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Even with a good tooth brushing technique, most people miss parts of their mouth regularly and so Harley Street Dental and Implant Clinic recommends a dental check-up twice a year to detect and treat early signs of gum disease and a hygienist appointment every quarter to remove calculus.

Calculus is formed when plaque, a mass of bacteria that forms in the mouth naturally every day, reacts with minerals in the saliva and hardens. It tends to gather in the junction where the teeth come through the gums and can therefore spread infection up the root canal into the jawbone, causing tooth and bone loss. It can only be removed by a dentist.

The hygienists at Harley Street Dental and Implant Clinic help patients create effective oral hygiene regimes that encompass the best type of tooth brush for them, brushing technique, flossing and use of a medicated mouthwash. Lifestyle factors that affect gum health such as diet, smoking and frequency of eating are also discussed with the patient and monitored by the Harley Street Dental and Implant Clinic team.

Gum disease is one of the main causes of tooth loss and is highly prevalent; people are often unaware they have it because it is not painful and doesn’t affect their daily life, but if left untreated the impact can be serious. It has also been linked to cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes as bacteria can enter the bloodstream through the mouth and spread inflammation through the body.

To establish an oral hygiene regime that will protect your gums, teeth and general health, book a consultation with a periodontist at Harley Street Dental and Implant Clinic.