Our Dental Hygienists help keep your teeth and gums healthy by a thorough cleaning. They will also provide expert advice on your daily cleaning routine at home, a crucial part of your oral health care. Regular visits with the hygienist will ensure that hidden and difficult to reach plaque (soft deposits) and tartar (hard deposits) is removed from your teeth.
Bad breath is a very common problem and there are many different causes. Persistent bad breath is usually caused by the smelly gases released by the bacteria that coat your teeth and gums. Smoking is also one of the main causes of bad breath, along with certain illnesses such as nasal and stomach conditions.
Bits of food that get caught between the teeth and on the tongue will rot and can sometimes cause an unpleasant smell. So correct and regular brushing is very important to keep your breath smelling fresh.
The bacteria on our teeth and gums (plaque) also cause gum disease and dental decay. If you see your dentist regularly this will not only help prevent bad breath but will also let the dentist look for and treat these problems.
Gum disease describes swelling, soreness or infection of the tissues supporting the teeth. There are two main forms of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontal disease.
Gingivitis is reversible but means inflammation of the gums. This is when the gums around the teeth become very red and swollen. Often the swollen gums bleed when they are brushed during cleaning.
Long-standing gingivitis can turn into periodontal disease. There are a number of types of periodontal disease and they all affect the tissues supporting the teeth. As the disease gets worse, the bone anchoring the teeth in the jaw is lost, making the teeth loose. If this is not treated, the teeth may become mobile and need to be extracted.
All gum diseases are caused by plaque. Plaque is a film of bacteria which forms on the surface of the teeth and gums every day. Many of the bacteria in plaque are completely harmless, but there are some that have been shown to be the main cause of gum disease. To prevent and treat gum disease, you need to make sure you remove all the plaque from your teeth every day. This is done by brushing and interdental cleaning.
Unfortunately, gum disease progresses painlessly on the whole so that you do not notice the damage it is doing. However, the bacteria are sometimes more active and this makes your gums sore. This can lead to gum abscesses, and pus may ooze from around the teeth. Over a number of years, the bone supporting the teeth can be lost. If the disease is left untreated for a long time, treatment can become more difficult and may need to be extracted.
The first sign is blood on the toothbrush or in the sink when you clean your teeth. Your gums may also bleed when you are eating, leaving a bad taste in your mouth. Your breath may also become unpleasant.
Our dental hygienist will be happy to provide specific advice on:
Book in now for a Comprehensive Gum Assessment with a Dentist or directly with the Dental Hygienist.
As an upgrade to a scale and polish, we offer Airflow cleaning which removes stains and discolouration, caused by drinking red wine, tea and coffee and smoking. Airflow uses a machine to clean and polish teeth with a combination of water, compressed air and fine powder particles. It’s a cheaper alternative to professional teeth whitening.
By making a hygienist visit part of your dental care regime you can stay one step ahead and avoid becoming one of the 19 out of every 20 people who will suffer from gum disease (the number one cause of tooth loss in adults) during their life.
“For many years but have never been entirely confident with the service and treatment and have changed dental practices a number of times until I was recommended to change to Uma Madhav. I have used Uma for a number of years now and couldn’t be happier with the service and treatment that I have received. My check-ups are very thorough and thanks to Uma’s advice on how to take care of my teeth I haven’t needed any more serious treatment.I will stay with this practice and, as I have said to Uma, I would rather visit the dentist now than the doctor!”
From V. Bowyer
“I’m a bit of a chicken when it comes to the dentist but I’ve found a great hygienist here in Natasha who has a professional and warm approach which made all the difference. Thoroughly recommended. Thank you very much.”
From Simon Parrish
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