Why visiting the hygienist is so important to your overall health!

Did you know that 3 out of 4 adults over the age of 35 are affected by gum disease in the UK alone?*

Until recently, the focus of gum disease was upon tooth loss but thanks to the latest research we are beginning to understand that the impact of gum disease could have a greater far reaching effect on our overall health. Research shows that gum disease has been linked to a range of other wider health problems including strokes, heart disease and diabetes.  What’s more, studies are now looking at links between gum health and other inflammatory conditions within the body.

So, what is the best way for you to effectively prevent gum disease? Here Angela, one of our Dental Hygiene Therapists, explains how regular visits to the hygienist are essential in maintaining healthy gums and reducing your risk of more serious health conditions.

For many, the idea of visiting the hygienist is often dismissed due to the prospect of the dreaded ‘scale and polish’ but the role of the hygienist is so much more than this. Your hygienist works with you to both prevent disease and keep plaque under control.

The three main things your hygienist will do are:

  1. Assess the health of your gums and the effectiveness of your homecare

  2. Remove hard plaque from your teeth, this makes it easier for you to remove the soft plaque which contains bacteria that attacks your teeth and gums.

  3. Work with you to show you effective skills, tools and techniques that you can use at home to remove plaque from the surface of every tooth, every day.

Here at Synergy, we’re committed to helping our patients to stay healthy by helping them to learn the skills they need to be able to maintain healthy teeth and gums for life, because we really care about the health of our patients and their mouths.  This means that we are continually advising all our patients to improve their homecare management of damaging bacterial plaque.

As dentist Richard says, ‘In many ways it’s more important that patients see the hygienist regularly, rather than me. Our hygienists can identify and stop problems before they happen and in doing so help prevent treatment appointments with Amelia or myself.’

That’s why we’re delighted to announce that this year we will be recruiting an additional hygienist to the team. This means we’ll be able to significantly increase the number of plaque control appointments available to help prevent any problems before they arise! So, why not see how visiting the hygienist could benefit you and your oral health? By working together, you’ll equipped with the skills you need to maintain healthy teeth and gums in the comfort of your own home.

For more information, or to book an appointment, call us on 01782 513237.

*Source:  The Gum Disease Information Bureau