Good dental health and proper dental care starts with the effective management of the bacteria in the oral cavity. Ineffective homecare is the main cause of Periodontal Disease, also known as gum disease, or periodontitis. It is the leading cause of tooth loss.
Periodontal disease occurs when plaque and tartar build up around the tooth and inflame the gums, which if not taken care of, can begin to destroy the gums and bone which support teeth. Periodontal disease is characterized by red, bleeding or swollen gums, sensitive teeth and gums, bad breath, lose or shifting teeth, receding gums, and tenderness or discomfort in the mouth. These factors are obvious indications of periodontal disease, however most people have periodontal disease without even being aware of it. This most likely is because bone recession is not visible to the naked eye, and the first stages of periodontal disease are usually painless.
The first part of our examinations and discussions with you are centred on the condition of your teeth and periodontal health, and if appropriate, how we can help you more effectively manage this. ‘Teeth for life ‘is no longer a lottery but a personal luxury orchestrated by you through your personal care and attention. That is why we believe the most important people in our clinic are the hygienists. They focus on the detail of healthy gums and teeth and the steps that are necessary for you to achieve and maintain a healthy mouth. Everything else we do is built on the solid foundation that the hygienist helps you build. Their care and attention to detail are outstanding. Many of our clients attend the clinic primarily to see the hygienists.