Active Maintenance – Exam & Hygiene

TWO very important reasons to maintain excellent oral health

Number 1: Ensure optimal overall body systems health

Number 2: - Reduce future dental expenses.

Gum disease has many directly proven links to systemic disease including:

  1. Heart disease
  2. Stroke
  3. Diabetes
  4. Respiratory disease
  5. Adverse pregnancy outcomes
  6. Kidney disease
  7. Screening for oral cancers
  8. Plus other systemic diseases

You will save money.

Catching problems early will reduce the need for expensive treatments. Small decay can be a simple filling. If left to grow, treatment like root canal treatment or a porcelain crown may be required for strength which is about 8-12 times the cost of a simple filling.

Signs you may be due for a clean:
  • Bleeding gums
  • Sore gums
  • Recession – Gums shrinking away from teeth
  • Redness or “loose” gums
  • Presence of yellow-brown calculus, particular at the back of the lower front teeth
  • Bad breath
  • “Chalky” feeling on the back of front teeth
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Some people are higher risk and accelerate poor gums leading to rapid deterioration of gum and bone tissue.

High risk individuals include
– Those with heart concerns
– Diabetes
– Pregnancy
– Orthodontic metal braces (not including Invisalign)
– Immunosuppressed patients – Hepatitis, Coeliac disease, Crohn’s disease, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Sjögren’s syndrome

It is recommended that if you have teeth, you should have them cleaned regularly.
On average, to maintain good gum health, we recommend a hygiene clean twice a year. With some good oral hygiene advice and good at home care, you will be able to maintain excellent gingival health.

Even though we would love to see our patients at any time, we understand our patients busy schedules and will usually try to tie this appointment in with your 6-monthly or yearly examination to minimise the impact on your time.