Most of the population suffers from some form of gum disease, and it is the major cause of tooth loss in adults. However, it can be controlled with a little effort from yourself and guidance from a hygienist.

Look out for some of the first signs, bleeding gums, "furred up mouth", an unpleasant taste in your mouth, your breath may also have become unpleasant.

Our hygienist is available for both children and adults to discuss and educate you on all your dental hygiene needs. We're able to offer dietary advice as another step towards prevention. The health of our teeth like the rest of our body depends on a well balanced diet. Sugar is a major cause of tooth decay.

Initial Consultation

We feel your first visit is special and hope that you'll want to discuss any problems or worries you may have so that, after a full examination, we can discuss any treatment required, give you all of the options available and provide a full treatment plan together with details of all costs.

At this appointment we will make certain recordings of the condition of your teeth and gums usually with the help of some x-rays. We will also ask you to fill in a comprehensive medical history to ensure your safety.

X-rays

If we are to help you it is absolutely essential to know exactly what is going on beneath the gum line and inside the teeth, where we cannot see. As a health precaution we advocate that the x-rays taken are kept to the minimal amount clinically possible and prescribed on an individual basis.

We carefully follow the current national guidelines for dental radiography and use modern, low radiation dose dental x-ray machines. The health and safety of our patients is paramount.

Gums

Your gums are designed to keep the blood in and the bacteria out. If your gums bleed then the bacteria can get into your body and disease will surely develop. The latest research shows that plaque (which builds up on the surface of your teeth) and bacteria are the cause of gum disease, when your immune level is low.

We will teach you how to keep your own gums bacteria free. There is no place for bleeding gums. This is a warning signal – do not overlook it.

Cancer Screen

At your regular visits we will carefully examine your mouth and associated structures for any signs of early cancer. The mouth can also show signs of many other important general illnesses long before symptoms start. This can give us a good early warning system so that any necessary medical treatment can be commenced whilst the prognosis for most human illnesses is at its best.

Missing Teeth

When any teeth are missing this may place a strain on the remaining teeth and the supporting structures of these teeth – teeth tend to drift and tilt when they are lacking the mutual support of the neighbouring teeth. Imagine a car with 4 wheels – if one is missing or flat then the whole system is thrown out of balance.

Children

To properly develop into a healthy adult it is essential for children to have a healthy mouth. To prevent tooth decay and gum disease it is necessary to have regular dental visits. Where it affects the dentition we can advise the young patients on dietary problems.

 

Nervous patients

DG McCann welcomes nervous patients and will take the time to ensure you feel at your ease in the practice

Cross Infection Control

We're very aware of the real concern regarding this matter. We can assure you that full autoclave sterilization procedures and use of disposables operate throughout the practice.

Our Practice Philosophy

Our philosophy has always been to give our patients the highest standard of care and attention to their dental needs together with a friendly welcome and congenial atmosphere.

Mouth cleanliness is the greatest single factor in prevention of dental disease. We will teach you how to control any active disease, and this will be coupled with a thorough diagnosis and a planned corrective programme to avoid future disease. We are all individuals and we know that habits of long standing take a long time to change in some people (e.g. smoking). However if we can stimulate your attitude to change, then it is worthwhile.


     
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