Periodontal treatment: maintaining the condition of your teeth

 

Scale and Polish

 

What is a scale and polish?? A scale and polish cleans your teeth thoroughly. As soon as you stop brushing bacteria build up in your mouth to form plaque. Over time plaque hardens on your teeth to form calculus which cannot be removed by normal brushing. Instead it will need scaling off by a dentist or hygienist.

 

Most staining on your teeth can be removed by polishing; this can give your teeth a whiter, cleaner appearance.

 

The scaling simply removes the calculus in the places you cannot reach with a normal toothbrush above and below the gum line. There are two ways in which we will scale your teeth, using a hand scaler or an ultrasonic scaler (vibrating scaler that releases water which we will suck out of your mouth). Quite often both techniques are used.

 

What are the numbers the hygienist is calling out?? When you hear the hygienist calling out numbers she is measuring the pockets under your gums. These pockets around each tooth are where food and plaque can build up.

 

Measuring them is a simple examination she will do, around every six months, to monitor any problems you are having with your gums. By keeping a record of how deep the pockets are around your teeth she can identify problems before it is too late to rectify them and it allows her to determine which areas need more attention from herself in the surgery and you at home.

 

I’ve been told I have gum disease!! Gum disease or gingivitis is really another term for inflammation or redness of the gum tissues. This could be caused because you have difficulty cleaning a specific area and it has become swollen and bleeds. It can also be caused by smoking and drinking, drugs or medicines you may be taking, diabetes, and other illnesses or even hormonal changes.

 

Early stages of gum disease can be reversed by a regular scale and polish by the hygienist and by a good, thorough oral hygiene regime. By spending a little bit of extra time on the specific area with your brushing and inter dental cleaning e.g. floss, tepes or flossers, you can prevent the gum disease turning into periodontitis.

 

What is periodontitis?? If gum disease is left untreated then it will turn into periodontitis. This is where some of the bone that supports the tooth is lost and the tooth becomes loose. Periodontitis is irreversible and depending on the amount of bone loss the tooth may need to be lost. However, if caught in the earlier stages good oral hygiene can prevent it worsening and halt any future problems

 

If you have periodontitis then we normally recommend a longer periodontal appointment with us. This is where we give your teeth and gums a deep, thorough clean to remove all the bacteria and calculus above and below the gums. With a few periodontal appointments and some oral hygiene advice you can do at home we can have your teeth feeling like new and stop any further problems arising.

 

If you suffer from heart conditions, your medical status can be compromised if suffering from untreated periodontitis.

 

Is there a link between my teeth and my bad breath?? Yes, it is possible. By attending regular scale and polish appointments with the hygienist she can keep on top of your oral hygiene and notice any problems that are occurring. She can also give you tips on ways to improve the way you clean your teeth and mouth that you may not of thought of that can stop bad breath. It may be a new technique for you to try that means you are not embarrassed to talk to people anymore.

 

Be pampered!! So why not make an appointment today to see our hygienist. Even if you feel you know how to clean your teeth just come and have your mouth pampered, you will feel great!! And what’s more the hygienist not only offers a scale and polish, periodontal treatment and fresh breath tips but can help with any sensitivity issues you may have by doing fluoride applications.

Ozone therapy

 

Ozone is a way of keeping bacterial growth down. It also promotes healthy healing by destroying viral and bacterial contamination and provides an increased oxygen mass at the site of application.

 

Ozone penetrates into fissures and dentinal tubules.

 

Ozone can be used for tooth decay,  sensitivity, swollen gums and root treating teeth.

 

Ozone is safe, painless and chemical free.