Dental hygiene is a very important part of keeping a healthy smile. Our hygienists are specially trained in the prevention of periodontal (gum) disease and dental cavities. They will carefully examine and chart your teeth and gums noting in particular: inflammation, bleeding, swelling, and the presence of plaque and calculus.
Our hygienists are highly skilled and will professionally clean your teeth using the latest pastes and polishes to remove any plaque and tartar, which cannot be removed by brushing or flossing alone. They are also keen to educate patients on the correct technique of using toothbrushes, dental floss and inter-dental brushes, and give advice on how to maintain a good oral health routine to maintain a healthy smile.
At The Barton Dental Centre we recommend dental hygiene treatments to our patients. Why? Because even the best brushing and flossing routines cannot eliminate all traces of plaque. Left on your teeth, plaque becomes hard tartar, which cannot be brushed off. This then traps more plaque and the cycle repeats, causing gum disease and frequently bad breath.
Gemma, our hygienist removes plaque and calculus from your teeth in order to prevent the onset or progression of gum disease, and leaves your mouth sparkling clean.
The best way to help avoid gum disease and protect against your gums from receding is to practice good oral hygiene.
We will give you advice on the best way to keep your teeth and gums healthy and clean.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth. If left, this plaque builds up on and between teeth, irritating gums and making them swollen.
When this swelling happens, it can allow a space or ‘pocket’ to form beneath the tooth. As the amount of bacterial plaque increases, so does the depth of the pocket. This causes gums to recede, exposing more of the tooth. If left untreated, the pocket can become so large that teeth may loosen and even need to be removed.
There are two stages of gum disease:
Gingivitis means inflammation of the gums. It occurs when the gums around the teeth become very red and swollen. Often the swollen gums bleed when brushed. It is reversible, however, if left untreated, long-standing gingivitis can develop into severe gingivitis or periodontitis.
More teeth are lost through periodontitis than through tooth decay. Periodontitis is an advanced stage of gum disease where bacterial plaque destroys the gums, soft tissue and eventually the bone anchoring the teeth, making the tooth loose in its socket. If left untreated, the tooth may eventually fall out or need to be removed.