How often should i be having hygiene treatments?
Having regular 6 monthly hygiene visits can ensure that your teeth last longer, look better and feel better.
It has also been shown that your life expectancy can increase with better oral hygiene, by reducing the chances of heart disease.
Simply call our friendly and helpful reception team to assist you in booking a hygiene visit.
If you would prefer to come to see us for a friendly chat and a look around the practice please let us know and we will be happy to arrange this for you.
What is involved with the treatment?
Hygiene treatment will be performed by our caring hygienist Susannah.
Susannah, your hygienist will thoroughly and gently clean your teeth, which will involve removing the soft plaque and hard calculus (also known as tartar).
She can also remove the stains that you have picked up from your daily lifestyle such as tea, coffee, red wine and smoking.
In addition, she will also show you how to maintain good oral hygiene specific to your mouth to prevent the build-up of plaque giving you a personalized daily regime.
Are you doing it right?
Susannah is also highly trained and experienced in treating patients who have gum disease. There may be several signs that you may have gum disease, which include:
- Bad breath
- Bleeding gums
- Swollen and puffy gums
- An unpleasant taste
- Loose teeth
- Drifting of teeth
Some people may have no signs of the disease at all even though they have active gum disease!
What is gum disease (Periodontitis)?
Most people who have gum disease are often unaware of it for several years, as, like cancer, it goes unnoticed until the very late stages of its progression.
In it’s early stages it is rarely painful and often symptomless.
It is caused by the accumulation of plaque, which is built up on the teeth over time by improper cleaning. Plaque is essentially a localized collection of bacteria, which attack the teeth and gums. The body will quickly response to the invading bacteria by producing a defense mechanism that will destroy not only the bacteria but also your gums and bone that supports your teeth. If left untreated, the end result is tooth loss.
When plaque has been attached to the tooth for a long period of time, the gum will move away from the tooth resulting in a pocket. Once a pocket has formed it is almost impossible for you to clean under it, at home, and it will start to harbor bacteria. At this point you will need to see a hygienist to clean it with special apparatus. Once the bacteria have been removed, the gum will reattach itself back onto the tooth resulting in healing of that pocket.
The principle of regular hygiene appointments is to prevent gum disease getting to the advanced stage of pocket formation.
What are the benefits of treating gum disease
Benefits of hygiene therapies
Seeing your hygiene team will benefit you in a number of ways. It will ensure your teeth and gum health is at an optimum, with the best home care regime, that will suit your lifestyle.
The main benefits include:
- Your Teeth will last Longer
- Your Breath will be Fresher
- Your teeth will look whiter as they will be less stained
- Your gums will bleed less
- Loose teeth that can become less mobile
- You will be able to enjoy chewing food more comfortably.
Dental hygiene is crucial to long-term oral health and wellness. Keep your teeth clean and healthy at Sensational Smiles in Carshalton. Call 020 8629 1433.