Hygienist Appointments, Scaling and Gum Disease
Our hygienist will assess the health and current condition of your gums and can provide:
- Scaling and polishing
- Deep cleaning and root planning treatments for gum disease
- Oral hygiene advice
- Dietary advice
- Fluoride treatments
- Sensitive teeth treatments
Our therapist and hygienist do not just "clean teeth". They provide a much more valuable service to help maintain or improve your gum health and they are key members of our team, preventing dental disease!
Scaling removes debris and hard plaque (tartar or calculus) from your teeth, above or below the gum. The debris, if left near the gum for a longer time, irritates the gum and can cause gum disease. You can reduce the amount of plaque build-up by brushing at least twice a day, flossing or using interdental brushes, and using a mouthwash. Our hygienist will be happy to assist you further with advice on how best to look after the health of your teeth and gums.
If plaque is left near the gum for a long time, the gum becomes irritated (inflamed) and can look red and swollen and feel sore and even bleed when you brush or eat. If it is still not treated the gum will become slack around the teeth and more debris can get down even further under the gum. The bone under the gum can then start to “shrink back” and without the bone to support the tooth, it may become loose and eventually fall out or need to be removed by a dentist.
Gum disease is often painless and slow and many patients are unaware that they have it.
The main treatment for gum disease involves intense cleaning under the gums. This may be done under local anaesthetics and often needs doing regularly to maintain the health of your gums and prevent tooth loss.
Some people have a genetic predisposition to gum disease, meaning they are more prone to developing it but there are many things you can do to help maintain healthy gums:
- Maintain a thorough oral hygiene routine at home: brushing twice a day, flossing and using a mouthwash daily
- Regular visits to the dentist or hygienist
- Stop smoking, smoking has been proven to be a major risk factor for gum disease