FAQs

How often should I brush my teeth?

You should brush your teeth at least two times a day, more if you can. We recommend for you to brush your teeth after every meal.

You should also floss your teeth everyday as well.

Brushing your teeth helps to remove plaque which causes tooth decay and can lead to gum disease. Always use a soft bristled toothbrush with a toothpaste that contains fluoride.

Make sure that the toothbrush fits inside of your mouth so that you can easily reach all areas. When brushing, use gentle back and forth strokes, brushing all sides of the teeth. Always brush your tongue to remove any bacteria and keep your breath fresh.

What is calculus?

Calculus, also known as tartar, is the hardened residue that forms on your teeth when plaque is not removed.Plaque can be removed by brushing twice a day and flossing daily.

If tartar is allowed to remain on the teeth and below the gum line, it can lead to chronic infection and inflammation. The only way to remove tartar is to have your teeth scale and polished by a hygienist

What is an abscess?

An abscess of the tooth is an infection. An abscess can include pus and swelling of the soft gum tissues surrounding the tooth. An abscess can develop from tooth decay or tooth trauma, such as a broken tooth. If there is an opening in the  enamel of a tooth, such as a cavity, bacteria can get in and infect the center of the tooth and cause an abscess.

Once an abscess happens, the infection could spread throughout the mouth and body. A root canal is usually the only option to save a tooth once it has become abscessed.

What is tooth erosion?

Tooth erosion is the wearing away of tooth enamel by acid. The enamel is the hard calcified tissue that covers and protects the outside of the tooth. It is the hardest substance in our bodies.

Why do Dentists take X-rays?

X-rays reveal a lot of things such as:

  • Cavities and holes, under old fillings and between the teeth and under the gum line
  • If there is bone loss between the teeth – that can lead to gum disease and loss of teeth
  • If there are any hidden pathology, like oral cancer and the start of abscesses

How do i cancel an appointment?

If for any reason you are unable to keep your dental appointment, then we request that you call the practice reception and inform us at your earliest convenience.  We request a minimum of 24 hours notice for cancellations so that we may be able to offer your appointment time to another patient.

How often will I need to come for a check up?

You will need to come for a examination every six months or sooner if you feel you need to come. You will also need to see the Hygienist every 3 months. We will send you out reminder cards when you are due for your Examination/Scale and Polish.

I am already registered with your practice can i register my family?

Yes our dentist will happily add your family members, all you will have to do is fill out a form and your family can been seen as soon as possible

Is teeth whitening harmful to my teeth?

No home and in chair whitening is completely safe. It will not harm your teeth, however if you have decay then you will need to get the decay treated first as the whitening gel may harm your nerves. Teeth whitening gel will not harm your teeth, gums or you cheeks.

What is a treatment plan?

A treatment plan is all the treatment you will need to have. Dr Kazem will give you a treatment plan so you know how much the treatment is going to cost and what treatment you are having done.

You will benefit from a treatment plan because you know what treatment you are going to have done and you do not need to worry about the price.

Do you accept NHS patients?

Unfortunately we do not accept NHS patients. But if an NHS patient would like cosmetic treatment such as teeth whitening and implants they are more than welcome.You will have to pay for any cosmetic treatment received.

How long will it take for my teeth to go white with my home whitening kit?

Depending on the strength of whitening gel you use will depend on how long it will take your teeth to go white.

You will be given a 14 day pack on whitening gel. You will see the difference after the first 2 or 3 treatments depending on how stained your teeth are.

If you are still not happy with how white your teeth are or would like them whiter, you can buy more top up treatments at extra cost

How long is it before I can get an appointment?

You do not have to wait long for a appointment. If the appointment is am emergency one then you will get seen on the same day. There is no extra charge for emergency appointments.

If you phone up we shall make you an appointment in the next 24/48 Hours

Can I have my teeth whitened if I’m not a patient?

Yes you can have your teeth whitened if you are not one of our patients, any cosmetic or preventative treatment you can have. All you need to do is phone, call or email us to make an appointment.

What is tooth decay?

Decay is the destruction of tooth structure.  Decay occurs when  plague, the sticky substance that forms on teeth, combines with the sugars and / or starches of the foods that we eat. This combination produces acids that attack tooth enamel. The best way to prevent tooth decay is by brushing twice a day and flossing daily.

What is fluoride?

Fluoride, a naturally occurring mineral, is often added to drinking water and is commonly found in toothpaste.