sugar in your diet and converting this to acid. This then dissolves the tooth and forms a cavity which protects the bacteria and then decay quickly progresses.

You can reduce the chance of tooth decay by:

  • Removing plaque carefully. If there is no plaque, there will be no bacteria. However, there may be some areas that you will be unable clean, such as natural fissures in the tooth and cracks in old fillings where the filaments of a toothbrush cannot reach and if you have a sweet tooth decay can start in these areas.
  • Reducing the sugar in your diet. Taking sugar out of your diet will stop tooth decay. However, this can be difficult as many foods have hidden sugars- such as some baked beans, crisps and ketchup- check the labels!
  • Reducing the frequency of sugary snacks. This is also very effective in reducing decay. Once you have a sugary snack or drink, the saliva will naturally re-strengthen the tooth after about two hours. If you have sugary snacks between meals, then your teeth will not have time to recover.
  • Strengthening the teeth with fluoride (with professional advice). This will harden the teeth but you should discuss this with your dentist or hygienist first to determine the best way to do this in our case.

Sports injuries

Unfortunately sports injuries can damage teeth, often beyond repair. Teeth can be protected to reduce the chance of injury by using Gum Shields. The best protection is from custom made Gum Shields that fit your mouth accurately.

Diseases of the soft tissues.

Occasionally people suffer from disease of the soft tissues of the mouth. These diseases are best treated early and so we check the health of the soft tissues at every examination. We also check for predisposing factors such as alcohol and smoking consumption.

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