At Smile Essential Dental Practice in Leicester, we are proud to now offer the services of a dental hygienist and therapist.
Why visit a dental hygienist?
- They are specially trained in the prevention and treatment of gum (periodontal) disease which is the main cause of adult tooth loss and also to give advice on all aspects of good oral health.
- Skill and experience gained focusing on all aspects of gums and soft tissues.
- A dental hygienist will have more time to spend giving personalised oral hygiene advice.
- Demonstrate effective tooth brushing technique which is important to have a healthy mouth and avoiding damage
What is the difference between a dental hygienist and a dental hygienist and therapist?
A dental hygienist and therapist in addition to the duties of a dental hygienist can also carry out minor dental treatment. Which means in addition to gum related treatments they have also completed appropriate training to perform: simple fillings, replace temporary fillings and crowns, applying sealants and fluorides to teeth to help prevent tooth decay, take x-rays and apply de-sensitising materials.
The benefits of seeing a dental hygienist and therapists
A healthy mouth is vital for your health and will significantly reduce your need for dental treatment in the future. Gum therapy in Leicester is not only about treating existing disease but it focuses on preventing dental disease and it causes you problems in the future.
The stages of gum disease
The first sign you may notice of gum disease also known as gingivitis is bleeding when brushing or you may notice that your gums are red or swollen. At this stage gingivitis is reversible with the right dental hygiene service and home care routine.
When gingivitis is left untreated or there for a long period of time it can develop further into a type of infection known as periodontitis. Periodontitis affects the entire area surrounding the tooth which can lead to discomfort and difficulty when eating. There are a number of types of periodontal disease and they all affect the tissues supporting the teeth.
Eventually, as the disease progresses the bone anchoring the teeth in the jaw diminishes resulting in the teeth becoming loose. If this is not treated, the teeth may eventually fall out and may require extensive dental procedures to replace the missing teeth.
By seeing our dental hygienist and therapist in Leicester and following their treatment and advice you will:
- Minimise your risk of tooth loss
- Reduce the risk of developing tooth decay and need for fillings
- Minty fresh breath and sparkly clean teeth
- Better overall health and wellbeing
To take advantage of our dental hygienist and therapist get in touch here…