Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I see the dentist for a check-up and cleaning?
Most children and adults should see their dentist and hygienist for a regular cleaning and check-up every 12 months. Tobacco and alcohol use, diabetes, pregnancy, periodontal and gum disease, poor oral hygiene are some of the many factors that your dentist takes into consideration when deciding how often you need your dental cleaning and check-up. People at a greater risk of oral diseases should have dental checkups more often.
What precautions do you take to ensure patient safety?
We protect our patients in many ways, starting with DBS/CRB checks on all staff. We also provide full training for all staff in the use of essential guidelines for decontamination and sterilisation of equipment and a robust cross infection policy. We are also ICO registered and treat your personal information with respect and duediligence as per the data protection act 1998.
Is it important to replace missing teeth?
A confident smile and good function are indeed important assets. The need to replace teeth depends on various factors and it is best discussed with your dentist on an individual basis.
Missing teeth also provide fertile breeding ground for tooth decay. If you have one missing tooth the surrounding teeth become increasingly susceptible to decay, which can result in them being lost as well.
Is my treatment going to hurt?
We can provide anaesthetics for any treatment that is likely to hurt you. The injection can be uncomfortable but will only take a few seconds. For children, we use a topical anaesthetic on the skin in the mouth which dulls the pin prick feeling of the needle.
How do whitening toothpastes work and how effective are they?
All toothpastes help remove surface stains through the action of mild abrasives. Some whitening toothpastes contain gentle polishing or chemical agents that provide additional stain removal. Whitening toothpastes can help remove surface stains only and do not contain bleach; over-the-counter and professional whitening products contain hydrogen peroxide (a bleaching substance) that helps remove stains on the tooth surface as well as stains deep in the tooth. None of the home use whitening toothpastes can come even close to producing the bleaching effect you get from your dentist's office .
Which is the best toothpaste to use?
Any toothpaste containing fluoride that you like the flavour of is fine. Fluoride is important because it helps to strengthen tooth enamel, inhibiting tooth decay. Don′t waste money on expensive products that make impressive claims – there′s little evidence to support most of them.
Do I need to use a mouthwash?
It′s up to you whether you choose to use a mouth rinse or not. However it is important to remember that it should not be used instead of a toothbrush, as it won′t clean your teeth for you. Apart from giving you a pleasant taste for a few minutes, most mouthwashes offer no benefits and in fact many are highly acidic, which could gradually erode your tooth enamel.
Is an electric toothbrush more effective than a manual one?
It′s possible to clean your teeth just as well with a manual toothbrush as an electric one. If you choose to use an electric toothbrush, you should still spend four to five minutes each time. It doesn't clean any quicker – it's just doing the movement for you. Those who have limited strength or movement in their hands or arms may find it easier to use an electric toothbrush.
What makes you different from any other dental practice I can visit?
We have staff that will make you feel special from the moment you have first spoken to us over the phone right through to the end of your course of treatment. You are welcome to discuss any issues that may arise at any time during the treatment. Your satisfaction is of paramount concern to us.
Do you accept referrals?
Our practice has always grown by word of mouth recommendation so we are delighted when you pass on your positive opinions about us to friends and relations. We also accept referrals from other dentists.
How do I get more information about dentistry and the profession?
The General Dental Council (GDC) is the organisation which regulates dental professionals in the United Kingdom. They do this by:
- registering qualified professionals,
- setting standards of dental practice and conduct,
- assuring the quality of dental education,
- ensuring professionals keep up-to-date,
- helping patients with complaints about a dentist or dental care professional, and
- working to strengthen patient protection.
For more information visit their website at www.gdc-uk.org
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If you would like to ask us any questions about our service or any oral health issue we would love to hear from you. Streatfield Dental Surgery are delighted to provide you a free and impartial advice. Call our Dental Helpline at 0208 204 9485 and talk to our trained staff
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