Oral Hygiene (Supporting Treatments)

Oral Hygiene

Oral Hygiene before and after surgery

A hygienist will help to keep your gums and teeth healthy and has a variety of techniques to suit each patients particular needs. Most patients will require a general scale and a polish about every six months , while others may need more intense treatment more often. Doing that will improve your Oral Hygiene.

Your dentist will decide what you need, and will instruct the hygienist on the treatment. You will need to see the dentist before any treatment can be carried out.

A routine scale and polish will remove any hard calculus ( or tartar ) and this is done using hand instruments or a ultrasonic type instrument. Often both are used to do this. An ultrasonic scaler is a blunt tipped mechanical instrument which vibrates to remove the build up. It uses water to flush the debris away and to irrigate around the gum. After this the teeth are polished to remove stains.

An added treatment to lift stains from the tooth surface is an airflow polish. This is a machine which uses bicarbonate of soda and silica under pressure to remove more stubborn stains from the tooth surface and is particularly good for tobacco and beverage stains. It is beneficial before whitening to boost the start of the whitening process, and leaves your mouth feeling extremely clean .

Gingivitis is a common condition and is easily treated. It is caused by sticky plaque around the mouth especially around the gums and will cause the gums to become inflamed. They may bleed when brushing or eating hard foods such as apples. . It is reversible and the hygienist will advise you how to resolve it as part of your treatment .

Periodontal disease (gum disease) is more serious and requires longer treatment . It is caused by long term poor oral hygiene and can become painful when in an advanced stage. You may have bad breath , bleeding gums and perhaps slightly wobbly teeth as it progresses. In severe cases teeth may be lost .

There are different treatments depending on the severity and your dentist will assess this.

Surgical treatment involves moving the gum away from the tooth and cleaning under this and then careful replacement afterwards. This is carried out by the periodontist ( gum specialist) using local anaesthetic.

Non surgical is best described as a deep clean. It is a careful systematic removal of build up from below the gums and is often done using some local anaesthetic. You may need more than one appointment. Follow up appointments at regular intervals are essential to keep your mouth healthy .

At all appointments oral hygiene levels are assessed and any advice required is given. You may be asked to try using electric toothbrush. Also cleaning in between your teeth is vital for fresh breath and preventing gum disease. You may be shown how to do this and any difficulties you may have will be taken into account.

All of our dentists are registered with the GDC, while our treatment is all approved under BDA, GDC and UK standard guidelines. To find out more about any of the services we provide, and why we should be your first choice if you’re looking for a dentist to carry out dental implants, give us a call on 020 3434 2934.