Oral Health for Overall Health
At Oakhill Dental Practice we know that good oral hygiene does not only prevent disease of the gums and teeth but it also affects overall health and well-being.
Good dental hygiene begins at home, and this is where the battle to control the build-up of plaque and tartar starts. However, there are many parts of the mouth that a normal toothbrush just cannot reach and that is where we step in. At Oakhill Dental we will teach you how to properly brush your teeth and show you the best techniques for maintaining good oral hygiene. We will also advise you when to remove dental plaque which forms on your teeth in places that are harder to clean. We provide a range of simple and deep clean hygiene treatments that keep your smile shining brighter than ever before.
What is gum disease?
Teeth are held in place by the gums (gingivae), bone and a specialised ligament (periodontal ligament) which attaches the teeth to the bone. Gum disease (periodontal disease) is a general term given to an infection or inflammation of the tissues that surround the teeth. There are two main types of gum disease which are gingivitis and periodontitis. The cause of this is when bacterial plaque isn’t effectively removed. Plaque, a sticky, colourless film that constantly forms on your teeth, cause gum disease. If plaque is not removed it can harden and turn into tartar (calculus). Additionally, dental plaque will continue to form on the tartar/calculus. Brushing or flossing cannot remove tartar as it hardens and builds up which can only be removed by one of our dental hygienists.
What can cause Gingivitis (gum disease)?
- The most common cause of gingivitis is poor oral hygiene, which allows bacteria from built-up plaque and calculus to irritate and inflame your gums. Other contributory factors include:
- Over crowding or Crooked teeth which prevent you cleaning properly
- Smoking, which inhibits the proper healing of gum tissue and destruction of bone levels.
- Diabetes and other medical conditions which are compromise your immune system
If gingivitis isn’t treated and left without treatment then this can develop into a non reversible gum disease called Periodontitis. This is advanced stage of gum disease where over time gum and bone levels are compromised which can lead to tooth loss.
How is gum disease treated?
You can prevent gingivitis in the first place by visiting your dentist and hygienist regularly and following a good dental hygiene regime at home. Our Hygienist will run through a detailed oral hygiene regime to help you manage your cleaning better. When diagnosed with gingivitis, our clinicians will do a thorough clean to remove plaque and tartar so you can manage better at home. In some cases When we diagnose gum disease in its early states, our treatment approach includes a thorough cleaning and scaling of your teeth as well as regular use of interdental cleaning aids.
How can gum disease be prevented?
Below are some ‘home-based’ steps that can prevent the onset of gingivitis
- Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Spend two or three minutes, and include your gumline. Use a manual or electric toothbrush.
- When brushing avoid “rinsing with water” once brushed, only spit. If you use a mouthwash then avoid using this straight after brushing. A different time to the day will benefit.
- Use floss or interdental brushes to clean plaque away from in between your teeth
- Avoid smoking and have a balanced diet.
What is Periodontitis?
When gingivitis is not treated, it can advance to “periodontitis”. This is the non reversible disease whereby the gums are moving away from the tooth and forming spaces called “pockets” which become inflamed and infected by bacterial plaque. If not treated, the bones, gums, and tissue that support the teeth are become destroyed. The teeth may eventually become loose and eventually may need to be removed.
If you have been diagnosed with Periodontal disease then this may need specialist intervention as well as your dental hygienist. Periodontal disease is usually pain-free (sometimes called ‘the silent disease’) and so you may be unaware of it until your dentist or hygienist checks for it.
If you are experiencing some of the symptoms below:
- Bleeding gums when brushing or even whilst eating
- Red, swollen gums
- Bad breath
- Spaces appearing between teeth
- Loose teeth or teeth moving position in the mouth
- Receding gums
- Sensitivity to cold or hot foods and drinks
Contact us today to book an appointment with our Hygienist or Periodontist.
This may require Non surgical therapy treatment to start with which involved a deep clean around the teeth to disturb the bacterial plaque and in some cases may require surgical treatment depending on the extent of disease progression. This will then allow the pockets to shrink and heal. This will require a tailored approach therefore please contact our surgery to book an appointment on 020 8531 7976
*classic cleans are only suitable for those who attend regular
Book an appointment with our Hygienist which are available Monday to Friday
If your covered by your Health and Workplace insurance then please bring in your relevant documents and treatments will be accepted.