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General Dentistry

Hygiene and Gum Health

We take the health of your gums very seriously. Debbie or Barbara will professionally clean your teeth with special equipment to clean around and under the gum margins.

An important role of the hygienist is to show you how to look after your mouth, teeth, and especially your gums so they remain healthy and free of plaque, calculus (tartar) and tooth decay.

You will be shown the best tooth brushing techniques and the best way to clean between your teeth.

As the T.V ad states you would not ignore blood coming from another part of your body. The hygienist helps to treat gum disease and bad breath, which incidentally can be a sign of impending gum problems.

Gum Disease

Gingivitis, a common form of gum disease, is a condition whereby gums become red, swollen and bleed easily. This condition can be reversed by daily removal of plaque and regular professional cleaning. If left untreated, this can lead to periodontitis and eventual tooth loss. With periodontitis, a pocket forms around the teeth and the gums separate from them, the tissue that anchors the teeth becomes inflamed and a slight amount of bone loss occurs. If this process is allowed to go untreated, the pockets deepen, the gums recede and the teeth can move and loosen. In severe cases, pus may form in very deep pockets in the gums, advanced bone loss may occur leading to extreme loosening of the teeth which may then fall out.

Severe periodontitis is characterised by very deep pockets, pus may form in the gums, and advanced bone loss occurs leading to severe loosening of the teeth, which may even fall out.