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Dental hygiene in Ipswich

Healthy gums lead to beautiful smiles and creates happy patients!

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- Dental hygiene: The facts

Oral health

Prevent gum disease - Regular dental hygiene appointments help to maintain healthy gums and teeth

Clean teeth

Scale and polish - Your hygienist will professionally remove plaque build-up – we all have it!

Gum disease

We are here to help - Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss but we can effectively treat it


Oral care advice - Our hygienists will provide home care tips to maintain your oral health between appointments

"Extremely friendly and very welcoming staff.   The hygienist and her nurse where really friendly and very professional in their work. Really friendly team and very informative.  Excellent service."

Lyn cotton

“Although I was expecting to wait a week or so for an appointment, in fact I was able to see the hygienist within a day.  I was seen at exactly my allotted time and my treatment was swift and almost painless.”

Moira Hammond

- The cost of dental hygiene at Parkview Dental Centre

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- Dental hygiene at Parkview Dental Centre

When you think of a beautiful smile, most people just think of the teeth.

However, the most important part of a smile is the gums, as they create the supporting structure for the teeth. 

Your dental hygiene team at Parkview will monitor your gum health, remove plaque build-up that can cause gum disease, and provide oral care advice to help you maintain a healthy mouth between appointments. 

During your hygiene appointment, your hygienist will carry out a scale and polish. This is where special tools are used to remove plaque that has built up on your teeth. Even the most robust home care regime will result in some plaque left over – even your hygienist will have some – which is why it is important to attend regularly to ensure this is removed. Your teeth will then be polished for that super smooth feeling.

- Fluoride application

Fluoride is a natural mineral that helps to keep strong and healthy by remineralising them, helping to fight tooth decay.

This is why we always advise using a toothpaste that contains fluoride to brush your teeth with for two minutes, twice a day. 

In addition to using a fluoride toothpaste every day, applying fluoride directly to the teeth can help to protect them. This is a service we are pleased to provide for children and adults at Parkview. It is a very quick procedure that simply involves your dentist painting a gel onto the back teeth.

- Gum disease

The main function of our gums is to form a protective seal around the teeth.

This prevents the bacteria that naturally lives in the mouth from reaching the jawbone below. When plaque is not properly removed with effective toothbrushing and regular dental hygiene appointments, it can build up around the gums and cause inflammation. This is called gum disease. 

Gum disease requires treatment with a more robust home cleaning regime and regular hygiene appointments because if left it can cause the gum to pull away from the teeth, creating a gap, or a pocket. This gap allows bacteria to reach the jawbone below, causing problems with the bone that can eventually lead to tooth loss. At this stage, gum disease becomes periodontal disease and requires careful management. 

- Periodontal treatment

Untreated periodontitis can lead to tooth loss because the bacteria reaching the bone can create an infection that causes the bone to retract. This is what makes a tooth become loose.

While our hygiene team can help you to manage gum disease, if this progresses to periodontal disease you may require periodontal treatment. Periodontal disease cannot be cured but it can be effectively managed with professional deep cleaning below the gum line, which is called subgingival root debridement. This treatment can be carried out under local anaesthetics. 

After the initial treatment, we will schedule an appointment to assess the effectiveness of the treatment in combination with your home care regime. Some patients will require additional deep cleaning sessions or more enhanced treatment. Our hygienist who will carry out your treatment and explain each stage to you. 

If periodontal disease does cause loose teeth, you may require a tooth extraction. We are able to offer oral surgery onsite, so all of your treatment can be carried out in familiar surroundings by your own dental team.

- Frequently asked questions

  • How often should I see a dentist?

    At the minimum, you should see a dentist for a check-up and dental clean twice per year. You may need to have more frequent visits if you are struggling with a dental health problem like gum disease or heavy tartar build-up.

  • Do I need dental X-rays?

    X-rays are very important to diagnosing your dental problems and planning safe treatment. This kind of imaging is the only way a dentist can see into your tooth without cutting it open. When you have a dental checkup, your dentist will let you know if you are due for a new set of X-rays.

  • What are the signs that I need a dental filling?

    Advanced tooth decay can make your teeth sensitive to temperature and sweets and may present as brown, grey, or yellow stains on your teeth. A throbbing toothache is also a sure sign that your tooth may need repair. But early tooth decay does not cause such noticeable symptoms. In most cases, you will not know that you need a filling unless the dentist notices one on a dental X-ray.

"Dentists and hygienists at Parkview are all exceptionally efficient, caring and friendly. I have recently moved quite a long way from Ipswich but would not change dentists , the feeling of trust is worth  the trip."

mathilde van der Does de Willeboi

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