Hygienist & Gum Services

dental_hygienistDental hygienists are specially trained members of our dental team. They play a vital role in dental healthcare by providing advice and treatment to prevent dental disease. Dental hygienists provide the following services:

  • dietary advice to help prevent decay
  • oral hygiene instruction to prevent gum disease
  • oral hygiene instruction around braces to prevent decay around the brace
  • scaling and root surface debridement to control gum disease
  • fresh breath treatments

Prevention is better than cure and this means less treatment costs for you over the long term. Gum disease can cause gross mineral loss of bone surrounding the teeth, leaving them suddenly loose. Most people are often unaware of this problem as gum disease progresses without pain, sometimes relentlessly. The build up of plaque on teeth and a reduced immune defence is the main course of gum disease.

Gum disease can be detected through measurement with gum probes at your dental visit. These measurements are routinely carried out at your 6 month check ups. Make sure you are regular with this !

All Antwerp Dentistry Clinicians are concerned with the emerging evidence that gum disease may be linked to several medical diseases, notably heart disease. We therefore whole-heartedly embrace the European Federation of Periodontology’s manifesto to clinicians to combat this disease.