It’s essential to attend regular appointments with a dental hygienist as part of your oral health regime. This is because a hygienist can help protect your teeth from tooth decay and gum disease, or prevent existing problems from getting worse.
Left unchecked, gum disease and tooth decay can lead to tooth loss, bleeding gums, bad breath, and published research is even showing an association with serious health problems such as strokes, heart disease and diabetes, premature labour and low birthweight. Unfortunately, periodontal (gum) disease is very common and can have little or no symptoms, which is why it’s so important for an expert to regularly check your oral health as they will be able to spot early warning signs.
Why Visit Our Dental Hygienists?
At Kenilworth Dental Practice, we have 4 highly experienced and very popular hygienists who we recommend that you see between every three to six months, depending on your individual case. Our hygienist’s role is to remove plaque, tartar and staining from your teeth by carrying out a deeper clean, scale and polish than you can manage at home.
Our hygienist will also help you to prevent or treat any periodontal (gum) disease you might be experiencing to safeguard your overall health and wellbeing, and help alleviate problems such as bleeding gums or bad breath.
When you visit the hygienist, they will be happy to give you tooth-brushing advice and show you the best ways to clean between your teeth. Our hygienist can also give you advice about your diet and how improving this could better support the health of your teeth and gums.
Your Hygienist Appointment
When you visit our dental hygienist, she’ll give your teeth and gums a complete deep clean designed to remove the plaque and ‘tartar’ deposits that can cause gum disease and tooth decay.
The first step will be for the hygienist to ‘scale’ your teeth. This means using a combination of specialist instruments, including hand or ultrasonic scalers, to remove hard tartar deposits that may have built up on and between your teeth since your last visit.
If you are someone who has periodontal (gum) disease, you probably have small ‘pockets’ between your teeth and gums which allow plaque and calculus to creep under your gum line and form on the root surface. The hygienist can carry out root surface debridement (RSD) to remove any deposits. If you have sensitive teeth, we may suggest a painless local anaesthetic to help you feel as comfortable as possible during your treatment.
Finally, the hygienist will polish your teeth to remove any remaining stains. She will use an instrument similar to an electric toothbrush and a special polish to do this.
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