Dental Hygiene Stoke on Trent

Dental Hygiene, Gum disease treatment & Periodontal Treatments are all available at Kidsgrove Dental & Implant Centre

At Kidsgrove Dental & Implant Centre, we believe that prevention is better than intervention, therefore we would recommend that all patients should have a scale and polish every 6 months to limit the buildup of staining and tartar to a minimum.

During each visit, we monitor the health of your gums and provide advice on how to prevent future problems. We remove tartar, which is a hardened form of plaque and polish your teeth to remove the stains and smooth away any rough areas to reduce plaque buildup.

Plaque is produced constantly on the surfaces of teeth and this contains bacteria, which can cause tooth decay as well as gum disease. Usually we remove this by daily brushing and flossing, however sometimes, we may not remove this entirely and this hardens to form tartar. When tartar builds up, this usually cannot be removed by brushing therefore regular visits to the dentists is required to remove this.

We have access to an AIR-FLOW and this sprays a polishing powder at high pressure to help remove stubborn stains and is fantastic for removing tea/coffee/nicotine stains.

dental hygiene Stoke on Trent

We also have a dedicated hygienist at the surgery who is trained to treat and monitor gum disease.

Q1) My gums keep bleeding when I’m brushing, what should I do?

A) If your gums bleed during brushing then there is a high chance you will have gum disease. We would always recommend that you brush and floss twice daily to minimise plaque. If this does not help, then there might be tartar under the gums or between your teeth where you can’t remove by brushing, therefore you will require some hygiene therapy. We would need to remove this tartar to allow the gums to heal normally. Healthy gums should not bleed during brushing!

Q2) I have been suffering from sensitivity, why is that?

A) There are many reasons why teeth can become sensitive and the commonest reason is gum recession caused by overbrushing. If this is the case, we would recommend less pressure during brushing and for 2-3 minutes. Over-the-counter sensitive toothpaste may be used to reduce the sensitivity.

Gum disease can also cause bone loss around your teeth, which may cause sensitivity. If you suffer from sensitivity, you should always have this assessed by your dentist to assess the cause.

Q3) What are the signs and symptoms of gum disease?

A) Initially you may get swollen gums that bleed during brushing. You may have constant bad breath and you may complain of sensitivity. Gum disease at a late stage usually presents with mobility and your teeth may become loose

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