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Dental Hygiene

The best way to protect the health of your teeth and gums between regular dental visits

Our Dental Hygiene Therapist Emily Ch'ng

We firmly believe the best approach is preventive dentistry. You’ll appreciate the difference in the future if you afford your teeth and oral hygiene a touch more care today.

Whether it’s your car or where you live, you take regular care of things that you value. It’s just the same with your mouth. By noticing issues quickly, prior to them developing, you can normally rectify them at less cost, greater simplicity and more comfort.

We’d suggest appointments with our dental hygienist twice a year (between the dentist trips) to maintain your overall oral health.

What happens during a dental hygienist appointment?

  • You’ll get a “scale and polish” which is a really thorough cleaning of your teeth by our dental hygienist. Your mouth will feel healthy and fresh, and leaves your teeth tartar-free. This is an important part of your defence against gum disease.
  • Your dental hygienist will search for issues specific to you. They’ll talk you through them and offer tips and advice on managing them.
  • We’ll advise on any interdental devices which you can get to achieve healthier gums and teeth.
  • In the appointment, your dental hygienist will discuss best practices for good oral health and share tips for benefits over the long-term.
  • Visiting your dental hygienist will help you in keeping your breath fresh, your teeth feeling great, and halting the start of tooth decay between your trips to see your dentist. Doing this now can help you dodge more complex treatments in years to come.
  • Importantly, regular visits to the dental hygienist makes it easy for them to observe abnormalities which may be a sign of dangerous conditions like oral cancer. Discovering these signs early improves your prognosis significantly.

WHAT IS GUM DISEASE?

Regardless of how well you brush, plaque will accumulate on your teeth. Over time it will harden to form tartar which contributes to the development of gum disease.

Our body’s naturally try to repel plaque. Strangely, for some people, the body’s defences go too far and they actually weaken the bone and soft tissue in your mouth. If this is allowed to continue sufficiently, a tooth can loosen and even fall out.

HOW CAN I TELL IF I’VE GOT GUM DISEASE?

If your gums are healthy they will never bleed, they should feel firm to the touch and their colour should be light pink. Regularly irritated gums often change colour, in most cases getting darker. They can become uncomfortable and inflamed. Another sign is if your teeth seem more spaced out or longer. This happens because the roots show more.

Bleeding gums are a major indication of gum disease.

As gum disease sets in, other things to look out for are enhanced tooth sensitivity, bad breath and a foreign, metallic kind of taste. When like this, the condition is referred to as gingivitis.

Unfortunately, gum disease cannot be completely cured. However, we can manage the condition so that it doesn’t worsen. Therefore, book an appointment as soon as you can if you suspect you may be suffering from gum disease.

One final point. While it may be very apparent that you have gum disease, some people show no symptoms. So do not take it for granted that you are gum disease free, keep making those check-up appointments.

When treating you for gum disease, we will debride your gums – this is the technical term for giving them a deep clean. This clears away accumulations of bacteria. Our hygienists will then share advice to aid you in caring for your gums over the long-term. If gum disease spreads beyond the gums, known as advanced periodontitis, calls for specialist care and monitoring. In such cases, we will recommend a periodontist.

DENTAL HYGIENE CARE FOR CHILDREN

Parents always want to do the best for their children, and when it comes to oral care, making a dental hygiene appointment for your children stands them in good stead. As well as the thorough check up for their teeth and gums, it is great for helping establish those routines for life-long dental care.

From the ages of about seven to 14 when their child teeth fall out to be replaced by adult teeth they are especially vulnerable. It’s down to that challenge of getting them to brush effectively, as well as the high sugar levels in some of their favourite foods and drinks. We can apply fissure sealants and fluoride treatments for young ones (and adults too who are at a higher risk of decay).

We know how to make kids, and anyone else who worries about a trip to the dentist feel comfortable. We only use tools when strictly necessary and keep appointments as brief as can be.

Habitual trips to our dental practice every six months or so will hopefully create a good routine which will extend throughout adulthood for your children. It is a great gift for life to make them relaxed and comfortable in a dental surgery as they have become used to the as your offspring get used to the smells, sights and sounds.

More advice for healthy TEETH AND GUMS

  • Make frequent inspections of your own mouth. If you notice anything different get it checked out promptly.
  • Consider your diet and how it impacts on your dental health. Try to avoid snacking and keep away from too many sugary drinks or food items.
  • Brushing your teeth twice a day remains an important part of your oral hygiene. Talk to us about interdental devices like brushes, floss and mouthwash which are good for keeping those bacteria-friendly gaps between teeth clean.

To book an appointment with one of our knowledgeable and experienced Dental Hygienist contact us today at info@claydoncheltenham.co.uk.

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