For many people, going to see a hygienist is part of their normal dental care routine. However, there are still a third of adults in the U.K who have never attended at all. If you fall into this category, or perhaps it’s been a while since you had your gums checked over, this blog could be a great way to motivate you to get a check-up and to have hard deposits in your mouth removed.
Here are 7 excellent reasons to go and see a dental hygienist and take back control over the health and everyday maintenance of your mouth.
Prevention, prevention prevention! This is what you will hear any dental hygienist worth their salt say – and they’re completely right to labour the point.
Treating serious gum disease can become a complex feat, as your gum and bone can both deteriorate once a certain stage has been reached. Whilst there will always be actions our dental hygienists can take to help you get back on the path to healthier gum, the best philosophy to have is to protect your gums and teeth from the get go.
This means maintaining a healthy mouth at home (to make sure you keep your teeth and gums healthy) and attending routine hygienist appointments so that early intervention can be taken to protect your oral hygiene.
Hard deposits like plaque and tartar don’t exactly give off the nicest odours…! Once tartar has settled, it can cause small openings in between your teeth along the gum line. This gives food and bacteria-free rein to settle and you will not be able to reach these with a floss brush or toothbrush. No need for us to explain how lingering food and bacteria leads to bad breath!
Once plaque and tartar have been removed, you’ll be left with a healthier mouth and fresher (and therefore healthier) breath which will do wonders for your confidence, dating and career prospects.
Should we find that plaque and tartar have reached into small pockets between your teeth, it isn’t game over for your gums and jawbone. Our dental hygienist team can salvage your oral health by using special instruments to remove the bacteria and to shrink pockets that might end up accumulating bacteria and food.
No, the dental hygienist won’t be able to whiten your teeth in such a way that their shade is transformed (that’s teeth whitening!). However, by removing tartar and plaque staining, you will end up with a much healthier-looking set of teeth.
We also offer Airflow polishing as a supplement treatment once we’ve scaled and polished your teeth. Airflow is a gentle way of getting rid of plaque and tartar that’s stubbornly lodged in the hard-to-reach areas of your mouth. It uses compressed air and fine powder particles, helping to keep the early signs of gum disease at bay. Not only will this keep your mouth healthy, but you’ll also have whiter teeth too, since staining will be removed.
Even with a fantastic brushing and flossing routine, if you don’t come along to the hygienist regularly, your teeth will be in danger of falling foul to gum disease. Once gum disease has eroded your gums and jawbone, there is a good chance your teeth will become loose and eventually need to be extracted.
The way to make sure this doesn’t happen is to have routine hygienist cleaning, which will remove plaque and tartar, which is responsible for causing inflammation, bleeding and recession. Your hygienist here at Innovadent can also give you advice on how to curb the lifestyle habits that are inextricably linked to loose teeth and tooth loss, like smoking and regular alcohol consumption.
No-one wants to have visible stains on their teeth, but that’s exactly what neglecting to go to the hygienist will cause. Plaque leaves dark stains, whilst tartar is a yellowish/white colour. Neither of these substances are pleasant to look at when someone smiles, and it can really affect your confidence if you feel your teeth don’t look the way you want them to.
Giving your teeth a thorough clean every couple of times a year will banish these stains, and make sure you have clean teeth and a healthy smile.
If you’ve noticed your teeth are sensitive long after drinking and eating something hot or cold, this could be a sign of an underlying problem. As teeth can’t self-heal, the source of your tooth sensitivity is highly unlikely to disappear on its own. It might be that you’re suffering from a dental infection, enamel erosion or gum recession, all of which will need treatment. Your dental hygienist might recommend a fluoride mouthwash to fortify the enamel, or if they’ve spotted significant erosion, they may refer you to the dentist for a filling, which will protect your teeth from needing restorative treatment.
Our dental hygienists are self-confessed perfectionists that will not leave any stone unturned when examining your mouth for the smallest signs of disease, infection or decay. Each dental hygienist at the practice is also trained to give constructive advice that our patients understand so that they can implement this into their day-to-day lifestyle when they leave the practice.
Contact our state-of-the-art dental practice to book in for your first dental hygienist appointment at Innovadent. If it’s been a little while since your last appointment, we will help to make you feel as comfortable as possible and you will never be rushed into having your teeth examined. Our philosophy is to go at your pace, and to listen to your specific concerns.
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