More than just a cleaner, fresher mouth
Regular hygiene sessions could add years to you life by keeping gum disease away
One of the best ways of avoiding dental treatment is to regularly book hygiene sessions. It can also help you avoid bleeding gums and bad breath.
Even if you brush your teeth really well it is possible that plaque and calculus builds up. Keeping your gums healthy not only protects teeth it can help you live longer! Periodontal (gum) disease is now recognised as contributing to heart disease and diabetes.
Avoid Gum Disease
Dental hygiene appointments can have improve your general health because by addressing gum disease, which is remarkably simple to do, not only do you make your teeth last longer, you live longer.
Gum disease affects 45 per cent of adults and the figure rises notably in the over-50s. It’s probably the most prevalent disease in mankind, yet unfortunately it’s an undertreated aspect of dentistry.
Not only is gum disease the biggest cause of tooth loss in over-40s, patients with gum disease are more likely to have a stroke and heart attack. And the 15 per cent of UK adults with severe gum disease (periodontitis) may have an increased risk of diabetes.
When bacteria travels from the mouth into the bloodstream via infected gums it causes systemic inflammation which encourages hardening of the arteries, and research shows that successful oral treatment of gum disease can reduce the rate of arteries thickening.
Persistent inflammation in your body is really harmful. Only one in six people realise gum disease may increase the risk of stroke or diabetes, and just one in three is aware of the heart disease link, according to the British Dental Health Foundation.
For most people there is a gap between how well they think they clean their teeth and how well they actually do. Good gum disease treatment is based on removing this gap so you learn to brush your teeth more effectively.
Once gum disease is stabilised the only way to keep it in check is to have regular professional cleaning below the gum line. Hygiene appointments every three months keep your gums healthy and underwrite healthy teeth and good systemic health.
If you’re a nervous patient and hate the idea of the dentist scraping your teeth with sharp instruments, try our air-flow system which uses water, powder and air to clean your teeth and gums.