Chartwell Dental Care
Tel: 0141 942 6523     Email: info@chartwelldental.com

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

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What would I expect from my Examination?

Your dentist will use your examination to see how healthy your mouth is and if you need any work done.  Your dentist will also assess how well your children’s teeth are growing as part of an examination.

     

During your examination, your dentist will have a good look round the inside of your mouth and check your teeth, inside of your cheeks, roof of your mouth, the soft palate, your face and neck and feel under your jaw.

Everyday routines such as drinking tea and coffee, eating coloured foods and possibly smoking can cause your teeth to discolour. 

Despite various toothpastes available with added whitening to remove stains, they can’t change the actual colour underneath.

Just like the colour of your eyes and hair, the colour of your teeth is determined by your DNA and generally becomes more yellow as you get older which stain removing toothpaste can’t help alone. 


As well as looking in your mouth, the dentist will ask you some questions, such as whether you have had any pain or sensitivity in your teeth or gums recently, what your general health is like, whether you're on any medication at the moment, what your diet is like and whether you smoke or drink alcohol.

Your dentist will tell you how often you need to have an examination.

What is a Scale and Polish?

A Scale and Polish is basically a deep clean of your mouth where your dentist or hygienist will use special tools to remove the build-up of tartar and then give the teeth a thorough polish.  This process helps prevent gum disease and for more information please see the Oral Hygiene section of the website.

What is teeth whitening and bleaching?

Everyday routines such as drinking tea and coffee, eating coloured foods and possibly smoking can cause your teeth to discolour. 

Despite various toothpastes available with added whitening to remove stains, they can’t change the actual colour underneath.

Just like the colour of your eyes and hair, the colour of your teeth is determined by your DNA and generally becomes more yellow as you get older which stain removing toothpaste can’t help alone. 

    

Your dentist can help this by applying a bleaching agent to your teeth.  This will whiten the teeth, giving you a sparkly white smile.  This is a simple, harmless and painless procedure but always make sure your dentist supervises this treatment and avoid online kits as they may not fit your mouth exactly or in case bleaching isn’t for you especially if you have gum disease or crowns.  For more information, please contact your dentist or reception.

What are mouth ulcers?

Mouth ulcers can be very uncomfortable and look like small blisters caused by your tooth rubbing, a lack of vitamin B12, anaemia or even stress.  Treatment is simple and they usually heal within a week.  Should they last for more than two weeks however, you should visit your dentist as this may lead to something more serious.

Treatments available such as antiseptic mouthwash are available from reception or your local chemist. 

One of the best ways to prevent mouth ulcers is a healthy balanced diet.

Do you have disability access?

Yes, we have made sure that our facilities are fully compliant with Health and Safety legislation with wheelchair access for both entries to the practice and a disabled toilet available downstairs.  We also have parking available at the rear of the building for disabled patients.  Patients unable to use the stairs will also be treated in the downstairs surgeries.

Chartwell Dental Care,  148 Drymen Road,  Bearsden,  Glasgow  G61 3RE
Tel: 0141 942 6523    Fax: 0141 931 5554    Email: info@chartwelldental.com
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