Dental Treatment and COVID-19

Dear Patients,

On 25th March 2020 Sara Hurley (Chief Dental Officer England) and Matt Neligan (Director of Primary Care and System transformation) released their latest statement on the rapidly developing COVID-19 pandemic.

We would like to update you on how this will affect our service provision at Dentalcare Group. The guidance is clear that all routine, non-urgent dental care, including orthodontic treatments must be deferred until advised otherwise. We are still here to support you and your dental needs through this unprecedented time.

We want to take this opportunity to reassure all our patients that we take the spread of the COVID-19 in the UK very seriously. The health and safety of our patients, staff and visitors to our dental practice is our main priority.

Here at Dentalcare Group we will be providing all our patients with a remote service during normal working hours. Our dentists will perform telephone triaging for: advice; analgesia; and antimicrobials (if appropriate) . We will not be able to see you at the practice.

If it is not possible to manage your symptoms remotely, you will have to be referred to a Local Urgent Dental Care Centre. Details of these are currently being established in our area and we will update you as soon as we have further information.

We will use our best professional judgement in the triaging process and work collaboratively with our Local Urgent Care system, possibly volunteering our expertise where necessary to help meet the demands imposed on this new emergency service.

Please click below for our regular updates:

www.facebook.com/DentalcareGroupUK

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You can also check the following websites for further advice:

www.gov.uk/coronavirus

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

We would like to thank you for your support and cooperation in the interest of our patient’s health and safety. We will closely monitor this situation and will update all patients accordingly.

Stay safe.
Kind Regards,
Dentalcare Group Team

Dental Hygienists

at Dentalcare Pangbourne

Why make an appointment to see Dental Hygienists

At Dentalcare Pangbourne, we believe that a good oral hygiene routine at home combined with regular dental check-ups can help maintain maximum oral health.

Whilst our dentists check on your general oral health, our hygienists are specifically qualified to pay particular attention to your gums. They help to reduce your chances of getting gum disease, gingivitis and tooth loss by removing the plaque and tartar deposits that can build up.

At home we advise that you avoid gum disease and tooth decay by brushing for at least 2 minutes twice a day. Clean between your teeth using floss, dental tape or interdental brushes. Using mouthwash can help keep teeth plaque free and freshen your breath.

We recommend that you see a hygienist twice a year, and you may want to increase these if you notice problems with staining on your teeth or bleeding gums. Regular dental hygiene appointments can act as a preventative measure in avoiding:

  • Tooth decay
  • Bleeding gums
  • Gum disease
  • Painful teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Discoloured or stained teeth

Our affordable hygiene plan

Our Hygiene Plan provides affordable, accessible hygiene appointments whether you are a patient with the NHS or a private patient:

** Subject to suitability

Different conditions that Dental Hygienists can treat

Our hygienists’ role includes dealing with:

  • Scaling and polishing teeth to remove hardened plaque. This not only improves the look of your teeth, but prevents more plaque from developing
  • Assessing your gums for signs of swelling, inflammation and bleeding
  • Treating and removing stains on your teeth. At Dentalcare Pangbourne, we now offer Airflow polish which uses the combination of air, sodium bicarbonate and a jet of water to gently but effectively remove stains from your teeth and give a natural, whiter enamel surface
  • Identifying and treating gingivitis – red and inflamed gums and periodontitis which is when gums become further infected
  • Applying fluoride varnish and sealants on to children’s teeth to strengthen and protect teeth
  • Antibacterial treatments can be applied in the form of a gel to kill bacteria
  • Demonstrate the best ways to clean and floss your teeth
  • Give recommendations about diet, drink and tips to stop smoking to boost oral health
Dental Hygienists

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Airflow Polish in Pangbourne

We offer the latest in teeth cleaning. Airflow effectively removes staining caused by tea, coffee, smoking and red wine by using a fine jet of compressed air, water and fine powder particles.

Airflow is for you if:

  • You don’t want to resort to teeth whitening treatments but would like your teeth to sparkle
  • You have a build-up of plaque – Airflow can remove this more quickly and easily compared to the usual scale and polish
  • You have sensitive teeth. There is no direct contact with your teeth when your teeth are cleaned with Airflow
  • You have dental implants, bridges, crowns or veneers. Airflow is safe to use with all of these

What dental hygienists at Pangbourne can offer you

At Dentalcare Pangbourne our dental hygienists will:

  • Offer personal support. Each patient is recognised as being unique and having individual needs. We make recommendations solely on what is right for you
  • Welcome patients of all ages including children. We believe it is vital to educate and promote good oral health to all
  • Offer flexible hygienist appointment times to suit you including early, late and weekend options

Frequently asked questions about dental hygiene

How often should I see the hygienist?

We usually recommend twice a year, but this varies according to each person and depends upon factors such as how good your oral hygiene is, whether you have any signs of gum disease or if you are at risk of developing gum disease. Also, if you are prone to staining on your teeth you may want to see your hygienist more frequently. Your hygienist will advise you on when they next want to see you.

What type of toothpaste should I use?

There are many different toothpastes now available with some specialising in sensitivity, whitening or tartar control. We recommend that you use a fluoride toothpaste as it helps prevent tooth decay, but your hygienist can give you recommendations.

How can I make my teeth look white?

Teeth become discoloured through stains caused by food and drink. Having your teeth professionally cleaned and polished will remove these stains and restore them to their natural colour. Airflow works quickly and effectively to remove these stains and return your teeth to their natural shade.

If you are unhappy with the natural colour of your teeth, then you may want to consider professional teeth whitening.