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Hygiene Treatments

Good dental and oral hygiene helps to: 

Prevent the formation of plaque, which is the sticky film of bacteria that forms on the hard surfaces of teeth. This can lead to further dental and oral problems, such as tooth decay, tartar, gingivitis and periodontitis (gum disease). It improves your quality of life by preserving speech and eating functions, as teeth will last longer and one can avoid the embarrassment of bad breath or missing or unsightly teeth. Regular Hygiene visits with our Hygienist Kristina Jankauskaite is important if you wish to maintain good oral hygiene.

The symptoms of bad oral hygiene are:

  • Bleeding or painful gums. 
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Yellow or brown deposits on teeth.
  • Loose teeth and widening gaps between teeth. 

This can lead to Tooth decay, dental caries, cavities, gum irritation and bad breath - As a result of improper oral hygiene, plaque accumulates on the hard surfaces of teeth; when you eat, the bacteria use the sugar and starch from your food to release acid. This acid corrodes the tooth enamel over time and results inholes or cavities in the tooth as well as irritating the gums, resulting in bleeding, which leads to bad breath. The cavities are usually cleaned and refilled with an inert material by the dentists to retain and restore the teeth as well as protect them from further tooth decay. If left untreated, it can result in loss of entire teeth.

Tartar or calculus - Constant accumulation of plaque as a result of irregular brushing and flossing results in the hardening of plaque into a yellow or brown mineral deposit called tartar or calculus. As a result of its crusty and rough surface, teeth then become ideal locations for further plaque growth. Tartar leads to gum disease when it is formed below the gumline.  Gingivitis - This is the initial stage of gum disease and is characterized by; Inflammation of the gums and painless bleeding during brushing and flossing. If treated with adequate dental care, it is reversible. If ignored, it can lead to a more serious and advanced form of gum disease called periodontitis.  Periodontitis - This is advanced gum disease, which leads to the destruction of structures supporting the teeth, including the bone; this causes the loosening of teeth, requiring their removal as a result. The signs of the condition are red, swollen, bleeding gums that shrink away from the teeth. The resulting widening spaces between the teeth and exposed root surfaces are highly vulnerable to decay.

Prevention

For more information on the correct ways of brushing teeth and eating healthier -see Brushing Teeth & Healthy Eating To keep your teeth in the best shape possible please ensure that you have:

  • Regular visits to the dentist – at least every six months to monitor dental and oral health.
  • Regular professional dental cleaning – fluoride treatments, sealant application and scaling to help to scrape off the hardened plaque (tartar).
  • Diagnostic services – go for X-ray imaging and oral cancer screening.
  • Treatment services - fillings, crowns and bridges to restore and retain teeth.