The fundamentals of preventative dental care: 

A guide to routine oral health assessments

Cavities and other types of decay represent one of the most common childhood diseases. Damage to the gums caused by gingivitis or periodontitis is one of the most common diseases affecting adult patients. Severe dental damage caused by these conditions may result in the need for a tooth extraction. The good news is our dental studios in West London are adept at preventing dental/periodontal diseases and other challenges to your good oral health with preventative and proactive dental care. Such services include oral health assessments conducted by Dr Hannan Imran. During an assessment, we: 

  • Conduct comprehensive evaluations 
  • Complete professional cleanings with specialised techniques and dental instruments 
  • Evaluate the state or condition of the gingival or gum tissue 
  • Determine the extent or the stage of periodontal disease as needed
  • Identify early-stage enamel erosion
  • Lift stubborn plaque build-up from the teeth and gum line 
  • Conduct screenings for oral precancers and cancerous tumours
  • Recommend and demonstrate good brushing and flossing techniques
  • Provide tailored guidance on everything from oral products to diet
  • Discuss preventative services available exclusively at professional practices
  • Administer professional solutions; i.e., the application of sealants can be integrated easily into routine assessments
  • Order advanced diagnostics to aid in detecting problems that cannot be seen with the human eye alone

Additionally, you can benefit from the unique and complementary expertise of our orthodontist, Dr Chaw-Su Kyi. Dr Kyi conducts comprehensive orthodontic evaluations. So, we have all of your oral and maxillofacial needs covered with our extensive expertise in various dental disciplines!

Get into a healthy habit 

Generally, all patients should keep up with “check-ups” biannually, at six-month intervals. Patients with risk factors such as smoking or tobacco use should maintain more frequent visits. If you have active gum disease and are undergoing treatment at one of our studios, we need to conduct follow-up visits to see how well-recommended therapies/interventions are working to resolve the damage.  

The importance of consistent, ongoing care

We conduct complete assessments. We detect very early anomalies with tooth structure, gum and bony tissue, and other structures in the mouth. Frequently, problems such as gingival inflammation or emerging decay/erosion are “silent.” So, the signs can be easy to ignore. When a patient finally notices that their gums look puffier or their teeth are more sensitive, the damage may have been done that requires restorative dental care. Regular oral health assessments aid us in preventing discomfort and other distressing symptoms related to dental diseases, as well as the potentially expensive and aggressive treatments to repair them. Our dental studios are also equipped to lean into advanced diagnostics. These technologies help us to make an accurate diagnosis.

The importance of professional cleanings

Caring for your teeth at home is critical and must be complemented with cleanings by the “pros.” Since bacterial plaque is constantly building up on our tooth structure, removing all of this destructive film on your own and with a standard toothbrush is impossible. After the plaque has hardened into tartar, only professionals like our dental hygienists have the skills and instruments to properly and painlessly remove this stubborn and damaging substance. Our team also makes recommendations tailored to your needs to make it as easy as possible for you to stay on top of effective oral care when you can’t be at one of our dental studios in West London. As a bonus, a good cleaning keeps your teeth a dazzling white by preventing stains from building up on the tooth’s surface. They also keep bad breath at bay and your mouth feeling minty-fresh!

Are you due for a “check-up”? Check-in with us. Call 020 8129 6868 to schedule an assessment at the offices of Dr Chaw-Su Kyi today.