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Preventive Dentistry

Caring for your teeth and gums to keep them healthy.

  • Prevent gum problems from growing out of control
  • Fight decay before it impacts your smile
  • Stay on top of your oral health

While we all know that brushing, flossing, and regular visits to the dentist are essential to our oral health, it can be easy to let bad habits take over, leading to poor dental hygiene, gum disease, and tooth decay.

Preventive dentistry helps stop these bad habits and ensures your teeth and gums remain healthy for as long as possible.

We offer any advice you might need regarding your oral health. From educating you on how to look after your teeth and gums to tailoring a personal preventive dentistry plan, we prioritise ensuring our patients are on the right track to maintain an excellent standard of oral health.

Best practices

Let us educate you on the best practices you can take to actively prevent oral issues. More.


Discover just how important preventive dentistry can be in preventing larger problems. More.

Oral health

Read what the research tells us about the connection between oral and general health. More.

Anxious patients

If you’re an anxious or nervous patient learn how we can make check-ups easier for you. More.

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What are the best practices of preventive dentistry?

The best preventive dentistry practices include brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day and flossing at least once daily.

If possible, we also recommend you brush your teeth after consuming tea, coffee, red wine, or any foods exceptionally high in sugar.

Maintaining a healthy diet can also go a long way toward ensuring good oral health. Reducing sugar, taking vitamins and minerals, and limiting caffeine and alcohol are good starting places.

Above all, you should make regular dentist appointments to thoroughly examine your teeth and gums to detect and treat any problems early.

Why is it so important?

Without proper care and attention, plaque can build up, coating your teeth in a sticky layer of bacteria. Over time, plaque causes inflammation of the gums. Bleeding, redness and soreness are all early symptoms of gum disease.

If left untreated, gum disease can develop into a more severe form called periodontal disease or peritonitis. This condition can irreversibly affect the health of your teeth, gums, and jaw, leading to tissue and tooth loss.

Everyone benefits from preventive dentistry, from small children to adults and the elderly. Children particularly benefit from Preventive dentistry, as oral health problems they experience during their developmental years can have an ongoing negative impact on the condition of their teeth and gums as they mature into adulthood.

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How can this affect my overall health?

A healthy mouth is also the key to a healthy body. Not only can good oral hygiene prevent dental issues, but it can help you to avoid general medical disorders in other parts of the body as well.

Research has shown that plaque build-up can lead to infections and diseases by creating an environment where bacteria thrive. Aside from gum disease, research suggests that excessive plaque also has links to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, dementia, rheumatoid arthritis, and premature birth.

Maintaining good oral health can reduce your risk of developing these other medical problems. In addition, by effectively reducing the plaque level in your mouth, you will improve your oral health.


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  • Wednesday: 09.00 – 17.30
  • Thursday: 10.00 – 19.00
  • Friday: 09.30 – 17.30
  • Saturday: 09.00 – 13.00 (By appointment only)
  • Sunday: Closed


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Andrew Forysth
Andrew Forysth
4 years a customer and always professional yet friendly service. Corrected my major issues (fillings/caps) and while they're keen to ensure ongoing 'perfect teeth' they don't hard sell peripheral / optional treatments. Highly recommended
Lucy MacCarthy
Lucy MacCarthy
I was looking for somewhere with a personal touch, that I could trust and that’s what I got at Mint. They always remember my name and are so polite. After a year of zoom meetings I really wanted my teeth to be straight and the results completely surpassed my expectations. I now feel comfortable taking photos! The team explained everything clearly (I felt I could ask anything multiple times) appointments were always organised and it was a really easy, worthwhile process. My teeth look like my teeth but are now at their best.
Jack Bell
Jack Bell
The clinic is a really lovely place to visit - it is extremely clean and all of the staff are very friendly. They were kind and reassuring all the way through my Invisalign treatment - as well as having amazing technology at their disposal. Dr Imran is so accommodating and kept everything simple, addressing any concerns straight away. All in all I would definitely recommend Mint Dental Clinic, a lovely experience all round.
Mitos Sangil
Mitos Sangil
Dr Patel has done very good job. He explains the procedure very well. He is very skilled. Staff are very friendly and accommodative. I booked for emergency procedure and the team are so quick to respond. The clinic is also very clean. Over all , I highly recommend Mint Clinic in St Georges road to everyone who gets problem with their teeth. 👏👏👏👍👍👍
Cesar Vicente
Cesar Vicente
Amazing experience at Mint dental clinic. Dr R Patel best dentist that has worked on my teeth.He explained all the treatment and has lots of experience. The staff is very friendly and very welcoming. They make you feel right at home. Assistant is very professional and very personable. Really happy with my Invisalign journey and the result.
Charlotte Fox
Charlotte Fox
Best dentist I’ve ever had! Have completed a year of Invisalign with Dr Patel and he has been so reassuring and kind throughout. From the reception staff to hygenists they really go above and beyond to make you feel looked after and special. I couldn’t recommend them enough!
Thomas Geoffrey
Thomas Geoffrey
Over the past six years Dr Raj and Preanka and all of the team at Mint have been exceptional. Every member of the team is exemplary at their expertise and I've never felt in better hands at the dentist. Affordable and top of the range, I would recommend them to anyone.
Mose Aitch
Mose Aitch
Excellent dental practice. A very smartly turned-out surgery. Staff are polite and very professional. I am impressed with the modern teeth scanning equipment. Dr Raj Patel will put you at ease. He is highly professional dentist. I have no problem in recommending Dr Patel and the rest of the Mint team.



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