As well as regularly visiting your dentist, hygiene appointments should also be an essential part of your dental care.
Hygienists are qualified members of the dental team who focus on preventing and treating gum disease by promoting good oral hygiene.
Airflow In Action
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Airflow is combined with Piezon technology. There are various settings, features and modes to suit your every need; temperature and pressure can be adjusted for increased comfort.
- Removes dental plaque and consequently helps prevent periodontal disease and tooth loss
- Recommended for the care and maintenance of your implants or crowns
- Leaves you with a fresh and smooth surface across your teeth
- Uses Piezon no pain for more comfortable scaling
- Removes stains on your teeth
- Makes whitening procedures more effective
- You will have a brighter and healthier smile after just one single visit
- Adaptable and suitable for all ages
- Warm water scaler for increased comfort
- It can be safely used on veneers
- It can clean deep into periodontal pockets painlessly and effectively
How It Works
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Gum disease causes inflammation of the tissue that surrounds teeth and, if not treated, it can lead to recession of the gums. This can cause pockets to develop as the gum moves away from the tooth and this can eventually lead to loosening of the teeth. The cleaner your teeth, the less likely you are to develop gum disease. A hygienist will not only thoroughly clean your teeth but will also show you how to keep up the good work at home.
During an appointment, the hygienist will assess the health of your gums and teeth and look for any signs of swelling, inflammation or bleeding. The hygienist may also take measurements where the gum attaches to the tooth and check for signs of oral cancer.
A chief part of a hygienist’s role is to carry out a ‘scale and polish’ to remove any build-up of plaque and tartar. Plaque is the sticky layer that builds up on our teeth daily and which can harbour harmful bacteria. If allowed to accumulate, it can harden and form tartar, which can add to the vulnerability of the teeth as its rough surface will attract even more plaque. If tartar forms at the gum line, the early stage of gum disease (gingivitis) can occur, which can cause inflammation of the gums. If not treated, this can lead to more serious periodontal disease which can go on to cause tooth loss.
During a ‘scale and polish’, the hygienist uses specially designed instruments to remove tartar from the tooth surface and underneath the gum line. When all the surfaces are clean, we then polish the teeth to leave them feeling smooth and silky. If gum disease has progressed beyond the early stages, a hygienist can remove tartar from the root surface to smooth the area and reduce inflammation of the gum tissue. This is known as root planing (or debridement) and, as it involves deeper cleaning under the gum line, it is a procedure that may require an anaesthetic to eliminate any discomfort.
Hygienists also offer helpful hygiene advice and demonstrate how to keep your teeth plaque-free with toothbrushes, interdental brushes and floss. In addition, they provide dietary and smoking cessation advice.
It is a good idea to introduce your children to a hygienist as soon as possible to encourage a relaxed approach to teeth cleaning treatments and so they can learn useful tooth care techniques. Hygienists can also protect young teeth with fissure sealants and fluoride varnishes to help keep decay at bay.
Regularly visiting a hygienist will not only help you maintain healthy teeth and gums, but also protect your overall well-being because poor gum health has been linked to more serious conditions such as heart disease, respiratory infections, diabetes and dementia.
Who Is Airflow Good For?
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One of the best parts of our new Airflow treatment is its adaptability to suit a wide range of ages and dental conditions.
Airflow dental hygiene is particularly suitable for:
- Efficient and time saving for patients of any age.
- Nervous patients and young patients who can find treatment a challenge.
- Highly stained teeth. AirFlow Dental Stain Removal works by using a fine jet of compressed air, water, and fine powder particles to remove extrinsic stain i.e. stain caused by tea, red wine, smoking, some mouth washes etc. Although this isn’t tooth whitening your teeth will feel brighter, whiter, smoother, and rejuvenated.
- Sensitive teeth. Those who find ultrasonic scaling treatments very painful much prefer the pleasant AirFlow system by cleaning and polishing in one step. The water is warmed too to help sensitivity.
- People wearing orthodontic appliances/denture or implant prostheses. The gentle cleaning mechanism means we can effectively clean these hard-to-reach surfaces without breaking them. We can do a wonderfully deep clean safely around brackets, wires, and removable devices.
- Implants. The AirFlow Master’s ‘PerioFlow’ attachment is the only clinically supported implant cleaning method of its kind, it has been proven to decisively contribute to the long-term preservation of implants. It is gentle on implant surfaces, while traditional metal instruments have been shown to scratch implant surfaces and increase surface roughness. We care about the longevity of your previous dental work.
- Gum disease. The PerioFlow handpiece has revolutionised the way we treat gum diseases. It is an advanced treatment for periodontal disease for sustained bacteria reduction. The PerioFlow’s flexible, rubber tip can reach the deepest pockets in the most comfortable, minimally invasive way, meaning a much more comfortable and effective treatment for our patients compared to traditional metal tips on handpieces.