Unfortunately, gum disease is very common in the UK, with 9 out of 10 people being affected at some point during their lives. Some of us have a propensity to develop gum disease more than others and this is sometimes despite having a good oral hygiene routine. Gum disease, even in its more serious stages, can be symptomless, which is one of the reason it is allowed to progress in many cases. Regular hygienist appointments are invaluable when it comes to preventing gum disease from developing into the need for tooth extractions and other serious treatment.
Regular hygienist cleaning as a preventative measure
Regular hygienist appointments are essential in preventing gum disease from developing. Your hygienist will remove tenacious staining in the form of plaque and tartar, substances that form from leftover food particles that become lodged within your teeth. Unfortunately, this type of staining cannot be removed through brushing alone, so regular cleaning once or twice a year should accompany dental appointments.
Your hygienist will also be able to identify any problems that you cannot detect at home in the mirror or that do not present any symptoms. The role of a hygienist is specifically related to gum health, whilst your dentist has a holistic approach to the health of your teeth.
Gum health and your overall health
What happens in your mouth has a profound effect on your overall health. If left untreated, plaque and tartar irritate and degrade gum tissue, which leads to periodontitis, an advanced form of gum disease. Health complications such as diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and arthritis can occur as a result of prolonged periodontitis, so regular cleanings are imperative in preserving long-term health.
Everybody has a unique tooth structure, which means their needs differ when it comes to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Your hygienist can advise you on the best type of brush for your teeth, brushing techniques and how often to visit the hygienist – this will vary from patient to patient, with some people being more susceptible to gum disease than others.
If you would like to book a hygienist appointment with us here at Corner House, please do not hesitate to contact us.