A clean and healthy mouth improves your appearance and gives you fresh breath.
Research has shown that good cleaning significantly reduces the risk of filling replacement, tartar build up, new cavities, food trapping and teeth drifting.
A hygienist appointment can target the above and keep your teeth and gums in the best condition, helping to avoid gum disease and give you a bright, dazzling smile.
However, the reality is that a lot of people have never had a hygienist appointment before and are unsure on how to properly clean their teeth, or how to get rid of plaque. Leaving their dental health to be at risk.
So, what is a hygienist?
A hygienist carries out preventative treatments that help to limit the prospect of dental issues.
What procedures does a hygienist provide?
Hygienist treatments help to keep teeth in optimum condition. In addition to numerous other services, they meticulously clean teeth and gums, using a combination of scaling and polishing treatments to ensure the effective removal of plaque, bacteria and staining.
The main role of a hygienist is to prevent and treat gum disease. Prevention consists of appointments for scale and polish, while treatment of gum disease consists of appointments to remove plaque and calculus that builds up along the root surface – which could lead to bone loss.
They also perform necessary procedures to limit the risk of developing gum disease and in some cases, will remove major tartar build ups.
What to expect from your appointment
During your visit, you’ll have the opportunity to ask the hygienist questions about your oral health. Perhaps you’re having problems with your gums or you’re unsure on which is the best toothpaste to use – these are all things you can ask your hygienist.
While you may have lots of questions, so will your hygienist. Your hygienist may ask you about smoking, alcohol and the amount of sugar you consume. They may advise you to reduce your intake, as all these factors can contribute to problems such as stains, bad breath and cancers. Your hygienist will also give you tips and help with oral health.
Throughout the appointment, your hygienist will clean your teeth and carry out a few dental health checks. You can expect the appointment to last about an hour, so the hygienist can efficiently clean your teeth and talk you through everything you need to know.
How often should I see a hygienist?
If you have good oral hygiene habits and a healthy mouth, your hygienist will probably suggest professional teeth cleaning at least twice a year. However, this will depend on your oral health and your hygienist.
Regular professional cleaning, combined with looking after your teeth and gums well at home, will help keep your mouth healthy. A clean and healthy mouth will improve your appearance, help you to keep your teeth in great condition and give you fresh breath.
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