A good dental hygiene regime is essential if you want to maintain a healthy, happy smile. Good dental hygiene involves team work, combining regular visits to your dentist or hygienist with stringent homecare.
As well as treating you in the practice, our hygienists will show you the best way to look after your teeth at home. We recommend that you visit the hygienist every six months to help keep your mouth in top condition.
Most people instantly think of professional tooth cleaning, often called a scale and polish, when they think of dental hygienists. Whilst thoroughly cleaning your teeth to remove any stubborn plaque or tartar is a vital part of our hygienists’ work, they also provide a range of other services.
Your professional tooth cleaning will involve:
- Complete ultrasonic tooth cleaning to gently remove tartar
- Polishing to remove any stubborn plaque
- Stain removal using a high-power, mildly abrasive water jet
In addition, our hygienists will fully assess the health of your gums. They can spot and treat gum disease before it become too serious, another important reason to visit us every six months.
You will also receive a full, honest assessment of your current oral health, including any steps you can take to improve it. This may include the best products to use at home, as well as dietary advice, fluoride treatments to strengthen tooth enamel and fissure sealants to close small cracks and limit future decay.
The goal of all of this is to help you achieve excellent standards of oral health, avoiding the need for potentially more invasive treatments in the future. If you do require procedures such as oral surgery, good dental hygiene practices will help you to enjoy and maintain the benefits of such treatment for many years to come.