1 Oriel Road

Cheltenham GL50 1XN

+44 1242 523531

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Mon - Fri: 8:00 - 18:00

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Preventative care and hygiene

At Oriel Villas Dental Surgery, we are passionate that prevention is better than cure. Our hygienists have vast experience in preventing and treating gum conditions including gingivitis (gum inflammation) and periodontitis (gum disease). In addition, their care can help to reduce halitosis (bad breath) and improve the appearance of your smile through polishing treatments. They will work with you to ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy by helping you achieve consistently excellent oral hygiene through a personalised oral hygiene plan.

Gingivitis

This is when the gums become red, swollen and 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.

Our dentists routinely offer other preventative care suitable for children and adults. These include placement of fissure sealants, application of Fluoride varnish, prescription of high fluoride containing toothpastes, and advice regarding at-home care including dietary information.