Dental Hygiene has evolved from the traditional “scale and polish”. Prevention of disease is fundamental to modern dentistry. Alongside dentists, hygienists deliver and reinforce oral education to motivate you to create a positive behaviour change which is long lasting. Hygienists help to impart the necessary knowledge and skills so patient’s can take responsibility for their own oral health.
Research shows that the build up of plaque and subsequent bacteria can cause gum disease in those people who are susceptible. However we do not know fully who is susceptible to this disease process.
Excellent home oral hygiene is of fundamental importance to tackling periodontal disease besides regular professional debridement. Time will be spent during your appointment not only cleaning your teeth and gums but educating you on the best methods of maintaining a beautiful and healthy smile. This advice will be personalised and tailored to your dentition, lifestyle and circumstances in order to be maximally effective. You need to actively work together with your hygienist to achieve your goal.
Hygienists are now able use a vast array of scalers, polishes, pastes and air polishers to professionally clean your teeth and gum pockets. This not only ensures the removal of any tartar and plaque, but also stains caused by smoking, drinking red wine, tea and coffee, the use of certain mouthwashes and stain caused by chromogenic bacteria.
Fundamental to a healthy dentition is excellent oral hygiene. Creating good protocols from a young age sets a foundation for keeping teeth and gums healthy long term. We therefore also encourage children where necessary to see the hygienist. This may be as a one off, long term or alongside other treatments such as orthodontics where good oral hygiene becomes more difficult to maintain due to appliances.
As well as tooth decay and gum disease, poor oral hygiene has been linked to systemic disease. Studies are now linking gum disease with many other conditions including heart disease and stroke. Scientists believe that inflammation caused by the bacteria involved with periodontal disease may be responsible for the association. Untreated gum disease increases a susceptible individual’s risk. Early detection leads to easier and simpler treatment and to a better quality of life.