Preventative Dentistry

Prevention is better than a cure' is the old saying, and this is not truer than in dentistry. Doing fillings or making dentures is not what dentistry is about nowadays. Part of that is not just the diagnosis & treatment of any gum disease but also the treatment of any predisposing preventable factors that can lead to gum disease.

At Bilton Dental Clinic we care about the health of your gums and teeth. So not only do we suggest regular 6 monthly examinations, but we also recommend you visit the hygienist between 2 and 4 times a year depending on your need.

The benefits of regular hygienist visits include:

  1. Avoid bleeding gums & other dental disorder
  2. Ensure an optimal level of cleanliness and bacteria reduction
  3. Prevention of an appearance of premature ageing
  4. We are able to provide advice and can educate you on how to maintain healthy teeth for life

These are the steps we take to give you an excellent result:

  1. We remove any plaque and tartar ("calculus"), by descaling your teeth;
  2. We give you a smoother feel by polishing your teeth;
  3. We remove any staining by a sandblasting;
  4. We give you a deep clean to achieve the smoothest root surface possible ("root surface debridement or "RSD"); and finally
  5. We advise and educate you in maintaining excellent oral health for life.

If we identify during your hygiene visit a more advanced gum disease condition, otherwise known as "periodontal disease" (see later), we recommend a more intensive form of gum treatment to ensure an optimal level of cleaning and bacteria reduction. Ask our hygienist about this at your next visit.

Call 01788 813777 to book an appointment.

Dangers of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is a serious chronic inflammatory oral condition caused primarily by the build-up in bacterial plaque as a result of inadequate oral hygiene and a genetic predisposition. It is common, affecting approximately 83% of adults in the UK.

Periodontal disease is a major cause of tooth loss and mobility but is also linked to serious systemic diseases:

If Periodontal Disease is left untreated, inevitably the outcome is loss of all or single teeth. People as a result ended- with full dentures! Thanks to modern dentistry this is now quiet rare, but if you think you have gum disease, you have to take action. You cannot treat it by yourself.

What are the factors that can increase your risk of periodontitis?

  • Gingivitis
  • Heredity
  • Poor oral health habits
  • Tobacco use
  • Diabetes
  • Older age
  • Poor nutrition
  • Certain medications
  • Hormonal changes, such as those related to pregnancy
  • Substance abuse
  • Ill-fitting dental restorations
  • Decreased immunity, such as that occurring with leukaemia or HIV/AIDS

Please speak to one our Clinicians for more information.