Dental Hygienist in Preston ...
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Meet Our Gentle Dental Hygienist
Dental Hygienist in Preston : Mr. Colin Clarke
Visits to your dental hygienist are an important part of looking after your teeth alongside regular check-ups with your dentist. Our hygienists work with our expert team of dental professionals to help minimise the effects of gum disease by thoroughly cleaning your teeth, particularly in those hard to reach areas.
As well as removing stubborn plaque and tartar that can build up on your teeth, even with regular brushing and flossing, our dental hygienists can help to remove unsightly stains caused by tea, coffee, red wine and cigarettes.
Over the last 28 years Colin has worked in almost all areas in dentistry, including working as a dental support specialist in the armed forces, where he served in the Gulf war in 1991 as a combat medical technician. after an extensive period in dental practice management Colin qualified as a dental hygienist in 1994.
the area of prevention of dental disease has been his primary area of focus over the last 20 years with a particular interest in periodontics ( diagnosis & treatment of gum disease) and its effect on the " whole body" with a holistic approach.
Colin has worked with many award-winning cosmetic dental teams culminating in him being awarded the prestigious "Dental Hygienist of the year " award for his work in preventative dentistry.
Colin believes that , it is only by getting to know his patients and building up a relationship of trust that best results are possible, Teamwork is a very important part of his approach to dental health and he views his patients as a pivotal member of that team, working hard to understand, treat and prevent any dental health concerns.
He is always keen to promote his dental health message to the wider community through his work with professional bodies, such as the Listerine dental research forum to addressing local community Groups.In his opinion good communication and a complete understanding of his patients need are the starting point and the foundation of any professional relationship.
Your dental hygienist can:
• Provide dental hygiene care to a wide range of patients.
• Plan the delivery of care for patients to improve and maintain their periodontal health
• Obtain a detailed dental history from patients and evaluate their medical history as well as undertake a complete periodontal examination
• Provide preventive oral care to patients and liaise with dentists over the treatment of tooth decay, periodontal disease and tooth wear.
• Undertake above and below the gum scaling and root cleaning using manual and powered instruments
• Give patients advice on how to stop smoking.
Preventive Hygiene Treatments
Before any work begins, each patient receives a thorough examination and health assessment. This typically includes digital x-rays and a complete survey and charting of your teeth, including cavities, restorations and missing teeth. We also evaluate your periodontal health, occlusion (teeth position and bite) and TMJ (jaw joint), as well as screen for oral cancer.
Healthy teeth require healthy gums. A gingival pocket exam determines the presence or risk of gum (periodontal) disease.
What to Know:
- Each tooth sits inside a gingival pocket of gum tissue. Food debris and plaque naturally collect inside this pocket.
- Daily tooth brushing and flossing remove food debris and plaque from the gingival pocket. If not removed, harmful bacteria penetrate the gum-line and deepen the pocket.
- As the depth of a gingival pocket increases, so does the risk of tooth damage and infection that leads to gum disease.
- During your exam, a hand-held instrument is gently placed between gums and teeth (sulcus) to measure the depth of each pocket.
- In its earliest stage, gum disease may be reversible. Since it rarely has symptoms of pain, it is possible to have gum disease and not know it.
Your teeth are cleaned using special instruments to remove plaque from above and below the gum-line. Afterwards, your teeth are polished. Tooth polishing makes your teeth look and feel great. It also smoothes tooth surfaces so plaque is less likely to accumulate.
Ultrasonic technology lets us perform even the most difficult cleanings thoroughly and comfortably. The device uses gentle, high-frequency sound waves to create a vibration (called cavitation) that removes heavy deposits and debris comfortably and thoroughly, with much less scraping.
Though it doesn’t get much publicity, oral cancer is the sixth most common type of cancer. Often not caught until the later stages, this disease can be disfiguring, often resulting in removal of the jaw, tongue or other facial structures. In the worst cases, oral cancer can be deadly.
Oral cancer involves abnormal cell tissue growth in the mouth, tongue, lip, palate, gums or throat. experienced dentists at Lane Ends Dental Practice routinely screen patients to determine if they have oral cancer.
A healthy smile depends on healthy gums. Unfortunately, most adults have some degree of periodontal (gum) disease, which can lead to bleeding gums, gum recession, sensitivity and — in the worst case — tooth loss. In fact, periodontal disease is the most common cause of tooth loss among adults.
Our dental hygienists in collaboration dental specialists offer the latest gum treatments to stop gum disease from progressing, which includes
soft tissue management, medications, gum grafts and new tissue regenerative procedures.
We are pleased to offer our patients custom made protective nightguards that prevent teeth grinding and wear. The first step in fabricating these nightgurards is to take an impression of your teeth. We then use that impression and fabricate the night-guards using special professional-grade materials. The perfect fit of these night-guards ensures that not only will your guard fit comfortably, it will also offer the most protection and will interfere the least with speech or breathing.
The grooves and depressions that form the chewing surfaces of the back teeth are extremely difficult to clean of bacteria and food. As the bacteria reacts with the food, acids form and break down the tooth enamel, causing cavities.
Tooth sealants protect these susceptible areas by sealing the grooves and depressions, preventing bacteria and food particles from residing in these areas. Sealant material is a resin typically applied to the back teeth, molars and premolars and areas prone to cavities.