Quality dental care for all the family
Regular dental check-ups are important to patients of all ages, from infants to great-grandparents. Clarence House Dental Care in Watton offers dental treatment for all the family, addressing the specific needs specific ages and groups may face.
Babies and children
Bringing a child to the dental practice from an early age can help them to view visiting the dentist as a positive experience, preventing dental phobia later in life. You should start bringing your baby in for dental check-ups as soon as their teeth start to appear. As well as ensuring that these teeth are developing correctly and are free from dangerous plaque, this helps to familiarise youngster with the practice environment, and to teach them to see the dentist as a friendly face.
As children get older, fissure sealant and fluoride varnish may be offered. These are designed to strengthen and protect the teeth, helping to prevent tooth decay – still a big problem for UK children.
Potential orthodontic issues can often be spotted at an early age, too, making them easier to treat.
When you are pregnant, your teeth may be the last thing you are thinking about. In fact, there are some dental conditions that are specific to pregnancy, because of the hormonal changes the body is going through.
The commonest concern is pregnancy gingivitis – gum disease. Gum disease is a serious condition but isn’t anything to be scared of if you visit the dentist as soon as you notice symptoms such as bleeding gums.
Pregnant women can also suffer an increased risk of enamel erosion if morning sickness is persistent or severe, whilst pregnancy granuloma – small growths on the gums – can be scary and sometimes uncomfortable. Again, your dentist can help treat or manage these issues.
Older people also have specific sets of dental needs. This can include needing replacements for natural teeth, with the over-75 age group most likely to wear dentures.
A modern solution to the problem of loose dentures is to have them secured by dental implants, which help to preserve the density of the jaw bone. Denture sore mouth and oral thrush also need to be treated promptly – or ideally avoided.