Dental Hygiene in Caerphilly, we'd love to help
Northview Dental Practice is home to our very own hygienist, who is happy to see patients from Machen, Nantgarw, Llanbradach, or anywhere else in the Caerphilly area. You can see the hygienist even if you’re not registered as a patient. Both our existing patients and our permanent members can make a hygienist appointment. New patients can also see the hygienist on a ‘direct access’ basis. This allows you to access the service without becoming a permanent member of the practice.
What does a dental hygienist do?
- Our dental hygienist will carry out a “scale and polish”. This is a professional-grade deep clean of your teeth. It leaves your mouth feeling fresh and healthy, and ensures your teeth are free from tartar. This helps prevent gum disease.
- Our dental hygienist will identify any ‘problem areas’. After explaining them to you they’ll share tips and advice on how to manage these.
- Our dental hygienist will recommend any interdental devices that you can use to get healthier teeth and gums.
- Our dental hygienist will teach you about good oral health and provide tips for long-term benefits.
- Our dental hygienist will help keep your teeth feeling great, your breath fresh and stop the onset of tooth decay between your trips to the dentist. It’s part of a good strategy to avoid more comprehensive treatments in the future.
- When they see you regularly, a dental hygienist can spot any abnormal changes or signs in your mouth which could indicate more serious problems including oral cancer. Early detection, means your chances of recovery are significantly improved.
Both our dental hygienists are also qualified in dental therapy. They are a stepping stone between a dental hygienist and dentist, as they can carry out certain dental treatments on prescription from a dentist, for example:
- Fillings on both adults and children’s teeth
- Emergency temporary fillings
- Extraction and pulp treatment of baby teeth
- Tooth whitening
- Taking xrays
- Applying fluoride and fissure sealants to help prevent tooth decay
What is gum disease?
Plaque build-up on your teeth is sadly inevitable, no matter how good your tooth-brushing routine is. Day by day it builds up, hardens and if the tartar is not addressed, increases the chance of gum disease.
Our bodies’ defences do fight back to an extent and naturally tackle some of the plaque. However, in some cases, this natural bodily response doesn’t stop. It goes on to break down your bone and soft tissue. This can lead to one or more teeth loosening. In worst cases, a tooth could fall out completely.
What are the signs of gum disease?
Gum disease can be very obvious in some people, and in others not be apparent at all. You may not feel pain with gum disease and over time you may become blasé of the warning signs.
Gums which get increasingly irritated alter their colour, usually turning darker. You may experience inflammation and discomfort. Sometimes your teeth may appear longer or more spaced. This is because the roots have become more visible. Gums in good condition are firm to the touch and light pink in colour.
Bleeding gums is a big giveaway that gum disease is present. Healthy gums do not bleed.
During the first stages of gum disease, other signs you may become aware of are greater tooth sensitivity, an unfamiliar (metallic) taste or bad breath. This stage is called gingivitis.
Visit us as soon as possible if you notice any of these signs or are worried for any other reason that you might be suffering from gum disease. It is not possible to cure gum disease but we are able to managed it so that it doesn’t get worse.
When treating you, our hygienists will give your gums a deep clean (known as debriding). This will get rid of accumulated deposits of bacteria. They will then give you advice to assist you in looking after your gum disease over the long-term. Periodontitis which has spread beyond the gums needs specialist care and supervision. We will refer you to a periodontist if required.
Dental hygiene care for children
There’s nothing like a child’s smile to brighten up your day. If only it wasn’t so difficult to get them to take care of their teeth. Regular visits to the dentist from a young age are the best way to help your children recognise the importance of oral hygiene. Frequent check-ups are also vital for avoiding childhood gum disease. Here at Northview Dental Practice we have one ambition- to see every child reach their 18th birthday with no gum disease or tooth decay at all.
The key to achieving our mission is fostering positive dental hygiene habits in the children we treat. Not just the children in fact – we want the whole family to have strong, healthy teeth for life!
Whether you live in Bedwas, Machen, Llanbradach, or further afield in Cardiff or Newport, we’re always happy to see you at Northview Dental Practice.
Extra tips for healthy teeth and gums
- Watch your diet and consider how it affects your dental health. Don’t consume too much sugary food and drink, and attempt to avoid snacking during the day.
- It’s important to brush your teeth twice a day. We can provide advice on interdental devices like brushes, floss and mouthwash which help clean those spaces between teeth which bacteria love.
- Regularly inspect your mouth. If you spot any changes get them checked out as soon as you can.
- If you are struggling to get an appointment with you dentist, we offer Direct Access Dental Hygiene Appointments.