You can have beautiful teeth, but unless you look after your gums, they’re at risk of being lost early.
- Red and swollen gums that bleed when you brush are known as a condition called gingivitis meaning gum inflammation (gum= gingiva, itis= inflammation) that results from harmful bacteria irritating your gums, causing micro-ulcers that bleed when you brush.
- When gingivitis is left untreated, in susceptible individuals, it can develop further into a type of infection known as periodontitis, which affects the sporting structures of the teeth causing irreversible bone loss.
- Eventually this disease will lead to mobility of teeth and associated discomfort and early tooth loss.
Fortunately, this can be avoided by having regular dental health checks and hygiene visits. A good daily hygiene routine is of paramount importance and a regime will be recommended by our dental hygiene team for you as an individual.
- Minimised risk of tooth loss from gum disease
- Reduced risk of developing tooth decay and needing fillings due to enhanced oral hygiene
- Confidence of having fresh breath
Dental Hygiene and Plaque Control
Dental hygiene advice and treatment is delivered by one of the dental hygiene team. They will help to remove any hard plaque from your teeth that may have built up in certain areas and advise how to minimise its reoccurrence. Here is what you can expect at a routine hygiene appointment:
- Your teeth and gums will be assessed to determine how efficient your current home routine is by determining the amount of plaque on your teeth.
- Your current regime will be discussed and helpful hints will be disclosed to ensure you are being as efficient as possible with your valuable time.
- Any risk factors for gum disease will be highlighted for example smoking, and general health issues such as uncontrolled diabetes and uncontrolled high blood pressure and issues will be discussed.
- Your teeth will be professionally cleaned with special equipment and pastes, this process is also known as scaling and polishing.
- The hygienist’s role is to show you how to look after your teeth so you can maintain your oral health as effectively as possible every day. You will be advised on the best toothbrushing technique and products so you can continue to self manage your hygiene programme at home.
- If you have a bridge, denture, orthodontic treatment or a dental implant you will have specific hygiene needs that the hygienist will be able to assist you with.
It is recommended that you attend for regular hygiene appointments to ensure your daily routine is reviewed to your needs to ensure you stay healthy, both from an oral hygiene and, generally.
- Minimised risk of tooth loss
- Reduced risk of developing tooth decay and needing fillings
- Confidence of fresh breath
It is common to be self conscious about your breath. Bad breath is a very common problem for many people and there are many different causes. Bad breath can be improved by following an adequate daily oral hygiene regime and cutting down on various causative agents such as smoking, coffee and sugary foods and drinks. Regular trips to the hygienist will also ensure your plaque levels are kept under control. Causes of bad breath include:
- Poor dental hygiene: without regular brushing and flossing, bacteria and bits of food can get trapped in between your teeth, which release an unpleasant odour after some time.
- Consuming strong foods like garlic, onions and coffee
- Chronic bad breath can often have an underlying medical cause for example infections of the throat, sinuses, gastro-intestinal problems (for example reflux) or sleep disorders and resulting dry mouth.
If you are aware that your breath is not as fresh as you would like it to be, make an appointment with the hygienist for some advice and assistance.
- Fresh breath gives you confidence in social situations
- Indicates good oral health and clean teeth
- Healthy gums
Do you avoid eating or drinking something cold or hot? Does the thought of biting into ice cream or a cold hard apple make you wince? Sensitive teeth can be a burden for many people and can be caused by several things. It is always important to seek advice from a dental professional so the source of the problem can be identified and potentially treated. There are several causes of sensitivity:
Tooth surface loss– The loss of tooth enamel, can cause sensitivity. Enamel is the protective, hard outer coating of a tooth, which protects the sensitive dentine underneath. If the enamel is worn away or eroded, dentine is exposed which can lead to pain and sensitivity, which can be worsened with extremes of temperature. Main causes of tooth surface loss include:
- Erosion caused by acid attack. This can be caused by:
- Diet acid– frequent consumption of high sugar or high acid food or drink)
- Or Acid from inside your body– for example as a result of certain medical conditions or eating disorders.
- Toothbrush Abrasion: Overzealous tooth brushing habits (brushing too hard) wears away the protective enamel.
- Attrition– tooth grinding
Temporary pain may also be felt as a side effect after tooth whitening but this is easily treated with sensitive toothpastes, desensitizing agents or over the counter painkillers
For top tips on protecting your enamel and for effective treatment of tooth sensitivity ask your dentist or hygienist at your next dental health check, where we can create an individualised care plan for you.
- Being able to consume hot and cold drinks and food without fear
- Pain-free mouth
Smoking and Dental Health
Many studies have shown that smoking and using tobacco products has a detrimental effect on your teeth and gums. The problem is caused by the fact that tobacco affects the gum tissue cells, making smokers more prone to getting infections in the form of gum and periodontal diseases. Here are some oral health problems caused by smoking:
- Mouth Cancer
- Jawbone loss, shrinking gums and tooth loss
- Poor healing
- Decreased senses of taste and smell
- Mouth sores, poor healing of mouth sores
- Bad breath
- Stained teeth
- Hairy tongue
As dental professionals it is important for us to tell you the risks for smoking and to help you to quit by giving you information and support. By cutting down and stopping smoking or using tobacco products your oral health will benefit very quickly and you will notice changes in your certain mouth. It is essential that you come into the practice for regular check-ups so we can help you maintain good oral health and give you advice and encouragement.
- Improved oral health
- Decreased risk for tooth loss
- Decreased risk for mouth cancer
What Is AirFlow Stain Removal?
We use the latest in dental technology innovations to ensure your mouth is in tip-top health. AIRFLOW(R) EMS is a clever tooth polisher and teeth cleaning system that rejuvenates your smile and gives you an amazing shine! An effective teeth stain remover, it’s more advanced than a traditional scale and polish and brightens the teeth without actually touching them!
AirFlow Stain Removal is a stain removal system that tackles dark brown, yellow or grey marks on the teeth that are clearly visible but difficult to remove using normal polishing methods. Based on the use of a jet of compressed air, water and bicarbonate particles, the system gently polishes away any surface staining from the teeth, leaving behind a bright white smile that couldn’t have been achieved in any other way. AirFlow is an increasingly popular method of teeth cleaning that is favoured by those with more severe stains, such as smokers or people suffering with genetically darker teeth that require more force to remove stains. Some stubborn food stains are also tackled, and the most common stains that can be removed using AirFlow include tea, coffee, tobacco, wine and curry.
If you have found your teeth are starting to discolour from things like tea, coffee and smoking, AIRFLOW(R) EMS is the perfect solution. AIRFLOW targets discolouration and plaque that can’t be removed by any toothbrush.
The additional benefit of AIRFLOW(R) EMS for anyone who is a little nervous of the dentist is that it is a fast, safe and pain-free service that makes your teeth shine brighter than ever, in less than 20 minutes!
What sort of stains can be removed using AirFlow?
Almost any type of stain can be removed with the help of the AirFlow Stain Removal system. Common types of stain that require professional removal include tea, coffee and cigarettes, and these are some of the first to be removed during an AirFlow session. AirFlow is also capable of removing stains caused by genetic susceptibility to darker teeth, as well as the more sever stains that can be caused by medicine.
Is AirFlow painful?
No. AirFlow is painless treatment. AirFlow Stain Removal does not require anaesthetic or any other type of pain management, even in nervous patients.
Our team are on hand if you require any more information on this fantastic treatment on 01905 20136