Hygiene Treatments at Ocean View Dental
At Ocean View Dental, we are committed to helping all our patients achieve and maintain good oral hygiene practices. As a team we aim to not only educate our patients on good oral hygiene but also provide preventative dentistry to ensure optimal oral health for all our patients. This requires a cohesive and effective team and at Ocean View Dental we believe your oral health is one of the most important aspects of treatment and therefore allow 1 hour for all Hygiene appointments to make sure we can give you the very best in patient care.
Our team offers excellent patient care that is tailored to the individual’s oral health needs. This ensures all our patients receive appropriate dental treatments, preventative techniques and education.
Why is Dental Hygiene important?
Dental hygiene appointments utilises and focus on preventative, educational and therapeutic methods to help patients achieve and maintain oral health. Hygiene appointments play an important part of providing holistic dentistry to our patients. Regular hygiene appointments help maintain healthy gums in order to prevent or alternatively treat gingivitis or periodontitist.
Our dental team is specifically trained to provide services such as:
- Preventative treatment through cleaning & scaling
- Gum disease treatment and management
- Polishing and maintenance of dental restorations and fillings
- Patient education and practice of appropriate oral hygiene
What to expect at a hygiene appointment?
At Ocean View Dental our dentists will evaluate, provide treatment and monitor your oral health. Each hygiene appointment will include:
- Evaluation of oral health and hygiene practices
- Examination of both your teeth and gums
- Thorough cleaning and polishing of the teeth (above and below the gum)
- Assessment and treatment recommendations for any oral conditions (e.g. bad breath)
- Preventative Decay Treatment using Fluoride (every 6 months)
- Instructions and or recommendations on correct brushing and flossing techniques
- Discussion of a personalised hygiene treatment program (3, 6, 12 monthly visits)
Have you been diagnosed with gum disease?
What is Gum Disease?
According to the Australian Institute of Health and Wellness, Periodontal Disease, also more commonly known as Gum Disease is the 5th most prevalent health problem among Australians.
Gum Disease is the inflammation of supporting tissues surrounding your teeth and is caused by bacterial infection. There are several signs and symptoms of Gum Disease which include:
- Red or swollen gums
- Gums that bleed when brushing or flossing
- Bad breath
- Receding gums
- Bone loss
- Formation of pockets between teeth and gum
In severe forms of Gum Disease, the loss of both that supports a tooth can be so significant that the affected tooth can become loose and result in the loss of a tooth.
Who is affected by Gum Disease?
Gum Disease can affect anyone, however you are at an increased risk of Gum Disease if you have poor oral hygiene practices. Other risk factors may also include:
- Certain medications
- Poor oral hygiene or nutrition
- Genetic susceptibility
- Misaligned bite or dental restoration
- Hormonal changes
If you have any concerns about these risk factors or are concerned that you may have gum disease then please call us to organise a consultation with our Dentists who can assess your oral health and provide you with a treatment plan.
How can we help prevent and provide treatment for Gum Disease?
It can be particularly difficult to clean certain areas of the mouth, especially where your teeth meet your gums. It is quite common for plaque and calculus to accumulate in these areas. Our dentists will provide thorough periodontal cleaning and scaling that targets the removal of built up plaque and calculus but also addresses and controls for any further plaque build-up. Regular hygiene treatment and good oral health practices at home will provide a long term solution to Gum Disease.
Are there other treatment options for Gum Disease?
Yes there are various treatments available for Gum Disease depending on the current stage of the disease and your oral health. Gum Disease is progressive and without regular dental and hygiene treatment the disease will worsen and develop over time. Early stages of Gum Disease can generally be treated and managed with non-surgical techniques such as hygiene treatment (scale and clean) and oral hygiene (at home practices) as already discuss. However the disease can progress to a stage where surgical treatment may be required to maintain your oral health. You may be referred onto a specialist Periodontist for treatment which may include:
- Gum and bone grafting
- Gingival flag surgery
- Guided Tissue Regeneration
Antibiotics may also be prescribed to help control Gum Disease, however for the antibiotics to work effectively they need to be paired with regular hygiene treatment as recommended by the Hygienist or Dentist.