Regular dental visits are important because they help keep your teeth and gums healthy. You should have a regular dental visit at least every 3-6 months depending on the condition of your teeth and with the approval of your dentist.
The Check Up
Your dental professional will check your dentition for signs of disease, cavity(ies) and to see if there is plaque or tartar build up on your teeth. Plaque is a clear, sticky layer of debris and bacteria building up around your teeth. If it is not removed, it can harden and become tartar or calculus. You cannot remove tartar or calculus with brushing and flossing alone. If plaque and tartar build-up on your teeth it can cause:
– Bleeding and inflamed gums (Gingivitis)
– Loss of bone, mobile teeth, loss of teeth (Periodontitis)
– Bad breath (Halitosis)
– Receding gums
Next, your gums will be checked. This will be done with a special tool to measure the pockets between your teeth and gums. With healthy gums, the pockets are shallow. When people have gum disease, the pockets may become deeper.
The check-up should also cover your tongue, throat, face, head and neck. This is to look for any signs of irregularities such as swelling, infection or cancer.
Our meticulous dental hygienist focuses on giving a thorough teeth cleaning service to our patients, specifically in removing plaque that can often be missed through brushing alone. This is key to protecting your oral health and giving you bright, strong teeth.Regular hygiene treatment prevents periodontal disease, bleeding gums and tooth decay. Your hygienist will tailor their advice to ensure that you keep your teeth free from damage with recommendations on brushing techniques, diet and also offer a wide range of oral hygiene products at the practice.
The progression of gingivitis, “gum disease” leads to periodontitis – when the bone supporting the teeth becomes infected and is gradually lost it can lead to loose teeth and eventually loss. Periodontal treatment involves meticulous removal of this calculus that grows under your gums and over the roots, with special scaling instruments, irrigating the gums with antiseptic liquids – this is done with your dentist.
In severe cases 3-4 appointments of 1 hour each may be needed and you must follow our preventive advice maintain and meticulously clean teeth as there is a greater risk you will end up losing your teeth. By adapting the correct oral hygiene techniques indicated and regularly visiting your dentist, you will refrain any further gum recession and bone loss.