Routine Dental Hygiene

Routine treatment to maintain your oral health

Your oral health depends on your gums. Your dental hygienist is best placed to look after your gum health, preventing gum disease and removing any bacteria that could lead to tooth decay. Gum disease, if left untreated, can cause gums to recede and can be a contributing factor to tooth loss. As gum disease also has links to health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, keeping your gums as healthy as possible will help your overall health as well.

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Why do I need dental hygiene treatment?

  • Have you been told you have bad breath?
  • Do your gums bleed?
  • Are your teeth dirty and stained?
  • Do you have sensitive teeth?
  • Are you worried about oral cancer?

If you have answered yes to any of the above, let our team of highly qualified and hugely experienced hygienists help you maintain excellent oral health. We can offer a full range of treatments to clean your teeth, eradicate bad breath, cure or reduce your sensitivity issues and restore your swollen and bleeding gums to health.

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What is gum disease?

If plaque build-ups around the gum line aren’t removed, the gum tissues start to get inflamed. Swollen, red gums are the hallmark of the early stage of gum disease, gingivitis. The irritated gums bleed while brushing, making them vulnerable to the bacteria that are present in the mouth.

If gingivitis is left untreated and the tartar deposits are left at the gum line, the gums start to recede as a result. This leads to pockets developing between the gum and the tooth, exposing the sensitive and vulnerable tooth root. Once plaque and tartar build-up on the root, it’s much harder to remove. This part of gum disease is called periodontitis and isn’t reversible like the earlier stage. It can be managed by a dentist or periodontist through more extensive periodontal treatment.

What happens during a hygiene appointment?

During your dental hygiene appointment, we carry out a gum disease check. The symptoms of gum disease are mild, so it is often overlooked. If we can spot gum disease early, we can treat it before it worsens.

The main part of your hygiene appointment involves a routine scale and polish. This deep clean removes stubborn tartar from all the hard-to-reach areas. This is then followed by a professional polish, which leaves your teeth feeling smoother, cleaner, and brighter.

As well as a deep clean, we will advise you how to properly care for your teeth and gums. We can show you how to use interdental cleaning tools so you can keep up the hard work at home.

Oral cancer check

Cancer screening

Cases of oral cancer are very rare, but it is highly survivable if detected at an early stage. We provide cancer screening as a simple and painless five minute examination. All the dental professionals at Church Road Dental are trained to detect oral cancer and we routinely check for it at every visit you attend.

A good oral health routine is essential, so we recommend a check-up and hygiene appointment twice a year. You should floss or air-floss daily, and brush, ideally with an electric toothbrush, at least twice daily. In addition, the use of mouthwash is a great idea. Let us give you some tips and advice for great home oral health care at your next hygiene appointment.

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