Prevention & Hygiene

At Longborough Dental Practice we cater for your whole family's dental needs. We provide family dental care in a comfortable and inviting atmosphere. Our dentists and hygienists are trained to help you keep your teeth healthy and provide a range of dental.

We believe that one of the most important services we can provide is preventative oral care. Tooth decay and gum disease are common problems that, for most people, are largely preventable.

As a patient of the practice you will routinely receive preventative care through your regular visits to our dentists and hygienists. An appointment for a check-up should not be missed as it provides a regular opportunity for you to be screened for oral cancer and for your dentist to look for any other potential problems before they become significant.

In a dental examination any signs of tooth decay or gum disease can be identified and at this stage the remedial action required may be quite minor. In the long run a regular check-up could not only save you the expense of further more complex treatment but it could also prevent you from losing your teeth.

Hygienist Services

As well as regularly visiting your dentist, hygiene appointments should also be an essential part of your dental care. Hygienists are qualified members of the dental team who focus on preventing and treating gum disease by promoting good oral hygiene. They will assess the health of your gums and teeth and look for any signs of swelling, inflammation or bleeding, as well as take measurements where the gum attaches to the tooth and check for signs of oral cancer. Our hygienists will also give you a professional scale and polish, ensuring that the plaque is removed from all surfaces of your teeth. This is especially important because plaque contains the bacteria that cause gum disease and bad breath.

Whilst composite (tooth coloured) fillings are becoming more popular, amalgam fillings represent the most durable and long-lasting form of filling available. (Apart from gold fillings which are more expensive.) They are extremely hard wearing, quicker to place than composite filling and less expensive than alternative restorative methods.

Amalgam fillings are the only type of filling provided through the NHS - composite fillings are considered to be 'cosmetic' and therefore will be charged at our private rate.