Why oral health care checks from a dental hygienist are so valuable

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Everyone should value the importace of oral health care checks and the difference they make to the state of your teeth and general well being. If you visit a dental hygienist every 6 months, even if you’re not having any pain or problems with your teeth. you can stay on top of things. A regular check up, followed by a good clean and polish from a dental hygienist will help prevent problems from arising, or catch any problems that are in their early stages.

Looking after your teeth is similar to looking after your car; it’s better to have regular oral health care check-ups rather than wait until something goes wrong.

At our dental clinic, we have a dental hygienist on-site to clean teeth, improve gum health and help you to maintain a healthier mouth.

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Role of a dental hygienist

Although they work closely together, a dental hygienist is different to a dentist.

The dentist will diagnose and treat problems that are in different stages of development.

However, the dental hygienist will carry out preventative treatment to limit the potential of dental issues.

Specifically trained in the prevention and treatment of gum disease, our dental hygienist is an integral part of the preventive dental team at our clinic.

What an appointment with a dental hygienist involves

If you make an appointment with our dental hygienist, the first thing will be an assessment of your gums and jaw bone health to evaluate their current condition.

A regular visit entails a scale and polish. Professional scaling involves the removal of calculus, plaque and bacteria responsible for gum or jaw-bone disease, while a comprehensive polish removes unsightly stain, in order to give you a fresher and healthier looking smile.

It is also the dental hygienist’s job to check previous dental work. This is usually done by taking x-rays at each visit and comparing them over time.

They will also monitor gum health and apply fluoride solutions to prevent decay.

The appointment will usually finish with a demonstration of oral hygiene techniques, which are most suitable for you, to keep your teeth and gums in the best possible health.

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Oral health care checks pick up on problems early on

Regular hygiene appointments to clean and polish your teeth are the cornerstone of any great smile and foundation of oral health, but there are other specific reasons you should book an appointment.

Gum disease

More adults lose their teeth every year as a result of gum disease than from any other cause. Thankfully, gum or jaw bone disease is preventable, and if already present, it is manageable. With regularly scheduled check-ups and cleanings, your mouth can remain healthy and free from gum disease.

Prevent bad breath

Halitosis is usually caused by bacteria in the mouth, and a thorough dental cleaning by a dental hygienist can help with bad breath.

Avoid fillings and other problems

Regular appointments with a dental hygienist can allow us to pick up on problems such as early decay, defective fillings or infections that you would have been otherwise unaware of.

Keep your own teeth

With regular visits to our hygienist, we can plan a series of treatments to slow down the process and prevent early tooth loss. In many cases we can successfully stop further deterioration to the gum tissues, enabling you to hold onto your teeth longer.

Cleaning those hard to reach spots

Even if you brush your teeth twice a day, every day, 365 days a year, there will always be parts of your mouth that you just won’t be able to clean as effectively as a dental hygienist. We have specialised instruments designed to reach those areas where plaque can hide from toothbrushes.

Overall health

As strange as it sounds, researchers have found that gum disease is associated with other health problems such as heart disease, stroke and respiratory problems. A visit to the dental hygienist is also an oral cancer screening. Oral cancer is highly curable if detected early. This is why it is so important to have regular oral health care checks.

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Why choose us for your dental hygienist

We believe prevention is better than cure.

Our dental hygienist will help you to prevent gum disease and other oral problems by explaining and demonstrating the best way to look after your teeth.

Our aim is to bring the most highly trained doctors and innovative technology together with caring and compassionate staff to offer our patients the pinnacle of specialised dental care.

We pledge to value our patients and their needs above all else.

Contact us today if you would like to know more about us or what we do, or if you would like to book an appointment with our dental hygienist for a scale and polish.