Preventive dentistry is the back bone of our philosophy for treating patients and reduces the amount of dental treatment necessary to maintain a healthy mouth. Once we have your mouth healthy our team will come together with the aim to prevent the need for treatment, and so avoid the traditional pattern of fillings, root fillings, crowns and extractions.
This will usually mean seeing my hygienist at least twice a year and me once a year to monitor your continued dental health.
Gum disease affects a very high proportion of the population of Stoke-on-Trent, with symptoms such as red, bleeding, swollen gums, bad breath and in later stages loose teeth and teeth just falling out. If your gums bleed, you have gum disease at some level and you need to seek advice from a dentist, as he or she could be saving your life.
Gum disease has been directly linked with heart disease, strokes, lung disease, with diabetes, with arthritis and some cancers. It has also been linked to low birth weight babies and premature births.
If you are in any doubt about how serious gum disease is look at www.perio.org and see what they have to say.
For me the gums are the framework of your smile and the foundation for the teeth. If this is not healthy everything I do to restore your mouth will ultimately fail. So this is where we start and this is where Tracey my hygienist has a pivotal role in getting you back to full health. If we are in any doubt as to the success of our treatment then we will refer you to Mark Howdle for Specialist Gum Treatment.