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Dental Hygiene in Bradford

Here at Eccleshill, our experienced Dental Therapists provide hygiene treatments, working collaboratively with our Dentists to provide our patients with tailored programmes of Dental Health.

We have taken an approach as recommended in the European Federation of Periodontology manifesto to ensure that we take action to identify, prevent and treat periodontitis. The manifesto is the first formal declaration in international dentistry to condense years of research into the links between periodontal disease and systemic illnesses into an acknowledgement of periodontitis as a major public health issue. A copy of the full manifesto can be downloaded by visiting the following link http://www.efp.org/efp-manifesto/

Benefits of hygiene appointments:

  • Disease Prevention. Our therapists are adept at using the latest UltraSonic scalers and instruments used to prevent, stabilise and treat gum disease. Prevention means less treatment and cost for you!
  • Oral Health Advice. Tailored to your needs, with extensive periodontal therapy. Their therapy involves scaling of your teeth initially and removing the plaque and tartar which extends below the gum-line. This is essential for those with gum (periodontal) disease.
  • Prevent Bad Breath. Bad breath can often be caused by gum disease. Regular scaling by your therapist and diet advice can prevent this.
  • Stain Removal. Achieve a brighter smile which may be caused by smoking, tea, coffee, wine etc.

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We use an advanced system to remove simple tooth staining which is often caused by smoking, red wine, coffee and tea. Stain removal treatment is a fantastic way to boost the start of teeth whitening and is ideal for smokers or for those with a special occasion on the horizon.

We use a high-power air flow polishing treatment to remove stains on the surface and in-between your teeth. This is followed by a complementary high-gloss polish using a diamond polishing paste.

We can provide intense stain removal for difficult to remove stains built up over a period of time or, we can provide a shorter ‘re-fresh’ treatment for those wishing to keep up with the maintenance of their smile.

Be assured you will leave us after your completely painless treatment with an improved bright, healthy smile and a fantastic fresh feeling.

Gum Disease

What is Gum Disease?

The first signs are bleeding gums when brushing and/ or loose teeth, bad breath. It is also known as Periodontal disease and is very common amongst adults.

Gum (periodontal) disease affects the gum and bone supporting your teeth. It is caused by plaque which is mostly made of bacteria, the soft and sticky substance that collects on our teeth. These bacteria feed on sugar from our diet and produce substances and toxins that cause gum disease.

If this soft plaque is not removed thoroughly it can change into hard plaque which cannot be removed by brushing at home. Hygiene treatment is needed to remove this hard plaque before it turns into calculus.

What is Calculus?

If plaque is not removed regularly by tooth brushing and flossing, it hardens to create calculus (also known as tartar). Calculus cannot be removed with a toothbrush; only a dental professional can remove it. To keep plaque and calculus under control, it is essential to brush your teeth twice every day, floss at least once every day, and see your dentist or therapist for regular treatment.

Your Dentist or Therapist will advise you on the number of visits you will need to treat any gum disease and also how much it will cost.

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What is gum disease?

Gum disease can be identified from swelling, soreness or infection of the tissues that support the teeth. There are two main forms of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontal disease. 

To ensure optimum dental health, hygiene therapy should form a regular part of everyone’s dental care. Our therapists will advise on the specific regime beneficial for you after your initial examination.

What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums. This is when the gums around the teeth become very red and swollen and bleed during brushing.

What is periodontal disease?

If the start of gum disease (gingivitis) is left untreated, it can progress into periodontal disease. 

There are a numerous types of periodontal disease and they all affect the tissues supporting the teeth. As the gum disease becomes worse the bone holding the teeth in the jaw decreases, resulting in loose teeth. 
More teeth are lost as a result of periodontal disease than through tooth decay.

Am I likely to suffer from gum disease?

Most people suffer from some form of gum disease, and it is the major cause of tooth loss in adults.
However, gum disease develops very slowly in most people, and it can be slowed down if treated to a rate that should allow you to keep most of your teeth for life.

What causes gum disease?

Every type of gum disease is caused by plaque. 

Plaque is a film of bacteria which forms on the surface of the teeth and gums every day. Many of the bacteria in plaque are harmless, but some have been shown to be the main cause of gum disease. To prevent and treat gum disease, you need to make sure you remove all the plaque from every surface of each of your teeth every day by regular brushing and flossing. 
Regular professional treatment by our therapist will aim to prevent or treat gum disease.

How do I know if I have gum disease?

The first sign is blood on the toothbrush or in your spit when you clean your teeth. Your gums may also bleed when you are eating and can leave a bad taste in your mouth. Your breath may also become unpleasant.

What should I do if I think I have gum disease?

Visit your dentist for a thorough examination of your teeth and gums and explain your symptoms. The dentist will measure the depth of gaps between the gum around each tooth to see if there is any sign that periodontal disease has started. X-rays are usually taken to check the amount of bone that has been lost.
This assessment of gum disease is very important, so the correct treatment can be prescribed for you.

Does smoking affect my gums and teeth?

Smokers are more likely to produce bacterial plaque which leads to gum disease. 

Also, the gums are affected because smoking causes a lack of oxygen in the bloodstream, resulting in infected gums failing to heal. 
Gum disease still remains the most common cause of tooth loss in adults.

What happens if gum disease is not treated?

Gum disease progresses without you experiencing pain on the whole so that you may not notice the damage it is doing. 

However, the bacteria are sometimes more active and this will make your gums sore, leading to abscesses. You may experience pus oozing from around the gum line, which can be accompanied with pain. 
As gum disease progresses, the bone supporting the teeth can be lost. If the disease is left untreated for a long time, treatment can become increasingly more difficult.

What treatment is needed?

Your therapist will begin by removing hard plaque from your teeth and gums which cannot be removed by brushing at home. Your therapist will then be able to measure the depth of the gaps and decide on the treatment required. You will also be shown how to remove plaque successfully yourself, cleaning all surfaces of your teeth thoroughly and effectively. This may take a number of sessions with the therapist. 

Professional cleaning removes the bacteria below the gum line and prevents gum disease. 
Once the hard plaque has been removed, your therapist may decide to carry out further cleaning of the roots of the teeth, to make sure that the last pockets of bacteria are removed. This is called root planing. 
You will probably require local anaesthetic for this treatment to be carried out and you may feel some discomfort for up to 48 hours afterwards.

Will treatment cure periodontal disease?

Unfortunately there isn’t a cure for periodontal diseases. However, the rate of progression can be slowed down or stopped to help prevent any further bone loss. It is essential that you make sure you brush every surface of every tooth every day to remove damaging plaque and our therapists will work with you and give you advice on correct brushing techniques. Regular examination and therapy appointments are essential to ensure gum disease is identified early and that the correct treatment is prescribed.