One of the best ways to protect your teeth and gums, and shield yourself from other harmful health problems, is to regularly visit a dental hygienist to keep your teeth plaque free.
Researchers at the American Dental Association have found that periodontitis (the untreated form of periodontal disease that can cause tooth loss) is linked with health problems, such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes and has even been linked to dementia and problems during pregnancy.
With continuing changes to NHS dental services, many dental practices no longer offer patients access to a dental hygienist.
If you have any friends or relatives who would value the positive benefits of a brighter smile, fresher breath and a health mouth, you will be happy to know they are welcome at Waterside Dental - even if they’re not an existing patient.
We believe everyone should have easy access to effective and preventative dental hygiene services.
Gum disease is no laughing matter.
Untreated bacteria in the mouth may lead to inflammation of the gums (Gingivitis) which can cause your teeth to become loose or even fall out.
As well as causing tooth loss and bad breath, the latest evidence shows a link between gum disease and and increased risk of other chronic and serious health conditions such as blood clots, heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
In March 2013, the General Dental Council relaxed the regulations, allowing dental hygienists to provide services without being examined by a dentist; this means it’s easier than ever before to take proven preventative steps to better health.
Joanne graduated in 2000 from the School of Dental Hygiene in Belfast. After graduating she worked in a private practice in Belfast for a number of years where she gained experience treating a variety of needs, including very nervous patients and children.
Joanne was also the secretary for the British Dental Hygienist Association, Northern Ireland Branch. This involved organising lecture programmes for dental hygienists practising in Northern Ireland and liaising with lecturers and the association’s governing body in London.
Our hygienists will make your teeth look and feel better, but more importantly they help prevent gum disease, protecting you from tooth loss. Removing plaque, tartar and stains will also improve your appearance, freshen your breath and help your general health. Chronic gum disease has been linked with heart problems and other serious complications, so it's a good idea to see a hygienist regularly!
Our hygienists love to pamper your teeth to perfect health, with deep cleaning and gum treatments. They also provide personalised tips and advice to maintain your lovely new smile at home.
Bad breath or halitosis is actually very common. It can be caused by smoking, spicy foods, certain drinks, gastric problems, chest infections and dry mouth syndrome. However, the most common reasons for stale or unpleasant breath are cavities, badly fitting dentures, braces and poor oral hygiene.
Once the dentist has assessed the reason for your bad breath, our hygienist will devise a tailored programme to reduce the build up of plaque. They will also teach you how to maintain a good oral hygiene program at home so the problem won't reoccur.