Preventive dentistry

Preventative dentistry is the core of our practice at Surbiton Smile Centre. Regular examinations and check-ups form the basis of this. Our specialist dental hygiene service is a vital and integral part of our dental health programmed for every patient.

Sport mouthguard

A custom made sport mouthguard or gum shield is a specially made, rubber-like cover which fits exactly over your teeth and gums, protecting them from damage during sports.

It is important to wear a professionally made sport mouthguard  whenever you play sport that involves physical contact ;this includes: cricket, hockey and football - which can cause broken and damaged teeth. Custom-made mouthguard can prevent damage to the jaw, neck and even the brain - helping to prevent the concussion and damage caused by a heavy blow.

Mouthguard are made by taking an accurate impression of your mouth registering the way your jaws bite together to make sure the mouthguard meets properly with your teeth. Surrey mouthguard are made in professional laboratory based on our dentist's instructions.

The Surrey Custom made Mouthguard come in a range of vibrant colours and can be customised to your country's flag, to your team's colours or to display your name.

Depending on your age, your mouthguard might need to be replaced regularly. If you are still growing, the mouthguard may become too tight or loose, and will need to be remade in order to fit the new shape of your mouth.

Adults may not need to have their mouthguard replaced quite so often. But they are like any other form of sports equipment and will suffer from wear and tear. It is recommended that you take your mouthguard along to the dentist when you go for your check-up, so it can be checked.

An effective mouth guard should be comfortable, resist tears, be durable and easy to clean, and should not restrict your breathing or speech.

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Oral cancer screening

Oral cancer screening here at Surbiton Smile Centre is performed during your routine dental visit. During an oral exam, the Surbiton dentist look over the inside of your mouth to check for red or white patches or mouth sores. They also feel the tissues in your mouth to check for lumps or other abnormalities.

Many people have abnormal sores in their mouths, with the great majority being noncancerous. An oral exam can't determine which sores are cancerous and which are not. If the dentist finds an unusual sore or abnormality during oral cancer screening, you may go through more diagnostic tests to determine its cause. The only way to definitively determine whether you have oral cancer is to remove some abnormal cells and test them for cancer in a procedure called a biopsy.

Factors that can increase the risk of oral cancer include:

  • Tobacco in cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco and snuff, among others
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Previous oral cancer diagnosis

We carry out the oral cancer screening for all our patients during each routine dental exam. Ask our Surrey dentist about ways you can reduce your risk of oral cancer, such as quitting smoking and not drinking alcohol.

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Dental hygiene

Our Surbiton dental hygienist offers so much more than the traditional scale and polish. She is highly skilled, and will professionally clean your teeth using the latest pastes, polishes and hand instruments, as well as the ultrasonic cleaner and the airflow system. This combination of different methods not only ensures the removal of any plaque and tartar, but also stubborn stains caused by smoking, drinking red wine, tea and coffee.

The dental hygienist role is also that of the educator. She will introduce specific cleaning aids, which will enable you to maximise your home-care routine. She will show you what you need to do, and offer you tips and advice in order to motivate and to help you to maintain that all-important healthy smile.

Dental hygiene is extremely important and can prevent gum disease as well as detect cavities. It is established that good oral hygiene habits from an early age are the perfect foundation for keeping teeth and gums healthy. Our highly skilled Surrey hygienist constantly teaches both children and adults about the use of electronic aids, toothbrushes, dental floss and inter-dental brushes. The dental hygienists at the Surbiton Smile Centre make sure that patients' teeth and gums are thoroughly examined and will note any irregularities at the same time. Also, any visible plaque or surface stains will be removed by either polishing, scraping or by using the latest power sprays.

An apple a day keeps the doctor at bayFresh breath treatments: Some people are completely unaware they have bad breath, while others are often very conscious of it and it can be a big embarrassment to them. Most people will have bad breath at some point in their lives and may need to have a fresh breath treatment. Usually the treatment involves the dentist using an integrated approach to the problem and thoroughly looking at any underlying causes.

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