The Importance of Having A Regular Dental Health Check?


At Wightwick Dental Practice we strive to deliver the best in quality dental care.

We recommend that you visit your dentist regularly for routine check-ups.  The frequency of your check-ups will be based on the health of your teeth and mouth.  If you have a good oral hygiene routine and generally don't have many problems with your teeth we will suggest a longer time period in between appointments.  However for those patients that are in need of it we will suggest a higher frequency of check-ups and hygiene visits.  We find that this tailored, preventative approach is ideal to get you on the road to good oral health. 

At Wightwick Dental Practice we carry out 5 steps as part of your dental check-up:-

  1. Catch up - One of the most important things your dentist (and supporting staff) will do is to have a chat with you to put you at ease and listen to you about any concerns that you might have with your teeth.  It also gives us the opportunity to update our records on your general health as this may have changed since the previous visit.
  2. The next part of your examination involves having a comprehensive examination of the hard and soft tissues in your mouth. We check your teeth for decay, tooth wear and cracks etc.  We also check on the condition of your gums and carry out oral cancer screening.  According to the British Dental Health Foundation, around 60,000 people in the UK will be diagnosed with this disease over the next ten years and without early detection, the mortality rate will increase.
  3. We will not leave any stone unturned. We will usually take x-rays of your teeth or carry out other special tests to make sure that any hidden problems that can’t normally be seen with our naked eye, are also picked up.
  4. Together with your help we can then formulate a treatment plan for you, to treat any existing conditions that we may pick up on during your examination and also to prevent further problems from occurring.  Early intervention can often avoid having to have more invasive and costly treatments 
  5. Advice - We want you to keep your teeth for life. We will check to see if you have any ongoing issues that need to be monitored and advise will be given to ensure that your teeth remain healthy. Since diet and lifestyle are important to your oral health, we will ask you about these too and offer any necessary guidance.

Our 5 Step check-up means that no corners will be cut and all our patients will get the very best treatment. 

To book in now, please call us on 01902 763200.  We look forward to seeing you.


Apprehension and Phobia of the Dentist

Approximately 1 in 5 of the population admit to feeling nervous and sometimes even afraid of a visit to the dentist. This may stem back to when they were a child and they saw that their parents were scared about visiting the dentist, so this fear was then passed on. Therefore the very first visits to the dentist can be deemed to be the most important.

Dental anxiety can be experienced in varying degrees of severity, from a feeling of uneasiness at having to visit a dentist to a full-blown, highly prohibitive phobia. Whilst it's common for people to be a little wary of dental work (with images of drills, needles and other painful looking implements imbedded in our sub-conscious) it can be seriously detrimental to your oral hygiene and your overall health to neglect scheduling regular check-ups.

Indeed, in severe cases a sufferer might avoid going to seek a dentist's services, even when experiencing severe pain. Obviously, as well as the sheer discomfort of the situation, this puts the patient at a much higher risk of suffering from gum disease, early tooth loss or any number of other potentially serious problems as time goes by.

What is important for such patients to bear in mind is that dentists nowadays are generally more aware of these statistics and are trained to make patients feel more at ease and comfortable to undergo dental examinations and treatment.

At Wightwick Dental Practice, if you suffer from Dental anxiety or Phobia, then we can use a variety of techniques to help calm you down from relaxation to oral and inhalation sedation. Using sedation techniques doesn't mean that you will be put into an unconscious state. Sedation will leave you awake, but in a state of heightened tranquillity. Your memory could be affected and there's a good chance that you will not have a particularly detailed recollection of events.

For further information, please call our reception staff on 01902 763200 who will be happy to book an appointment with the dentist for you.