Prevention & Treatment of Gum Disease At Leiston Dental Care

Gum disease remains the leading cause of tooth loss in the U.K but is very much preventable and treatable. Our experienced team will professionally clean your teeth and gums, helping to prevent gum disease and actively treating any current symptoms, such as gum bleeding, gum tenderness or bad breath. 

Our hygiene services are also ideal for patients who want to keep their teeth fresh and clean in addition to check-ups and ‘at-home’ personal oral care. 

What Services Are Offered By A Hygienist?

Our hygienist will undertake a comprehensive examination at your first appointment, asking a wide range of questions to help better understand your lifestyle, symptoms, diet and more. This, in conjunction with notes from the dentist and dental x-rays, will help to create a full picture of your oral health in relation to your gums. 

After the initial examination and discussion our hygienist will:

  • Scale the teeth to remove plaque and tartar build-up, including areas underneath the gum line and between the teeth that you may not reach when you brush
  • Clean and polish the teeth to remove recent stains and to brighten them as much as possible
  • Provide bespoke advice on your individual needs, including recommendations on products, tools and techniques 

It is typical for patients to attend the hygienist at regular intervals. These are tailored to meet personal preferences, in addition to reflecting pocketing scores and risk of gum disease. Most patients would be advised to attend six monthly. More frequent attendance is beneficial where there is a higher risk or history of gum disease, particularly where there are additional risk factors such as family history, smoking or diabetes. Our Denplan packages are tailored to meet these requirements, whether that be annual, six-monthly or three-monthly hygiene visits. It is our genuine desire that you purchase and use oral healthcare products to prevent gum disease and dental decay. That is why we sell ALL oral healthcare products to our patients at near wholesale price. This includes electric toothbrushes and high fluoride Duraphat 2800 and 5000 toothpaste (prescription only medicine). The latter is of particular benefit in individuals with a high risk of dental decay and has been clinically proven to be over 40% more effective than other less concentrated fluoride toothpaste in preventing further decay.

Why Are Hygienist Services Important?

Our hygienist's primary goal is the prevention and treatment of gum disease. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the UK and by working hard to prevent it, you can help maintain a strong and healthy smile for life.

Severe gum disease (Periodontitis) is frequently a chronic condition, affecting around 30% of the population. It is characterised by loss of bone and tooth attachment that will occur at varying rates throughout life. Eventually, in some cases, this will lead to tooth loss. Genetic predisposition, smoking and Diabetes are major risk factors for severe gum disease. Treatment can completely halt progression of the disease but more often, will aim to slow it down to a point that is less likely to result in tooth loss. Regular maintenance reduces the presence of plaque and tartar, particularly at those difficult to clean sites, and will hopefully minimise the risk that gum disease will result in more serious outcomes, such as loss of bone, tooth mobility or eventual tooth loss.

In more severe cases, where response to treatment is poor, or if it is your personal preference, we will organise referral to a specialist periodontist (either Norfolk Dental Specialists, Norwich or Guildhall Dental Practice, Bury St-Edmunds). Periodontists have access to treatment options and expertise that ordinary dentists do not and offer the gold standard in treatment prognosis.

If you are looking for professional hygienist services in the Leiston area, please call the team at Leiston Dental Care on 01728 561873 to arrange your appointment.

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