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General faqs

There are lots of things you can do at home to improve your overall oral health. This includes brushing your teeth and flossing regularly, cutting down the amount of sugar you consume, eating a healthy diet, and making lifestyle changes, such as stopping smoking.

We are always happy to answer any questions you have about any aspect of your dental care at Hathersage Dental Surgery. No question is too small.

Below, we’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions we hear:

Some frequently asked questions


How often should I clean my teeth?

We recommend that you brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste for two minutes at a time, twice a day.

Brushing your teeth regularly helps to remove the plaque that causes tooth decay and can lead to gum disease. A brush with medium to soft bristles is fine for most people. The important thing is that you clean all the surfaces of your teeth.

We also recommend that you floss between your teeth twice a day, after brushing, as this can help to dislodge food that is trapped between your teeth and remove plaque that is forming along your gum line.

What is tooth decay and what causes it?

Our mouths are full of bacteria which combine with small food particles and our saliva to form plaque. Over time, plaque can build up on our teeth, becoming a harder substance called ‘tartar’.

The bacteria in this plaque turn sugary and starchy carbohydrates you eat into the energy they need to grow, producing acid at the same time. It’s this acid that eventually begins to break down the surface of your tooth. If untreated, this tooth decay can eat through the tooth and expose the vital nerves inside, causing the misery of tooth ache.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is caused by the bacteria in plaque and tartar irritating your gums. Over time, tartar can even creep below your gum line, getting trapped and growing in pockets between your gum and tooth. If left untreated, this can lead to tooth and bone loss.

The symptoms of gum disease include sore, swollen and bleeding gums, receding gums, bad breath, a metallic taste in your mouth, ulcers, or loose teeth.

Various factors including poor oral hygiene, smoking, stress, genetics, weakened immune system and diabetes can cause gum disease.

Will my treatment hurt?

At Hathersage Dental Surgery, we use a wide range of techniques and equipment to ensure that your treatment is as comfortable and pain-free as possible. Dental lasers enable us to perform precision treatments that minimise any discomfort.

How much will it cost?

If you are an NHS patient, your treatment will fall under one of three payment bands. For cosmetic treatments, such as white fillings, smile makeovers, teeth whitening or adult orthodontics, we will discuss the associated fees with you during your initial consultation and provide you with a fully itemised breakdown of your proposed treatment plan. We do offer 0% finance packages for our cosmetic dentistry treatments.

I’m nervous about seeing a dentist – how can you help me?

We understand that for some of our patients visiting the dentist is a terrifying prospect associated with anxiety and even dental phobia. If you have any concerns or fears about attending an appointment, please let us know as there is a lot that we can do to support you.

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