Dental hygienist

Aisling Conway R.D.H (Hons)

The hygienist’s role, in regard to dental health, is providing patients with preventative procedures. A hygienist will spend time removing bacterial deposits and any stains from your teeth, as well as advising you correct brushing and interdental cleaning techniques. How often a patient needs to see a dental hygienist depends on the health of individual teeth and gums. Most hygienists recommend that you visit every six months, but you may need to go more often after periodontal treatments, which involve deep scalings usually with local anesthetic.

For more information on the importance of visiting a dental hygienist, or to book an appointment please call us today.

Plaque removal

When bacterial deposits, (plaque, calculus e.g.tartar), are allowed to form along the gum line, they can release toxins that will cause gums to become inflamed, bleed and recede from the teeth. If left untreated the bacterial build-up can cause jawbone infections that can lead to the loss of teeth. Brushing alone cleans around 60% of the tooth surface. However, most tooth decay and gum disease starts in hard-to-clean places, like between the teeth; which is why flossing and/or using inter-dental brushes is so important.  Brushing needs to be carried out at least twice daily, and particular attention should be paid to night-time brushing. Worn out toothbrushes can damage gums and do not clean teeth properly. Toothbrushes should be changed every two to three months or more often if the filaments become worn or splayed.

For more advice on dental maintenance, feel free to
get in contact with Newpark Clinic today.

Dangers of Gum Disease

It is thought that gum disease can increase the risk of heart disease. It seems bacteria from the mouth may enter the bloodstream and cause blood clots. Normal blood flow can be reduced, meaning less oxygen and nutrients reach the heart. If left untreated this condition can lead to a heart attack. Research also shows a link between oral health and the risk of strokes, diabetes, respiratory diseases and premature births or babies with a low birth weight.