Specially trained for their role in the dental team, the dental hygienists at FitzGerald & Associates Dental Practice in Thame provide care that's prescribed by the dentist, to treat and prevent active gum disease. They do this through practical steps such as tooth cleaning and scaling, as well as education to allow you to care for your own teeth and gums between visits.
The first stage of gum disease is Gingivitis. This is when plaque builds around the teeth and provokes a response of inflammation due to infection. The gums look red and puffy. Plaque can be removed by brushing and flossing, but if it's left it can solidify and form calculus or tartar on the teeth. Brushing alone cannot remove this. It must be scaled off by a dentist or hygienist.
If Gingivitis is allowed to progress it can become a severe problem called Periodontitis, in which the ligaments and bones that support the teeth become affected. As a result teeth can become loose, infected or even lost.
Bad breath affects approximately one third of adults. This is usually caused by poor oral hygiene, due to the gases given off by the bacteria which cause Gingivitis and Periodontitis. Other causes of bad breath can be due to smoking, food or fasting.
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