Remember the days when the doctor and the dentist seemed almost godlike in their status? When you came for a check-up, you didn’t ask questions and the dentist in Stevenage didn’t tell you anymore than they thought you needed to know. The rest of the time, they just spoke to the dental nurse in a mixture of complex dental terminology and a strange code of numbers and letters.
Thankfully, those days are long gone. Here at Smilecraft, we see our role as your dentist in Stevenage as being part of a team, one that you are in too. Together, we work to make sure that your teeth will last for as long as possible, in as good a condition as possible. Our mantra is teeth for life.
This is the basis of our part of the teamwork. We need to check your teeth over twice a year to catch the early signs of problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. Both of these can result in tooth loss. Another thing we are on the lookout for is any possible sign of oral cancer before it gets serious.
If we do find a problem, we like to treat it early, when treatment is less invasive and less expensive for you.
The hygiene session
Part of the check-up process is a scale and polish to remove any plaque or tartar (plaque that has hardened). Both give off acids that lead to decay and gum disease, so you need to get them removed to protect your teeth. Also, they feel great afterwards.
Your part of the teamwork is to carry out your twice-daily hygiene routine. Brush for 2 minutes with a soft-bristled brush and a fluoride toothpaste. Floss once a day to remove plaque and trapped food from between your teeth. Some people also use interdental brushes and mouthwashes.
If we work together, every trip to the dentist in Stevenage can be just a quick check over and the all-clear until next time. That’ll leave us time for a chat and for us to answer questions. You know, like team mates do.