Hygienists play an increasingly important role in modern dentistry and are key players in the long-term prevention of dental problems. Not only do they scale and polish teeth, they also teach preventive techniques and offer lifestyle advice, and they can supervise some cosmetic treatments, such as tooth whitening. It really is a good idea to see a hygienist regularly as they can:
- Prevent gum disease
- Stop gums bleeding
- Keep breath fresh
- Reduce your risk of conditions related to poor gum health, such as heart disease
- Teach you how to keep your teeth healthy for life
Even if your teeth look and feel OK, gum disease can gradually and unnoticeably inflict significant damage. It is rarely painful, but can cause bleeding gums, bad breath and possible tooth loss. A hygienist’s chief contribution to dental health is to help you avoid gum disease and decay, so you can keep your own teeth, for life, and your need for dental treatment is greatly reduced. Recent research has also shown a link between periodontal disease (severe gum disease) and other health concerns like diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
What happens during a hygiene session?
Our hygienists will assess your current level of oral hygiene and carry out a full scale and polish, as well as demonstrating oral care techniques such as flossing and brushing.
How often should I see a hygienist?
This will depend on your risk of gum disease. Risk factors include having a personal susceptibility and having had restorative treatments. We will advise you how often you should have a hygiene appointment, which can range from every three months to once a year.
Do I need to see a dentist first?
No. Since a change in the law (in 2013), patients can now see a dental hygienist without being referred by a dentist.
Steps To Health
Achieving and keeping a healthy mouth is a joint effort, please click here for information on our Oral Health Pathway.
Give us a call on 0117 968 4888 to book an appointment for a refreshing deep clean (and more!)
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