why it's so important to attend your Hygiene appointment
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Visiting the hygienist regularly helps to ensure that your oral hygiene routine is efficient at removing plaque and keeping your teeth and gums healthy. At Hampshire Dentists, Southampton, we offer this service for your peace of mind.
These are usually a 30 minute appointment to remove any tartar build up from around the teeth above and below gum level, flushing out bacteria and harmful toxins which damage the gums and bone and have implications elsewhere in the body. Many patients report how clean and fresh their mouths feel afterwards.
A 30 minute Hygiene Treatment at Hampshire Dentists is £65! Maybe consider some of the below.
Why do I need a dental hygiene appointment?
Everyone, even the dentist needs to see a dental hygienist routinely.
Our dental hygienists are specially trained to help you head off dental problems before they start. This is through a thorough assessment of how you care for your mouth as well as cleaning procedures. They will work with you to optimize your home care regime that keeps your dental health in tip-top condition.
All dental hygienists are licensed with the General Dental Council [GDC], and have years of their own professional training under their belt, so you are in competent and caring hands.
What are the benefits of a dental hygienist?
Your dental hygienist plays potentially the most important role in the dental practice, providing you with vital preventative care and helping you stay healthy. You will see them to help focus on preventing dental diseases, hopefully reducing the need for intervention and treatment with the rest of the dental team.
The dental hygienist is also partly an educator, helping you learn more about your mouth and dental health, how to achieve your dental goals, and how to care for your mouth and its unique issues between visits to the practice. They can also advise you on the basics of a lifestyle that supports good dental health.
While the list of preventative benefits of a dental hygienist is long, here are some of their main duties:
- Assessment of current Home care regime
- Education/refinement of what you can do (skills/tools/techniques you can use) to control damaging dental plaque (removing it from every surface of every tooth, every day so you can become more dentally fit.
- Removal of hard plaque by deep cleaning, scaling and polishing teeth
- Applying topical fluoride and sealing the surface of the tooth
- Periodontal therapies
- Applying antimicrobial and prophylactic treatments.
- Some emergency care
- Patient education
How will dental hygiene help me?
Gum disease afflicts up to 50% of the population.
While gingivitis- begins when the bacteria in plaque (the sticky, colour-less film that constantly forms on your teeth) causes the gums to become inflamed/swollen. Early gingivitis is reversible. However, later gum disease is not. This is why nipping it early is so important.
Caused usually by bacteria in cases of persistent halitosis, or bad breath. These bacteria are often hiding under the gum line where even the most diligent of toothbrushes cannot reach. Your dental hygienist, however, has all the tools needed to help flush them out improving gum health and hence reducing bad breath.
Improve your confidence
Never underestimate a clean and healthy smile. Studies show improvements in emotional wellbeing and improve confidence. Stained discoloured teeth or paranoia about bad breath can hugely affect confidence and hold us back.
Your dental hygienist is a critical part of helping you achieve that healthy goal.
Reduced Dental procedures
These dental ninjas (hygienist) can often pick up on problems early on and advise on areas, which need improved attention at home to prevent and often reverse dental diseases in the early stages reducing the potential need for intervention treatments with the dentist reducing the risk of losing a tooth/teeth.