Over the last four decades, there have been significant improvements in reducing the levels of decay in the UK population.  These levels have now steadied and are in fact increasing.

Gum disease is also common, affecting 3 out of 4 adults over the age of 35.  Indeed, more than half of the teenage population have evidence of some form of gum disease.  Gum disease is a bigger cause of tooth loss than decay.

Gum disease if left untreated will lead to receding gums, loosening and eventually, loss of the teeth.  Other signs of gum disease are halitosis (bad breath), bleeding or soreness of the gums when brushed.  More commonly, gum disease starts with no symptons at all.  This is a major reason for its prevalence in the population.  It often goes undetected until examination by a dentist.  Decay will result in toothache or sensitivity, a bad taste, discolouration of the teeth and food trapping.  However, again, it can frequently go undetected.

A detailed examination  by the dental surgeon both visually and using special investaigations such as radiographs (X-rays) and charting of the pockets around the teeth will identify the risk and affected areas.  Once the assessment has been carried out and the risks identified, treatment can be prescribed accordingly.

If the diseases are caught in the early stages then often preventative treatment can be carried out which is generally less invasive.  This might include the application of fluoride containing varnishes, advice on oral hygiene techniques and application of antiseptics.

Oracle Dental Group have focused on the preventative aspects of treatment and in this respect have employed the services of a Dental Therapist and Hygienist.  Many of our patients will be advised to seek their help in the prevention and treatment of common dental diseases.

The advantage to our patients is cost effectiveness and greater time spent on prevention.