We believe that with the right support, you can keep your natural teeth for life. When you attend regular dental examinations and hygienist appointments, we will work with you to spot potential problems before they escalate so that your teeth and gums stay healthy. If you do have problems with your gums, we have a range of hygiene programmes which we can tailor to suit you.
We promise to welcome you into a caring and professional environment where we will listen with respect and respond to your concerns. Our approach is ethical and our prices are transparent, which means that we will give you a clear breakdown of your proposed treatment costs in advance, as well as all the information you need to make an informed decision.
Our ethos at Holmes Chapel Dental Practice is based on prevention. If we can help you keep your teeth and gums healthy, it should minimise the need for future, more invasive treatments.
An accumulation of debris around your teeth can gums can lead to decay and gum disease. You can dramatically decrease your risk of cavities and other dental diseases simply by:
Every person is different – if you’re someone who’s prone to gum disease or plaque build-up, we may suggest that you see our hygienist every three months. If your gums are generally healthy, you may only need a hygienist appointment once or twice a year.
A number of factors affect the presence and severity of gum disease. Poor oral hygiene is a significant factor – if you don’t brush your teeth thoroughly, bacteria (plaque) will accumulate around the gums, which will lead to inflammation (gingivitis). A more advanced form of this condition is called periodontal disease, which causes irreversible destruction of the bone and tissues that hold the teeth in the jaw. The end result can be tooth mobility and eventual tooth loss. Apart from plaque, the other main risk factors for periodontal disease are smoking, diabetes, genetic factors, stress and hormone levels, and a diet high in refined sugars and low in antioxidants (fruit and vegetables).
You can find out more about gum disease through the British Society of Periodontology.
Smoking is proven to increase the risk of gum disease; the longer you smoke, the higher the risk. Smoking will negatively impact on any treatment provided as it affects the ability of the tissues to heal, so increasing the risk of tooth loss. Quitting smoking can play a major role in bringing gum disease under control. It’s also important to recognise that smoking is believed to be the cause of two out of three cases of oral cancer in the UK.
It’s important that you brush your teeth properly at least twice a day to prevent any build-up of plaque deposits around the teeth and gums. Additionally, floss or interdental brushes should be used to clean the areas between your teeth.
Those patients who have periodontal disease should visit the hygienist regularly for a thorough clean. In order for periodontal treatment to be successful, you will need to support it with a meticulous oral hygiene routine at home.
Smoking will negatively impact on how you heal and may ensure that your periodontal treatment is less effective. You should stop smoking or using other oral tobacco and nicotine aids in order for your treatment to work well.
If you have uncontrolled diabetes with high sugar levels, this can cause destruction of the bone and soft tissues supporting your teeth. You may also find that you heal more slowly than other people. It is vital that diabetes is controlled with the help of you general medical practitioner.
During a scale and polish, your hygienist may use a range of equipment to thoroughly clean your teeth. The first step is to use an ultrasonic instrument to remove the bulk of the debris from your teeth. The instrument uses a fine spray of water to wash away any debris and to keep your teeth cool. Your hygienist will then switch to finer hand tools to expel smaller deposits of tartar from your teeth and remove any residue from tooth surfaces. Once all the surfaces of your teeth are clean, our hygienist will polish your teeth using a special paste.
Air polishing is an alternative treatment to a traditional scale and polish that makes no contact with your teeth, and is particularly comfortable if you experience sensitivity. You can find out more about air polishing here.
Yes, you can take advantage of our hygienist’s skills and knowledge even if you’re registered with another dentist. This is called Direct Access. If you would like Direct Access for an appointment with the hygienist, please contact us and we will advise you.
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Last updated on Sunday 17th November 2019