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Dental hygiene plays a vital role in preventive dental care. Nearly everyone has gum disease to some degree and keeping it in check is essential.
At HQ Dental, we strongly recommend that everyone should attend regular hygiene appointments.
The definition of gum disease is swelling, infection or soreness of the supporting tissue around the teeth.
Most tooth loss in adults is caused by gum disease. Regular hygiene appointments are the most important and effective way of keeping your teeth for life.
As well as causing bad breath, sensitivity and taste issues, gum disease can effect your general health too. Gum disease has now been linked to cardiovascular disease, dementia, strokes, diabetes and poor Covid-19 outcomes.
The only way to keep gum disease under control is to have regular hygiene treatment.
Gum disease is caused by plaque (which is a by product of bacteria) and to keep it under control it is essential to remove the plaque regularly and thoroughly.
During a standard hygiene appointment the team here at HQ Dental will thoroughly remove all the plaque from around your teeth using ultrasonic or hand scalers.
Our hygienist will also asses how advanced your gum disease is, and if you require intensive perio-treatment. During this procedure we will remove the hard to reach pockets of bacteria from below the gum line. This is called root planing and this deep and thorough treatment is usually carried out a quadrant at a time.. We would usually use local anaesthetic for this treatment.
At all appointments our hygienists will polish your teeth to remove surface stains but more noticeable results can always be achieved with Airflow Treatment.
This sophisticated cleaning system dramatically cleans and whitens teeth by using a fine jet of pressurised air, water and sodium bicarbonate to safely blast away deeply staining.
Airflow is a cosmetic deep cleaning treatment that significantly improves tooth brightness and appearance.
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