Frequent dental hygiene sessions are the most effective way of taking care of a bright and shiny smile. Dental hygienists are able to detect the initial levels of gum disease with the implementation of preventive treatment planning and examinations. Throughout a typical session, hygienists scale the teeth and clear off any plaque and/ or tartar on the teeth and under the gums and finish with polishing to take away any debris.
GINGIVITIS, THE RESULT OF POOR DENTAL HYGIENE
Gingivitis, the swelling of the gums, happens when tartar or plaque build-up on the teeth and below the gums. The gums become inflamed, red, and may bleed quite easily. However, this is reversible with adequate oral and dental hygiene. Without proper treatment or if not taken care of, gingivitis will progress to periodontitis which is a much more severe type of periodontal disease.
Periodontitis consists of progressive bone loss around the tooth or teeth. If left untreated it may cause the teeth to become loose and eventually fall out. Periodontitis is brought on by the gums moving away from the teeth and the development of gaps (pockets) that become infected. The body’s defense system fights the germs while the oral plaque advances and expands below the gum line but the natural result is the deterioration of bone together with connective tissues. Periodontitis is detected by examining the gums with a probe and also by reviewing patient’s x- rays to determine the degree of bone damage around the teeth.
PREVENT PERIODONTAL (GUM) DISEASES BY:
- Brushing your teeth twice or three times daily with a fluoride toothpaste.
- Flossing routinely to remove plaque from between the teeth.
- Visiting the dentist or dental hygienist on a regular basis.
- Refrain from cigarette smoking
PROFESSIONAL DENTAL HYGIENE SERVICES PROVIDED BY EMERALD DENTAL CARE, THORNHILL
At Emerald Dental Care we have provided a professional and friendly environment for you. Our dental hygienists will meet you, listen to all of your concerns and assess your current oral health. Our professional dental hygienists will develop a personalized treatment and preventative plan for you. Call us and book your dental hygiene appointment today.