Our fully qualified hygienists have spent at least 2 years being trained on the anatomy and diseases of the mouth and in the care and maintenance of gums. A hygienist has a good understanding about diseases of the mouth and the correct treatments for those diseases, as well as how to best care for teeth and gums to prevent disease and decay.
Why visit a Hygienist
Surprisingly more teeth are lost due to gum disease than tooth decay.
Your dentist will first assess your teeth and gums, and discuss with you any treatment you need. The main aim is to help you get your mouth really healthy, to try to prevent dental problems arising or returning. The hygienist will thoroughly ‘scale and polish’ your teeth, removing debris and deposits that have built up below your gums and that may cause disease if left. You will be shown the best way of brushing to remove the bacterial ‘plaque’ which forms constantly on your teeth and gums.
You will be told which oral care products are the ebst ones for you to use as well as being given dietry advice.
Regular visits to the hygienist will help to prevent Periodontal (gum) disease, bleeding gums and dental decay (caries), as well as assisting with maintenance of the healthy mouth and fresh breath.
Dental Care Plan
Our hygienists, in conjunction with the dentist, set a program for frequency of treatment for each patient.. A clinically and financially more advantageous approach is our Dental Care Plan. For a modest monthly payment, you will receive a regular scale and polish to suit your individual dental requirements, pre-booked to ensure times and dates that suit you, . Our hygienists will provide you with advice to achieve and maintain good oral health and a program for you to follow.
Full details are available at our practice.
An essential guide to fresh breath
What could contribute to the cause of bad breath problems?
- Poor oral hygiene
- Gum disease, i.e. bleeding gums
- Ill fitting crowns, bridges and broken or cracked fillings
- Poorly maintained partial or full dentures
- An unclean tongue
- The consumption of garlic and other offending foods
- A high intake of acidic foods and drinks
- Poor diet
Will treatment with the hygienist hurt?
Generally treatment provided from the hygienist is pain free, however people who have swollen gums or very sensitive teeth may experience some discomfort. Normally any discomfort will indicate that the hygienist is having to clean well under your gums and perhaps you have required a more intense and deeper clean, the hygienist can administer local anaesthetic if necessary.
My gums bleed when I clean my teeth, what should I do?
You are just the sort of person who would benefit from care from our hygienist., The gums are bleeding because they are swollen, they are probably red in clour. This is because plaque and debris has already built up under your gums and is causing inflammation.
If I have gum disease and it is not treated what may happen?
Untreated gum disease will result in further build up of bacteria, this will eventually start to cause pockets around the teeth into which more debris can get caught. In time the continual effects around the teeth will start to cause bone to be lost and the teeth then start to become loose with the possibility of them eventually just falling out, as they have nothing to hold them in.
The diagnosis and treatment of bad breath is straightforward and is undertaken by our dentists and hygienists.
The initial consultation with the dentist will involve the filling out of a detailed lifestyle questionnaire, followed by a dental exam-ination. This provides the dental team with the necessary information to assess each individual’s needs resulting in a tailor made programme specific to each patient.
How often will I need to see a hygienist?
The frequency of visits to the hygienist will depend on your own individual dental needs. Many of our patients see our hygienist on a 3 monthly return. They find the benefit of regular visits as it ensures that they do not get a plaque build up, as well as maintaining their motivation to use floss and interdental brushes. Some patients have excellent oral hygiene and visit 6-9 monthly.