Sarah Davies (Dental Hygiene RCS from the Eastman Dental Hospital London)
Our hygienist Sarah Davies is highly qualified, professional and experienced in providing high quality hygienist appointments providing gentle, thorough cleaning, tooth brushing instruction and all aspects of preventive care including fissure sealants. Sarah is a gentle, kind person who is very popular with her patients.
We recommend that individuals undergo routine professional examinations and hygienist appointments to best maintain the health of their teeth and gums and help prevent problems happening. The aim of effective preventative treatment is that patients don’t require active treatment for decay or gum disease. The mechanism of both tooth decay and gum disease is heavily related to the amount of plaque present in the mouth. Plaque is a collection of bacteria that builds up on teeth and root surfaces. No plaque, no gum disease or tooth decay.
The only way to remove plaque at home is a toothbrush bristle changing direction on the surface of a tooth and according to very strong clinical evidence we highly recommend an oscillating, rotary toothbrush such as an Oral B -Braun. All our patients are shown how to use one of these brushes correctly to maximise plaque removal without damaging the teeth or gums.
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The interval between hygienist appointments should be individually assessed according to the need of the individual, in particular their genetic susceptibility to gum disease and oral hygiene level. An individual’s oral hygiene regime is an effective means of preserving the health of the teeth, and we encourage our patients to have a high standard.
Whilst we are experts in providing dental treatment prevention is most definitely better than cure and at Gwynne Dental we consider the prevention of problems to be paramount. If we detect a high risk of a problem developing, we will guide you through the process of minimalizing the risk. This approach often avoids treatment altogether. Early signs of tooth decay will not always mean filling the tooth. We may advise changes to diet to reduce sugar, a guide on how to clean the area better or suggest fluoride supplements. Tooth brushing instruction and dietary instruction are key parts of prevention.