Helping you maintain a healthy mouth

Preventative dentistry

At Goldsworth Road Dental Centre we believe prevention is better than cure and always the most positive approach. We help you maintain a healthy mouth so you can avoid dental problems from arising in the first place. Preventative dentistry aims to reduce the need for fillings and extractions wherever possible. It means our patients benefit from improved dental health, reduced dental costs and a more positive dental experience.

We prevent and treat gum disease; provide a mouth cancer screening; detect decay at an early stage; prevent bad breath; and encourage our patients to bring their children to the practice from an early age. 

 

 
 
 
 
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 dentistry for all the family

Children's dentistry

As dental professionals, we believe in preventative dental care and encourage our patients to bring their children to the practice from an early age. Regular check-ups from a young age will ensure children won't suffer from untreated dental decay with devastating effects to their growing dentition.

There are a number of preventative treatments that our team can provide for children. Fluoride applications are a safe and effective way to safeguard your growing child's teeth from developing decay. The fluoride is painted onto the surface of the child's teeth and this helps to mineralise the teeth. 

Fissure sealants are tooth coloured and applied to biting surfaces of children's teeth to prevent decay.

Studies have shown that the younger the age that you bring your child to the dental practice, even if just for a check-up, the more likely they are to have a positive experience and grow up not to be afraid of the dentist.

Our team will take special care of your child to make them feel safe and cared for. Treating a child from an early age also allows the dentist to spot early signs of underbites, cross bites or overbites developing.

As with most things, the sooner you can start to treat it, the quicker it can be resolved.

Prevention is always better than cure so call the practice today to make an appointment for your child.

 

Maintaining oral health

Dental hygiene 

A hygienist's main duty is to prevent and treat gum disease. During your appointment your hygienist can provide oral hygiene advice, remove stain, tartar, hard deposits and plaque. The hygienist can demonstrate correct flossing and brushing techniques as well as other oral hygiene techniques according to your personal requirements. You can receive dietary advice and other information such as how to give up smoking.

The hygienist may also advise you on the progression of gum disease, but for more advanced conditions you may be referred to a dentist for an assessment. After the assessment the hygienist would be able to treat you under the prescription of a dentist.

 
 

Swelling, soreness or infection

Gum disease

 

Screening for gum disease forms an integral part of your routine examination.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease describes swelling, soreness or infection of the tissues supporting the teeth. There are two main forms of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontal disease.

What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis means inflammation of the gums. This is when the gums around the teeth become very red and swollen. Often the swollen gums bleed when they are brushed during cleaning.

What is periodontal disease?

Long-standing gingivitis can turn into periodontal disease. There are a number of types of periodontal disease and they all affect the tissues supporting the teeth. As the disease gets worse the bone anchoring the teeth in the jaw is lost, making the teeth loose. If this is not treated, the teeth may eventually fall out.

What is the cause of gum disease?

All gum disease is caused by plaque. Plaque is a film of bacteria which forms on the surface of the teeth and gums every day. Many of the bacteria in plaque are completely harmless, but there are some that have been shown to be the main cause of gum disease.

To prevent and treat gum disease, you need to make sure you remove all the plaque from your teeth every day. This is done by brushing and flossing.

What happens if gum disease is not treated?

Unfortunately, gum disease progresses painlessly on the whole so that you do not notice the damage it is doing. However, the bacteria are sometimes more active and this makes your gums sore. This can lead to gum abscesses, and pus may ooze from around the teeth. Over a number of years, the bone supporting the teeth can be lost. If the disease is left untreated for a long time, treatment can become more difficult.

How do I know if I have gum disease?

The first sign is blood on the toothbrush or in the rinsing water when you clean your teeth. Your gums may also bleed when you are eating, leaving a bad taste in your mouth. Your breath may also become unpleasant.

a thorough examination

Mouth Cancer Screening

Studies show that mouth cancer is on the increase and that early detection dramatically improves the chances of recovery.

Mouth cancer screening is a short procedure at the dental practice that involves a thorough examination of your whole mouth, including the use of a handheld scanning device that is used to examine any lumps or lesions that you might have. This will highlight any risk factors so we can treat or refer you as quickly as possible.

It is recommended that you come in for a screening on a yearly basis. If you have any sores, lumps or long-term ulcers in your mouth, no matter how small, it is very important that you come in to have it looked at.

Late detection of mouth cancers have resulted in a higher proportion of deaths per number of cases than breast cancer, cervical cancer or skin melanoma, with about 2,700 deaths per year in the UK.

Because smoking is strongly linked with many forms of cancer and other dental problems, we always encourage our patients to quit smoking. An excellent source of information is the Mouth Cancer Foundation if you require any further information.

 

Prevent tooth damage

Decay detection

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.

 
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Treating bacteria on the teeth & gums

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. Correct and regular brushing is very important to keep your breath smelling fresh.

Bacteria (plaque) can also cause gum disease and dental decay. Regularly check-ups will not only help prevent bad breath but will also let the dentist look for and treat these problems.

Case Study

Dental Hygiene

 
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You get what you pay for with private dentistry – but Goldsworth Road Dental Centre Practice actually saved me money! 
— Sue Lloyd, Leatherhead
 

My husband, Haydon, has been a patient at Goldsworth Road Dental Centre Practice since he was a child and when I wanted a second opinion about a problem I was having, he recommended them to me.

My NHS dentist had said I needed root canal treatment on one of my front teeth but I was unsure. You get to know your own mouth and this tooth had been a problem since I was about 10 years old. I used to have a great NHS dentist but she went on maternity leave and never returned, so every six months I would see a different dentist.

Goldsworth Road Dental Centre Practice is lovely and bright, airy, clean and well run by nice people. You see the same dentist and hygienist every time you visit and they know you and your mouth. You can build a relationship and they get to know you personally.

My dentist took one look, took x-rays and said that I didn’t need a root canal but that the problem could be managed with good dental hygiene. All my other teeth are fine but there’s just this one tooth that is a problem.

I would strongly recommend getting a second opinion if something doesn’t feel right because you just don’t know. You get what you pay for with private dentistry – but this practice actually saved me money!

I had never really had a proper hygiene appointment before. I have been seeing Karen the hygienist regularly for a couple of years now and she has taught me how to properly maintain my teeth. Karen has made me see just how important dental hygiene is. Her advice is very clear and she says I am managing to keep up well with my oral hygiene at home.

With all the excellent dentistry and advice from the Goldsworth Road team I haven’t had to undergo any expensive procedures and still haven’t had to spend lots of money, so that’s great!

Having your say...

 
I am really pleased with my new dentist. The dentist has an excellent patient manner, explains things clearly, with good attention to detail and empathy with how I was feeling. I felt the dentist was very thorough in their examination and dealt with the arising issues well.
— Kate E
 
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