This is the practice of keeping the mouth and teeth clean to prevent dental disease, such as gingivitis (gum inflammation), periodontitis (gum disease) and bad breath. To maintain a healthy smile it is important to look after the well-being of your gums as well as your teeth.

Dental hygienists are trained to detect, monitor and treat gum disease and therefore maintain gum health, the supporting structures of your teeth. They also emphasise the importance of good oral hygiene and the benefit of preventative care. Regular appointments with a dental hygienist can make a big difference to your long term oral health.

We are fortunate to have a highly skilled and gentle hygienist to help you on the way to maintaining, improving and managing your dental health.

 

Gingivitis

This is when the gums become red, swollen andĀ inflamed. There are a number of causes of gingivitis, the most common is plaque (bacteria) build up on teeth due to poor oral hygiene. Gums can become sore and painful and even bleed on brushing.

The best prevention is good regular oral hygiene through regular visits to the hygienist and dentist, together with meticulous daily brushing, flossing and mouthwash.

 

Periodontitis

Also known as ‘gum disease’. This is where the gingivitis inflammation left untreated, progresses and causes damage of teeth supporting tissue and bone, causing looseness and subsequent loss of teeth.

It progresses painlessly and hence is not noticed until teeth became loose. For that reason, it is important to maintain regular hygienist and dentist visits, as well as meticulous home hygiene, together with reduction in risk factors, such as smoking.