Sometimes our clients might be prescribes prolonged gum treatment (PGT) over a series of visits. This combined with oral care advice can help stabilise gum disease. The treatment includes the removal of any hard calculus (tartar) deposits that have built up above and below the gum line along with any dental plaque deposits. Your dental hygienist will then show you how to prevent its recurrence and improvements will be monitored over time.
Cleaning & polishing
The Dental Hygienist can also provide regular cleaning and polishing of your teeth between dental examinations. Not only does this remove plaque and calculus that is difficult to remove by brushing and flossing at home, it can also help improve your confidence by having a cleaner, fresher mouth and reduce the need for expensive dental treatment.
Once you have been examined by a Far Headingley Dental Care dentist to check your oral health, you can book a hygiene appointment for a clean and polish whenever you want a cleaner, fresher mouth. This is great if you have an important event such as a job interview or even first a date or wedding.
If you suffer from heavily stained teeth caused by smoking, your diet or consumption of red wine, tea and coffee, Far Headingley Dental Care provides a deep cleaning service that is highly effective at removing teeth staining and helping whiten them in one visit.
Benefits of dental hygiene visits
- Our dental hygienist is an expert in preventative care.
- Regular cleaning revolves the tartar that brushing cannot remove at home.
- A preventative approach can reduce the need for costly dental treatment.
- Once referred by one of our dentists, you can book ‘a clean’ whenever you want one.
- Patients say that regular dental hygienist visits help their teeth feel healthier & cleaner.
Can’t my dentist clean & polish my teeth?
Yes they can. However, the Dental Hygienist is an expert in this area and they love providing this service. An effective clean takes time and whilst some people have very good oral hygiene and only require a simple clean that their dentist can provide, others need longer in the dental chair. If you required an extended clean with your dentist or PGT visits, this would also cost more with your dentist than a dental hygienist as their professional fees are higher.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease is caused by plaque. If the plaque is not removed with brushing, flossing and rinsing, it penetrates beneath the gum line and attack the gums, making them inflamed. You may also experience some bleeding when you brush your teeth.
If left untreated gum disease can cause serious problems. The gum may start to recede from the tooth. This then creates spaces or ‘pockets’ around the tooth where even more plaque can form. In time the plaque eats away at the bone that supports the tooth. The tooth then becomes unstable and may have to be removed.
Can I help prevent gum disease?
Gum disease can be prevented with good dental hygiene. Brush your teeth twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste. Make sure you pay special attention to area where your teeth meet your gums. Visit your dentist and your dental hygienist regularly a they will be able to spot gum disease early on and remove any tartar that you have not removed with brushing and give you advice and help motivate you. Finally if you smoke, stop smoking. Smoking accelerates gum disease.
Get in touch
To discuss how Far Headingley Dental Care can provide you dental hygiene and preventative advice, please complete the enquiry form on this page or call our practice on 0113 275 1323 during normal office hours.