It is a truth generally acknowledged that 2 things put people off vising their dentist: the cost and the pain. But the irony is that both of these increase the longer people put off their visit.
At Simply Teeth, your dentist in Ilford, we welcome new patients of all ages to our practice, where we have a firm focus on preventive dentistry.
The financial side of things
Let’s not beat about the bush, for most of us, dentistry is not cheap. The cost may put you off following the standard advice of getting your teeth checked every 6 months. Indeed, if you have gum disease that needs treatment or monitoring, you may be recommended to have more frequent check-ups. On the other hand, if you have excellent oral health, we may suggest you come for less frequently. Whether you need to come more often, or can have longer gaps between visits, please bear in mind that, when it comes to your oral health, prevention is always going to be better, and less expensive, than the cure.
Getting ahead of the problem
Preventive dentistry is all about stopping problems before they start, or catching problems early if they do arise. This nearly always makes treatment quicker, simpler, and less expensive.
Gum disease and tooth decay are the 2 leading causes of tooth loss. They come with few early warning signs that you can spot at home. However, with our advanced techniques, your Ilford dentist can often flag these issues up before you’ve even started to wonder if there might be something going on in your mouth.
Gum disease has been linked to several general health conditions. It can also lead to tooth loss, which in turn impairs your ability to eat a healthy diet and causes issues with self-image and mental wellbeing. It can start with no pain or symptoms that you can spot, but we can, which is why it is essential that you give us the opportunity to have a look for it every few months.
Your Ilford dentist uses the latest techniques, such as Waterlase, a laser and water spray, rather than the drill, in order to reduce discomfort and help patients who are afraid of the pain and noise associated with drilling.