A hygienist can professionally clean your teeth above and below the gum, commonly known as scaling and polishing. Once plaque hardens, it becomes tartar. Tartar can only be removed by a hygienist, using specialist equipment.
Everyone should make regular visits to the hygienist.
Together with brushing and flossing properly, it’s one of the best ways you can try to avoid gum disease.
More than half of adults across the UK have gum disease, according to NHS estimates.
But many people don’t realise they have it.
If left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss as well as more serious medical conditions.
Gum disease has been linked to several major health problems including heart disease and strokes.
- Gums that bleed when you brush your teeth or floss
- Tender or puffy gums
- Pus from between the teeth and gums
- Gums that have pulled away from teeth leaving a pocket
- Finding chewing painful
- Sensitive teeth
- Loose teeth
- Bad breath
- Receding gums
- Gaps between teeth that were not there before
If you recognise any of these signs you should definitely make an appointment with our hygienist.
Our hygienists are passionate about helping patients to prevent gum disease and treating those who have it.
And they are committed to teaching our patients the best daily routines for their lifestyles.
Gum Disease Treatment
Did you know? Before the use of a toothbrush and toothpaste, people would use salt and chalk to whiten their teeth and remove the grime. We doubt it was very effective!