What is a dental hygienist?
Dental hygienists are specially trained to work with the dentist to give care to patients. Their main area of work is to professionally clean patient’s teeth. Regular professional cleaning, combined with looking after your teeth and gums at home, will help keep your mouth healthy and prevent problems occurring in the first place. A clean and healthy mouth will improve your appearance, help you to keep your teeth and give you fresh breath. We encourage regular visits with the hygienist which can prevent the onset of gum disease.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease describes swelling, soreness or infection of the tissues surrounding the teeth. There are two main forms of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontal disease.
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. This is reversible.
Long-standing gingivitis can turn into periodontal disease. It is the leading cause of tooth loss. There are a number of types of periodontal disease and they all affect the tissues supporting the teeth. As the disease gets worse the bone anchoring the teeth in the jaw is lost, making the teeth loose. If this is not treated, the teeth may eventually fall out.
Air Polishing is a dental hygienist treatment that quickly and effectively removes unwanted stains. The procedure utilises a fine jet of compressed air, water and fine powder particles to gently and completely remove staining caused by tea, coffee, red wine and tobacco. Air Polishing has many advantages, none more so than the fact that it is a gentle procedure that greatly reduces discomfort to those suffering from sensitive teeth.