Our FAQs are the most commonly-asked questions put to our Dental Helpline over the last year.

If you have a question for us, you can ask our Dental Helpline by telephone or email. Alternatively, please take a look at our library of FAQs, which contains a wide range of oral health advice in an easy-to-understand Q&A format.

Are you an NHS dental practice?

We are no longer able to offer NHS dentistry for children. However, we are able to offer independent dentistry which includes affordable payment plans from as little as £5 per month. These include Examinations with our Dentists and appointments with our Hygienists and any necessary radiographs.

These visits introduce children from a young age to the importance of good oral hygiene. We actively show them how best to clean their teeth as well as giving tips on healthy foods & drinks to reduce the likelihood of gum disease & tooth decay.

At what age should I start taking my child to see the dentist?

Smile Studio Penarth recommends seeing your child starting as newborn. We encourage Parents to bring their new baby along to their family checkups so that they get used to visiting and interacting from a young age. We can offer tips and advice even before they develop their first teeth which on average occurs at about 6 months.

We allow parents to come with their child. The purpose of the first visit is to familiarise the child with the dental setting, perform a general oral check, and a cleaning. After the first visit, be sure and schedule regular checkups every six months!

What causes tooth decay?

Tooth decay is caused by acids that are produced by bacteria in the presence of sugar. To prevent decay, these bacteria, sugar, and acids must be periodically removed by brushing and flossing.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is used to describe various diseases that affect the gums, bones, and surrounding structures of teeth. The most common types of adult periodontal disease are gingivitis and peridontitis. Gingivitis causes bleeding and reddening of gums. Peridontitis damages the bone and connective tissue that support the teeth. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss. Risk factors for periodontal disease include poor oral hygiene, poor nutrition, smoking, chewing tobacco, and diabetes. The existence of bone destruction under the gums cannot be visually detected.

How do you get rid of bad breath?

Halitosis, commonly known as bad breath, is an unpleasant and embarrassing condition that everyone experiences from time to time. There are various reasons for halitosis, but the main reason is due to microbial deposits on the tongue. This is why it’s important to brush far back on the tongue or use an anti-bacterial mouthwash each time you brush.

What are the causes of bad breath?
  • Morning time – Saliva movement nearly stops during sleep, reducing cleansing and renewal allowing bacteria to grow, causing bad breath.
  • Periodontal (gum) disease – Bacteria and food debris residing under inflamed and bleeding gums.
  • Poor Oral Hygiene – Food particles remaining in the mouth promote bacterial growth. Dental cavities and improperly fitted dental appliances may cause odor from bacteria residing in cavities.
  • Tobacco products – Smoking causes dry mouth leading to bad breath. Smile Studio Penarth can treat a patient suffering halitosis or general bad breath. Schedule Your Appointment Today!
Why is visiting the dentist so important?

Visiting the dentist regularly will not only help keep your teeth and mouth healthy but will also help keep the rest of your body healthy. Dental care is important because it protects you against periodontal (gum) disease, which can lead to tooth and bone loss.

How often should you see the dentist?

We recommend that children, teens, and adults should all see the dentist for a dental exam and a regular checkup at least once every six months. Patients who are at a greater risk for oral cancer or gum disease may be required to see the dentist more than just twice a year. Regular dental exams and cleaning visits are essential in preventing dental problems and maintaining a beautiful healthy smile. Our doctor will help determine how often you should visit the dentist for regular checkups. Schedule Your Appointment Today!

What should you expect during your first dental visit?

Your first visit is important to us as it will allow us the chance to address all your dental concerns and present an individualised treatment plan that is best for you. At Smile Studio Penarth, our patients are our number priority. We are here to listen to your concerns and help you achieve a beautiful and healthy smile.

Why am I in pain after a tooth extraction?

Generally any discomfort after an extraction does not last for long and can easily be controlled by the painkillers you would normally take for a headache. If it lasts any longer than 24 hours you should go back to your dental team for advice.

Sometimes pain may occur 3-4 days after the extraction when a blood clot has not formed properly in the extraction socket and the bone becomes infected. You will need to go back to your dentist, who will dress the socket for you.

Should I be concerned about X-ray exposure if I have to have a number of X-Rays taken?

No. In reality, even if you required a significant number of images you would receive considerably more radiation by taking an airline flight on holiday than you would from your dental x-rays.

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