It is important to have regular dental examinations to ensure healthy gums and fresh breath. It is also better to detect any potential problems early so we can treat them before they progress to more advanced stage of disease.
Our Dental hygienists will help you understand the importance of preventative dental health and will help you to understand how to look after your teeth and gums at home by giving you the correct home care advice.
It is important to regularly have your teeth professionally cleaned by our hygienists so they can remove any plaque or tartar build up from your teeth. This is otherwise known as a scale and polish.
Dental hygiene at the dental practice also forms part of treating gum disease and bad breath. If you have a bridge, denture, orthodontic treatment or a dental implant you will have specific hygiene needs that the hygienist will be able to assist you with your own personal oral hygiene plan.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease is caused by a build-up of plaque on the teeth. Plaque forms which is a sticky substance that contains bacteria. Some bacteria in plaque are harmless, but some are very harmful for the health of your gums. If you do not follow a good oral hygiene routine then plaque will build up and irritate your gums. This can cause your gums to become red, swollen and bleed. Bleeding gums has been linked to a number of health risks which include heart disease and diabetes.
Signs and symptoms of gum disease:
Tender/ bleeding gums
Red/ puffy/ swollen gums
Mobile or loose teeth