We focus on maintaining the health of your gums and teeth. Our aim is prevention and protection through regular hygiene appointments supported by dental examinations.
We believe our hygienist appointments are an integral part of your dental care. As well as helping to prevent gum disease and tooth loss, they offer you the chance to chat with our hygienist about a healthy diet and good oral health habits advice. We can introduce you to the latest oral hygiene aids and products for looking after your mouth.
Gum disease can start when you are a child. Chronic periodontitis is normally only a problem for adults. You might be worried about bad breath or your teeth looking longer as the gum covers less of them.
Periodontal, or gum disease, affects the gums and bone supporting your teeth. It is caused by sticky plaque and hard deposits of tartar. It happens when teeth and gums are not kept clean enough. Without regular cleaning the gums will come away from the tooth creating pockets around the teeth where food and plaque can collect. Pockets are difficult to keep clean and gum disease will get worse if treatment is not carried out. The condition may progress to the next stage of the disease which involves loosing the bone that supports the teeth and the teeth may become loose until they eventually have to be taken out. Severe gum disease can be an inherited factor or an indicator of problems with general health. Scientists have discovered that periodontal disease is linked to coronary heart disease and stroke, especially for people who smoke or have high blood pressure.
Some people are more likely to have periodontal disease than others:
It is estimated that that a high percentage of people suffer from chronic bad breath. It is an embarrassing problem that can affect your job prospects and personal relationships.
While bad breath originates in the mouth 80% of the time, at other times it is a symptom of underlying disease that needs the earliest possible treatment. Persistent bad breath is usually caused by the smelly gases of the bacteria that coat your teeth and gums. Smoking, garlic and onions can add to the problems. Certain illnesses such as diabetes, liver or kidney problems, nasal or stomach conditions and “dry mouth” (xerostomia) that affects the flow of saliva can be the cause of bad breath. Dental problems account for the majority of breath disorders. These can range from broken, leaking fillings or obvious infections to impacted teeth and calculus build up that can harbour odour-causing bacteria. Bits of food that get caught between the teeth and on the tongue will rot and cause an unpleasant smell.
A hygienist is a dental professional who has been specially trained in the prevention and treatment of gum (periodontal) disease. This is the main cause of adult tooth loss.
Hygienists also give advice on all aspects of oral health and hygiene.