Reap the benefits of regular hygiene visits

Just as you can never expect the dust in your house to suddenly stop appearing, so you can also never expect your mouth to stop producing plaque.

Your mouth is home to billions of bacteria. Some are good, some are harmless. Very occasionally you will get some that are downright harmful. But one thing is for sure, even though you will swallow billions of them every day in your saliva, and even though you will brush away billions of them too, they will be back.

Benefits of Regular Hygiene VisitsIt’s what bacteria do. They feed and they reproduce. Some of them, like Streptococcus mutans, love to feed on the sugars and starches that remain in your saliva. They are part of the digestive process that starts with using saliva to break down your food in your mouth before swallowing it.

However, as well as feeding and reproducing, Strep. mutans also gives off acids. And the more there is for it to feast on, the more acids it will produce.

As part of the sticky film of plaque on your teeth, what this means is that the film is gently oozing acids directly onto your tooth enamel and your gums. If you leave plaque for more than 3 days, it hardens into a chalky material we call tartar. You can’t brush that away. It sits there, oozing acids. These acids corrode your tooth enamel to create the right conditions for decay. They also attack and inflame the gums, starting the long, slow process of gum disease.

This is why, at the Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow, we are so keen that you keep up good oral hygiene at home and also why we can’t stress enough how important it is to have regular dental hygiene visits. The hygienist has the right tools to remove that chalky tartar and plaque, generally in places you can’t get to so well with a brush or floss. The hygienist can also give you great brushing tips and make sure you are using the best tools for the job.

Please don’t skip the hygiene visits, they are the foundation of good dental health.

The benefits of regular hygiene visits

If you want to have strong, healthy teeth for your lifetime, then you need to be disciplined about your oral health routine.

There are several parts to having good oral health. Some parts of that routine happen every day, twice a day. You brush your teeth for 2 minutes using fluoride toothpaste on a soft-bristled brush. Once a day you floss around your teeth to remove trapped food and also plaque from under the gumline.

Dental Hygiene in GlasgowThere are other parts to your oral health routine that don’t happen so often. The check-up and deep clean are more likely to be a twice-yearly occurrence, unless your dentist at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow has told you to come more often.

It can be tempting to decide not to bother with regular hygiene visits. They take time and effort and cost money. And for what? Well, let’s take a look at the benefits of regular hygiene visits.

Removing the build-up of plaque and tartar

Even though you brush your teeth really carefully, you are bound to miss some areas of plaque, mostly because you can’t get at them with your brush. After about 3 days, the plaque hardens into tartar, and this cannot be removed with a toothbrush. It needs to be scraped over with the hygienist’s special tools.

Removing all the areas of tartar that you have missed means that you no longer have patches that are giving off acids. If you leave these undisturbed, they will be leaching acids straight onto your tooth enamel and gums, and will do so until the hygienist removes them.

Removing staining

When the hygienist gets to have a go at your teeth, you will get any residual staining removed too. You emerge with cleaner, brighter teeth and will feel better about your smile.


The hygienist can also help spot areas where you can brush up on your cleaning techniques and give you tips on what brushes and flosses to use.

Regular hygiene visits mean cleaner, brighter teeth and an improved cleaning technique. Put like that, it makes sense to have regular visits.

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.