Why is it so important to visit the dentist anyway?

You might have had a painful and mentally scarring ordeal at the dentist as a child, which has left you with a bad taste in your mouth about all branches of dentistry and dental practitioners. But to paint all dentists in Stevenage with the same brush and to refuse treatment when you most need it, is detrimental to your oral health.

Dentist in Stevenage

At Smilecraft Dental Care, we make your experience with us as pleasant as we can, tending to your issue with efficiency, compassion and care. Building relationships is important to us, entrust us with your teeth today and look forward to a healthy mouth in the future.

Let us help you, but look after yourself first

Every day, patients come to us with preventable issues caused by months, years or a lifetime of neglect. Some of the time, these problems are easily treatable, while other times the damage is severe enough for them to undergo costly and uncomfortable surgeries that require an extended recovery period.

We are firm believers in the old saying that “prevention is the best cure”. Save yourself money, time and unnecessary pain by adhering to a regimented cleaning routine, involving two to three minutes brushing and daily flossing, curbing bad lifestyle habits that contribute to tooth decay and sticking to a healthy diet with a moderate sugar intake.

Learn to brush your teeth better

While most people brush their teeth, the techniques they use are inadequate. An up-down motion fails to clean the whole surface of a tooth and leaves behind harmful bacteria. Position your toothbrush, topped with a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste, on the gum line at a 45-degree angle and brush in a circular motion. Most people forget to brush the roof of the mouth, as well as the tongue – which is where bacteria lie dormant, as they breed and multiply.

Cut sugar from your diet and other harmful food

Tea and coffee in their natural form are healthy, but adding sugar and milk makes them less so.  Sugar itself is not bad for your teeth, but the bacteria in your mouth use the particles that make up sugar to create acid that erodes the enamel on your teeth, and toxins that aggravate your gums.

Avoid sugary, fizzy sodas to prevent acid attacks, and if you do consume them occasionally, drink them in one sitting rather than over a prolonged period.

What we do

Your routine checkup at the dentist in Stevenage will include the following:

  • An oral examination of your teeth, mouth and gums. Soft enamel of your teeth indicates a cavity, while swollen and inflamed gums point to gingivitis.
  • Several x-rays are taken if necessary, to reveal suspected cavities and highlight your supporting bone height and density to establish the severity of a gum issue or periodontal disease.
  • Existing cavities are filled, plaque is scrapped from your teeth and gums, and marks on your teeth are removed with abrasives.
  • We will ask you about your current cleaning routine and eating habits, and advise ways in which they can be improved. 

You might not like going to the dentist, but it is a necessary part of life. Make the experience easier in the caring and professional hands of your dentist in Stevenage.