Why You Should Be Seeing Your Dental Hygienist Regularly

In the interest of maintaining healthy teeth and gums, regular hygiene visits are a must. Bacteria build up on our teeth and gums can lead to serious oral conditions such as gum disease and tooth decay. Both these conditions are dangerous for your oral and overall health and can cause major complications such as jawbone deterioration, gum tissue collapse, and tooth loss.

The Benefits Of Regular Hygiene VisitsHere at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, we are committed to keeping your teeth strong and healthy through regular hygiene visits. Our dentists and dental hygienists collaborate closely to ensure that they provide thorough oral care to all of our patients. Always remember that prevention is better than cure and visiting the dentist at least once every six months will save your from costly and extensive treatment in the future.

So, what does a dental hygienist do?

Dental hygienists are specially trained to keep teeth clean and healthy. A hygienist’s role is two-fold: they are responsible for providing dental hygiene information to patients, and they offer preventive care to support dental health and fight gum disease and tooth decay.

After inspecting your teeth and gums closely for any signs of decay or inflammation, a hygienist will use a special tool to remove hardened plaque from your teeth and gums. Some patients may require a deep root cleaning, which may require different tools and local anaesthesia to prevent sensitivity. After the cleaning procedure is over, they will polish the surface of your teeth by applying a special paste taking care not to disturb any existing dental work, such as fillings and crowns. In some cases, fluoride treatment may be administered just after a cleaning in order to protect your teeth and gums for longer.

The importance of dental care

Dental hygiene visits are vital for many reasons as they:

  • Reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease
  • Keep plaque and bacteria build-up controlled
  • Prevent bad breath
  • Prevent tooth loss.

Moreover, your hygienist will offer information on the benefits of maintaining your dental hygiene and will take the time to educate you on proper oral techniques, diet habits and smoking cessation.

The benefits of regular hygiene visits in Glasgow

Here at the Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, we offer a huge range of treatments. Everything from teeth straightening to dental implants, from root canal therapy to teeth whitening, from dermal fillers to dentures; if it concerns the face, teeth and gums, we’ve got it covered.

However, there’s nothing so important to the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums as regular hygiene visits. When it comes down it to, it’s the most simple and vital work we do.

Benefits of Regular Hygiene VisitsIn tune with most other modern dental clinicians, we believe in prevention rather than cure. While we offer tooth restorations for those that need them, we hope that you don’t. Our aim is to keep your teeth so healthy that you keep your whole set for life. Strange as it sounds coming from a dental practice, we’d rather you didn’t need expensive and extensive dental work. We would far rather you came in for regular check-ups so we can spot issues before they became problems.

What happens at a dental hygiene appointment?

First the hygienist will examine your mouth. They will use a mirror to check for signs of gingivitis (the early stages of gum disease) and any other warning signs. If they detect a problem, they may call in a dentist to make sure it’s okay to go ahead with treatment. If all’s well, they will carry out the hygiene procedure known as a scale and polish.

Phase one is the scale. This is where the dental hygienist uses a scaler to get rid of the build-up of plaque and tartar around your gum line and between your teeth. You will hear and feel scraping and poking sensations. And while it’s not much fun, it is vital to maintaining your oral health. However well you brush, floss and mouth wash, you can’t remove plaque and tartar; only the hygienist’s tools can do this.

The polish part is where the hygienist will brush your teeth with a high-powered brush and gritty toothpaste, to give them a really deep clean. The grinding noise may sound unpleasant but be rest assured that it’s doing great work.