Our philosophy at The Langley Dental Clinic is to provide quality care and an outstanding service to all our patients in all areas of general dentistry. Therefore as well as offering advanced treatments we also cater for all your general dentistry needs, from routine examinations to any treatment you may require.
It is essential to maintain good oral hygiene to keep your gums healthy. Over time plaque builds up in our mouth on our teeth and hardens to become calculus, this calculus can’t be removed by your toothbrush and makes it harder for you to clean your teeth efficiently. By seeing our hygienist regularly she will remove the build up of calculus and check how you are coping with your oral hygiene so as to give you advice on how you can improve your cleaning. The hygienist can recommend how often you need to visit her and what oral hygiene aids you can use at home to maximise your ability to keep your teeth and mouth clean.
The food we eat combines with the saliva and bacteria present in the mouth to form a sticky coating called plaque. The bacteria present in the plaque cause the gum infection. If this plaque is not removed on a daily basis, it will get mineralised to form a stony crust called calculus or tartar. It is not possible for you to remove this calculus – your dentist will use a special instrument called a scaler to remove it.
The bacteria in the plaque produce toxins, which lead to swelling of the gums and bone destruction. When sufficient bone has been lost, the tooth will become loose. The progress of the disease depends on individual health and resistance to disease. There may be no activity for years, and then when resistance decreases temporarily, gum disease appears or flares up. This picture shows red swollen gums.