Hygiene

Gums

Periodontal Disease (‘gum disease’) is the major cause of tooth loss in adults today. It occurs when the gum loses attachment with the tooth and a pocket is formed between the tooth and gum. This pocket fills with debris and can result in destruction of the underlying jawbone leading to loose teeth and ultimately loss of teeth.

The most effective way to diagnose Periodontal Disease is with the use of x-rays, and direct measurements of the gum attachment to the teeth with a special probe.

Here at the Southernhay Dental Practice, all patients are screened, using x-rays, to check their periodontal condition and their bone levels. We will discuss the results of your x-rays with you and draw up a treatment plan that suits your dental requirements. If you require periodontal treatment, we will refer you to one of our team of dedicated hygienists.

We have two full time surgeries running by our dedicated team of excellent hygienists, who are kind, caring and gentle dental care professionals with many years’ experience. They will remove debris from around your teeth and from under your gums to allow the gums to re-attach to the tooth. They will show you more efficient methods of cleaning your teeth and monitor your periodontal condition on a regular basis.

Regular visits to the hygienist will keep your gums healthy, reduce your pockets if you have periodontal disease, and help maintain a clean and healthy smile. Our hygienists also offer tooth-brushing instruction and dietary advice to both children and adults to help reduce cavities.

You may see the Hygienist without having to see a Dentist first –this is called Direct Access.

Specialist Treatments

If you need specialist treatment then we are extremely fortunate to have a very healthy working relationship with Specialist Paul Renton-Harper. Why be treated in a Specialist Practice?

Many dentists can justifiably claim to have a “special interest in periodontics”, but only those who have undergone extensive additional training are entitled to use the term “specialist in periodontics”.

In the UK registration is controlled by the General Dental Council (GDC) and specialists can be clearly identified on their lists. A description of the various specialities recognised by the GDC can be found here and more information on Paul Renton-Harper can be found here.

Our top tips for maintaining healthy teeth and gums:

  • Use a soft toothbrush – ideally an electric one – with rounded bristles
  • Replace your toothbrush (or the head if using an electric) every three to four months
  • Brush twice daily
  • Use toothpaste with fluoride
  • Floss daily
  • Avoid tobacco products
  • Avoid excessive alcohol use

For more information, please call 01392 202242. Our friendly and knowledgeable team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.