Why is dental hygiene important?
A comprehensive dental hygiene programme, which includes cleaning between the teeth and attending regular check-ups, is essential for healthy, dazzling smiles and the prevention and treatment of gum disease. Our devoted team of hygienists is highly skilled in providing quality hygiene treatments for you and your family.
What should I expect at my hygienist appointment?
Your treatment will include carefully cleaning and polishing the teeth to give you a brighter smile,. and removing debris like plaque and tartar that ordinary brushing and flossing does not deal with. We will also check your gums for any early signs of gum disease and give you guidance on how to maintain good oral health between visits.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease is a term used in dentistry to describe a variety of disorders that affect the gums and supporting tissues of the teeth. Gum disease can be caused by poor tooth/gum cleaning, smoking and consumption of high-sugar, carbonated drinks. Certain medical conditions like diabetes can also make you more prone to gum disease. Gingivitis and periodontitis are the two most frequent gum diseases.
Gingivitis is a reversible inflammation of the gums caused by plaque and other bacteria. Your dental team can help with treatment, cleaning, and home care advice.
Periodontitis is the irreversible form of gum disease that damages the supporting structures that hold teeth in place. This includes periodontal ligaments and bone. Hygiene treatments and a good oral hygiene regime at home will help halt the progress of this type of gum disease.