Although levels have decreased over the last few decades, tooth decay is still one of the most widespread health problems in the UK.
In fact, it’s estimated that one in every three adults in England has tooth decay. A survey carried out in 2012 also found that one in four five-year old children had some degree of tooth decay.Book Appointment
One of the best ways for us to detect decay is by seeing you regularly for dental health assessments and oral hygiene appointments here at our dental practice in Clapham, London. This allows us to spot any issues before they have a chance to worsen and cause you pain. We do this by looking directly at the teeth and using advanced technology, such as intraoral cameras that allow us – and you – to see your mouth in precise detail. The dentists and hygienists at Crescent Lodge Dental Practice SW4 use this excellent piece of equipment for the early detection of decay and as an educational tool for highlighting any areas that you might be missing when brushing at home.
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Additionally, we provide vital dietary and oral hygiene advice and offer children fissure sealants and fluoride varnishes. Another method we use to detect dental decay is through a dental x-ray. This is a quick and pain-free procedure that provides a high resolution, cross-section image of your tooth, which will highlight any areas where your tooth structure is damaged due to a build-up of bacteria – an early warning sign of dental decay. In order to make yours and your family’s dental and hygiene appointments more affordable, we offer a dental health plan that allows you to spread the cost into manageable monthly payments.
Although tooth decay is a common problem, it is often entirely preventable. The best way to avoid tooth decay is to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible.
To do this, you should:
For more information about decay detection or to book a consultation at our dentist in London, please contact us today! Call us on 020 7622 5333, email firstname.lastname@example.org or complete our contact form.
Dental decay has many symptoms but these often go unnoticed when the sufferer doesn’t experience any pain. Some obvious signs to look out for are: continuous toothache or a sudden sharp pain without an obvious cause; sensitivity when eating or drinking something hot, cold, or sweet; grey, brown or black spots on your teeth; bad breath, or an unpleasant taste in your mouth.
This will depend on at what stage the decay has been detected. If early on, reducing sugary foods and drinks and brushing regularly using a fluoride tooth paste may prevent the decay from developing.
If decay has been spotted later on and you have a hole in your tooth, further treatment may be required, such as a filling, crown; root canal treatment, or the removal of the tooth. The gap can then be either restored with a bridge, denture or implant. Our dentist in London would do a thorough assessment of your teeth to see which treatment would be best to help you.
The primary causes are sugary, sticky foods and drinks. Sugar combines with the plaque on your teeth and weakens its enamel, leaving you vulnerable to tooth decay. Decay is also enabled by a lack of proper dental care – i.e. brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day.
Not at all. Our cameras and x-ray machines at Crescent Lodge Dental Practice in Clapham Common, are non-invasive, meaning you will experience no pain.
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