Our dentists and dental therapists can diagnose and treat conditions related to your gums and teeth, but they can also look at the overall aesthetics of your smile and ensure your mouth is functioning and looking as best as it can. They can replace missing teeth and restore the damaged ones. Dental hygienists, on the other hand, focus on gum disease and its treatment.
By descaling teeth and removing any plaque and tartar (especially in those hard-to-reach areas), they help to prevent infection or inflammation in the soft tissues surrounding your teeth, which can lead to gum recession, loss of bone around the teeth, bad breath, and if untreated the loss of teeth. Our dentists, dental therapists and dental hygienists play a vital role together to ensure you have healthy and beautiful teeth and gums.
Prevention is always better than a cure, therefore a regular session for professional cleaning of your teeth with a hygienist will ensure your gums stay healthy. Gum disease is a bacterial infection established in the gum pockets surrounding your teeth. The bacterial depositions are a part of a soft layer of plaque that normally forms on your teeth within a few hours after you have brushed them. It also finds its way into the shallow gum pockets that are normally present in the interface between the teeth and healthy gums. If this thin film of soft bacterial deposition is not removed regularly by thorough brushing and flossing between the teeth it then becomes thicker, calcified and solidly attached to the surfaces of the teeth (tartar or calculus) and as such it will become impossible for you to remove it by your normal brushing and flossing. It will, at that stage, cause inflammation (gingivitis) in the gums and as a first sign of the disease your gums can look red, swell up and can start to bleed when you brush them or floss between them. They may also become sore to touch. If this calcified bacterial deposition or tartar is not removed immediately or regularly by a dental professional, such as a hygienist, it will cause the formation of deeper gum pockets around your teeth, permanent loss of bone and gum tissues around your teeth ( Periodontitis) and in the longer term the premature loss of the teeth.
Your teeth will instantly feel much cleaner and healthier, and may look much brighter following the hygienist treatment. Dental hygienists can also apply special sealants to the chewing surfaces of the teeth in addition to fluoride gels with the aim of preventing dental decay, if required.
A hygienist may discuss any dietary issues that can cause concerns for the health of your gums and teeth, and will show you better brushing and flossing techniques. It is also advisable that you visit the hygienist for a thorough scale and polish before considering any teeth whitening options. This is to ensure the whitening will be as effective as possible.
You may wish to consider our Air Flow treatment, which isn’t teeth whitening, but it involves the use of water jets, air, and sodium bicarbonate to thoroughly clean teeth to restore their natural color. This works effectively in removing staining from tea, coffee, red wine, and tobacco, etc.
You should get your teeth professionally cleaned every six months, or more frequently if you already show signs of gum disease. Call today to book an appointment with one of our hygienists.