Dental Hygiene is essential for a healthy mouth
"Patient education is important and plays a major role in helping people to understand how to really look after their teeth. For over 10 years our resident dental hygienist has been helping the community improve their dental health."
Prevention Is Better than Cure
The Practice dental care is based on prevention rather than cure and there are a number of treatments available to support this and make this a reality. We can advise what is necessary to secure and maintain your oral health. The success of this will vary from patient to patient and is very much a partnership with you.
What does a hygienist actually do?
Many are unaware of the vital role a hygienist plays in maintaining the health of your gums and therefore your teeth.
When you visit Amy or Liz they will:
- Advise you on how to take the best care of your teeth and gums.
- Remove plaque from areas of your mouth that you can’t reach during daily brushing.
- Remove plaque that has hardened (calculus) which cannot be brushed off.
What harm can plaque do to your teeth?
Plaque is a sticky bacterial deposit, which is constantly forming on the teeth and around the gums particularly after meals and snacks.
Plaque causes gum disease and tooth decay, the gums become swollen, inflamed and they can bleed when brushing. If this is left untreated the gums will be less able to hold and support your teeth and this can result in the eventual loss of your teeth.
Most adult tooth loss is due to gum disease. Over 90% of the population have gum disease to some degree and most people are unaware that they even have gum disease.
Controlling Gum disease.
It is also important to see your hygienist on a regular basis, as this will help you maintain a clean healthy mouth. Amy or Liz will also be able to offer you further advice on brushing, flossing and which techniques and oral health products are right for you. You only have one set of teeth, so please let us help you look after them!
If gum disease is not controlled, your gums will recede and you may end up losing your teeth.
Prevention and Dental Hygiene
Now that we know so much about the causes of tooth decay and gum disease, many forms are avoidable and can be contained. How this can be done will be a key part of your ongoing oral health plan through regular visits for oral health check ups and visits to the hygienist.