Seeing the oral hygienist on a regular basis, will help you take the best possible care of your teeth and gums, and will avoid dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease.
During your visit to the oral hygienist, your teeth will be properly cleaned to remove any plaque and underlying calculus (mineral deposits). Your teeth will also be polished to remove superficial stains which will create a whiter smile. You will also be supervised and educated as to the best way to brush correctly and to clean between the teeth and under the gum line.
It is therefore important that you visit and maintain regular appointments, so that we can diagnose potential problems early – thus saving you time, saving you money and preventing unnecessary complications discussed below.
Researchers have found that people with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease as those without periodontal disease. It is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the gum tissue and other structures supporting the teeth. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss. In addition, previous research has associated gum disease with other chronic inflammatory diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.