What to expect when visiting the Dentist in Harley Street
New or nervous patients
A visit to the dental clinic can be a daunting experience for some patients, sometimes due to fears or phobias and other times it can be due to nerves of attending somewhere new. Either way, the dental practice pays particular attention to the patient’s needs and therefore goes the extra mile to ensure the patient’s needs are understood and where possible, extra measures are taken to ensure a comfortable, stress-free environment is always maintained.
Providing the highest standards of dentistry begins with patient care and therefore the dental team and Dentist in Harley Street will always go the extra mile to provide an unrivalled service to each individual patient.
Preventive dentistry, beginning with appointments as a child.
Setting up excellent dental care begins in childhood and appointments from the age of around 6 months old are recommended. At 6 months old it is understood that teeth may not yet be visible on all children however, the appointments at this age allow the Dentist to begin the process of creating positive associations for the child. This is extremely important in dentistry as studies have shown that regular appointments from a young age help eliminate fears and phobias in the later stages of life.
In order to intercept the possibilities of decay early on, a safe and effective method used within the dental world is the use of fluoride applications on the teeth. This safe and effective paste is painted onto the surface of the child’s teeth and helps to mineralise the surface. Tooth coloured fissure sealants may also be applied to the biting surfaces which also helps prevent the build-up of decay.
Along with the preventive fear method, regular appointments as a child ensure that dental decay does not have the opportunity to do long-lasting damage to the child’s teeth and gums. The development of underbites, overbites or crossbites can be spotted early allowing preventive methods to be implemented early on which in turn will reduce the need for more complicated procedures later in life.
Other types of Preventive Dentistry.
Whilst regular appointments during childhood provide excellent methods of preventive care this approach to dentistry is continued throughout adulthood using services such as the dental hygienist and periodontist (treatment of gum disease). These appointments combined with regular check-ups ensure that all measures to protect the teeth and gums are in place as it is one of the most used parts of the body but can be an afterthought when it comes to caring for it.
Other services offered to prevent serious detrimental impacts on the teeth are appointments for tooth clenching, the grinding of teeth and many other dental problems. Using the regular check-up appointments combined with these services enables the best care possible before too much damage is done.
Please note, all dental treatments and procedures carry potential risks. It is therefore advised that all patients seek further information and advice on any mentioned in this article from their local dental practice.