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Dental Hygiene

Your dental hygiene is vital to your general health and your appearance.

At Loughton Dental Spa we believe that prevention is better than cure and we want to help you to keep a healthy and attractive smile.

 

At your hygiene appointments, our hygiene-skilled dentists will provide you with expert advice on the methods and products to use to help you make sure your teeth are really clean and your breath fresh, as well as monitor your baseline hygiene and gum status.

 

Your improved ‘at home’ oral hygiene routine will be enhanced by regular dental hygiene visits where we will use ultrasonic cleaning at a level to suit you, to reach places you can’t at home and hence notice any dental issues early and advise you.

We can provide a wide range of dental products including some that are not readily available on the high street such as GC tooth mousse which is an innovative product containing a milk protein with calcium and phosphate ions to protect the teeth, neutralise damaging plaque acids and to restore important minerals in your mouth, as well as reducing sensitivity and enhancing the natural flow of saliva.

We also sell a wide variety of interdental cleaning aids, specific use mouthwashes and childrens toothbrushes.

Our focus is on minimum intervention with maximum positive effect, with the aim to empower you to take responsibility in looking after your own dental health to prevent further invasive dental care in the future.

 

 

 

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Dental hygiene advice

Gum disease (also called periodontal disease or pyorrhoea) is an infection of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth. It is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Because gum disease is usually painless you may not know you have it.

Gum disease is common, affecting approximately 80% of the population.

The main cause of gum disease is bacteria found in dental plaque. We've all heard of plaque, but did you know it's a sticky film that constantly forms on the teeth? The bacteria within it create toxins that can irritate the gums causing them to become inflamed, red, swollen and bleed easily, particularly when brushing. This inflammation is known as gingivitis and can be resolved with effective oral hygiene and scaling.

 

Everyone has a different susceptibility to the bacteria in their mouths, factors that contribute to gum disease include ;

  • Smoking

  • Stress

  • Certain medical conditions such as diabetes

  • Certain medications

  • Genetic factors

  • Poor nutrition

  • Certain aspects of general health

 

However, in some cases and if left untreated the bacteria start to cause inflammation of the supporting tissues around the teeth and therefore gradually destroy the gum, bone and periodontal ligament which support the teeth. As the disease advances, the gums begin to pull away from the teeth causing gaps known as pockets. Plaque can fill these pockets and cause more damage as you cannot clean more than 3mm below the gum line. Scale (calculus or tartar) then forms in these pockets which attracts further plaque bacteria causing constant irritation leading to destruction of the periodontium (supporting tissues including bone) and eventually tooth loss.

In the very advanced stages of the disease the teeth become loose and shift around because of the widespread damage to the bone and ligaments holding the teeth in. Because of this your bite may shift and you may have difficulty chewing, your teeth may look "long" and if you wear a partial denture it may no longer fit.

The end result is loose teeth that can’t be saved and are eventually lost.

Be aware of the warning signs and take precautions.

 

What are the signs of gum disease and how can it be treated?

If you notice any of the following signs of gum disease, see your dentist immediately:

•Gums that bleed when you brush your teeth

•Red, swollen or tender gums

•Gums that have pulled away from the teeth

•Bad breath that doesn't go away

•Pus between your teeth and gums

•Loose teeth

•A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite

•A change in the fit of partial dentures

 

The main aim of treatment is to stabilise and prevent further damage as well as helping to improve your general health as there is increasing evidence to support the relationship of gum disease being a risk factor for;

  • Heart disease

  • Diabetes

  • Rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory diseases

  • A tooth with less bone around it can still function well as long as it is not at risk of losing further support.

 

The first stage of treatment for periodontitis is:

  • Oral hygiene instruction

  • Professional mechanical cleaning, above and below the gumline including smoothing any restorations which may be acting as plaque traps.

  • Reassessment when advised

  • For some cases of moderate or advanced periodontitis referral to a highly experienced, local periodontist (specialist) may be advised.

 

Everyone is interested to some degree in improving their smile, to create a brighter, fresher and whiter smile. Many, however think that their teeth are the way they are and that things can’t be changed - they usually can be, so please discuss your wishes with us!

 

Here are a few  examples of what we can do to give you a smile you can be proud of, a smile you deserve.

Tooth Whitening – using easy to wear trays and gels we can whiten teeth.

Cosmetic braces to give you a smile you can be confident with.

Tooth-coloured (composite material) bonding can be carried out for chipped teeth or to change their shape or close gaps – this can be done with minimal drilling and often without any injections.

Veneers or componeers can be used to disguise heavily discoloured and mis-shapen teeth.

Tooth coloured, metal-free fillings - old, leaking or decayed fillings can be replaced with new, tooth coloured, natural looking fillings.

Dental implants - to replace missing teeth without the need for adjustment of adjacent teeth.

Ceramic (porcelain), metal-free crowns can be used on worn or broken down or heavily – filled teeth to restore function with superior appearance.

Bridges - missing teeth can often be replaced without the need for dentures.

Cosmetic and natural looking dentures are available to replace missing teeth.

Periodontal treatment - we can help you to improve the health of your gums and hence keep your teeth for longer.

Maintenance - is very important to maintain the longevity of your improved smile. This involves regular cleans as advised by us, brushing teeth twice daily and cleaning between the teeth on a daily basis.

 

 

 

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Why the emphasis on gum health?