We recognise that prevention is far better than cure and that is why at Charminster House Dental Practice we will encourage you to have regular examinations and to maintain an excellent level of oral hygiene. The interval we will advise between your examinations will be dependent upon the status of your teeth and gums, your susceptibility to dental decay and or gum disease, as well as any individual risk factors that you may have.
Your examination is an ideal time to raise any concerns or dental aspirations that you may have regarding the health of your teeth, gums and mouth. We will be happy to answer any questions that you may have. We will also give you all the available options for your treatment as well as a written estimate for the treatment plan proposed.
Oral Hygiene and Dental Health Education:
We have a team of fully qualified hygienists who are constantly keeping up to date with their professional development. Patients who have periodontal (gum problems) will normally see the same hygienist throughout their treatment.
What is the Role of the Hygienists in the Practice?
The hygienist’s main role is to provide professional cleaning of your teeth using a combination of an ultrasonic scaler and hand instruments to remove deposits that may have built up. Your teeth are then polished to remove any superficial staining. The hygienists will also give you dietary advice and oral health instruction so that you are able to maintain a high standard of cleaning at home; vital to help prevent dental disease. A clean and healthy mouth will improve your appearance, confidence, help you keep your teeth for longer and give you fresh breath. We can arrange your routine hygiene and dentist appointments so that they are on the same day if you prefer. Please speak to the receptionists who will be happy to arrange this.
Our Dental Health Educators:
We have Dental Health Educators who are trained in giving advice on your dental health. At a typical appointment with the Dental Health Educator, she will go through different cleaning methods and techniques with you, as well as checking for any risk factors for developing dental decay. By the end of this appointment you should feel comfortable in using the cleaning technique shown to you, to maintain a good standard of oral health. The Dental Health Educator will be able to answer any questions you may have regarding the maintenance of your oral health.
Dental Health for Children:
Our Dental Health Educators have been into many of the local schools to give dietary and tooth brushing advice to children between four and seven. This has proved to be very popular and if you know of a school that would like this please let us know. You may also book an appointment with the Dental Health Educator if you would like your child/children to be given advice and we can run half term tooth brushing clubs at the practice subject to demand. Please ask at reception for details.