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Dental hygienist and gum care in Chesham

It takes more than teeth to create a perfect smile.

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Hygiene appointment

  • Hygienist £65

"The York House team have created an exceptionally safe environment, I feel very lucky to be under their care."

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While there is much emphasis placed on teeth we often tend to forget about our gums.

Yet, poor gum health can lead to a multitude of problems that can result in missing teeth.

Here at York House, we’re proud to have our very own gum specialist. She works closely with patients to ensure optimal gum health is maintained or restored using a combination of proven treatments and educational methods.

When was the last time you visited your hygiene specialist?

Alison Harvey, our periodontal (gum) specialist is ready to help get you back on track. Whether you need treatment for gum disease or preventative services such as hygiene therapy, she makes sure that your gum health is preserved and maintained both now and in the future.

Book a hygiene treatment today.

What happens at your hygiene appointment?

When it comes to gum health here in Chesham, there is no one more knowledgeable than our hygienist.

She is highly trained in preventative dentistry and is happy to pass on her knowledge to patients who want to better their oral care routines.

With this in mind when you visit for a hygiene appointment our experienced hygienist will…

  • Examine your gums for signs of inflammation
  • Gently scale your teeth to remove any visible dental plaque
  • Alert you to areas where you need to brush more thoroughly
  • Develop a treatment plan (if needed) for ongoing gum care

What happens if I have gum disease?

Unfortunately, gum disease is surprisingly common. According to BUPA, 90% of all UK adults have previously had, or currently live with, some form of gum disease.

Treatments for gum disease vary depending upon how severe the problem is.

For mild gum disease (gingivitis), for example, a simple scale and polish followed by a course of antibiotics might be sufficient to get your gum health back on track.

Alternatively, for those with more severe periodontal (gum disease), other treatments can be carried out.

Deep cleaning, for example, involves removing infection, debris, and tartar from the roots of your teeth and deep down into the gum. The tooth roots are then smoothed in a process known as ‘root planing’ to enable the bacteria-free gum to reattach itself to the tooth root.

If your gum disease is particularly complex, there are also surgical treatments that our oral surgeon can perform to get you back to optimal gum health.

Isn’t it about time you booked a hygiene appointment?

Call us on 01494 783 874 or book online.

Commonly asked questions about gum disease and gum disease treatment?

How do I know if I have gum disease?

Unfortunately, gum disease is known as the silent assassin, particularly in the early stages. It can be very hard to spot. This is why patients should attend regular dental check-ups and hygiene therapy treatments.

That said, there are some tell-tale signs that you may have the beginnings of gum disease that include:

  • Signs of blood when you brush
  • Gums that are swollen or reddened in colour – healthy gums should look pink and be firm to the touch.
  • An unpleasant taste in your mouth, even after brushing and rinsing
  • Bad breath

What should I do if I spot symptoms of gum disease?

What you should never do is ignore the problem. Unfortunately, while the early stages (gingivitis) are reversible, the problem won’t go away and as it progresses, the later stages may require complex and costly surgery to put it right. Therefore, the earlier you spot the signs of gum disease, the easier any treatment for gum disease will be.

Is gum disease painful?

Not normally, particularly in the early stages. If gum disease does go untreated and the infection is more advanced, your gums may feel tender or particularly tight or itchy. Other than that there is little or no physiological discomfort associated with gum disease.

How do I prevent getting gum disease?

Start with a good oral care routine. By this, we mean brushing twice daily and flossing once a day. Also, undergo regular dental check-ups. Often a dental check-up will involve some hygiene therapy to maintain healthy gums so it’s well worth visiting the dentist regularly. Finally, lifestyle habits like smoking and medical conditions such as diabetes are also known to accelerate the onset of gum disease. So if you can, avoid smoking and adopt a healthy eating lifestyle where possible.

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01494 783874
247 - 249 Berkhampsted Road
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