We have two experienced dental hygienists in our dental team. They play a pivotal role in our practice, advising patients on oral hygiene and the prevention of dental problems. We recommend patients visit the dental hygienist every six months for oral care.
Gum disease starts as gingivitis, which is the inflammation of the soft gum tissues supporting teeth attached to the jawbone. As the gingivitis progresses, periodontal disease develops in the underlying oral tissues.
Individuals may not notice symptoms of periodontal disease until it is quite advanced. Visits to the dental hygienist help identify gum inflammation and oral disease for treatment.
Bad breath is also called “halitosis” and is quite common. Those with bad breath may not realise they have the condition, but others they interact with may be aware of it. Our dental hygienists provide advice about bad breath, the causes and how to ensure fresh breath.
How Do You Get Bad Breath?
Poor Oral Care: Improper teeth cleaning, flossing or mouth rinsing may lead to excess bacterial growth, causing bad breath.
Smoking: Smoking causes dry mouth with tar and nicotine build-up in the mouth, which accentuates bad breath and discolours or stains teeth.
Diet: Certain food substances cause transient bad breath, such as garlic. Mouth rinses and mints help to remove the odour. Food debris trapped between teeth may cause smelly breath and be harmful to health.
How Do You Solve Bad Breath?
Correct Teeth Brushing and Flossing is a start; our dental hygienist shows patients the correct brushing and flossing technique to remove debris and bacterial growth. Tongue scrapers remove debris and bacteria from the tongue.
Professional Oral Cleansing; individuals may benefit from professional mouth cleaning with our dental hygienist, to ensure the mouth is free from inflammation, infection-causing bacteria and bad breath. Professional mouth cleaning enhances oral freshness and confidence.