Prevention is very important to us – in fact, we believe hygiene therapy is the most important service we provide at Carillon Dental Care. Dentists treat disease but hygienists will help you prevent it.
Healthy gums promote healthier teeth and without healthy gums, cosmetic or dental treatments to restore your mouth’s function are not possible.
Gum disease affects 80% of adults and more than half of all teenagers. It’s the biggest cause of tooth loss and is linked to heart disease, bacterial lung infections, diabetes, premature births and strokes. New research also suggestions there may be a link to dementia.
But with good dental care and regular visits to the hygienist, the risks can be easily controlled.
Our hygienists are professionally trained to the highest standard, meaning whomever you see, you are guaranteed hygiene care that is second to none.
During your hygiene appointment, we will undertake a thorough cleaning of your teeth and gums. After a session with our hygiene team you will feel and see a real difference in your teeth.
For nervous patients, we offer empathy and understanding, as we do appreciate that some people are anxious about visiting the dentist. Our team is friendly and gentle, and we are always ready to listen to any concerns you may have.
Our Oral Health Educator, Nadine works closely alongside our dentists and hygienists in maintaining your smile. She will spend time with you to make sure you are provided with all the information you need to maintain good oral health at home.
We will concentrate on giving you tailor-made oral hygiene guidance, including dietary advice in relation to oral health and direct you towards using the most appropriate oral hygiene aids.
Things that we cover in your OHE (Oral Health Educator) appointment:
When your gums are irritated and inflamed it can cause them to bleed, this is due to plaque being left on the teeth which causes inflammation called gingivitis. If this is not addressed it can develop into gum disease.
In order to prevent gum disease you need to make sure that you are tooth brushing effectively and interdental cleaning.
You may notice bleeding from your gums if you have recently stopped smoking as this can cover up a gum problem. Smoking restricts the blood flow to the mouth & once the circulation improves you may notice that they begin to bleed.
Come and see our Oral health educators, they can help you with improving this!
You can read Holly’s blog post all about the correct way to brush your teeth for further information. https://www.carillondentalcare.com/what-is-an-ohe-appointment
Your normal tooth brushing does not reach all the surfaces of the teeth, so it is very important to use floss/interdental brushes to ensure you remove all the plaque & any food trapped between the teeth.
Mouthwashes are not to be used instead of manual cleaning, however they can be of benefit if you are at high risk of decay or have active gum disease.
We advise using a mouthwash at a separate time of day to brushing, for example after mealtimes.
Kids under the age of 6 shouldn’t use mouthwash to avoid the chance of them swallowing it.