Gum care and preventative education at Synergy Dental

Gum health is the most important aspect of ensuring that you keep your teeth for life. At Synergy Dental we are passionate about helping you create and maintain a happy, healthy smile. Regular visits to our dental hygiene therapist will minimise the risk of tooth loss, reducing the risk of developing tooth decay and need for fillings. In addition, you won’t believe how clean and fresh your mouth will feel after visiting our Dental Hygiene Therapist and experiencing our AIRFLOW EMS® system.

Helping you achieve good gum health

We firmly believe that prevention is better than cure. We aim to minimise treatment by educating our patients on the best ways to achieve optimum gum health, in conjunction with regular plaque prevention and control (hygiene) appointments.

Most people don’t give much thought to their gums, assuming they are healthy if they brush their teeth regularly, but gums are just as important as teeth and there’s a much higher link to dental care and general wellbeing than many people think. Medical researchers believe that individuals with gum disease may be at higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease and respiratory infections.

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What are the signs of gum disease?

One of the most important things to know is that gum disease can be completely symptom free.

The disease process tends to follow an intermittent path over many years and often a person is entirely unaware that they are affected until the disease has reached more advanced stages. This is why regular dental health checks are vital so we can identify and treat gum disease in its earliest stages.

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Bleeding and inflamed gums

Your gums are like cushions for your teeth; they surround the tooth from its crown to its root in the jaw and help to support a healthy mouth. Looking after your gums is just as important as looking after your teeth, and without routine cleaning, gum disease can occur:

  • Red and swollen gums that bleed when you brush could be a sign of a type of gum disease known as gingivitis.
  • If gingivitis is left untreated it can develop further into a type of infection known as periodontitis. This affects the entire area surrounding the tooth, causing discomfort and difficulty when eating.
  • Eventually this kind of infection can lead to tooth loss and may require invasive procedures to replace the missing tooth.

Fortunately, this can be avoided by attending regular plaque prevention and control (hygiene) checks at the practice and maintaining a good daily hygiene routine. Brushing between the teeth, flossing and replacing your toothbrush every three months will also benefit your gum health.

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Keeping your mouth healthy - regular home care

Plaque prevention and control (hygiene) treatments are delivered by a specially trained Dental Hygiene Therapist who will remove any hard-to-reach plaque from your teeth that may have built up over time. Here is what you can expect from a hygiene appointment

  1. Your teeth and gums will be assessed to determine the amount of plaque removal you need and any risk factors will be highlighted.
  2. Your teeth will be professionally cleaned with special equipment and pastes. This process is also known as scaling and polishing.
  3. The Hygiene Therapist will also show you how to look after your teeth so that they remain free from plaque in the future. You will be advised on the best tooth brushing technique and given tips on flossing and using inter-dental brushes.
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AIRFLOW® EMS deep clean

We use the latest in dental technology innovations to ensure your mouth is in tip-top health. AIRFLOW® EMS is a clever tooth polisher and teeth cleaning system that rejuvenates your smile and gives you an amazing shine! An effective teeth stain remover, it’s more advanced than a traditional scale and polish and brightens the teeth without actually touching them!

If you have found your teeth are starting to discolour from things like tea, coffee and smoking, AIRFLOW® EMS is the perfect solution. AIRFLOW EMS® targets discolouration and plaque that can’t be removed by any toothbrush.

The additional benefit of AIRFLOW® EMS for anyone who is a little nervous of the dentist is that it is a fast, safe and pain-free service that makes your teeth shine brighter than ever, in less than 20 minutes!

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How does AIRFLOW® clean my teeth?
AIRFLOW® works through the projection of tiny carbonated particles and water pressure combined in a high-powered jet which gently but effectively removes stains from teeth, including hard to reach areas. The AIRFLOW® Teeth Cleaning system provides incredible results without any risk of damaging your teeth. The results are immediate and the difference is noticeable as soon as the AIRFLOW® dental treatment has been completed.

Does it hurt?
Unlike the traditional scale and polish that used dental tools to remove plaque and stains from your teeth,  AIRFLOW® is a fast and non-invasive method of cleaning, it is ideal for anyone who suffers from sensitive teeth  How long will the treatment take?We can usually complete an AIRFLOW® clean within 30 minutes.

Lesley Morgan-Barlow talks AIRFLOW!

In this short video, Lesley Morgan-Barlow, Business Director at Synergy Dental & Implant Centre explains the way AIRFLOW® works and the many benefits….


Plaque is the build-up of bacteria and saliva that collects on the tooth surfaces and other parts of the mouth. If the plaque is allowed to collect around the teeth where they meet the gums, the gums can become inflamed, and gingivitis can occur. Some of the plaque bacteria are harmful and can cause gum disease. Prevent plaque and tartar formation by brushing thoroughly twice a day. Maintaining good oral health is really important, and if you are concerned about any of these issues, make sure you book an appointment with one of our dental team.

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