Healthier gums, healthier person
Research shows that gum problems can impact on general health, particularly cardiac health. In order to keep your gums healthy we believe in regular visits to a dental hygienist. They will:
Assess gum condition
Carry out routine scaling and polishing
Give oral hygiene advice and recommend cleaning products
Carry out deeper scaling for gum disease treatment
Monitor your progress and modify treatment plans
If your gums bleed every time you brush your teeth, you need to seek professional advice.
Gum disease is a common problem, but with few signs or symptoms many patients do not realise they may be suffering from it. The earliest sign of gum disease is mild bleeding on tooth brushing. In the later stages of gum disease, known as periodontal disease, teeth are can become mobile, abscesses sometimes appear and pain can result. People often think that becoming “long in the tooth” is an inevitable part of age. Although some bone loss is normal with age, this should be minimal. Periodontal disease can be treated.
Periodontal disease is caused by an inflammatory reaction to the bacteria in plaque. As the disease progresses, 'pockets' form around the tooth root and the bone supporting the teeth is reduced. These pockets can become infected with bacteria and can lead to pain, swelling and tooth loss. Once pockets have formed the calculus (tartar) found there can only be removed by a dental hygienist or therapist.
The good news is gum disease is preventable and the progression of can be halted.
Periodontal disease is very preventable. By attending the hygienist regularly you can, with their help, keep your gums healthy and retain your teeth for life.
Hundreds of our patients have routine hygiene appointments every three-six months as part of their payment plan, in order to maintain their gum health. If you have any questions about what to expect from the hygienist appointments, please feel free to contact us.
Our aim is that you will value your hygienist appointments as highly as we do.