The role of our dental hygienist in the prevention and treatment of gum disease.
We have mentioned a number of times previously, about how prevalent, and potentially damaging gum disease can be. It is also not always easy to spot. Although most adverts for gum disease products show the patient spitting blood following brushing, this is not always the case.
Other symptoms may be present, such as sore gums, for example, but some people experience only very minor symptoms which may well be ignored or not even noticed.
As mentioned before, a good daily regimen of brushing and flossing your teeth will go a long way in the prevention of periodontitis and gingivitis. This alone though may not be a guarantee that you will be gum disease free, and we still recommend that you seek professional attention from the hygienist at the Confidental Clinic in Clapham on a regular basis, usually every six months. This will not only help to put your mind at rest in the quest to be free of gum disease, but, where any is detected, it will be in the early stages and can usually be easily treated.
At the Confidental Clinic, our Clapham hygienist/therapist, Lauren Bennett has an important role to play in our patient’s oral health. Her prime role is to educate patients as to how best to keep their mouth healthy. This is important both for young patients who may be starting on the road to independence, but also to older patients whose established teeth cleaning habits may be a little out of date and inefficient. Her role does not stop there though and, in some cases, treatment may be needed. Providing that the patient has been a regular attender at our practice, hopefully any treatment needed will be minor. In most instances, it will involve little more than a minor scale and polish, where the hardened plaque is removed from the teeth and gums.
In patients who may not have been regular dental attenders and may have neglected their teeth, there is a greater possibility of advanced gum disease, or periodontitis. When this occurs, a scale and polish will still be needed, but can involve cleaning the teeth underneath the gum line too. Understandably, this “deep cleaning”, can be more uncomfortable albeit powerful local anaesthetics will be used to minimise pain. If periodontitis is not treated quickly enough, the bone loss caused by the condition can be significant and tooth loss is a distinct possibility. If you are suffering from more advanced gum disease, the likelihood is that you will be transferred to the care of a specialist Periodontist.
In addition to her role in the prevention and treatment of gum disease, Lauren is also qualified to perform teeth whitening procedures as well as taking x-rays and some smaller restorative dental procedures. If you have not seen a hygienist for some time, we strongly recommend that you do so. You will find Lauren to be both thorough and friendly, making sure that you leave the Confidental Clinic with the best chance of maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Please get in touch today for an appointment on 020 7801 9060.