We recommend our patients attend our hygienist, who will;
- Complete a soft tissue (gum) assessment
- Scale your teeth to remove calculus and tartar
- Polish your teeth to remove surface stains
- Apply a fluoride and/or Tooth Mousse to help strengthen your teeth
- Provide oral health instruction to help you maintain healthy gums and teeth
Below are some problems or concerns that you may find you have.
Bad Breath (Halitosis)
The cause of bad breath can be due to not cleaning your teeth well. You could be leaving plaque, bacteria or food on your teeth. This can lead to hard plaque deposits called Calculus or Tartar forming on your teeth. This may appear as a hard yellow layer above or below the gum line. It can cause your gums to bleed, and if left untreated, may lead to dental disease. You will need to see a dental hygienist, as normal tooth brushing will not remove the calculus and tartar build up. There may also may be other health problems which can contribute. If you have this problem, or any questions, please see our dentist and hygienist. We can help you.
If you are experiencing bleeding gums when you brush or floss this is often the first sign of gum disease. At an early stage gum disease or gingivitis is easily reversed with scaling and cleaning by the hygienist together with good brushing and flossing by you. If left untreated early gum disease can progress to a more serious periodontal disease which may affect the bone around your teeth, eventually causing tooth loss. If you have this problem, see our dentist and hygienist. We can help you.
Discoloured or yellowing teeth
Over time our teeth can discolour and stain either by smoking or the foods and drinks that we consume. Our teeth will lose some of it’s enamel layer and the darker dentine layer will show through. What can we do about this? A professional cleaning by a hygienist will remove many external stains. We may suggest the options of either a tooth whitening treatment or in more severe cases we may recommend covering the teeth with a lighter shade veneer filling. If you have this problem, see our dentist and hygienist. We can help you.
General health problems
Do you take a lot of medications for health problems? You may be at greater risk of developing dental decay or gum disease. Your medications may have side effects which affect your mouth or your health problem may affect your mouth.
Much research is currently being done and there is evidence to link poor oral hygiene with increased risk of general health problems such as heart disease.
Diabetes may cause increased risk of periodontal disease due to slower healing of soft tissues. There is also evidence of a link between pregnant women with periodontal disease and early delivery of their babies.
Prevent your teeth from decay
The Dental Hygienist can help you to try to prevent your teeth from decaying. We can advise you on the most efficient way to clean your teeth, and discuss further factors which may affect decay rates. If your teeth, or a filling, is broken, they may require a restoration with our tooth coloured filling material.
We also provide complex cosmetic dentistry options such as veneers, crowns and bridges.
These treatments may require more than one visit to complete. If it has been sometime since your last visit to a dentist we would recommend hygiene treatment, usually at six monthly intervals. If you have gum (periodontal) disease, we may need to see you, initially on a regular basis, until the condition is under control.