At Country Living Dentistry, we believe that prevention is better than cure. Regular visits with our hygienists reduces the risk of dental decay and gum disease. The aim of these visits is to reduce the bacteria in the mouth, provide oral hygiene instructions tailored to your needs, provide preventive care and detect any problems early. Detecting problems early results in less invasive treatment and a better outcome for your dental health.
Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. It is often a silent disease with many people suffering for years without experiencing pain. Pain is most often only present in the later stages of the disease when the patient is about to lose their teeth. Gum disease is caused by bacteria which forms tartar on the teeth and below the gums. Tooth brushing alone is insufficient to remove this tartar and this is where a hygienist comes in. Our hygienists will assess your gums for the presence of disease and by carrying out regular cleaning can minimise your risk of the disease. For those already suffering from the disease regular appointments with a hygienist can stabilise the condition in most cases.
Chris McMurray and Karina Egel are our dedicated hygienists. They are experienced, highly skilled and very gentle. Chris and Karina work closely with the dentists to monitor your dental health and optimise treatment.
Good Oral Health is Important for Good General Health
Studies have shown that bacterial build up in the mouth can lead to infection spreading to other parts of the body, increasing the risk of heart disease, stroke and lung infections. For diabetics it has been shown that unhealthy gums make it more difficult to control blood sugar levels. Diabetes is also a major risk factor for gum disease. There is evidence that poor oral hygiene may increase the risk of miscarriage and pre-eclampsia.