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Pukekohe, Auckland 2120
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Oral Hygiene

The Hygienist plays an important role in your dental health by not only treating periodontal (gum) disease but also providing patients with the knowledge and skills to be able to maintain a healthy oral environment for life.

Gum Disease Symptoms

Although the symptoms of gum disease are often subtle, the condition is not entirely without warning signs. Certain indicators that may point to some form of the disease include:

  • Gums that bleed during and after brushing
  • Red, swollen or tender gums
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
  • Receding gums
  • Formation of deep pockets between teeth and gums
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Changes in the way teeth fit together when biting

Any of these symptoms may signal a serious problem and requires checking. If you are concerned or have any questions, please contact us to make a hygiene appointment.

Gum Disease Treatment

The treatment for gum disease is to control any infection that exists and to stop progression of the disease. Treatment options include regular visits to our Hygienist, and healthy eating plus flossing, and non-surgical therapies that control the growth of harmful bacteria.

Although brushing and flossing are equally important, brushing only eliminates plaque from the surfaces of the teeth that the brush can reach. Flossing removes plaque from between the teeth and under the gum line. Both should be used as part of a regular at-home treatment plan.

Our Hygienist recommends specialised electric toothbrushes, which are more effective at removing plaque than a standard toothbrush.

There is also some other treatments for gum disease. Using tartar-control toothpaste that contains fluoride will help slow the progress of gum disease. Stop using tobacco of any kind – it decreases your ability to fight infection of the gums and delays healing.

Bad Breath

Everybody has bad breath from time to time, especially first thing in the morning. You may also have bad breath when you are hungry, when you are dieting, or after eating foods with a strong odour, such as garlic, onions, or pastrami.

Mouth and throat problems that can cause mouth odour include:

  • Dental problems, such as cavities
  • Gum disease may cause a metallic breath odour
  • Tonsils with deep tunnels that trap food particles
  • Throat or mouth cancers
  • Throat or mouth infections, such as strep throat

To help improve your breath:

  • Brush your teeth, tongue, roof of your mouth, and gums at least twice a day with toothpaste
  • Floss your teeth once each day
  • Eat a low-fat diet rich in fruits and vegetables
  • Eat less meat
  • Do not smoke or use other tobacco products, such as snuff or chewing tobacco
  • Eat at regular intervals. Dieting or missing meals can decrease saliva and cause bad breath
  • Chew sugar-free gum, suck on sugar-free mints, or drink water, especially if your mouth is dry
  • Have regular dental/hygiene check-ups