As in many areas of life, prevention is easier than cure. Nowhere in medicine is this truer than dentistry!

Preventive dentistry is extremely important to keep your oral health in check and, while brushing, flossing and rinsing at home is one aspect of preventive dental care, it is far from the only one. Of course, although visiting your dentist biannually may provide you with a basic clean and plaque removal, there are many other services available to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Hygienists play an important role in maintaining dental health and if you are struggling to remember the last time you visited a hygienist, it is time to book an appointment! A trip to the hygienist can leave you with a cleaner, healthier mouth and can also spot any potential issues due to a thorough examination.

At Byfleet Dental Boutique, we are extremely proud of both our hygienist and dentist in West Byfleet. Regular attendance at our surgery for preventive dentistry will stop a myriad of dental conditions, such as gum disease, and tooth decay, and will even help to prevent and detect oral cancer; what's not to like about that?

But why should you be regularly visiting our hygienist and dentist in West Byfleet for preventive dental treatment? Read on to find out!

Professional clean

We have all seen adverts attempting to advertise the latest toothbrush as providing a professional level clean. However, it is not possible to get a professional level clean without visiting a hygienist or dentist in West Byfleet.

Using a range of different brushes, polishing equipment and exfoliating pastes, our hygienist can provide you with an exceptional clean that you simply wouldn’t be able to achieve on your own.

Early diagnostics

It is true that many general dental professionals can spot early signs of things like gum disease. However, a hygienist can spot early indicators of gum disease, tooth decay, oral cancer and tooth loss. While this may not seem important, it makes the treatment options for these conditions a great deal easier and more cost-effective.

Plaque and tartar removal

As we all know, plaque and tartar can cause secondary problems, such as decay, inflammation and even gum diseases. Also, plaque and tartar are rarely aesthetically pleasing!

A visit to our hygienist will enable them to remove any stubborn plaque and tartar, allowing you to leave our surgery with a healthier, whiter smile. Perfect!

Dietary advice

Although we all know that dental professionals can give basic advice on diets like cutting down on the sugar, hygienists can provide more specialist advice, based on any underlying health conditions that you have, associated medications and even your age. All designed to keep your oral health top-notch, the dietary advice is often beneficial to your overall health and wellbeing too.

Targeted care

When you visit our hygienist, you are not just another number on a spreadsheet.

They will take time to assess your clinical presentation and to devise a targeted dental care plan to keep your teeth at their whitest and healthiest.

When most people are asked about how they would like to improve their smile, many state that they wish their smile was whiter and that their teeth were more aligned and symmetrical.

However, despite what the media portrays to people, few people are naturally blessed with a perfectly straight, white smile and so, this leads many everyday dental patients to wonder how many celebrities achieve their dazzling smiles without effort. Simply put, many celebrities and other media regulars undertake having dental veneers to keep their smiles looking straight, white and gap-free. And now, thanks to a surge in popularity, you can achieve that famous Hollywood-worthy smile too!

When you are looking for a suitable dentist to fit your dental veneers, our dentist in West Byfleet can help! Our team has a wealth of experience at helping our patients achieve their coveted smiles using veneers, and can answer any questions you may have about aftercare, fitting and things to avoid when your veneers are placed. Perfect!

But before you decide that veneers are the perfect option to revitalise your smile, our dentist in West Byfleet answers some of the most frequently asked questions about this cosmetic procedure.

What exactly are they?

So, let's start with the most basic question- what is a dental veneer?

Similar to a false nail, a veneer is a thin piece of porcelain that is placed over the front of your tooth and is held in place with dental cement. Our dentist in West Byfleet will be able to shape it to conceal gaps or cracks and to create a more symmetrical look when you smile. Perfect!

Are veneers painful to get fitted?

In a word, no.

While our team will need to sand down the front of your tooth to create a surface that will be easier to attach the veneer to, this will not be uncomfortable. And, as the fitting only involves sticking the veneer to the front of your tooth, there is normally no need for anaesthetic.

How long will the appointment take?

This depends on how many veneers you are having fitted.

Typically, the process from the initial appointment to the final fitting can take up to 3 weeks and may be broken down into multiple appointments; to place a certain number of veneers per session. It will all be worth it!

I’ve heard veneers can whiten teeth - is this true?

Yes, it is!

While our team is able to colour match your veneers to the surrounding teeth, if you want to whiten your smile, we can do that too! Indeed, veneers can whiten teeth up to 16 shades and, unlike traditional whitening bleaches, they can actually stop any dental sensitivity by covering the microscopic holes in the teeth. Brilliant!

How long will they last?

If you follow our aftercare advice and adhere to good levels of dental hygiene, then your dental veneers should last between 5 to 15 years on average. Be aware that lifestyle choices like smoking and drinking alcohol can drastically shorten this lifespan.

To many dental patients, there are fewer experiences more worrying than waking up in the middle of the night with a throbbing pain under one of their teeth.

While dental emergencies are extremely common, many patients are uninformed as to what situations actually require a same day trip to see their dental practitioner. Of course, while discomfort is an obvious indicator that something is amiss, there are many other conditions and presentations that should be seen immediately by a dental team.

But how exactly do you identify a dental emergency if there is no discomfort?

At Byfleet Dental Boutique, if you are concerned that you have a dental emergency, contact our dentist in West Byfleet as soon as you can. Our surgery sets aside appointments each day to deal with dental emergencies and so, the sooner you contact us, the sooner you can get on with your day without worrying about a recurring toothache!

So, what are some of the other indicators that you require a same-day appointment with our dentist in West Byfleet? Here are the top five dental emergencies that our team handles day to day.


Most people have seen someone who has a toothache and also has a swollen face.

While this is an obvious sign that there is an underlying issue with the jaw or teeth, any minor swellings should also prompt you to seek out an urgent appointment with our dentist in West Byfleet. Swelling could indicate anything from injury or inflammation, to a dental abscess, so it is best to have any swelling examined.

Chips and cracks

Cracks in the tooth and chips are common in dentistry and are usually the result of being involved in contact sports like rugby or football.

While they can seem pretty innocuous in themselves, any chip or crack should be examined by a dental professional as soon as possible, to fix the damage with composite, and prevent bacteria from gaining access to the pulp of the tooth.

Lost filling or crown

Lost fillings are treated daily in dental surgeries and, while you may not notice any discomfort, if you notice either of these issues, you should see a dental team at your earliest convenience. Once again, this is due to bacteria now having access to a sensitive and usually inaccessible part of your tooth, which can lead to dental abscesses or decay.


Most people have bitten their tongue at one time or another, but if you have a dental bleed that is not stopping, you need an emergency appointment.

Our team will assess the cause of your bleed, and may apply stitches or glues to temporarily seal the cut while it heals.

Lumps and bumps

Nothing is scarier than finding a lump in your mouth.

While an internet search will typically scare you into thinking you have cancer, rest assured that most oral lumps are benign but just to be safe, you should contact our team as soon as you discover any odd lumps, bumps or lesions.

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