Dental Hygiene in Crayford, we'd love to help
The dental hygienist at Ark-G Dental and Cosmetics Centre takes in patients from all over Crayford, Dartford, Bexley Heath and the surrounding area. You do not have to be an existing patient.
On top of providing a complete range of hygiene treatments to our current patients and members, we do take on new patients on a ‘direct access’ basis. So there is no need to join our practice or become a member to use our dental hygienist if you do not wish to.
What is gum disease?
Plaque build-up on your teeth is sadly inevitable, no matter how good your tooth-brushing routine is. Day by day it builds up, hardens and if the tartar is not addressed, increases the chance of gum disease.
Our bodies’ defences do fight back to an extent and naturally tackle some of the plaque. However, in some cases, this natural bodily response doesn’t stop. It goes on to break down your bone and soft tissue. This can lead to one or more teeth loosening. In worst cases, a tooth could fall out completely.
What are the signs of gum disease?
Gum disease can be very obvious in some people, and in others not be apparent at all. You may not feel pain with gum disease and over time you may become blasé of the warning signs.
Gums which get increasingly irritated alter their colour, usually turning darker. You may experience inflammation and discomfort. Sometimes your teeth may appear longer or more spaced. This is because the roots have become more visible. Gums in good condition are firm to the touch and light pink in colour.
Bleeding gums is a big giveaway that gum disease is present. Healthy gums do not bleed.
During the first stages of gum disease, other signs you may become aware of are greater tooth sensitivity, an unfamiliar (metallic) taste or bad breath. This stage is called gingivitis.
Visit us as soon as possible if you notice any of these signs or are worried for any other reason that you might be suffering from gum disease. It is not possible to cure gum disease but we are able to managed it so that it doesn’t get worse.
When treating you, our hygienists will give your gums a deep clean (known as debriding). This will get rid of accumulated deposits of bacteria. They will then give you advice to assist you in looking after your gum disease over the long-term. Periodontitis which has spread beyond the gums needs specialist care and supervision. We will refer you to a periodontist if required.
Extra tips for healthy teeth and gums
- Watch your diet and consider how it affects your dental health. Don’t consume too much sugary food and drink, and attempt to avoid snacking during the day.
- It’s important to brush your teeth twice a day. We can provide advice on interdental devices like brushes, floss and mouthwash which help clean those spaces between teeth which bacteria love.
- Regularly inspect your mouth. If you spot any changes get them checked out as soon as you can.
- If you are struggling to get an appointment with you dentist, we offer Direct Access Dental Hygiene Appointments.