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Dental Check-ups, Gum Disease and Hygienist Care

Dental Examination

Regular dental examinations help protect your oral health allowing for early intervention should any problems arise with your teeth or your gums.

During a routine dental examination one of our professional Dentists will discuss any questions or concerns you may have. You will then be consulted about any changes in your medical or social history so that your Dentist can tailor their advice to you.

The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends that everyone should have a dental check-up, with a dentist, every 3-12 months depending on individual patient requirements.

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Examination

Your Dentist will assess your jaw joints, muscles and salivary glands for any irregularities. A full examination of your mouth will be carried out, which includes oral cancer screening. An assessment of your teeth will be completed, evaluating your overall risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

At this consultation we will provide you with both your immediate and long term dental care options. Your immediate dental care may involve treatment that is required to make your mouth healthy again such as restorations, hygienist visits and other dental treatments.

Your long term dental care would be a tailor-made plan to minimise your individual dental risk in the future. This may involve annual dental examinations and hygienist appointments to ensure that your mouth is maintained in a healthy state with minimal risk.

X-rays

X-rays are taken at routine intervals to help assess for any signs of decay in-between the teeth or underneath any fillings. We also use an intra-oral digital scan and, if indicated, a CBCT scan to ensure all investigative methods are used on our patients. We provide all of this in-house to make sure nothing goes unnoticed.

Treatment Options

At your dental consultation, all of our patients are given options to consider with regards to making their mouth healthy again. In most cases, their are a few options that are available to our patients such as restorative material of choice, type of replacement tooth and number of dental visits required.

In cases of advanced dental care, we provide all of our patients with a comprehensive bespoke dental report which explain all of their treatment options in detail. This is given to the patient to take home and then we arrange another appointment to discuss the full report at an appointment approximately 1 week later. This ensures that you will be given enough time to read and understand the information before deciding on the most ideal solution for you. You can find more information on our bespoke dental reports by following this link.

Scale and polish

Where necessary, a scale may be carried out by your Dentist or hygienist to remove any calculus (tartar) that has built up on the teeth. It is important that calculus is removed regularly, as it can result in gum disease, bone loss and even tooth loss. Gum disease is an avoidable condition, so regular hygienist visits and a good oral hygiene routine can help prevent gum disease.  As calculus cannot be removed by brushing alone it is important that you attend regular hygiene visits to maintain your oral health.

Dental Hygienist - Professional Periodontal Cleaning

If you suffer from heavily stained teeth or gum disease, your Dentist may recommend a session with our Hygienist for a professional periodontal clean. Regular scaling of hard to reach areas by the Hygienist will significantly reduce the progression of gum disease. The Hygienist will also be able to remove any unwanted stains polishing each tooth to leave them feeling fresh and clean.

The aim of regular hygiene therapy is to keep your gums and teeth healthy. A dental Hygienist is specially trained in cleaning and scaling the teeth. As such they are a vital member of the dental team.

Gum Disease

Despite it being one of the world’s most wide-spread diseases, many patients are unaware they are affected. It is completely preventable and can be easily treated when diagnosed enough. Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria that collects at the gum line in the form of dental plaque. Therefore, plaque needs to be removed by brushing and cleaning between the teeth twice a day. If not properly cleaned, the gum starts to come away from the tooth, forming ‘pockets’ allowing the plaque to progresses down below the gum line. Over time, the bone that supports the teeth is destroyed, the gums shrink and eventually the teeth become loose and fall out.

Bacterial accumulation can result in these ‘pockets’ becoming deeper. This ultimately results in:

  • Gum Recession
  • Loose teeth
  • Infections/ Abscesses
  • Tooth loss

The dental Hygienist will be able to personalise your oral hygiene routine to suit your particular dental needs, giving you vital tips along the way. They will encourage and motivate you to look after and care for your teeth and gums.

If you have any questions regarding gum disease please contact us to have a complementary discussion with our treatment coordinator.

Do you have Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is usually pain-free (sometimes called ‘the silent disease’) and so you may be unaware of it until your Dentist or Hygienist checks for it. Here are some ‘red flags’ – symptoms you may notice that should raise concerns:

  • Bleeding gums when brushing or even whilst eating
  • Red, swollen gums
  • Bad breath
  • Spaces appearing between teeth
  • Loose teeth or teeth moving position in the mouth
  • Receding gums
  • Sensitivity to cold or hot foods and drinks

Oral Hygiene Advice

At Infinity Dental Clinic, we think prevention of gum disease and tooth decay are of vital importance. So we will provide appropriate oral hygiene and diet advice to help maintain healthy and beautiful teeth.

ORAL HYGIENE:

  • Brush twice a day for 2 minutes (morning and before bed) with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Children up to the age of 7 years should be assisted with their brushing.
  • Manual tooth brush: angle the bristles at 45̊ against the gum and gently sweep back and forth removing plaque. This should include inside and outside of the teeth, and the biting surfaces.
  • Electric tooth brush: angle the bristles towards the gum. Slowly rotate the toothbrush back and forth to get into the gaps between the teeth – do not scrub. Work your way around all surfaces of the teeth.
  • Floss or use Tepe brushes daily – for more information on technique ask our Hygienist, Melanie Joyce.

DIET:

  • Eat a balanced diet limiting sugary or acidic snacks between meals.
  • Avoid anything sugary or acidic for 1 hour before you go to bed and during the night – stick to water.
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Overview

Routine dental examinations help maintain your oral health and detect problems early.

Regular visits to the Hygienist will help keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy.

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