Dental Hygiene

Prevention Better Than Cure

Because we know healthy teeth and gums are vital to our wellbeing, we encourage all our patients to look after their teeth. There are many real benefits for your quality of life in keeping your teeth and gums disease-free and healthy. Medical studies have found a correlation between oral health diseases and several serious health conditions, including heart disease. Oral diseases can be unsightly, debilitating and, can ultimately cost you your teeth.

Very common oral disease such as gingivitis, an inflammation of the gum tissue, is caused by plaque. If this is left untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontal disease, which also affects the tissue supporting the teeth. Periodontitis, an inflammatory infection, involves progressive loss of bone below the teeth. If left untreated, this will cause the affected teeth to loosen and eventually fall out.

For these reasons we strongly recommend you meet our dental hygienists regularly. Everyone needs a good clean, usually every six months, but some of us need to go more often.

Our oral health advice will include the following:

  • The right toothbrush for you, plus brushing techniques and tips.
  • Flossing and interdental brushing techniques and tips
  • Types of dental hygiene products and techniques for eg. implants, bridges, dentures and braces.
  • Care for teeth after oral surgery
  • Tips for fresh breath

What can I expect at my hygienist appointments?

There are three stages of hygiene therapy:

Stage 1:- Information on oral hygiene

Initiate the cleaning and removal of hard deposits of tartar above and below the gum line. Your hygienist will also show the techniques and skills used to obtain a healthy mouth.

Stage 2:- Further removal of all deposits under gum line and around tooth margins

Periodontal aids such as interspace brushes, floss or tapes may be prescribed and used. If necessary, your hygienist can also assess plaque control and improve your daily oral hygiene routine.

Stage 3:- Maintaining oral health

At this stage, now you should’ve achieved good oral health, and if this continues, you will enjoy healthy teeth and gums for life. Yet Your hygienist will remove any hard or soft plaque deposits and help you hone the skills you have learned.

Contact the practice to book an dental hygiene appointment : 020 8888 0881.

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