Oral Health and Hygiene Therapy
Healthy gums are a vital factor for an attractive, appealing smile. Sadly, far too often, beautiful teeth are let down by the presence of reddened, swollen gums which bleed easily. This is gum disease which can lead to a loss of bone around the teeth and eventually loose, uncomfortable teeth.
We endeavour to create a teamwork approach between yourselves, your hygienist and your dentist to establish good awareness of gum health and to optimize the management of your own oral hygiene in conjunction with regular professional treatment.
Gum disease can be avoided if an adequate understanding of the causes and the prevention of gum disease leads to a sound action plan for the care of your mouth. 90% of this care is done by you at home.
Many patients don't recognise the early signs of gum disease. These include:
- Bleeding gums
- Reddened, puffy gums
- Halitosis and bad taste
- Loose teeth
If you are concerned about your Oral Health, please ask us at your next appointment.
Smoking and your Oral Health
The effects of smoking on your oral health are frequently overlooked. Most people are now aware that smoking is bad for our health. It can cause many different medical problems and, in some cases, fatal diseases. However, many people don't realise the damage that smoking does to their mouth, gums and teeth.
One of the effects of smoking is staining on the teeth due to the nicotine and tar content. It can make the teeth yellow in a very short time, and heavy smokers often complain that their teeth are almost brown after years of smoking.
Smoking can also lead to gum disease. Patients who smoke are more likely to produce bacterial plaque, which leads to gum disease. The gums are affected because smoking causes a lack of oxygen in the bloodstream, so the infected gums fail to heal. Smoking causes people to have more dental plaque and for gum disease to progress more rapidly than in non-smokers. Gum disease still remains the most common cause of tooth loss in adults.
Most people know that smoking can cause lung and throat cancer, but many people are still unaware that it is one of the main causes of mouth cancer too. Every year thousands of people die from mouth cancer brought on by smoking.
It is important to have a regular examination to make sure that your teeth and gums and whole mouth are healthy.
Your dentist will also examine your cheeks, tongue and throat for any signs of other conditions that may need more investigation.
They may also be able to put you in touch with organisations and self- help groups who will have the latest information to help you stop smoking.