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Hygienist – Preventing and stabilising dental gum problems

Did you know that since May 2013 “Direct Access” is now in effect? This means that even if you have your own dentist, you can book directly in to see our Hygienist!

Not only for cosmetic purposes, the hygienist is the key in the prevention of dental problems, especially Gingivitis (inflamed/bleeding gums) and Periodontitis (gum disease, receding gums, and loose teeth).

Periodontal disease is the Number One cause of tooth loss amongst adults. Both adults and children should be routinely checked for gum disease.

Hygienists can show you how to keep your teeth and gums plaque free and hence, healthy. They will carefully remove deposits that build up on teeth (tartar), and teaching you how to prevent it reforming again, will go a long way to slowing the progress of gum problems.

Good Dental Hygiene is vital to keeping gum problems at bay.

What Causes gum disease?

The build up of plaque on the teeth is the cause. Plaque constantly forms on your teeth and harbours bacteria. If the plaque is not removed it can turn into a harder substance called calculus or tartar, which build up more plaque making it harder to clean. This will result in damage to the gum attachment of your teeth. Tartar can only be removed by a dentist or hygienist.


Gum disease is often painless, but may also cause bleeding, red, swollen or tender gums. Other symptoms include loose teeth, an unpleasant taste in the mouth or bad breath. Regular dental check-ups are importance because, although you might not notice any symptoms of gum disease, your dentist will.

Who gets gum disease?

Anyone can get gum disease, but some people have a greater risk. If you smoke or use tobacco, you’re more likely to suffer from gum disease or to experience the more severe forms of it. Smokers have been found to heal more slowly after treatment.
Diabetics and people under stress or with other medical conditions can also be at higher risk of gum disease.

Your Treatment

Gum Disease is not curable, but it is treatable
Your specific treatment will depend on how advanced the gum disease is, but will involve removing plaque and tartar from above and below the gum. Complications can arise from treatment, resulting in sensitivity, incomplete healing and rarely, a gum abscess. Your dentist will discuss your treatment and any risks with you.

Keeping your gums in shape

Healthy gums don’t bleed. It is essential that you work with our hygiene team at home as well as in the practice to maintain a healthy mouth. If you don’t do the essential daily brushing and flossing, the problem will remain active.
Our hygienists can also provide dietary advice to keep your teeth healthier for longer. They will also recommend the best oral care products for you and we have a comprehensive range for you to purchase at the practice should you wish to do so.

You don’t need to be registered at this practice or see a dentist prior to seeing our lovely Hygienists. If you wish to book an appointment, please contact our team on 01323 720094
Please note, whilst we can provide you Direct Access to Hygiene treatment, we do still recommend regular Dental Examinations with a Dentist to ensure that your smile stays healthy!

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