WHEN SHOULD MY CHILD FIRST SEE A DENTIST?
Your child first dental visit should take place around 12 months  of age or shortly after the erruption of the first baby tooth.  This gives a chance for the child to get to know the dentist and the parents a chance to ask any questions regarding dental care.  It is best not to wait until your child has  toothache or dental emergency to take him/her to the dentist  for the first time,  the experience could be traumatic and one  the child  may remember for many years to come We welcome all children and aim to give them an happy experience



HOW OFTEN SHOULD I HAVE A CHECK UP?
Dentists usually consider six months as an appropriate time interval for most patients. At the Tovey Little Dental Centre we will discuss with you the most appropriate length of time for check ups usually between six and twelve months  Some patients who need regular gum care may need to attend every three months or more frequently for  hygiene treatment.  The interval between dental examinations is geared to each individual patients needs under NHS guidelines


HOW OFTEN SHOULD XRAYS BE TAKEN?
X rays for routine checking according to the level of tooth decay of the individual patient.  Depending on your oral health you may need xrays taking every two years or less frenquently for most children.  Some people will require more frequent xrays due to continued treatment, tooth or gum problems, diet or oral hygiene or health related issues.  If you are a new patient we normally take xrays on your first visit for our records


WHICH TOOTHPASTE SHOULD I USE?
There are many varieties from gels, whitening toothpaste,tartar control to natural toothpaste, toothpaste made for children and sensitive teeth. The brand of toothpaste is not as important as what is in the toothpaste itself.  Even if you have flouride in your drinking water, it is still wise to choose tothpaste that contains flouride.  The current guidelines are that all children up to three should use a toothpaste with a flouride level of 1000ppm (parts per million) After three years old they should use a toothpaste containing 1350ppm to 1500ppm.  The tartar control toothpaste can be very good at reducing the overall level of tartar or calculus on teeth ansd some toothpastes contain Triclosan, which is excellent for gum problems.


 
WHY DO I NEED ORAL HYGIENE INSTRUCTION ?
Most people carry out some level of dental care but even the most conscientious brushing may not be as effective as it needs to be. You brush your teeth to remove plague and this can be more difficult than you think.Plague is the same colour as your teeth and you may not be removing it from every tooth surface which can leaad to gum disease and tooth decay.
Apart from scaling and cleaning the teeth we offer hygiene advise and ensure you are cleaning your teeth the best way for you.  Over brushing can also cause tooth wear and a good brushing technique is important to prevent this happening. A poor diet can also cause problems apart from sugar causing tooth decay the high comsumption of fizzy drinks, fizzy water and fruit juices can dissolve the enamel leading to tooth wear and sensitivity. We can direct advise to your individual needs to help avoid problems.


SHOULD I CLEAN BETWEEN MY TEETH?
Every adult should be cleaning between their teeth with floss or mini brushes, For healthy gums and teeth 2-3 times aweek should be adequate but for those with past or present gum disease once every day would be advisable.  Toothpaste should not be used on mini brushes between teeth.  A visit to the       hygienist or oral health educator should ensure you know how to brush correctly as well as clean between your teeth


HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE GUM DISEASE?
It is not always obvious as gum disease can be present without symptoms.  Regular examinations and     gum checks are essential to indentify gum disease. A simple basis painless periodontal examination(BPE) carried out regular will give a good picture of gum health and can help to reasure you that any problems are under control.  A Periodontist is a dentist who specailises in gum problems.  Early treatment can often reverse the problem before any long term damage is done although in most cases even for advanced gum problems effective treatment can prolong the life of a tooth.