Dental Hygiene Programme
Fit and healthy
Your oral hygiene appointments are essential to maintain great dental and gum health.
Olivia is our oral health therapist here at Wanaka Dental and is exceptionally gentle. A professional dental hygiene treatment will leave you with a beautifully clean mouth and fresher breath. Your hygiene appointment is a great way to get a sparkling smile and is vital for healthy gums.
Why are regular dental hygiene visits so important?
Even if you have an excellent home-care routine, it is easy to miss small areas, allowing calculus to build up on your teeth. Calculus is hardened plaque and contains bacteria that will infect your gums, causing gum disease. Although gum disease is common it is not a condition to be taken lightly and the first symptoms are easily ignored. This condition can lead to tooth loss, and it can also affect your general health. By seeing us regularly, we can help ensure you prevent this condition and if there are any signs of infection, we can provide appropriate treatment to help restore gum health.
How often do I need to see an oral health therapist?
Most people will only need to see us every six months, however, if you have any medical issues that increase your risk of developing gum disease, or genetically you seem to build calculus quickly we may suggest you have this preventative treatment more often.
Prevention of Gum disease
Gum disease is commonly caused by inadequate brushing and flossing, underlying conditions like diabetes, smoking, and irregular visits to the dentist. Gum disease can be categorised into gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is the inflammation of gums caused by accumulated plaque and tartar. Periodontitis is severe gingivitis that involves loss of the underlying bone that supports the teeth. If left untreated, teeth gradually become mobile and you may eventually lose them.