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How to Prevent Gum Disease

Healthy gums are the foundation of a healthy mouth. Unfortunately, most adults have some form of gum disease (periodontitis) which often goes undetected for many years. This causes irreversible gum and bone damage, eventually resulting in the loss of teeth. However, a dental hygienist is qualified to treat such gum disease.

Six key benefits in seeing your dental hygienist regularly

1 Preventing progressive gum and bone loss
Periodontitis may manifest as bleeding gums, bad breath and loose teeth, but it may also be hidden. Fortunately, gum disease can be stopped and even reversed if caught in the early stages. Your hygienist will treat active disease and provide a tailored brushing regimen.

2 Cleaning those hard-to-reach spots
Even people with excellent oral hygiene benefit from a hygienist’s help to find hidden plaque and calculus (tartar).

3 Preventing bad breath
Bacteria living under the gum edges release halitosis odours. Dental scaling can effectively remove this harmful material.

4 Creating a whiter smile
Some external stains on your teeth are due to tea, coffee, tobacco, red wine and other dietary factors. Brushing alone cannot remove these. However, hygienist polishing can restore your teeth to their natural whiteness.

5 Preventing systemic diseases
Poor dental hygiene is scientifically linked to the progression of heart and respiratory diseases and diabetes.

6 Preventing oral cancer
Your hygienist is trained to screen your mouth for early signs of oral cancer. They also provide advice on risk factors for oral cancer, such as smoking and alcohol.

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We are delighted to still be welcoming new patients for general dentistry, orthodontics and oral surgery.

To book an appointment with Priestgate Dental Clinic’s highly experienced hygienist, please ring 01733 865000 or email reception@priestgateclinic.co.uk.

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