Preventive Dentistry2018-10-12T08:27:55+00:00

Dr Stephen Hennessy and Dr lan Walsh are fully qualified cosmetic Dental Surgeons having over twenty five years of combined experience.

Preventive Dentistry

Children

We aim to prevent dental disease rather than treat it at a later date.

Fluoride applications and fissure sealants (tooth coloured sealants) are applied to biting surfaces of children’s teeth to prevent decay.

Dental Hygiene

Dental hygiene treatment includes professionally cleaning the teeth for the patient. This is usually called scaling and polishing. However, perhaps our most important role is showing the patient the way to keep the teeth free of plaque.

The dentist also plays an important role in treating gum disease.

Bad Breath

Bad breath is a very common problem and there are many different causes. Persistent bad breath is usually caused by the smelly gases released by the bacteria that coat your teeth and gums.

However, strong foods like garlic and onions can add to the problem. Smoking is also one of the main causes of bad breath, along with certain illnesses such as nasal and stomach conditions.

Bits of food that get caught between the teeth and on the tongue will rot and can sometimes cause an unpleasant smell. So correct and regular brushing is very important to keep your breath smelling fresh.

The bacteria on our teeth and gums (plaque) also cause gum disease and dental decay. If you see your dentist regularly this will not only help prevent bad breath but will also let the dentist look for and treat these problems.

Gum Disease

Treatment of swelling, soreness or infection of the gum tissues.

Decay Detection

Tooth decay may or may not cause discomfort; even though it doesn’t hurt, the tooth is deteriorating.

Using higher magnification and powerful lighting, it is easier to detect decay at an early stage to prevent excessive tooth damage. When cavities are small, they are much easier and less expensive to treat.

Early tooth decay does not tend to show many physical signs. Sometimes the tooth looks healthy, but your dentist will be able to see from an x-ray whether you have any decay under the enamel, any possible infections in the roots, or any bone loss around the tooth.

Mouth Cancer Screening

Smoking, drinking and unhealthy diets increases risks of mouth cancer. Early detection increases chances of survival.

Online Leaflets

Want general information on a condition or treatment? Visit the British Dental Health Foundation where they have over 40 online leaflets.

Online Resource

Want to find out about dental treatment?  Want to know how to look after your teeth better? Visit the new BDA Smile web site.

3D Education

Want to learn about dental anatomy, conditions, treatments and good oral health? Visit the BDA’s cutting edge 3D Educational web site.

Just wanted to say a big thank you to all the staff. We are new to your practice and our son Jake had two teeth extracted on Tuesday. Jake was very nervous. He really struggles with “needles” and was worried about the whole procedure. Everyone went out of their way to put Jake at ease from the welcoming receptionists, dental nurses and of course the dental surgeon. With your support, he managed to have the two 1st teeth removed and although I know he wants to avoid similar experiences, the experience was much better than he expected.

Thank you for going the extra mile for Jake. Jake really appreciated it and so did we.

Ian, Anne & Jake
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