Dental Examination

Why are Dental Examinations important?

A comprehensive oral health examination or “check up” is the first stage to ensuring you have a healthy mouth, that you feel confident in.

From the moment you enter the practice you will be welcomed by our friendly reception team.  We understand coming to the dentist can be a nerve-racking experience. This is why we will take the time to give you a tour of our luxurious practice and make you feel comfortable in our relaxed waiting area.

Why choose us?

At Didcot Dental Studio we know every person behind a smile is unique. We are genuinely interested to understand your current concerns and just as importantly any future goals you may have for your teeth or smile. As part of this process, every new patient will undergo a comprehensive assessment, which will include:

Health screen for gum disease, tooth decay and oral cancer
Full set of digital photographs
Intra-oral digital scans of the teeth
All necessary X-rays
A bespoke treatment plan if necessary

Because accessibility is such an important part of our ethos we have created a bespoke practice membership plan which allows patients to see the hygienist and dentist regularly at an affordable monthly fee.


Why are check-ups important?

Many dental issues can be prevented by early treatment or intervention. Having these problems diagnosed early means that any treatment we carry out will be more predictable and last as long as possible

How often should I attend the dentist?

This can vary depending on a number of factors, some patients may have had a large amount of dental treatment in the past and therefore they may need to be monitored more closely. Alternatively, some patients may have had very little dental issues or treatment in the past and may not need to have a check-up as frequently.

On average most patients will be seen once every six months.

What is tooth decay?

The bacteria in our mouth use the sugar consumed from things like fizzy drinks, juices and chocolates as a food supply. As the bacteria feed on these sugars, they release acids as a by-product which dissolves teeth causing decay, cavities and pain.

What can I do to prevent tooth decay?
There are two main considerations when it comes to reducing the rate of tooth decay: Diet and cleaning regime. In terms of diet, reducing the frequency of consumption of foods containing sugars such as fizzy drinks, juices or chocolates. As a result, the bacteria which cause tooth decay will be starved of a food supply. Additionally, cleaning the teeth twice a day with a fluoride containing tooth paste will provide a massive benefit. Tooth brushing reduced the number of bacteria present on the teeth and the fluoride actually strengthens teeth, making your tooth more resistant to the decay-causing acid.
What is gum disease?

Everybody has plaque and bacteria in their mouth, this slowly build ups throughout the day immediately after you finish brushing. If this plaque remains around the teeth for an extended period of time it can start to cause your gums and underlying bone to react in a negative fashion. The gums can appear red, swollen, bleed on brushing and you may suffer from bad breath.

If this problem is not addressed gum disease can progress and lead to recession round the gums, wobbly teeth due to bone loss around them and then pain and infections which often can only be treated by a tooth extraction.

The good news is gum disease can be prevented and treated very predictably if diagnosed at the right time.

How can gum disease be prevented?

Gum disease can be prevented by reducing the amount of plaque and length of time plaque is around the teeth.

Toothbrushing twice a day using the right technique for the correct amount of time ideally using an electric tooth brush is extremely important.

Tooth brushing is very effective at removing plaque on the biting surface and on the sides of teeth. However, it does not clean in between the teeth very well. Therefore, using an additional cleaning aid to remove the plaque in between the teeth is also very important. This will include things like floss or interdental brushes.

Seeing the hygienist at regular intervals will also provide a massive benefit. The hygienist can spend time teaching you ways to optimise your cleaning at home as well as removing the plaque, tartar and the stains that collect around the teeth.

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