Dental hygiene maintenance and treatment are the corner stone of long term dental health. At North Berwick Dental Centre and Gullane Dental Practice our hygienist and therapist play a vital role in our total oral health ethos and prevention.
WHY DO YOU NEED A HYGIENE APPOINTMENT?
It is well documented that the health of your gums has a direct link to your general health. Poor and inflamed gum health can increase your risk of heart issues, stroke and other diseases like diabetes as the same inflammatory process is involved in all these illnesses. Smoking, stress and diet are lifestyle issues also associated with poor gum health.
During a hygiene visit at the centres our clinicians, Ann and Nicole will work with you to monitor your dental health and take time to provide you with the skills, tools and techniques you need to help prevent any future problems with your teeth and gums. Plaque biofilm build up causes inflammation and needs to be removed from every tooth surface twice a day. This in turn means your mouth will stay healthy and you’ll eliminate bleeding gums, bad breath and tartar.
DO YOU KNOW YOUR GUM SCORES?
We can be unaware of slowly progressing gum disease on a day-to-day basis and it’s important not to ignore bleeding and sore gums as these are indicators of gum disease progression. At your hygiene visit, gentle probing is carried out around your teeth to record scores relating to your gum health and tooth-brushing efficacy. Do you know your gum scores and if they are healthy scores? Do you know how to improve your score? Our team will explain the scores and use them to monitor gum health and compare how effective your tooth-brushing and inter-dental cleaning is on a daily basis.
WHAT TREATMENT IS CARRIED OUT ?
Ann and Nicole also provide treatments to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease, including treatment of sensitivity and full mouth cleaning. They use simple hand scaling and ultrasonic cleaning to ensure the surface of your teeth both above and below the gum are tartar free. The time needed to have this done depends on the amount of tartar and plaque biofilm present. After a full scaling treatment your gums can attach firmly back to the teeth allowing them to heal fully.
Regular hygiene visits are necessary as gum disease is an ongoing problem and requires regular attention. Untreated gum disease can lead to pockets (gaps) between the teeth and gums where plaque causes inflammation and eventually bone loss and loose teeth.