At every examination you will have a comprehensive oral screen. This will include checking your jaw joint for signs of change and deterioration. We will look at the skin in your mouth for any early changes that may need careful attention. It is well documented that oral cancers are very well treated if diagnosed and treated early. Of course we will examine your teeth and gums, under our microscope allowing early diagnosis and then preventative regimes can be instigated and minimal treatments performed.
Tips for maintaining a healthy smile…
- Brush teeth twice a day with an adult toothpaste for 2 minutes.
- Only use a very small amount of toothpaste for young children.
- Toothbrushing should occur before breakfast and last thing at night.
- Children under the age of 8 should have an adult brush their teeth for them and under the age of 10 should have close adult supervision.
- Never leave anything other than water for a child to drink during the night.
- Continual sipping from a beaker or bottle should be avoided unless it is water.
- Fizzy drinks and lollipops should be avoided.
- If a child has sweets, have them after meals and eat them in one go. It is the frequency of sugar in the diet rather than the amount of sugar.
- Encourage your child to choose tooth friendly snacks such as crisps, cheese or nuts.
- Encourage your child to drink from a cup as soon as possible and if anything other than water is drunk, ensure it is diluted even fruit juice.
- Attend appointments with your dentist twice a year.