Last medically reviewed by Dr Sam Jethwa: March 24, 2021
More and more adults in the UK are rapidly losing their teeth to gum disease, rather than tooth decay.
This is why regular dental hygiene appointments are essential for not only keeping your teeth healthy but the gums that support the tooth and oral structure.
Letting gum infections fester and spread can lead to severe problems like a breakdown of the jawbone and a consequence, tooth loss.
“Almost half of the adults in the UK have a degree of periodontitis that is not reversible” – Source.
Let us help you keep gum disease and decay at bay.
What happens during a hygienist visit?
Our hygienist visits are designed to cover three main methods; clean, scale and polish.
Patients can expect:
- Guidance, help and demonstrations on correct and effective brushing techniques to help improve your at-home oral care routine.
- We’ll show you how to effectively remove plaque without causing tooth wear or receding gums. On top of this, we will introduce you to the best oral hygiene products that will keep your mouth healthy.
- Detailed explanations about the formation of periodontal disease
- The removal of plaque and hard tartar deposits (we definitely advise not trying this yourself at home!)
- Tooth decay and erosion prevention
- Changing red and inflamed gums to healthy pink gums
- Preventing unpleasant tastes and bad breath
How often should you visit?
Depending on our diets and lifestyle habits stain naturally builds up on the tooth surface, or between teeth.
A dental hygiene appointment may also be necessary before we proceed with any major restorative or cosmetic procedures like dental implants.
See our before and after gallery.
What’s included in our hygiene appointments?
Each hygiene appointment includes our expert and gentle hygiene therapists checking for signs of gum disease, inflammation, bleeding, and bone loss.
They will demonstrate and recommend the best techniques for you to be able to maintain your oral health at home.
They remove all plaque and tartar build-up above and below the gum line and advise you on your oral health routine to prevent future problems.
- Eliminate gum disease and decay
- Ensure that hidden and difficult-to-reach plaque has been targeted and removed
- Improve the health of your teeth and gums
- Help you to maintain whiter and brighter teeth
- AIR-FLOW therapy can remove surface stains
The worst that can happen…
As recommended and trusted dentists, we are not trying to scare you when we tell you the tooth loss can happen.
This is the truth.
Gum disease is a serious conditional that once formed into periodontitis becomes much more difficult to treat and reverse.
Gingivitis leads to gum disease, gum disease leads to periodontal disease, which leads to bone breakdown, making teeth lose and forming black triangles where the gums begin to separate from the teeth. Teeth become wobbly and can fall out.
This is the reality of neglecting oral care – smoking, not brushing your teeth regularly and correctly can lead to the formation of gum infections, which at this point will be best treated by a hygienist.
Those suffering from gum disease already will need regular hygienist problems to help combat the problem and prevent it from getting worse.
A professional clean can prevent long term problems such as tooth decay, gum disease and even tooth loss.
The best way to care for your teeth
Teeth are very important – they help us eat and speak as well as serving an aesthetic purpose.
The fear of tooth loss is a real one, and it is a frequently increasingly problem throughout the UK.
Therefore, we always advise patients to maintain their teeth with at-home routines and regular hygiene appointments.
This is because it will help patients actually save money in the long run, who may need to undergo more serious procedures to reverse the effects of gum disease and it’s more aggressive form; periodontal disease.
Top tip for brushing straight from the dentist
- DON’T forget to floss
- DON’T wet your toothbrush before applying toothpaste
- DO brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes
- DO brush in circular motions (if using an electric toothbrush let it do the work for you)
- DON’T miss any teeth
- DO brush the tongue to remove any remaining bacteria
- DON’T rinse your mouth out after brushing your teeth to prevent washing away fluoride
We accept new patients and referrals
Our leading dentist, practice manager and highly-sought-after cosmetic dentist; Dr Sam Jethwa has earned the practice an award-winning reputation.
Being a Director of The British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr Sam is probably one of the most influential dentists in the UK today.
With us, you can ensure that you are in safe and careful hands. Oral health care and cosmetic aesthetics is our speciality.
It is because of this that we receive many customers and dental referrals from other local practices, who are unable to provide the same level or standard of care often seen in the results of our cosmetic procedures.
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