Dental hygiene helps you look after your gums, allowing us to save teeth that would otherwise be lost to gum disease.
Routine dental hygiene involves a simple scale and polish every few months (6-12 months) to remove calculus (hardened plaque) and get rid of the resulting gum inflammation (gingivitis). Gum disease (periodontal disease) is inflammatory process that damages the support around your teeth and cause the gums to recede and your teeth to become loose. Often, a random glucose test would be carried out to rule out Type 2 Diabetes, which is one of the risk factors for gum disease. Another major factor is smoking.
Periodontics includes a wide range of treatment such as non-surgical periodontal therapy to treat active gum disease, surgical correction of exposed roots, bone regeneration and correction of gummy smiles. Cosmetic treatment sometimes involve gum correction.