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.
Here 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.