For maintaining optimum oral health
We believe that practising good oral hygiene at home, combined with regular visits to your dental practice, ensures your optimum oral health.
Our qualified hygienists and therapists help to lessen your risk of developing gum disease by removing plaque and tartar deposits. The early stage of gum disease, gingivitis, needs to be treated to avoid tooth loss later.
“I found the hygienist and her assistant very helpful and informative. Being my first appointment they took time to get to know me and my requirements, and explain what they were doing for my benefit.” DG – a SpaDental Chard patient
Your dentist supervises your oral health.
Regular appointments with your dentist are vital for a thorough evaluation of your oral health. Your dentist will:
- examine your teeth for health and function.
- assess gum health, as gum disease is a major cause of tooth loss.
- plan necessary treatments.
- discuss your options for beneficial treatments as requested.
- review the fit and function of any dental appliances worn.
- check soft tissue for signs of oral cancer.
Your dental hygienist plays a vital role in maintaining oral health.
“Hygienist Visit – Very good. Extremely efficient and gentle. Received excellent feedback and helpful advice.” CS – a SpaDental Chard patient
The hygienist’s role may include the following:
- thoroughly assessing gums for signs of swelling, inflammation or bleeding.
- carrying out a ‘scale and polish’ to remove hardened plaque and leave a shiny, smooth surface, which not only improves the look of your teeth but also deters further plaque from collecting.
- removing tartar from the root surface, known as root planing, to prevent gum disease progressing.
- applying fissure sealants to protect young teeth, and fluoride varnish to strengthen tooth enamel.
- demonstrating the most effective ways to clean and floss teeth.
- advising you what to eat and drink, and offering smoking cessation tips.
- if at risk, measuring where the gum meets the tooth for signs of oral cancer.
Your own vital role is to look after your teeth at home.
As well as regular visits to your dental practice, invest time in an effective oral hygiene routine at home to help avoid gum disease and tooth decay.
- Brush at least twice a day, especially before bed, for at least two minutes.
- Don’t forget to clean between your teeth with floss, tape or interdental brushes. Rinsing with mouthwash can help keep teeth free from plaque, as well as freshening your mouth.
- We believe having healthy teeth and gums boosts your overall physical and mental health.