Dental hygiene treatment includes a professional and gentle deep cleaning of your teeth, known as scaling and polishing. One of our most important roles is to teach you the best ways to keep your teeth free of plaque to prevent the risk of decay, gum disease and bad breath.
Bad breath is a common problem with many different causes, usually the gases released by the bacteria that coat your teeth and gums. Strong foods like garlic and onions can add to the problem, along with smoking and certain illnesses such as nasal and stomach conditions.
Food particles caught between the teeth and on the tongue can sometimes cause an unpleasant smell, whilst the build up of plaque also causes gum disease and dental decay. Correct and regular brushing is very important to keep your breath smelling fresh, as well as regular visits to your dentist and hygienist.
Your dentist plays an important role in screening for, and treating, gum disease, the swelling, soreness or infection of the tissues supporting the teeth known as gingivitis and periodontal disease.
With gingivitis the gums around the teeth become inflamed, making them very red and swollen, with a tendency to bleed when they are brushed or during eating. Left untreated gingivitis can eventually turn into periodontal disease. As the disease progresses the bone anchoring the teeth in the jaw is lost, making the teeth loose, which may eventually cause them to fall out.
Gum disease is caused by plaque, a film of bacteria which forms daily on the surface of the teeth and gums. To prevent gum disease, you need to ensure you remove all the plaque from your teeth every day by regular brushing and flossing.