Dental Hygienist

What Is A Dental Hygienist?

Dental Hygienists are the secret to keeping your smile healthy and glowing.

Our Dental Hygienist Waronga Etiabari is trained to effectively remove hardened scale or tartar and dental plaque from around your teeth. Routine Dental Hygiene appointments are the most cost-effective effective means of caring for the teeth and gums.
For Teeth whitening, our hygienist is also your go to specialist. Here are some examples of her work.

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Dental Care for Children

Waronga is additionally a dental therapist and provides general dental care for children up to their 18th birthday and preventative treatments for adults. As a Dental benefits practitioner she can provide most dental procedures at no cost for your child if at secondary school, and until their 18th birthday.

In the event you would like your son or daughter to receive treatments on the dental benefits scheme, please contact us for additional information or read our Dental Benefits at Hobsonville Point Dental letter?

So What Is Gum Disease?

Beginning with plaque, gum disease is a bacterial infection that affects the tooth supporting structures of your mouth - your gums, the fibres that attach the tooth to your jaw bone - periodontal ligament and the bone surrounding your teeth. Constantly forming on your teeth, sticky and colourless plaque is a bacterial colony that creates a layer on your teeth known as “Biofilm". The below time-lapse photography shows in vitro plaque biofilm formation, that begins with a clean tooth just 8 hours previous to plaque forming on a tooth.


When a plaque biofilm is left to remain on your teeth, it begins to bond or glue with the tooth surface and over extended periods of time it becomes more and more challenging to remove.

In the absence of Bacterial Biofilm, unhealthy gums would not exist – so for this reason, correct brushing (twice daily for 2 minutes), flossing (daily) and using interdental brushes daily is crucial to maintaining a healthy mouth.

There are two main stages of gum disease - Gingivitis and the more advanced periodontitis (inflammation around the tooth). The consequence of untreated periodontitis infection in your mouth is the premature or early loss of teeth. And shockingly this tooth loss as a consequence of gum disease affects more people over the age of 18 years than tooth loss as a result of tooth decay.

Signs of gum disease typically do not become apparent in individuals until their 30s or 40s, but can usually be prevented by careful and regular teeth cleanings or scaling and polishing from your hygienist.

Gum disease is considered a hazard to your oral health, and there is evidence that these bacterial infections could be a cause of, or exacerbate cardiovascular disease and other systemic issues occurring at considerable distance to the mouth.

Possible Symptoms of Gum Disease

  • Do your gums bleed easily?
  • Do you have red, inflamed and tender gums?
  • Do you have persistent bad breath?
  • Do you have a persistent bad taste in your mouth?
  • Do you have pus appearing between your gums and teeth?
  • Do you have receding gums – that make your teeth appear longer?  
  • Do you have deep pockets surrounding your gums and teeth?
  • Do you have loose teeth?
  • Do you have a change in your bite or do your teeth not fit well together?

 

Thankfully gum disease that is detected in its early stages can be treated and reversed.

In addition to the services offered by our dental hygienist, our dentists are also available for the treatment of more complex gum/periodontal problems or disease. So don’t hesitate to talk to us today to learn more about treating your gums and keeping a healthy smile.

Hobsonville Point Dental

160 Hobsonville Point Road, Hobsonville Point, Auckland 0618

09 320 0504   info@hobsonvillepointdental.co.nz

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