Hygiene

Gums

Why is oral hygiene so important?

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, resulting in destruction of the underlying jawbone leading to loose teeth or loss of teeth.

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.

Introducing AIR–FLOW®

AIR-FLOW® is the leading teeth cleaning system which uses air, polishing powder and a gentle stream of water to rapidly remove surface stains and dental plaque which are impossible to remove with normal tooth brushing. This innovative non-invasive treatment gently removes staining, is kind to the tooth surface improves tooth brightness, giving you noticeably cleaner teeth.
More effective cleaning A powerful yet gentle jet of water, air and fine powder not only polishes all the surfaces of a tooth, removing plaque and stains, but also reaches deep into periodontal pockets.
Even deeper air polishing can be carried out below gum level using a PERIO-FLOW® extension nozzle and air flow polishing is completely safe to use with dental implants, veneers, crowns and bridges.

Specialist Treatments

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