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FHD with Dental Hygienist

We now offer Full Mouth Disinfection (FMD) with our excellent dental hygienist Becky.

What is FMD?

When a patient has advanced gum disease that has not resolved with the routine treatment of deep cleaning we can offer this dental therapy treatment as a secondary option.

What is gum disease?

Gum Disease is the inflammation of the soft tissues (gums) caused by plaque bacteria. If not treated, gum disease can progress and lead to destruction and loss of the bone around your teeth.

In advanced gum disease cases there are deep periodontal pockets round the teeth containing pathogenic (disease causing) bacteria. The bacteria also sits in the surrounding soft tissues (the gums around the teeth). After deep cleaning the bacteria can re-infect the pocket and the disease continues.

How does FMD work?

During FMD treatment the patient takes Antibiotics for a week and has 2x further deep cleans in 24hrs during this period. This attacks the bacteria systemically – in the bloodstream, soft tissues, and topically (externally) from the pocket.


Here is a testimonial from one of our patient’s who recently received FMD treatment..

‘After a lifetime of gum disease and several extractions I have at last found a dental practice that has the expertise and technology to slow down the progression of this perhaps hereditary condition.

Regular check-ups and 3-monthly sessions with the hygienist have slowed and in some cases reversed my gum recession. The care shown by the Practice and especially my hygienist Rebecca Backhouse have given me new confidence that I may keep most of my teeth in later years.
The latest technology and forward thinking attitudes of the staff inspire confidence and give reassurance that all will be well.

X-rays are viewed on a computer screen with problem areas identified and solutions described. The cleaning and scaling process, whilst not the most pleasant experience, has been carried out with minimal discomfort and no real pain! I like to know what is going on and Rebecca explains everything and puts me at my ease. She is an excellent communicator in addition to her technical abilities which are first class.

This treatment is of course a two-way street. I have been shown how to properly brush and care for my teeth and gums and keep them in the best of health between visits. Modern technology allows me to view graphs of improvements and show up areas which need more attention from my toothbrush.
I fully recommend Far Headingley Dental Care. The dental practitioners and hygienists are the most professional I have met after a lifetime of experience with different dentists up and down the country.
My advice? If you are nervous or apprehensive about dental care or simply want to look after your teeth, Far Headingley Dental Care should be your first choice. I wish they had been around in my younger days’.

Mr Trevor Pugh

For more information please speak to your dentist or Becky at your next appointment.


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