- Enhance the effectiveness of any gum treatment or implants you might require
- Maintain your gum health and any restored (implant) teeth you have.
This is where our highly experienced hygienists can help. They will look at what you are currently doing at home to keep your mouth clean, see how you can improve it, and give you additional skills, tools and techniques for effective plaque removal.
Top brushing tips
Use an oscillating and rotating electric toothbrush – these are clinically proven to remove more plaque than manual toothbrushes
It is important to angle the bristles at 45 degrees to your gums
Use a regular fluoride toothpaste with no less than 1350ppm fluoride (you’ll find this information on the tube, usually under ‘ingredients’)
Don’t rinse your mouth out after brushing otherwise you wash away all the fluoride toothpaste and minimise its benefits
Use an inter-dental brush such as a TePe to remove the plaque and bacteria from in-between your teeth. It is important to do this every day as part of your oral hygiene routine, as this is where around 90% of dental problems appear
To remind you to clean in-between your teeth daily, stick a ‘Post It’ note on your bathroom mirror or set a reminder on your phone
Reducing the bacteria levels in your mouth lowers the risk of tooth decay and gum disease
To help prevent cavities, try to keep all sugars to meal times. If you do snack between meals, stay with healthy options such as cucumber or carrot sticks
Make regular appointments with your dentist and hygienist – preventing problems is better than curing them!
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I maintain good dental hygiene?
Can poor dental hygiene cause heart disease?
Can poor dental hygiene cause stomach problems?
Why is dental hygiene important?
What should I expect at my first dental hygiene appointment?
- We always take the time to listen to your questions and concerns with kindness and courtesy
- We encourage all our staff to regularly augment and update their knowledge and skills
- We offer appointments outside working hours, including every Saturday morning, and do our utmost to offer emergency patients same-day appointments
- We cover all aspects of dentistry and can accept patients for endodontic (root canal) referrals and implant procedures
- We are proud to have reached the high standards required for KSS (Kent, Surrey and Sussex) Deanery accreditation, which enables us to be actively involved in the postgraduate training of new dental graduates (foundation dentists). Several of these have stayed on with the practice to become associate dentists with us.
We will be delighted to welcome you to our friendly practice.
Our Practice Promises and Expectations
We promise to:
- Provide quality, modern and innovative dentistry in a caring environment
- Maintain and protect your information
- Provide high standards of cross infection control throughout the practice
- Listen to your needs and concerns and spend time discussing various options for your treatment.
- Explained the cost of treatment in advance and provide estimates.
- Provide emergency dental care when needed
- Investigate your concerns if you are unhappy with the dental care provided.
What we expect from our patients:
- Attend regular examinations as guided by our clinicians. We reserve the right to remove patients from our patient lists if they have not been keeping up with their appointments.
- We expect patients to arrive on time for appointments
- If you need to cancel an appointment please give the practice at least 48 hours’ notice, please see our cancellation and failed appointment policy
- Treat our staff with respect at all times
- Pay for your treatment when requested
Frequently Asked Questions
Are you taking on new patients, and do you treat children?
Do you open late or weekends?
Do you have wheelchair access?
Is there parking on site or nearby?
Do you have appointments for emergencies?
I might need an implant, can you help me?
What sort of dentists do you have, and are they well trained?
Do you do tooth whitening?
How much is a private consultation, and what does it entail?
Do you have a hygienist?
Should you ever have reason to feel dissatisfied with any aspect of your treatment here, it’s vital that you let us know so we can learn from it. We give extremely high priority to patients’ and carers’ adverse comments and complaints: we look into them immediately, seek to resolve them as quickly as possible and keep comprehensive records.
- Our Practice Manager, Kerry Tutt, is responsible for managing any complaint about the service we provide. The Principal, Dr. Simon Quelch, has overall responsibility for what happens at Cuckfield Dental Practice
- Wherever possible we will refer a complaint to Kerry immediately, whether by phone or in person. Failing that we’ll take brief details and make arrangements for her to contact you
- Complaints about any aspect of clinical care or associated charges will normally be referred to the dentist, who will investigate thoroughly and prepare a draft response for Simon
- We will acknowledge your complaint in writing within 3 days, and enclose a copy of our Complaints Policy – normally within 14 working days. We aim to investigate a complaint within 10 working days of receiving it. If this proves impossible, we’ll let you know and give you a good idea of when our investigation will be completed
- We will send our findings to you in writing. If patients are not satisfied with the investigation and outcome, then you can escalate your concerns as outlined towards the end of our Complaints Policy.
A written Complaints Procedure is displayed in both waiting rooms at Cuckfield Dental Practice.