Good oral hygiene is considered the best way to prevent cavities (dental caries), gingivitis, periodontitis, and other dental disorders. It also helps to prevent bad breath. Everyone benefits from good oral hygience and can feel the difference with gums that are pink and firm, and teeth that have fewer cavities.
Visiting a dental hygienist should be an essential part of your dental routine because it is a key way to prevent gum disease. In the Western world more teeth are lost to gum disease than tooth decay. Unfortunately it is only when gum disease is very severe and pain develops, that people know there is anything wrong.
The good news is that a visit to a dental hygienist twice a year should guard against gum diseases. The dental hygienist specialises in preventive care with particular focus on preventing gum disease. The hygienist works closely with your dentists on the best approach to take.
THE SEVEN SIGNS
of periodontal disease
The gums are red and puffy.
Bleeding gums. Gums should never bleed, even when you brush vigorously or use dental floss. If your gums bleed, even sometimes, something is wrong.
Persistent bad breath. This can be a sign of gum disease. You may not notice it yourself.
Spaces that begin to appear between the teeth.
One or more teeth begin to loosen.
Receding gums. Periodontal disease causes the gums to shrink away from the crown of the tooth and exposes some of the root.
Vague aching or itching or other discomfort.
Periodontal disease is almost always painless in the early stages. Four out of five teenagers and adults have periodontal disease and don't know it. The good news is that most periodontal disease can be prevented, or if already started it can be treated. This is particularly true if it is recognised in its early stages.
Periodontal or gum disease is caused by plaque, a sticky, colourless film of bacteria, constantly forming on your teeth. These bacteria produce toxins that irritate the gums and damage teeth.
The earliest stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. This is a swelling of the gums that develops when plaque collects above and below the gumline. With proper oral care everyday and regular visits to your dental hygienist, gingivitis can be prevented or reversed because no permanent damage has occurred.
A severe form of gum disease
Left untreated, gingivitis may progress to a more severe form of gum disease called periodontitis. Common symptoms of periodontitis are red swollen gums that have started to pull away from the teeth, creating pockets.
Periodontitis damages the bone that supports the teeth. Once periodontitis develops, the damage cannot be reversed: only a professional treatment program and an improved level of daily oral care can keep it from getting worse.
OTHER PREVENTATIVE PROCEDURES WE OFFER
for good dental health
Fissure sealants are plastic coatings that are painted on to the grooves of the back teeth. The sealant forms a protective layer that keeps food and bacteria from getting stuck in the tiny grooves in the teeth and causing decay.
Fluoride varnish is a highly concentrated form offluoride which is applied to the tooth's surface, by a dentist, dental hygienist or other health care professional, as a type of topical fluoride therapy
Properly fitted mouthguards offer the best available protection to reduce the incidence and severity of sports-related dental injuries.
Oral Health Education
Tooth decay is the most common preventable chronic diseas. If left untreated, it can negatively affect a person’s physical and social development, Oral Health Education shows how dental services–including check-ups, x-rays, fluoride treatments, dental sealants, fillings, and more can benefit you and your family.
Oral Cancer Screening
Screening for oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancer may be done during a routine check-up by a dentist or medical doctor. The exam will include looking for lesions, including areas of leukoplakia (an abnormal white patch of cells) and erythroplakia (an abnormal red patch of cells)..