Half the population suffer with gum disease, some silently. Gum disease doesn’t just affect your teeth and gums – let us help. If you seem to be doing all the right things but still have concerns, come and see us. Your teeth are supported by a complex biological structure of gums, ligaments and bone. They are like the foundations of a building and are as important as the teeth themselves.
Bad breath and bleeding gums are the first signs of gum disease; don’t ignore these signs, we can help.
When soft plaque isn’t removed from your teeth it can harden and turn into calculus (tartar); plaque and calculus together cause gingivitis, periodontitis and peri-implantitis, all types of gum disease. It’s initially a painless process where the supporting structures around the teeth are eroded and weakened. Left untreated, eventually even healthy teeth and implants can simply fall out.
Just as important, is the impact of gum disease on your general health. Mouth infections left untreated allow your mouth bacteria to seep into the body. There is now published research on the links between gum disease and heart disease, Rheumatoid arthritis, Dementia (Alzheimer’s), diabetes and even low birth weight in babies.
Prevention really is better than cure. We believe good dental hygiene is about far more than a “routine scale and polish”. We treat everyone as an individual and therefore may recommend a maintenance plan, or a series of appointments or appointments of differing lengths and treatment types in order treat you correctly. We always work with you, taking into account your own values and goals, to generate a bespoke plan to give you the best possible outcome. Your gum health is monitored and recorded at each visit and we will share this information with you so together we can track your progress.
Sarah, Michael, Katherine and our specialist Joel work alongside Lisa, Kim, Laura and Becks our dental hygienists to diagnose, monitor and treat gum disease, in the best way for you as an individual. Our oral health team will also advise how things such as diet and lifestyle affect the overall health of your mouth.
Our hygienists, Lisa, Leanne, Kim and Laura, are excellent, passionate and trusted with the care of your gums. It’s the job of our dental hygienists to clean your gums, teeth and the tooth surfaces, including the bits that you can’t see, whilst offering advice and support for you to continue their good work at home.
Our focus has always been on preventing and treating disease, but recent research indicates that scaling or professional cleaning alone has little or no impact in the absence of effective home care. We will show you the correct way to maintain your oral hygiene, so that you can make sure your mouth stays as fresh and healthy as possible.
We as a health care team have a duty of care to, ensure that you understand the links between poor oral hygiene and your general health. The evidence indicates that behavioural support given by your hygienist in both oral hygiene and positive health behaviour changes is key to the success in treating and preventing gingivitis, periodontitis and peri-implant disease and improving your overall health.
There are lots of reasons why an appointment could help:
- Have trouble reaching certain areas? – Arthritis, crowded teeth or just a brush that’s too big; the dental hygiene team will suggest solutions and products to help.
- Thinking about teeth whitening? – All whitening products contain a bleaching agent which can harm your gums, especially if they are unhealthy; our dental hygienists can get your gums in tiptop condition so you can have a whiter smile.
- Food gets trapped? – This can cause a number of dental problems; the dental hygienist team can recommend how to help.
At Arden House we of course also care for our younger population. Prevention here is key and educating them in good habits early on will help protect their teeth for the future. Children will need to see different members of the oral health team at different times and your dentist will discuss this with you based on their needs.
Emma our Oral Health Educator also works as part of the oral health team to teach all patients about good oral health which may also involve disclosing teeth with a special temporary dye to help indicate to patients where they need to improve.
As a team, we jointly look after your mouth and take pride in the quality of service we provide. Our approach offers you prevention against disease, treatment of disease and the best way to look after your smile and the dental investments you have made.
If it’s right for you, we will also be happy to discuss how teeth whitening, adult orthodontics, bonding and other treatments such as same day crowns could help make your smile even brighter and easier to clean.