Oral Hygiene And Periodontal Care
“It’s Your Responsibility To Look After Your Gums”
Meet your Therapist EMMA at Appledore
Everyone is aware that a dental hygienist scales and polishes teeth, but at Appledore our hygienist does that and much, much more.
We advise regular visits to see our dental hygienist as she will assist you in maintaining your stunning healthy smile.
Emma will professionally clean your teeth as well as offering you recommendations and help with your home care. She will help you fight gum disease by using special medication in the pockets around your teeth and by showing you special cleaning methods.
She will check the health of your gums and at regular intervals measure the height of the bone surrounding your teeth. She will help you combat decay by inspecting your saliva to see if it contains sufficient calcium and, if not, by providing a home treatment system to help your teeth survive attack. If you have severe gum disease we may refer you to a periodontist for specialist care.
Research shows that gum disease has been linked to heart disease – it has been revealed that men in particular are 50% more likely to have heart trouble than those with healthy mouths. These bacteria have been implicated in heart valve disease.
You may not realise this but if you look after your gums, but your partner doesn’t, every time you kiss, your partner will be passing their bacteria to you. So you should make sure your partner gets regular dental treatment as well. It has been shown that pregnant mums with gum disease give birth to lower birth weight babies than mums with healthy mouths. The bacteria in the mouth which cause gum disease have been shown to cross the placenta.
A regular visit to the dental hygienist can keep you healthy.
If you’ve got bad breath or not seen the hygienist for a while you may have gum disease and not know it! Get into good habits and see the Appledore therapist who will help you to maintain a healthy mouth so that you have less disease in the long term.
You’re not alone.
A lot of people are unaware of this scientifically proven link, and the simplest way to ensure your gums are ok, is to visit the dental clinic on a regular basis. If you do have gum disease the Appledore therapists will work with you to overcome it. Gum disease can affect all ages, women and men, no-one is automatically immune to this disease.
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Why Your Gums Bleed
The 4 Main Reasons!
1 – You Have Gingivitis
When plaque and bacteria build up on your teeth, your gums can become inflamed. Painless and virtually symptom free, gingivitis is easily missed unless you notice bloodstains on your toothbrush or dental floss. Left untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontal disease, a critical oral condition characterised by the destruction of gum tissue and tooth loss. “Gingivitis is almost 100 percent preventable,” says Dr Teresa. Meticulous brushing and flossing to remove plaque from the teeth in addition to regular visits to Appledore can keep bleeding gums and gingivitis at bay.
2 – You Smoke
Smokers are at a higher risk of experiencing bleeding gums. “Smoking tends to cause an increase in periodontal disease for various reasons,” says Dr Teresa. Inhaled smoke can leave irritating toxins on your teeth that can be difficult to remove through oral hygiene. Smokers can have a compromised immune response to infection and issues with proper healing and oxygenation of the blood supply – all factors that negatively influence your gums. Quit smoking and your gums will thank you.
3 – You Have Poor Oral Hygiene Habits
Brushing too hard, not brushing at all, forgetting to floss – if you’re not committed to a regular and careful oral hygiene routine your gums will suffer the negative consequences. “Bacteria in plaque uses food debris to produce acids that can affect both your gums and teeth,” explains Dr Teresa.
4 – You’re On Certain Medications
Some prescription drugs can raise your risk for bleeding gums. Some blood pressure medications and immuno-suppressants can cause gum inflammation and bleeding whilst other drugs can leave you with a dry mouth – another trigger for gum problems. “There are over 400 medications that can affect the amount of salivary flow in the mouth including antihistamines, sedatives, anti-depressants and anti-psychotics,” says Dr Teresa. Saliva is needed to wash away food debris and neutralise gumirritating acids that are produced by bacteria. “If you lose your salivary flow, it’s important to have good oral hygiene because your mouth isn’t getting the beneficial effects of the saliva,” says Dr Teresa.
Appledore Milton Keynes Trials New Product For ORAL B
We are pleased to announce that our Milton Keynes Clinic has been chosen as one of only 100 practices throughout the UK to trial a new product for ORAL B.
ORAL B has produced fantastic new apps for IPads/Tablets. These are superb and give you the power to help improve your daily hygiene routine at home.
To download one of these FREE apps click on the below link or access them through the App store or Play store on your Apple or Android device.