Dental Hygiene Treatments
Dental hygiene appointments include all treatments that are provided by our dental hygienists. This includes baseline gum pocket measurements, teeth and gum disinfection to treat gingivitis, polishing and stain removal, teeth whitening, advice related to gum health and pH testing systems to reduce decay risk.
Dental hygienists focus on preventative care to maintain optimal gum, bone and teeth health. However, it is important to note that bacteria in the mouth affects our whole body due to its close proximity to the blood vessels in the mouth, which means you can never be truly healthy with infected gums. We recommend visiting your hygienist at least every 6 months for professional plaque removal and overall mouth disinfection.
What to expect at your first hygiene visit?
The first visit is crucial in ensuring appropriate treatment is selected. This visit depends closely on listening to your needs, medical, familial, nutritional and dental history correlating this with the physical findings and arranging further investigation if needed.
A periodontal chart will be performed, this is a detailed recording of your gum and bone levels around your teeth. This is used to assess your treatment needs and long term oral health. We then link in the clinical findings with the information discussed in the initial conversation including your photographic records to determine the course of treatment required and provide advice & instruction on how to manage your gum infection.
During every hygiene visit, plaque and calculus (tartar) build up is removed from your teeth both above and below the gum line. At home tooth brushing cannot remove this calculus and overtime the build-up leads to gingivitis (inflammation of the gums). Advanced gingivitis (periodontitis) leads to bone loss and further complications, which can be prevented by following a carefully tailored periodontal management program. In the presence of more complex disease issues, your hygienist will recommend a program to treat your specific issues, this may require multiple visits.
Your hygienist will work with you to guide and educate you on ways to improve your oral health. Many dental diseases are preventable and your oral health can affect your overall health. Finally, it’s worth noting that gum disease generally only causes pain when it is very advanced. Early diagnosis is the key.
Hygiene treatment techniques
By using the latest techniques to diagnose the level of gum infection present, we can develop a specific treatment plan to prevent its progress. They include the following: