This is where you see your Dental Hygienist/Therapist regularly for full mouth assessments of your gums to aid diagnosis of Periodontal Disease. Periodontal disease affects the gums, bone and other supporting tissues of the teeth. By us carrying out this full assessment we can determine what further treatment is needed to aid the patient in maintaining a healthy mouth.
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is frequently known as the ‘silent’ disease because often patients are not aware of the signs and symptoms in its early stages and the changes this brings in the mouth. An important part of gum disease is that in its early stages it is treatable and reversible. By seeing our Dental Hygienist and Therapist for a full screening of your gums, prevention techniques are given to help stabilise and prevent the gum disease from progressing.
If the gum disease has progressed and is effecting the bone structure of the teeth, then further treatment and appointments are planned in along with oral hygiene instruction to help stabilise the advancement of the gum disease.
After full mouth assessments of the gums are completed, a discussion takes place from these findings, which includes the importance of oral hygiene, tooth brushing, the type of brushes needed to be used in between the teeth and varied toothpastes and other products that are needed. Prevention and education is key to treating and stabilising gum disease long term, in line with periodontal treatment from our Hygienist and Therapist.
Depending on the severity of the gum disease, a treatment plan will be formed and further appointments needed to help treat the gum disease. In some circumstances, local anaesthetic is used to achieve a better outcome for the patient. After treatment is completed, regular maintenance visits are key to help maintain the stability of the gums, this is achieved through continued assessments and treatment.
Each patient is treated on an individual basis, with their own full mouth assessments and treatment. Treatments are varied from full stain and calculus removal, eliminating bad breath, to in-depth non-surgical periodontal treatment with local anaesthetic. Pocket charts are completed before and after treatment, which gives the Hygiene Therapist a view of how the gum disease has responded to the treatment given. It also shows the patient the healing that has been achieved from there own home care and commitment to there planned treatment, which is hugely beneficial and motivating for each patient. Appointment times are varied from twenty minute sessions to one hour sessions. This is very much dependent on each individual case and how much treatment is needed for this to be successful.
It is important for us to take a detailed medical and social history, due to the various studies and research that highlights the strong links of our general heath and gum disease. These links include pregnancy, uncontrolled diabetes, smoking,stroke, heart disease and Alzheimer’s to name a few.
By seeing our Hygienist, we work alongside Health Professionals to give our patients the best chance to help prevent, and stabilise gum disease. There are huge benefits with seeing our Hygiene Therapist. We help promote a better understanding and awareness of the gum disease present in the mouth. We support, encourage and motivate everyone for a better healthy mouth. We want all patients to have the confidence to smile. Our Hygiene and Therapists work closely with our Dentists to achieve a healthy mouth and smile for all our patients.