Who is a dental hygienist?
The main focus of our dental hygientist is to care for our patients’ periodontal (gum) health. Therefore, their work is an important part of our patients care plans, which aims to eliminate periodontal (gum) disease and prevents recurrence of the disease.
What is periodontal disease?
Gum disease is described as swelling, soreness or infection of the tissues supporting the teeth. There are two main forms of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontitis.
Gingivitis means ‘inflammation of the gums’. This is when the gums around the teeth become very red and swollen. Often the swollen gums bleed when they are brushed during cleaning. Ultimately, long-standing gingivitis can turn into periodontitis (periodontal disease). There are a number of types of periodontal disease and they all affect the tissues supporting the teeth.
Why is periodontal health important?
If periodontitis (periodontal disease) is not treated in a timely way, the bone anchoring the affected teeth will be lost, making the those teeth loose. This will eventually lead to the loss of the affected teeth.
It is important to know that currently dental science has only very limited ability to recreate the bone that anchors a tooth. Generally speaking, once this bone is lost, it is lost forever. For this reason, prevention or early treatment will make a huge difference to the overall oral health of a paitent.
Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease and for this reason (in recent years) there is growing and overwhelming evidence that it has a secondary role in the development of more serious medical conditions like Heart Disease, Diabetes, Preterm Low Birth Weight . At the present time, there is also recent evidence of linking with increased risk of dementia.
What will your dental hygienist in central London do for me?
- Treatment of gingivitis (swollen gums) chiefly by scaling and polishing.
- Treatment of early to moderate periodontal disease (more advanced gum disease) by deep cleaning techniques.
- Diet advice that is suitable for your requirements and lifestyle.
- Oral hygiene advice that suits your needs so that you can carry out daily home care at an optimal level.
- Application of fluoride and other strengthening agents to the teeth.
- Removal of surface stains and unsightly marks from the surfaces of your teeth. As a result, making your smile bright.
What are the benefits of these treatments?
- Prevention of loss of teeth.
- Healthier oral environment allowing dental work to be carried out better and crucially making them last longer.
- Cleaner, fresher breath.
- Healthier, shinier smile.
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