Protect & Restore Your Oral Health With Dental Hygiene.
Our team of hygienists are here to give you that fresh, confident feeling a professional clean can bring.
What is Dental Hygiene?
Dental hygiene therapy is an essential aspect of the prevention of oral disease. It is also vital in the treatment of gum disease, and maintaining your mouth’s health thereafter.
Why is it necessary?
Millions of bacteria build up on your teeth every day. Plaque hardens to form dental scale, also referred to as tartar or calculus. This can only be removed from your teeth by professional cleaning.
If left unchecked it will, unfortunately, lead to problems such as bad breath, bleeding gums, decay, gum disease, infections and the loss of teeth. Preventing the development of such problems gives you peace of mind and saves you the time and money required to treat the issues. There is evidence to suggest a link between gum issues and general health problems such as diabetes and heart attacks, so dental hygiene therapy should be viewed as part of your overall health plan.
Top Reasons To Book Your Hygiene Appointment:
- Prevents Dental Problems from DevelopingRegular hygienist visits help prevent gum and periodontal disease.
- Brighter SmileYour hygienist will comfortably remove plaque, tartar and stains from your teeth, giving you a whiter, brighter smile.
- Fresh BreathYour hygienist will clean areas of your mouth that you can’t reach, giving you clean teeth and fresh breath.
- Oral Health AdviceOur experts will guide you on how to clean all the surfaces of your teeth at home so you can maintain your smile between appointments.
Your Questions Answered
- What is gum disease?
If plaque build-ups around the gum line aren’t removed, the gum tissues start to get inflamed. Swollen, red gums are the hallmark for the early stage of gum disease, gingivitis. It can be managed by more extensive periodontal treatment by your dentist and hygienist, or may sometimes require referral to a periodontal specialist.
If gingivitis is left untreated and the tartar deposits left at the gum line, the gums start to recede as a result. This leads to pockets developing between the gum and the tooth, exposing the sensitive and vulnerable tooth root. Once plaque and tartar build up on the root, it’s much harder to remove. This part of gum disease is called periodontitis and isn’t reversible like the earlier stage. It can be managed by a dentist or periodontist through more extensive periodontal treatment.
- Why does gum disease happen?
Gum disease is caused by the plaque that builds up daily on your teeth. If this sticky substance is not removed, it can turn into hard tartar and start to irritate the gums, leading to redness and soreness. As a reaction to this irritation, the body can start to attack any build-up around the teeth. In some people, their immune system can overreact and start to break down the gum tissue and even the bone that supports the tooth.
- What are the stages of gum disease?
The first stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis and this causes gums to become irritated, swollen and to bleed easily. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, which can cause gums to separate from the teeth, creating pockets that are susceptible to infection. Over time, these pockets will deepen, the gums will continue to recede, and eventually, teeth can become loose and may have to be removed. Despite the destructive nature of this process, there may only be mild symptoms, even at a late stage.
- Symptoms of gum disease
- Bleeding after brushing
- Receding gums
- Bad breath
- Bright red or purplish gums
- Changes in the way your teeth fit together
- What happens during a hygiene appointment?
Your hygienist appointment will always start with a thorough assessment of your oral health. This will include assessment of the soft tissues in general and a thorough evaluation of the condition of the gums. We will check for any plaque or scale around the teeth, any specific areas of inflammation, and whether there are any areas that are hard to clean and could be at higher risk of issues in the future. We will also check for any ‘pockets’ around the teeth, and a regular pocket depth check will be completed for all patients, especially those with established periodontal disease, to monitor responses to treatment and help tailor your plan to your specific needs.
Our fabulous hygienists will remove plaque and tartar from around the teeth and from within any pockets that may be found, comfortably and efficiently. This may be carried out on a number of sessions depending on how much treatment is needed, comfortably and with topical anaesthetic as necessary.
This can be combined with airflow polishing, as shown in the video above, which helps clean off even more stain and leaves you with smooth, clean and bright teeth and a beaming smile.
Finally, we will advise you how to properly care for your teeth and gums when you are not with the hygienist. We will show you how to use cleaning tools effectively between the teeth so you can maintain that beautiful smile at home!