A healthy mouth every 3-6 months
Regular hygiene appointments to clean and polish your teeth are the cornerstones of any great smile and foundations of oral health. At our cosmetic dentistry clinic, we have a dental hygienist in office to clean teeth, improve gum health and help you to maintain a healthier mouth.
More adults lose their teeth every year as a result of gum (periodontal) disease than from any other cause. Thankfully gum or jaw bone disease is preventable, and if already present, manageable. With regularly scheduled checkups and cleanings your mouth can remain healthy and free from gum disease.
A Dental Hygienist is a registered professional who is specifically trained in the prevention and treatment of gum disease and an absolute integral part of the preventive dental team at Sydney Dental Aesthetics and Implants
At Sydney Dental Aesthetics and Implants we recommend you visit us every 6 months for regular cleaning. If you have been diagnosed with gum or jaw bone disease or are considered at risk we feel you should come in once every three months to ensure optimum health for your gums.
During your Hygiene Appointment, the Dental Hygienist will:
- Make an initial assessment of your gums and jaw bone health to evaluate the current condition
- Provide professional scaling which entails the removal of calculus, plaque and bacteria responsible for gum or jaw-bone disease
- Complete comprehensive polishing to remove unsightly stains in order to give you a fresher and healthier looking smile.
- Apply fluoride solutions to prevent decay
- Take periodic x-rays to establish the condition of pre existing restorations and assess and monitor gum health
- Demonstrate individual and personalized oral hygiene techniques most suitable for you to keep your teeth and gums in optimal health.
- Provide dietary advice relating to the prevention of oral conditions.
Understanding Gum Disease
The leading cause of tooth loss in adults 30-years or older
- Gingivitis – The build up of tartar and plaque leads to inflammation and is known commonly as gingivitis. If you aren’t flossing or brushing your teeth regularly or correctly you might notice swelling and a puffy redness. Removing all the plaque and tartar from your teeth, and keeping it off can cure gingivitis.
- Periodontitis – A disease of the gums and the deeper supporting tissues of the teeth. It usually results from chronic gingivitis that is left untreated. When the inflammation gets into the supporting bone, it irreversibly damages the bone in the area. As the bone resorbs or shrinks away, teeth may become sore and/or loose, resulting in tooth loss. Bone loss caused by periodontitis is not reversible; the bone will never grow back. Once you have the onset of periodontitis, it takes careful monitoring, diligent home care and thorough hygiene therapy to ensure it has ceased and doesn’t progress.
With regular visits we can plan a series of treatments to slow down the process and prevent early tooth loss. In many cases we can successfully stop further deterioration to the gum tissues enabling you to hold onto your teeth longer.