1. Why should you go to the hygienist?

    17th June 2014 by thecourtyardclinic

    Our dental hygienist is an integral part of the oral health care team here at The Courtyard Clinic. Dental hygienists specialise in the prevention and treatment of gum disease (also known as periodontal disease).

    One of the hygienist’s main roles is to provide “scale and polish”- the aim of this is to remove the soft and hard plaque or tartar from the teeth, followed by removal of stains with a polish to leave the teeth feeling incredibly clean and smooth. Further to this, an integral part of the hygienists job is to promote oral hygiene, we understand here at The Courtyard Clinic that there are hundreds of oral health products on the market these days, many of which seem difficult to use or fit into your daily regime. It is the role of the hygienist to provide our patients with a bespoke oral care plan which will maintain their teeth and gums in a healthy state whilst also not being a burden on their day to day routine! Some people will have to work harder than others to maintain good oral health but with a plan specially designed for their mouth it is always easier- unfortunately dentistry is not ‘one size fits all’!

    We recommend that patients come to see the hygienist between 2 to 4 times a year depending on their risk of disease. The other benefits of this regular review is that hygienists can check for presence of any obvious disease and refer you to the dentist for an exam sooner rather than later. They can also give you advice on other problems such as dry mouth, staining, sensitivity and acid erosion.

    As with most things in medicine and dentistry – prevention is better than the cure! Regular visits to the hygienist will reduce the need for fillings and other treatment, keep your mouth in tip top shape and even save you money!

    If you would like to book in for a hygiene visit in Chertsey please call Alison on 01932 582949

  2. Wedding season at The Courtyard clinic

    14th June 2014 by thecourtyardclinic


    Wedding season is well and truly upon us, so much so that 2 of our dentists are getting married this year! Here at The Courtyard Clinic we want to help you look your best for these special occasions. Whether you are the bride, groom or even a guest we have a variety of treatments available to have you looking fantastic for those all important wedding photos!

    If you are a bride or groom it is quite likely that you have started planning the wedding over a year in advance. Here is our helpful breakdown of how we can help you with your smile for the big day!

    6-18 months– Some procedures in dentistry can’t be rushed, if you have very crooked teeth requiring braces or require comprehensive treatment such as a full smile makeover, this can take time so if you are unhappy with your smile and know you are getting married in the next few years don’t leave it to the last minute!

    3-9 months– If you have mildly crowded teeth or small gaps then utilising the latest discreet braces (such as Invisalign, social 6 braces or Inman aligner) we can have your teeth looking perfect in just a few months.

    Under 1 month– We can whiten your teeth using a combination of ‘In surgery’ and ‘Take Home’ tooth whitening to give you that picture perfect smile in a few weeks. We can also smooth out any lines and wrinkles utilising non surgical anti ageing treatments now offered in the practice.

    The day before!!! If you have really left it to the last minute, spare us 1 hour and we can provide in surgery whitening to give your smile a boost as well as a full clean and polish to make sure they sparkle!

    For more information about improving your smile of the biggest day of your life, give Alison a call on 01932582949.

  3. National Smile Month May19th-June 19th at The Courtyard Clinic

    11th June 2014 by thecourtyardclinic


    In a nutshell, National Smile Month is the UK’s largest oral health campaign.
    National Smile Month promotes three key messages, all of which go a long way in helping us develop and maintain a healthy mouth. They are:

    •Brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
    •Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks
    •Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.

    The aim of National Smile Month is to ultimately improve the UK’s oral health. Organised by oral health charity, the British Dental Health Foundation, the campaign hopes to raise awareness of important health issues, and make a positive difference to the oral health of millions of people throughout the UK.

    Here at The Courtyard Clinic we fully support National Smile Month and so to celebrate this fact we have put on some great offers for the rest of the month- please check the offers section of the website to find out more!!

  4. Developments in dentistry: lasers to repair teeth and prevent the need for root canal

    8th June 2014 by thecourtyardclinic


    Here at The Courtyard Clinic we are a ‘state of the art’ practice, always on the look out for the latest developments in dentistry. An interesting development has been released from US researchers today on national news of lasers being used to regenerate dentine (the inner part of teeth under the enamel) and could potentially be used by dentists to prevent the need for root canal.

    As many of our patients will tell you we use lasers for many purposes in the practice such as reshaping the gums and minor surgery with much success. We also use cement which can regenerate the nerve if it is exposed by decay in a similar way to the laser in this study thus preventing the need for root canal. Although it is not available to dentists yet the combination of these techniques would be very interesting and our patients can rest assured that as soon as this technology is at a satisfactory standard we will bring it to the practice. It is always our aim at The Courtyard Clinic to provide our patients with the best available to make their dental experience as comfortable as possible!

    (reference: Lasers ‘could prevent’ need for root canal treatment. By James Gallagher BBC News)

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