What is an Oral Health Therapist?
Oral Health Therapists are considered preventive clinicians. They provide preventive treatments such as oral examinations for children and teenages as well as scale/cleans, periodontal treatment (for gum disease), fluoride treatments, radiographs (x-rays) and fissure sealants for all ages.
Our Oral Health Therapist here at Chermside Dental Care is Mrs. Rebecca McNaught. Rebecca has been with us for over 10 years, and is absolutely fantastic at helping our patients with examinations, gum cleaning, treatment of gum/periodontal disease and maintaining dental health long-term. We have many patients who see Rebecca regularly every 4-6 months to keep their teeth and gums healthy, stable and pain-free. Rebecca delves into many areas of dentistry and forms a key part of the team.
Periodontal treatment / Bleeding gums
One of the key roles of our Oral Health Therapist, is to help our patients solve the issue of bleeding gums once and for all. Many of us have experienced bleeding gums at some point, usually when flossing. Many people see bleeding, and avoid flossing because of it. However, healthy gums shouldn’t bleed. Bleeding gums, or gum disease, requires a professional clean with an Oral Health Therapist and some oral hygiene instruction to help stop the chronic disease. The bleeding is most commonly caused by plaque (bacteria) which builds up between the teeth and under the gums, and isn’t removed properly (or often enough).
Fortunately, with professional care and diligent cleaning at home, gingivitis is a reversible condition. Left untreated, though, it can lead to the irreversible condition of periodontitis – permanent loss of the gums and bone surrounding the teeth. Left unchecked, people can lose teeth entirely. As part of our comprehensive hygiene program, Rebecca will assess your gum health and help to improve your oral hygiene habits.
If you feel your gums may need some loving, please give us a call on 3359 1611 or use our simple online portal to select a time that suits you and book it instantly here.