Hygiene and Periodontal Health
Removing plaque from your teeth by brushing and flossing prevents plaque from hardening into tartar. This combined with having your teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis helps to prevent gum disease. Our hygienist will custom recommend a schedule of appointments and home care regimen designed to prevent the advance of gum disease, and preserve your healthy smile for years to come. She is also skilled at removing extrinsic stains, caused for example by smoking, specific food and drink.
We have a strong emphasis on oral hygiene and preventative dentistry and believe that it is important that you attend for regular check-ups so that we can spot any potential problems, often saving on expensive treatment, pain, discomfort and potential loss of teeth.
Every patient that comes to our practice has a full oral health check, which includes a full charting of the health of all your teeth and gums and thorough cleaning by our hygienist to ensure that any signs of plaque, stain and calculus (tartar) build up are removed.
More importantly our hygiene program has been designed to help you to learn how to effectively look after your teeth using the correct brushing, and interdental cleaning techniques. A good oral hygiene program will ensure that you have a long lasting beautiful smile.
Preventative dentistry, link to Cardiac Health and Diabetes.
Research has shown that people with gum disease are twice as likely to develop heart disease which may lead to heart attack. Gum inflammation caused by gum disease creates a path for plaque bacteria to enter your bloodstream and travel through your body. There is a risk of these bacteria lodging in your heart, with fatal consequences.
People with diabetes are more likely to have gum disease. Research has shown that gum disease may make it more difficult for diabetics to control their blood sugar. Severe gum disease may increase blood sugar and put people at an increased risk of diabetic complications.