Prevention is better than cure
There is no more appropriate a saying than in dentistry. Our first and major line of treatment in prevention is good oral hygiene. This is achieved by a dental hygienist. A dental hygienist is qualified in the treatment of periodontal disease ( gum disease). The qualification is gained by a two/three year diploma course. They then need to register with the General Dental Council. Once registered they have to continue to develop their professional knowledge by completing annual continuing professional development courses.
Nearly one in three UK adults suffers from some type of gum disease. This may range from simple bleeding gums to periodontitis. Periodontitis is the most serious form of this condition and is the leading cause of adult tooth loss.The problem reaches far beyond discomfort; bad breath can affect self image and lifestyle and the disease can loosen teeth and eventually lead to tooth loss. It is most likely due to inefficient tooth brushing and lack of cleaning between the teeth.
Peridontal disease is caused by stagnating bacteria and food debris around teeth and gums. This is called plaque and if not removed can calcify to form tartar. As a natural defence, your body attempts to deal with the bacteria by sending infection fighting white blood cells to the sight of inflammation. The blood cells release enzymes which are responsible for the destruction of the tissues that support the and surround the tooth. Periodontal disease can also affect a persons general health with recent studies linking the bacteria that cause periodontal disease with heart disease.
Your teeth contribute to your appearance and self esteem so it is important to maintain a healthy mouth and to keep your own teeth.
At your hygiene appointment, our hygienist will:
- Check your medical history
- Enquire what your oral hygiene routine is
- Work with you to help you understand what is happening in your mouth.
- Assess in detail any areas where gum pockets may be developing
- Give advice and show you what you can do to remedy the situation
- Do remedial cleaning to allow you to start a new home care routine
Sue is our hygienist here at Hythe Dental Care and her training and development is monitored and appraised in line with patient needs.