01474 328844 / 328866
Valley Drive Dental Practice
213 Valley Drive
Preventative dentistry is the modern way of reducing the amount of dental treatment necessary to maintain a healthy mouth.
Our aim is to prevent the need for treatment, and so avoid the traditional pattern of fillings and extractions.
After initial assessment of your teeth and gums, we discuss any treatment that is necessary. We then check that your fillings are in good repair and there are no rough edges to make cleaning difficult.
Dr Kozlowska, our gum treatment expert, will thoroughly 'scale and polish' your teeth, and we also demonstrate the best method of brushing and flossing, in order to reduce the number of future treatments. She also offers a hygiene clean service, from only £60 per half an hour session; call us for more details on this treatment.
We tailor our service to properly care for your specific needs; to book a consultation with us, get in touch today.
Prevention of dental disease is the foundation on which good dental care is built.
Stop minor issues becoming major procedures with expert preventative dentistry
Black pits and grooves on the tooth, also known as fissures, are extremely difficult to clean and therefore provide an ideal breading ground for bacteria. We can apply fissure sealants, protecting the tooth fissures from bacteria, and helping stop decay from developing within fissures.
We also offer a fluoride varnish treatment for children; this treatment can help reduce dental hypersensitivity, and prevent decay. Our highly trained team will make your child feel at ease, so you can rest assured that their trip to the dentist will not be an unpleasant experience.
1) Brush last thing at night and one other time.
2) Use toothpaste with 1350ppm fluoride for adults, and at least
1000ppm for children under three years.
3) Spit out after brushing; don't rinse
4) Floss, or use interdental brushes.
5) Reduce the frequency and amount of sugary food and drink, and limit them to meal times.
6) Avoid consuming sugars more than four times a day.
7) Don't smoke; it increases the risk of cancer, both oral and other areas, as well as gum disease.
8) Drink alcohol sensibly; fourteen units per week for women, twenty-one units per week for men.
9) Gum disease: "build up" of plaque and tartar around teeth and gums that causes gum inflammation. Over time the gums and bone can shrink away from teeth, reducing the gum support , which causes the tooth to become mobile and then lost. (often painless).
- Brush three times a day, and brush through bleeding gums.
- Sugary food and drink only with meals.
- Corsodyl (chlorhexidine) daily non-alcoholic mouthwash
- Fluoride mouthwash
- Use chlorhexidine at a different time to tooth brushing.
- Flossing/interdental brushes.
- Regular cleaning with your dentist.
- Note a healthy gum is firm, light pink in colour, and does not
10) Further prevention: fissure sealants and fluoride varnish, applied
by your dentist.
Acidic food and drink can cause erosion and dissolving action of tooth enamel.
Reduce juice, fizzy drinks, carbonated water, alcohol, flavoured water,
and fruit teas to meal times only, to help reduce the chances of tooth wear.
Grinding your teeth can wear teeth down;
try a mouth guard for night time wear, or relaxation techniques
to help prevent clenching and grinding.
Gastric reflux: if you suffer with acid indigestion, this can cause damage
to your teeth and gums and stomach acid can cause tooth wear and
Ask your Doctor for medication to control reflux.