Dental hygiene appointments with our dentists help maintain a healthy mouth, avoiding problems such as decay and gum disease (the biggest cause of tooth loss in adults).
On-going research suggests there are links between gum disease and a range of medical conditions, including heart disease and diabetes. This is in addition to tooth loss which can occur in the later stages of gum disease.
Gum disease often goes unnoticed because it is generally painless, but over time it can cause lasting damage. With a good oral healthcare routine and regular visits to the dentist its progress can be significantly slowed down or even stopped.
Giving your teeth a professional clean
Gum disease is caused by plaque – a film of sticky bacteria that is constantly forming on your teeth. The fact that the plaque is always there makes it a constant battle to ensure that it doesn’t lead to gum disease.
During your hygiene appointment your teeth will be cleaned professionally. The dentist will gently remove any plaque from your teeth, together with calculus, which is a hardened form of plaque. They will also give your teeth a polish, making them feel fresh and clean and making it more difficult for the plaque to stick to them.
Our air-polishing system shoots compressed air, water and particles of sodium bicarbonate to remove stubborn stains and further polishes the teeth. This is especially useful in cleaning areas difficult to access, especially between the teeth. This will leave you with a stain-free and whiter smile.
Oral health advice
To make sure your mouth is kept as healthy as possible, your dentist can guide you through the correct techniques of brushing, flossing and tongue cleaning. As part of this oral hygiene programme we can also advise you on the best way towards achieving fresher breath and gaining that confident feeling.
We stock all the necessary oral hygiene products that you may need – toothbrushes, mouthwash, floss, interdental brushes and tongue scrapers.
Here are 4 golden rules for good oral health:
Brush for at least two minutes twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste
Clean between your teeth daily
Cut down on how often you eat or drink sugary foods and drinks
Visit us for regular hygiene appointments
For more information or to book an appointment at our practice in Leek, please call us on01538 371003.