Routine Dental Care

At The Priors Dental Practice, we believe in preventive dentistry, which means we aim to prevent the two main causes of tooth loss: decay and gum disease.

As part of this philosophy, we recommend that our patients attend routine check-ups at least once every six months.  Those with a clean bill of dental health may be advised to see us for a check-up once a year, whilst those showing signs of potential problems or existing dental health issues may be advised to visit the practice more regularly.

What happens during a routine check-up?

During your appointment, one of our dentists will check your medical history to ensure there are no changes which could have an impact on your oral health. They will ask you if you have had any problems since the last time you visited the practice, or if you have any concerns about any aspect of your teeth, gums or routine dental care.

Your dentist will examine your teeth and any restorations you already have, such as fillings, for signs of wear or damage and compare their observations to your most recent x-rays. If they see anything which requires fixing or replacing, they will take a small x-ray to confirm their diagnosis and will advise you to book another appointment. They will check the health of your gums by carrying out a Basic Periodontal Examination and may suggest making some small adaptations to your usual home care routine or may advise that you book an extra appointment with one of our experienced hygienists.

We will also complete a screening for oral cancer, following the 12-step protocol advised by the Mouth Cancer Foundation. This involves checking for any abnormalities around your mouth and checking the inside of your mouth, including your tongue, gums and cheeks.

If everything’s fine, then we will see you again in six months and hopefully not before!

Mouth Cancer

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Symptoms

  • An ulcer or white or red patch anywhere in the mouth that does not heal within 3 weeks.
  • A lump or swelling anywhere in the mouth, jaw or neck that persists for more than 3 weeks.
  • Difficulty swallowing, chewing or moving the jaw or tongue.
  • Numbness of tongue or other area of the mouth.
  • A feeling that something is caught in the throat.
  • A chronic sore throat or hoarseness that persists more than 6 weeks.
  • Unexplained loosening of teeth.

Risk Factors

  • Tobacco use is the main cause of mouth cancer.
  • Drinking alcohol to excess can increase risks four-fold.
  • Drinking and smoking together can make mouth cancer up to 30 times more likely to develop.
  • Poor diet and social deprivation are linked to a third of all cancer cases.
  • The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), transmitted through oral sex, could overtake tobacco and alcohol as the main risk factor within the next decade.
  • Exposure to the sun is a cause of skin cancer which can affect the lips and face.

Other Dental Treatments

Dentures

Root Canal Treatment

Fillings

Dental Crowns

Dental Bridges

Children’s Dentistry

Oral Hygiene

Dental Implants

Gum Disease (Periodontics)

Oral Sedation Treatment

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Care Tips

Caring for your teeth and mouth is essential to your overall health and wellbeing. Not only does good dental hygiene prevent tooth decay and gum disease, but it can also prevent other serious health issues like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. To properly care for your teeth and mouth, there are a few important steps to follow

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