Good oral hygiene is one of the most effective ways of preventing long term dental problems.
Cleaning your teeth properly prevents tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath and stops more serious problems such as tooth loss and premature ageing from the resulting bone loss in the jaw.
Preventative dentistry makes treatments like crowns, bridges and dental implants unnecessary because teeth last a lifetime if they are cared for properly.
We recommend hygiene sessions every quarter to remove plaque and calculus from behind your gum line and back teeth, areas which are really difficult to reach.
Plaque is a sticky, colourless deposit of bacteria that is constantly forming on the tooth surface. It can trap stains on the teeth and it is also the primary factor in gum problems.
Plaque begins forming on teeth 4 to 12 hours after brushing, which is why dentists advise people to brush at least twice a day and floss daily. When bits of plaque aren’t successfully removed when you brush and floss – and this happens to us all because some parts of the mouth are just impossible to reach on your own – it turns into calculus.
Calculus is a crusty deposit with a strong bond that can only be removed by a dental professional. People vary in their susceptibility to plaque and calculus but it is common for these deposits to build up faster with older age.
We use tooth scaling or air flow to remove plaque and physically scrape away calculus to prevent cavities and gum disease, and polish the teeth to leave them feeling smooth.
Good oral hygiene is simple to achieve and not only does it make your teeth last longer, it may make you live longer too. Patients with gum disease are more likely to have a stroke and heart attack. The 15 per cent of UK adults with severe gum disease (periodontitis) may also have an increased risk of diabetes. Gum disease affects 45 per cent of adults and the figure rises notably in the over-50s.
Contact us today to book your hygiene appointment.