Dental hygiene is essential for your overall health
If you are not regularly seeing a dental hygienist, your gums will not be as healthy as they should be and you will have a build-up of plaque (soft deposits) and tartar (hard deposits) on your teeth.
Daily bacterial removal at the gum level and in between teeth stops bacteria growing in enough numbers to cause bone loss.
A hygienist is a specialist in removing these deposits, maintaining healthy gums and teaching you to maintain a good standard of dental health. So it is important to visit a hygienist on a regular basis.
Treatment and Management
The type of treatment you require is individually tailored to your particular case and how advanced the disease.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling is removing the calculus from your teeth. Root planing is smoothing the root surfaces so that gum tissue can reattach back on the tooth.
Bacteria constantly grows, we can never stop it completely, so regular maintenance is imperative for good oral and systemic health.
Plaque Disclosing Tablets
These are a great solution for identifying area that need more brushing - especially for children who are yet to perfect the art of tooth brushing.
Proper dental hygiene will help to prevent gum disease, which is caused by the accumulation of dental plaque on the teeth. It affects the gums and supporting tooth structures, which can become infected, causing teeth to become loose and fall out or be surgically extracted.
Gum disease can also be linked to increased risk of developing a stroke, heart conditions, osteoporosis and other systemic conditions. If the gums are in poor health, the liver secretes a protein called C-Reactive protein which causes blood clotting. Your hygienist will be able to provide you with more information about the link between these systemic conditions and gum disease. If you already have diabetes or any of the above these conditions, it is especially important to maintain healthy gums.
What are the signs of Gum Disease?
- Gums bleed when brushed or are flossed
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Gums bleed when eating or even sleeping
- Gums that have receded or shrunken away from the tooth
- Pus comes out when the gum is pushed with finger pressure
- Teeth that seem loose or change position
- Tartar or calculus build up
- A bad taste or smell
- Overly sensitive teeth to hot or cold
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THE QUALITY OF OUR HEALTH AS WE GET OLDER IS AFFECTED BY THE HEALTH OF OUR MOUTHS OVER OUR LIFE TIME.