Do you have bleeding gums?
Do you have inflamed gums around fillings or crowns?
Do you have tartar, staining or plaque around your teeth?
If you have problems like these you probably need a scale and polish and you certainly need to see our dental hygienist.
Laura Herdman is the dental hygienist at Appletree Dental Care.
Laura has worked in many dental practices in Glasgow over the last few years and is registered with the General Dental Council.
She is dedicated towards preventing dental problems such as gingivitis and dental caries.
Laura is qualified in taking digital x-rays, dental impressions, administering local anaesthetics as well as performing complex periodontal work.
Gum disease is something that troubles a lot of people these days. We are all keeping our teeth for longer and therefore it often affects the elderly population. As long as you see you dentist regularly so he can assess the health of your teeth and visit the hygienist, you will find that your gums will stay healthy.
Patients generally speaking will need that every few months or maybe every six months.
She will also give you instruction on how to clean your teeth, what mouth washes and toothpaste to use and her advice should be sought at least once or twice a year as a minimum.
Do you ever wonder which of the many toothpastes and mouthwashes you should use? There is certainly a wide and colourful selection? Does mouthwash even work? And what about these cartoon-inspired kids’ toothpastes. Are they as effective as regular toothpaste? And what about those of us with sensitive teeth?
When you visit our dental hygienist she will be able to answer all of these questions and more. She will help you work out the best, most effective way to brush your teeth and keep your mouth fresh.
She will also scale and polish your teeth to remove buildup of plaque and removing tartar, leaving your teeth in great condition for the smiles ahead.
What are dental caries?
This is another was of saying tooth decay or dental decay. Best detected and dealt with early before it causes cavities, disease or even tooth loss.
What is gingivitis?
Gingivitis is the stage of gum disease when your gums bleed when you brush your teeth. You probably also suffer bad breath.
What is periodontitis?
Periodontitis is the next stage of gum disease where bacteria has spread below the gum line and will start to destroy the bone and tissue surrounding the tooth.
This is important because people can go for years using an ineffective technique. If you make an appointment our hygienist will demonstrate the best method for brushing your teeth. Key things you can practice are:
We all know we should floss at least once a day, but not everyone knows the right way to do it. Use this step-by-step guide to find out how to properly floss your teeth:
If the floss is particularly smelly after you have used it, this is usually a sign you need to make an appointment with your dentist or hygienist.