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Opening Hours

To make life that little bit easier we open at
8 am every day and until 7 pm on Mondays and Thursdays.

Mon & Thur:
8 am – 7 pm
Tue, Wed & Fri:
8 am – 5 pm
Saturday:
By appointment

Contact Us

Southcot Dental
792 London Road, Larkfield,
Aylesford, Kent,ME20 6HJ

Tel: 01732 843560
Email:
Website: www.southcotdentalcare.co.uk

New patients

Your first visit gives us the opportunity to introduce you to our team and get to know you and your mouth – and for this we allow ample time. During your initial appointment your dentist will carry out a thorough 18-point dental health examination, as follows:

  • We look at your whole mouth to provide a complete oral health examination.
  • Medical conditions and medication can affect the health of your mouth and the way we provide your treatment and for this reason we ask you about these at every visit.
  • Progression since your last visit is assessed so that we can help with any concerns that you may have.
  • We discuss your concerns about your mouth and if you have experienced any changes since your last visit.
  • Your teeth are assessed individually to examine how healthy they are.
  • We look for plaque, which is a major cause of tooth and gum problems, and can advise how to reduce this in order to keep your mouth healthy.
  • Any fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures or other existing dental work is examined to ensure it is still sound.
  • If you suffer with sensitive teeth we will look for the cause and try to reduce it.
  • Your bite is assessed because the way that your teeth meet can affect your jaw, teeth and any dental work present in your mouth.
  • We look for any signs of wear of your teeth. We can discuss the possible reasons for it, develop a plan to prevent further wear and if necessary, treat it.
  • Your gums are examined to screen for gum disease, gum recession, which may lead to sensitivity, and any other abnormalities that may be apparent.
  • We look at the inside of your mouth (tongue, cheek, palate, etc.) which can be affected by various health conditions including mouth cancer, reactions to medications and diseases affecting the immune system.
  • The outside of your mouth is also observed for anything unusual. We may feel around your glands and lymph nodes as these can be linked to the health of your mouth and your general wellbeing.
  • Your jaw joint is checked to see if movements are normal or if any clicks are present.
  • X-rays are taken when appropriate to show the condition of bone around the teeth, the roots, under fillings, crowns and bridges, and in between your teeth.
  • We encourage children to attend the practice from an early age and provide preventive treatments such as fissure sealants and fluoride treatment.
  • Your smile is important and we can advise on treatments to improve the colour and appearance of your teeth.
  • Following this comprehensive examination, advice is given and any clinically necessary treatment is tailored to your individual needs and wishes.