There is no doubt that prevention is better than cure, and that is certainly true when it comes to your teeth. Having a regular dental check-up will help to flag up any problems that are developing early, making them easier to treat or possibly avoiding the need for treatment altogether. People often think that it is necessary to have a dental check-up every six months but in fact that is not true. It varies from case to case and appointments can be given for follow-up at anything between four monthly up to 2-year intervals for particularly well-behaved teeth.
When you come to Barnt Green Dental Centre for a check-up, the dentist will examine your teeth and ask you about your lifestyle and about your general health as well as the kind of food you eat. This is routine and it will help identify any problems you might be likely to face or that might be developing in your teeth. Your dentist might also suggest that you making an appointment to see the dental hygienist.
The team of dental hygienists at Barnt Green Dental Centre will help to explain to you the best ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy. This is especially useful if your teeth are overcrowded, if you use dentures or have bridgework, implants or crowns. They will explain brushing techniques; interdental cleaning and flossing and any other tips that they feel will be helpful to you. They will carry out cleaning using ultrasonic devices that will efficiently remove plaque from below the gum-line as well as any hardened calculus, which can be responsible the bleeding gums and for receding gums and might eventually lead to tooth loss. Our patients tell us that they love the clean feeling they get after a visit to the hygienist.
Getting a child to feel confident and safe during a visit to the dentist is one of the best things you can do for them. We say that as soon as that first tooth appears; bring your child in to see us. Those first appointments are all about them having fun and exploring and getting to know us so that when they have to come for the check-up, it’s like going to visit a friend. At Barnt Green Dental Centre we like to make friends with all patients especially the children!
In water, fluoride occurs naturally and can also be found in foods and drinks including fish and tea. Its main property helps reduce the instance of tooth decay and that’s why many brands of toothpaste include fluoride. In some areas it is even added to the water supply. For children who we feel need extra protection against decay we can use fluoride varnish treatment on their teeth. The varnish that we apply has high levels of fluoride and when it is painted onto baby and adult teeth it will strengthen tooth enamel giving it more resistance to decay.
A painless and safe way to protect your child’s teeth from decay is fissure sealing. This involves a plastic coating being applied to the biting surface of the molars and premolars (the back teeth). This stops bacteria and food getting into the tiny grooves that occur naturally in our teeth. This treatment is done as soon as adult teeth start to show, usually at between six and seven years of age. It is a simple and very straightforward treatment but can benefit your child’s teeth, enormously.
Partially or Fully NHS Funded Treatments
At Barnt Green Dental Centre, we welcome NHS patients to our dental practice. Those who are eligible will get:
NHS Treatment Bands
BAND 1 package - £22.70 includes:
For urgent care, if the treatment requires several appointments, you will have to pay one Band 1 fee only.
BAND 2 - £62.10
BAND 3 - £269.30