Dental Hygiene - Prevention is key to preventing gum disease!
By visiting our dental hygiene therapists at regular intervals for a professional teeth cleaning, you will protect your smile and ensure that potential gum problems can be identified early and treated appropriately.
Our outstanding and highly skilled dental team will help you build the foundations to a healthy smile. We value our patients and want to ensure they enjoy long term dental health. If you are worried about a visit to the dentist, don’t wait until your teeth hurt to come and see us. We offer a comfortable and friendly environment that will help you to feel relaxed.
Teeth Cleaning and Oral Health
As a new patient you will have an oral hygiene regime created for you which is tailored to your dental needs. We also demonstrate brushing and cleaning techniques, with special focus between the teeth, so they can be thoroughly cleaned with minimal damage to the gums.
Our hygiene therapists will also give you oral health advice, such as how to prevent tooth decay and enamel erosion with fluoride treatments, as well as advice on limiting foods and drinks that can damage your teeth. All of which is imperative to maintaining healthy teeth and avoiding the associated problems that tooth decay and enamel erosion can present.
Following this you will receive a thorough professional scale and polish, using clinically proven techniques with the very latest equipment and instruments to remove plaque build up and stains from your teeth. Your hygienist will also conduct an exam of your entire mouth to make sure that all is well.
Why you want to avoid plaque build up, gingevitis and gum disease
Gum disease is caused by the presence of bacteria found in plaque. Plaque is a sticky deposit which builds up on our teeth and gums throughout the day. If plaque is not removed from your teeth and gums daily and left to mature, it can form a hard, calcified substance called calculus, commonly referred to as ‘tartar’.
This early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. Common signs and symptoms of gingivitis include red and swollen gums, bleeding gums when brushing or flossing, and bad breath. Gingivitis is reversible by brushing and cleaning between our teeth twice daily to effectively remove plaque. For tartar that builds up at the back of your teeth, a professional clean twice a year can keep your gums healthy.
If gingivitis is left untreated, it can progress to periodontal disease (periodontitis), which is inflammation of the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. This is an irreversible disease process and can result in loss of the underlying bone supporting the teeth, and ultimately, to tooth loss.
If your needs require those of a specialist, we are happy to organise an appointment with our periodontal specialist at out nearby Wimpole Street specialist practice.