For the health of our teeth and gums, it is imperative that we undertake regular at home oral hygiene practices, notably brushing and flossing. Keeping on top of your regular brushing and flossing as well as keeping your 6 monthly appointment with our specially trained hygienists will enable you to have healthier teeth and gums, that not only look better, but also feel better too!
As time goes on, we develop tartar and stain build up on our teeth. You may notice your teeth may become discoloured and that your gums may bleed when you brush and floss. This is due to the build up causing gum disease called gingivitis and may even progress to a more serious form called periodontitis.
HOW CAN I PREVENT DEVELOPING GINGIVITIS AND PERIODONTITIS?
Its quite simple, follow these steps:
1. Brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day
2. Floss your teeth at least once per day
3. Regularly visit your dentist to have the plaque removed from your teeth
IF I HAVE GINGIVITIS OR PERIODONTITIS, HOW DO I GET IT TREATED?
Visit us for your regularly check up and we will examine your teeth. With gingivitis, a clean will usually help resolve this. In cases of periodontitis, you may need to undergo a more rigorous cleaning called “periodontal therapy”. This will be explained to you by the dentist.
There may be other underlying systemic reasons for these conditions, referral to the necessary health care professional may be required.
Severe cases of Gum Disease which cannot be treated by a regular dentist – may need to be referred to a Gum Specialist called a Periodontist.