Regular hygiene visits are important for the maintenance of good oral hygiene and the prevention of dental problems such as decay and periodontal (gum) disease. Depending on your individual needs, it is recommended that most people have hygiene appointments every six months. An examination is usually incorporated into a >hygiene appointment, so that your mouth is checked and your teeth cleaned in one convenient appointment.
During a hygiene appointment at Dental at Joondalup, Dr Chandra will thoroughly clean the teeth of plaque, calculus (hardened plaque or ‘tartar’), and remove surface staining. Gums will be checked for gingivitis or periodontitis (gum disease), and the mouth checked for signs of other diseases such as oral cancer.
Dr Chandra will also work with you to show you how to most effectively clean your teeth, and may give you advice on which dental products to use to make your job easier and more effective. They may also recommend some diet or lifestyle changes to help maintain good oral health.
Detection of a problem does not always mean that dental treatment is needed – the solution may be as simple as a change in daily cleaning procedures, or the use of professionally recommended products to control areas that have very early decay or are at greater risk of decay.
The word periodontal means “around the tooth”. Periodontal disease attacks the gums and the bone that support the teeth. Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don’t even know it! This can happen because the disease is usually painless in the early stages. However, even though it is painless, even minor periodontal disease should not be ignored.
Signs and symptoms of periodontal disease:
- Bleeding gums – Gums should never bleed, even when you brush vigorously or use dental floss.
- Loose teeth – Loose teeth are caused by bone loss or weakened periodontal fibers (fibers that support the tooth to the bone), both of which can be caused by gum disease.
- New spacing between teeth – This is a sign of bone loss.
- Persistent bad breath – Bad breath may be a sign that you have an excess of harmful bacteria in the mouth.
- Pus around the teeth and gums – This definitely suggests that there is an infection present.
- Receding gums – As your gums become stressed and damaged, they will recede from around a tooth and leave it loose and vulnerable.
- Red and puffy gums – Gums should never be red or swollen.
- Tenderness or Discomfort – The high levels of plaque, tartar, and bacteria associated with periodontal disease irritate the gums and teeth.
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Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Warning: not everyone may be suitable for this treatment and any oral appliance carries risks of treatment.