Oral hygiene appointment -
more than a clean!
Our role is to improve patient’s general health and establish oral health habits, advise and educate patients on how they can improve and adapt their skills to maintain optimal oral health.
We will carry out a full oral health assessment, complete a thorough examination of the gums, check the health of your implants and surrounding soft tissues. We are responsible to check for any abnormalities that may be present, highlight and discuss anything we see that should be of concern.
We will also carry out a professional removal of plaque build-up, calculus and polish stains.
Did you know?
More than half the population of the UK are affected by gum disease without even knowing, even at its mildest level and it can affect your quality of life.
There has been evidence to suggest an association or increased risk of untreated gum disease with potential risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Arthritis, Alzheimer’s and complications in pregnancy.
How did I get this?
Most patients who develop periodontitis have a certain degree of genetic predisposition. However, this alone will not lead to periodontitis and the patient’s environmental factors will have a substantial role to play. These environmental factors could be poor oral hygiene, smoking, stress, uncontrolled diabetes or other health related issues.
Can it be cured?
Gum disease is completely treatable if diagnosed early enough!
Gingivitis is reversable if good oral hygiene is maintained at home. Regular visits to the dentist or hygienist for a check-up, oral hygiene advice and picking up problems at an early stage will help.
Periodontists cannot be cured but managed with professional help. Periodontitis is a more advanced stage of gum diseases. Bone loss and loss of supporting tissues is irreversible. However, with regular professional care and excellent self-performed oral hygiene this can be potentially stabilised and future bone loss and tooth loss can be potentially prevented.
Will I lose all my teeth?
If periodontitis is left untreated it can potentially lead to loss of all supportive structures around the affected tooth/teeth. Due to lack of bone the tooth can become mobile, sensitive and you can experience difficulty in chewing. This process may eventually lead to failure or loss of tooth/teeth.
What sort of treatment can I expect?
The treatment proposed is set out to ensure the condition is brought under control, stabilized and monitored closely to prevent recurrence and further deterioration to your periodontal (gums and bone) health in order to prevent premature tooth loss and help in the retention of your natural teeth, prosthesis, prosthetic abutments (supporting teeth to dentures, bridgework, crowns) and dental implants.
Treatment of periodontitis is often divided into stages and varies from person to person.
Some of the signs of periodontal (gum) disease are:
• Bleeding gums Healthy Gums DO NOT Bleed • Swollen and tender gums • Bad breath
• Recession of the gums • Tooth loss • Sensitivity of the teeth • Lengthening of the teeth • Loose teeth • Gum abscesses
Call the practice on 01324671278 and book your appointment with one of our hygienist!