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Why should you see a Hygienist?

Why should you see a Hygienist?

Posted on March 23, 2016 by Nav Rai in General Dentistry (clinic: Alton)


Regular visits to a dental hygienist for thorough and professional cleaning are important for maintaining the appearance and health of your teeth, improving not just the condition of your teeth and gums, but also your self-confidence. Gum disease has also been linked to number of systemic diseases including heart problems so a healthy mouth is vital to your overall health. More teeth are lost to gum disease than tooth decay, so it is important to ensure that the gums receive close attention.

Our hygienists will thoroughly clean and polish your teeth, removing stains, debris and deposits that have built up above and below the gum level in order to prevent and treat gum disease (also known as Gingivitis or Periodontal Disease). As well offering these treatments, they will also show the best way to clean teeth and remove plaque. They will also recommend the best products to use and supply dietary advice.

Dental cleanings involve removing plaque (soft, sticky, bacteria infested film) and tartar (calculus) deposits that have built up on the teeth over time. This chalky substance will eventually build up over time and if allowed to accumulate on the teeth, it will unfortunately provide the right conditions for bacteria to thrive next to the gums. Polishing is done using a powerful and purpose built toothbrush with soft brushes made for polishing. A special paste not available over the counter is used to polish the teeth making them look shiny and feel smooth.

Regular cleaning leaves teeth clean and smooth so that bacteria are unable to stick to them and you have a better chance of keeping them clean with regular brushing at home. Regular care with our hygienist will ensure you have the best chance in keeping teeth youthful, for life.

Plaque is a sticky, colourless deposit of bacteria that is constantly forming on the tooth surface. Saliva, food, and fluids combine to produce these deposits that collect on teeth and where teeth and gums meet. The build-up of plaque can trap stains on the teeth, and it is also the primary factor in gum problems. Fighting plaque is a life-long part of good dental hygiene. Plaque can also lead to the development of cavities, which further weaken your teeth.

Plaque can begin forming on teeth four to 12 hours after brushing, which is why it is so important to brush at least twice a day and floss daily. Brushing teeth, although necessary, is not enough. Make sure to floss every day in order to get those hard-to-reach places between teeth to help prevent the build-up of plaque.

A detailed examination of the gums, including pocket measurement will be carried out for periodontal treatment needs. We can also remove calculus from pockets under the gum line to help reduce inflammation and stop bleeding. Follow-up maintenance appointments to monitor progress will always be offered and plastic coatings applied onto the surface of adult molar teeth help reduce the development of tooth decay in difficult to brush areas.

Used for the removal of stubborn stains on teeth caused by tobacco and certain food products that are not easily removed by normal scaling and polishing. The technique uses a high-pressurized water spray with sodium bicarbonate. This technique can be safely used around crowns, veneers and fillings.

Speak to our hygienist on how your diet can affect your health, teeth and breath. We have experience and offer free advice to change diet to help prevent loss of teeth and decay and an initial consultation to discuss the factors that contribute to halitosis (bad breath). Examination of the gums carried out to see if any gum treatment is required; advice given regarding oral care products that target the causes of bad breath.

Our Hygienist can do a full assessment reviewing your medical history, necessary x-rays, a clinical exam, and a periodontal assessment by probing and exploring areas of the mouth. Assessing your oral health will help identify problems so as to lead to a full treatment plan and offer therapies that will help you.

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