When it comes to preventive dental care, dental hygiene is at the forefront. Proper dental hygiene can prevent issues such as tooth decay and gum disease from ever arising, thereby preventing the need for intervention and restoration treatments such as fillings, crowns, root canal treatments and more.
Good dental hygiene is the bedrock of good oral health and can prevent the build-up of tartar, plaque, and bacteria which in turn can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease from forming.
Gum disease is extremely common and is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. It’s also easy to prevent with proper oral hygiene, and easily treatable, especially when caught in the early stages. It can cause bleeding gums, receding gums, discolouration of the gums so that they appear a dusky purple, and increased sensitivity.
In advanced cases, it can also cause a loose tooth and in turn, the loss of a tooth. Gum disease has also been linked to other health issues such as diabetes and heart disease, which is why it’s so important to prevent it from occurring with proper oral hygiene and frequent visits to the dental hygienist and dentist.
There are certain factors that could mean you’re at a higher risk of contracting gum disease. These include poor oral health and hygiene habits, smoking – including tobacco, marijuana, and vaping – vitamin C deficiency, hormonal changes from pregnancy, menopause etc, obesity, reduced immunity as a result of cancer treatment, HIV/AIDs, and leukaemia, diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, and Crohn’s disease, and simple genetics.
For proper oral care upkeep, we recommend the dental hygienist 1-2 times a year.
Our highly skilled, and very gentle dental hygienists will be able to give your teeth and mouth a thorough cleaning through the use of Airflow Tooth Polishing. This will gently and effectively remove the build-up of plaque and tartar as well as any superficial surface staining on the teeth. They will also perform an examination of the mouth, checking for signs of tooth decay and gum disease, and offer any advice on at-home care as needed.