Whilst most people are aware of the consequences of tooth decay, fewer are aware of the risks that gum disease can bring. In fact, in the UK, gum disease is responsible for more tooth loss than dental decay.
The good news is that gum disease is preventable with diligent personal care and regular visits to see us here at Quarry Rise Dental Centre.
Our mouths contain many different types of bacteria, both good and bad, but even potentially bad bacteria is not a serious problem if good oral health care is practiced. Whilst some of this can be performed at home by careful brushing and flossing, periodic examination and treatment by a dental hygienist is also important to ensure that you do not suffer from the effects of gum disease.
The potential consequences of uncontrolled gum disease can range from sore or bleeding gums, halitosis or even bone loss which causes the teeth to become unstable and possibly fall out.
At Quarry Rise Dental Centre in Cheam, we recommend that patients see our dental hygienist on a regular basis. This helps to ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy for the years ahead.
The hygienist performs two key roles:
Education - The hygienist will take some time to discuss your oral health care. This may include how you brush your teeth and whether you floss, but also may discuss areas of your lifestyle such as diet and whether you smoke (as this increases the risk of gum disease). They may even suggest ways to improve your brushing and flossing techniques to make them more efficient.
Treatment - Whilst much gingival bacteria takes a soft sticky form, known as plaque, which can be brushed away; plaque which is not removed will eventually harden and attach itself to the teeth and gum line. When it does this, no amount of home dental care can remove it, and a professional clean is required.
Scale and polish
This treatment, known as a ‘scale and polish’ is performed by the hygienist who will remove the hardened plaque, known as tartar, from the teeth and gum line. This is not an uncomfortable procedure and there is no need for a local anaesthetic. Finally, your teeth will be cleaned using a high speed brush which removes any remaining deposits and also helps to remove surface staining from the teeth, making them feel and look nicer than before.
Regular visits to our dentists and hygienists, combined with good home oral health care, will certainly help you to have healthy teeth and gums for life.
Please call Quarry Rise Dental Centre on 020 8642 3739 to arrange an appointment with us.