Oatland Dental Lounge

Oatlands Dental Lounge, 127a Oatlands Drive,
1st Floor Alfred House Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 9LB

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Preventive Dentistry

“Prevention is better than cure” – and preventative dentistry is at the heart of the Oatlands Dental Lounge care philosophy. We strive to work with you to develop treatment paths that not only repair damage done to your dental health by injury or disease, but to protect and preserve your existing and future dental health.

We utilise comprehensive examinations, extensive skills, advanced techniques and diagnostic technologies to determine the preventive dentistry measures that will best protect your teeth and gums. From fluoride treatments to regular X-rays, to micro-fillings and regular plaque removal, your dental care team at Oatlands Dental Lounge works continually to protect your and your family’s oral health.

Preventive dentistry is the key to long-term good oral health and includes regular:

Dentist and Dental Hygienist visits
This allows your treatment plan to reflect accurate continuous care recommendations that quickly identify developing problems, including caries (tooth decay), gum disease and infection. Early detection often results in minimal intervention or even reversal of decay lesions.

Use small circular movements with the brush held at 45 degrees to the tooth. Move systematically around the mouth. Remember to clean the inside surfaces and the biting surfaces. Don’t forget behind the top and bottom teeth. A good technique will take 2 minutes.

X-rays
This imaging system allows your dentist an in-depth look into each tooth in order to identify and produce early diagnoses of diseases of your teeth and the surrounding tissues. This early diagnostic tool has the potential to help you avoid unnecessary discomfort and cost by preventing the development of serious dental and oral health problems, such as tooth decay, tooth and gum infection, bone deterioration or damage, and abscessed wisdom teeth.

Fluoride treatments
This continuous care treatment strengthens tooth enamel and acts as prevention against tooth decay through the active ability of fluoride to inhibit the de-mineralisation or destruction by plaque and bacteria of sound tooth enamel, while enhancing the re-mineralisation and recovery of damaged tooth enamel. Fluoride also inhibits bacteria from metabolising carbohydrates to produce acid, which can damage tooth enamel and allow tooth decay to occur.

Fluoride from the water supply and from fluoride toothpaste forms a protective coating on the tooth surface. Each time sugar is consumed, acid forms on the tooth surface. Fluoride reduces the amount of acid formed by the plaque. Less acid and less damage is evident on the Fluoride protected tooth. Fluoride quickly repairs any damage that has been done.

Tooth sealants
This preventative care treatment consists of a very thin plastic-like coating that is applied normally to permanent molars, usually when there is a high risk of dental decay. The sealant protects the sites on the tooth which are most susceptible to the progression of dental decay. It is especially effective in children’s preventative care, when brushing and flossing may not regularly or thoroughly be performed.

Tiny cracks appear in back teeth as they grow. Food particles often become lodged. Fissure sealant is applied in droplet form. The sealant is hardened using a bright light protecting against tooth decay.

Home-care (Brushing, Flossing, Rinsing)
Following regular dental hygiene at home, such as flossing and brushing with fluoride toothpaste at least twice daily and using a fluoride-enhanced dental rinse, is vital to maintaining your dental health. Your dentist and dental hygienist will consider individual lifestyles and abilities to help you and your family to learn about simple techniques that will best support dental health.

Smoking
As smoking has such a negative impact on your oral health, we encourage our patients to kick the habit and suggest ways that can help them give it up.

Smoking has many affects on oral health: increased plaque, tartar and staining can occur. Furring of the tongue (increasing bad breath) reduced blood flow to the gums which is an indicator of the same effect on the heart tissue. Gums may begin to recede and tooth movement and loss may also occur.


Diet Guidance & Awareness
Following a preventative diet plays a significant role in reducing both dental caries and dental erosion. Sugars and other carbohydrates can ferment in the mouth, producing acid which erodes tooth enamel. It is important to develop a diet that supports the recovery (re-mineralisation) of tooth enamel and avoids damaging tooth enamel. Diets rich in sugars, whether included in meals or as regular snacking, can sabotage your best efforts at good dental hygiene. Your saliva works continually to neutralise acids created by bacteria, but cannot overcome sugars that are stuck to teeth (such as hard sweets) or sugars that are eaten frequently throughout the day. Your dentist and dental hygienist will discuss your dental diet treatment plan with you and can help highlight “hidden” sugars in your diet and recommend appropriate preventive strategies and tips, such as drinking acidic drinks through a straw for less tooth contact.

 

 

Dr Neil Paryani

BDS (Hons.) MJDF RCS (Eng), MClinDent (FRP Lond) FICOI, MSc (Dental Implantology)

Dr Poonam Paryani

BDS (Lond) MJDF RCS (Eng)

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