Good daily oral hygiene is key to keeping your teeth and gums healthy. We also strongly recommend visiting our dental hygienist for professional teeth cleaning at least every six months. At Kew Road Dental we regard dental hygiene appointments as an essential service. Our hygienist can remove the plaque and tartar which cannot be tackled at home, thus preventing the onset of gingivitis and gum disease. Our cleaning service is highly effective and involves the use of ultrasonic hand instruments and polishing. We can also advise you on the latest cleaning techniques and equipment available for you to use as part of your daily routine at home.
When plaque and tartar are not removed effectively the gums will become irritated and this can lead to inflammation (gingivitis). A common sign of this is bleeding during brushing and flossing. Gingivitis is very common but is also easy to treat. If it is not treated it can often result in a more severe form of disease known as periodontitis (gum disease) which can eventually involve bone loss. Periodontitis is the leading cause of tooth loss in the UK and for this reason it is very important to maintain healthy gums.
Your hygienist will be able to give you all the necessary guidance on how to keep your smile healthy, including dietary advice to help minimise tooth decay. During your appointment we will remove any plaque, check your gums and give your teeth a good polish, leaving them clean and shiny.
The ideal time between appointments is three months as this enables us to best monitor your teeth and gums, so giving you maximum dental care. In between visits to the hygienist we advise brushing your teeth at least twice daily and flossing after meals to keep your mouth healthy.
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