Budleigh Salterton Dental Practice

Tel: 01395 442 552

A Dental Practice Guide to Oral Health Care
  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day using fluoride-containing toothpaste
  • Brush your tongue after your teeth
  • Avoid vigorous or harsh scrubbing this can irritate your gums
  • Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months or when it becomes frayed
  • Brush the inside and chewing surfaces of your teeth
  • Consider an electric toothbrush, if you have problems brushing well

Dental Hygiene

Hygiene Treatment

It is extremely important that the health of your teeth and gums are maintained on a regular basis. Prevention is always better than cure and by attending for hygiene treatment routinely will ensure the foundation to a healthy mouth. A full mouth scale and polish will be carried out at each appointment together with any advice on cleaning techniques and dental health that may be appropriate.Dr Olivelle will generally refer patients to the Hygienist for regular maintenance and oral hygiene programmes.

For patients with periodontal (gum) disease an extensive course of treatment with the hygienist is necessary to resolve the disease.


Direct Access

In April 2012, the GDC commissioned a literature review to establish whether there was any evidence that could be used to effectively demonstrate the likely benefits and risks of introducing direct access into dentistry in the United Kingdom.

Over 100 research dental and other health-related papers were identified as relevant for this review of direct access. The quality of the evidence regarding dental access issues to dental care practitioners was varied but as a whole of moderately good quality.

The review was completed in June 2012, and the findings of this study concluded that:

a) There was no evidence of significant issues of patient safety resulting from the clinical activity of DCPs.
b) There was evidence that access to dental care improved as a result of direct access arrangements, of cost benefits to patients and of high levels of patient satisfaction.
c) There was some evidence that DCPs may over-refer patients to dentists, which may ensure patient safety but lead to wasteful use of resources and a high level of ‘no shows’ on referral.

Dental hygienists and dental therapists can carry out their full scope of practice without prescription and without the patient having to see a dentist first.