Why Visit a Dental Hygienist?
We suggest you visit a hygienist at regular intervals, usually every six months. There are several advantages to maintaining a good professional oral hygiene program as our hygienist can clean your teeth far more thoroughly than can be achieved at home. Most people will miss out some areas of their mouth while brushing, even if they are vigilant. This allows plaque to harden onto the teeth, forming a substance called calculus or tartar and which will produce toxins that infect and inflame the gums. Calculus is very hard which is why it has to be professionally removed. Regular hygiene treatments are a very effective way of maintaining healthy gums and reduce the risk of periodontal disease (gum disease). A hygiene treatment will leave your mouth feeling very fresh and clean and teeth can be selectively polished which may remove some surface stains.
How Can a Dental Hygienist Help Improve Oral Care at Home?
It is easy to end up following the same oral care routine you have always used, but there may be a simpler and more effective way to brush and floss, maximising every second you spend on dental care at home. Our hygienist is able to provide practical help, including demonstrations on brushing and flossing techniques as even a few small changes can make a big difference. They can also offer advice and information on the best dental tools to use at home, based on your individual needs.
If required, our hygienist can look at your diet and may suggest ways to improve it to increase your level of oral health. They are more than willing to answer any queries you may have about your dental care so please feel free to ask as education is a very important part of preventative dental care.