Decay detection

“My fear of needles and dental treatment had prevented me from going to the dentist for about seven years. A friend suggested that Crescent Lodge seemed sensitive about this issue so I booked myself in for an appointment. I was amazed that my fear was treated seriously and sensitively.”

Although levels of tooth decay have decreased over the last few decades, it is still one of the most widespread health problems in the UK.

It’s estimated that around one in every three adults in England have tooth decay and a survey of five year old children carried out in 2012 found that more than one in four had some degree of tooth decay.

Detecting decay

One of the best ways for us to detect decay is by seeing you regularly for a dental health assessment and oral hygiene appointment. This allows us to spot any issues early before they have a chance to worsen and cause you pain.

We do this by using advanced technology, such as intraoral cameras that allow us – and you – to see your mouth in precise detail. The dentists and hygienists at Crescent Lodge Dental Practice SW4 use this excellent piece of equipment for the early detection of decay and as an educational tool to show you any areas you may be missing when brushing at home. Alongside this, we provide vital dietary and oral hygiene advice and offer children fissure sealants and fluoride varnishes.

We also offer a dental health plan as an affordable way to spread the cost of you and your children’s essential dental and hygiene appointments into manageable monthly payments.

Another method we use to determine whether you have decay is by taking a dental x-ray. This is a quick and pain-free procedure that takes a high resolution cross section image of a tooth and will highlight any areas where your tooth structure is damaged due to a build-up of bacteria, the origin of any dental decay.

Preventing tooth decay

Although tooth decay is a common problem, it is often entirely preventable. The best way to avoid tooth decay is to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible.

To do this, you should:

  • brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day for two minutes each time
  • use floss or an interdental toothbrush at least once a day to clean between your teeth and under the gum line
  • avoid rinsing your mouth with water or mouthwash after brushing because this washes the protective fluoride away – just spit out any excess toothpaste
  • cut down on sugary and starchy food and drinks, particularly between meals or within an hour of going to bed

Let us help you to look after your teeth so you can enjoy the many benefits of having great oral health. Contact us to book your dental health assessment today.