Dental Hygiene: IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT GOOD ORAL HEALTH
It is well documented and accepted within the healthcare community that there is a link between oral health and the health of the body. Periodontal (gum) disease is one of the most common human diseases.
Gum disease is often silent, meaning symptoms do not present themselves until you have already entered an advanced stage of the disease. It is essential to pay attention to the warning signs:
- Red, swollen or tender gums or other pain in your mouth.
- Bleeding while brushing, flossing, or eating hard food.
- Gums that are receding or pulling away from the teeth, causing the teeth to look longer than before.
- Loose or separating teeth.
- Pus between your gums and teeth.
- Sores in your mouth.
- Persistent bad breath.
- A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite.
- A change in the fit of partial dentures
This serious infection that can go unnoticed as you will not feel it until it is too late. If left untreated, the bacteria that cause gum disease may travel through the bloodstream increasing the chance of heart disease, stroke, respiratory diseases and pregnancy complications.
HOW WE CAN HELP
Our dental hygienists in St. Albert help to keep your mouth healthy by reducing periodontal disease (gum disease) and tooth decay (cavities). Our team can help you attain and maintain oral health, making an essential contribution to your overall health.
Step 1 – Assessment
We will exam your mouth and give you quantitative measures of the health of your gums. These measurements will be used in future appointments to determine anything about your mouth has changed. Based on these metrics, we will be able to decide on the frequency of cleanings you will need.
Step 2 – Plaque and Tartar Removal
Our dental hygienists will clean your teeth to remove the debris that harbours the bacteria that causes gum disease. Teeth are scraped individually. This scraping should not be painful if your teeth and gums are healthy. Your teeth are then polished, and fluoride is applied to strengthen the teeth.
Step 3 – Maintenance
We will see you back for your next cleaning within three months to a year depending on the health of your gums.