The key to having healthy teeth and gums is to take good care of them, both at home and by visiting us regularly for check-ups and hygiene appointments.
Our hygiene appointments can make a big difference to your oral health. During these we give your teeth a professional deep clean including cleaning between them and below the gum line. This removes plaque, a constantly forming thin and sticky layer of bacteria which can irritate the gums and cause gum disease.
Initial symptoms of gum disease include bad breath and sore, swollen or bleeding gums. With treatment it can be controlled, but if left untreated it can eventually lead to tooth loss. Also, recent research has shown that uncontrolled gum disease is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, strokes, uncontrolled diabetes and other illnesses.
Unfortunately, hygiene appointments are not available on the NHS, only on a private basis. However, the benefits – fresh breath, healthy teeth, and potentially less risk of other health problems – are well worth the investment.