ORAL HYGIENE

The overall aim of the Oral Hygiene Team at Bergvliet Dental & Medical is to support you as you maintain your optimal oral hygiene. We will work alongside the Dentists, tailoring a personal program to better Oral Health for you. Good Oral health has an impact on your general health.

Your Oral Health Exam and treatment with us could include the following:

Removal of calculus (tartar)

Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.

Removal of plaque

Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!

Teeth polishing

Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.

Fluoride application

To protect teeth against dental decay and to desensitize sensitive teeth.

Teeth whitening

Removing of any stains caused by smoking, coffee/tea/wine and safely changing the shade of your teeth to an acceptable brighter white.

Fissure sealants

It is a thin, plastic coating applied to the chewing surface of molars, premolars and any deep grooves (called pits and fissures) of the teeth. More than 75% of dental decay begins in these deep grooves. Teeth with these conditions are hard to clean and are very susceptible to decay. A sealant protects the tooth by sealing deep grooves, creating a smooth, easy to clean surface.

Our Oral Hygiene Team will focus on assisting the Dentists in addressing the following common conditions.

Halitosis

Halitosis or otherwise known as Bad Breath can be caused by a variety of medical or lifestyle issues (dry mouth / smoking / foods you eat / yeast infections / medical conditions or medications). Together with the Dentist, Oral Hygienist and Medical Practitioner we will help you get to the root of the problem and save you from compromising your health further.

Bad breath can be the early warning sign that we look for that can be an indicator of gum (periodontal) disease. The plaque buildup around your teeth becomes the host for bacteria to grow and this forms toxins that irritate the gums. If left untreated, it will affect the gum and the bone around the teeth and loss of some vital teeth may take place in the long run.

Periodontal disease

Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissue or gum that support your teeth. A tooth needs a healthy supportive tissue and gum to anchor it in its bony socket. The longer plaque and tartar are on your teeth the more harm they cause. The gums develop “gingivitis”– become red and swollen and can bleed easily – this is still easily reversible with daily routine of brushing and flossing and regular Oral Hygiene visits. A regular deep cleaning program, as agreed with your Dentist, should be followed in order to restore gum health and reverse the effects plaque and tartar build up has on your teeth.

Support during Orthodontic Treatment

Properly aligned teeth are less difficult to clean and less likely to develop decay and periodontal disease on account of plaque buildup. Once you straighten formerly protruding teeth, you might reduce the risk that your teeth will be broken or damaged in an accident. Straight teeth wear far more evenly, reducing pressure that can result in chronic facial discomfort and headaches. When you embark on orthodontic treatment as recommended by your Dentist or Orthodontist, you will need additional assistance in cleaning your already compromised teeth. Cleaning around the appliances that were fixed to your teeth in the process of re-aligning your teeth is as important. We recommend that you come and see the Oral Hygienist at least every 6 weeks during this time in order to prevent calculus formation around any of the orthodontic appliances on the teeth. Possible problems can be detected early on and better managed by the primary Dentist.

Support during Pregnancy

During this special time of your life you need all the support you can get. We would like to help you to maintain optimal Oral Health during this time. This is a taxing period for your body and with many hormonal changes taking place, it might also have an impact on the health of your gums and teeth.