Why should I see a hygienist?
Hygiene Therapy is one of the most effective ways to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, and it can also help to reduce bad breath, an embarrassing problem for many people. Taking care of these areas of oral health, and learning how to clean your teeth properly will stop more serious problems happening in the future, such as losing a tooth or even bone loss in the jaw.
What will happen in my appointment?
When you come to see our Dental Hygienists, you will have time to discuss your dental health and receive gentle, individual care. Even the most diligent brushers will find that there are some parts of the mouth that can’t be reached, so this is where you can get a deep clean, below the gum line if necessary. The scale and polish technique is designed to remove tartar, which is a hardened plaque that cannot be removed by brushing alone.
In your hygiene appointment, your hygienist will also carefully check for signs of gum disease or mouth cancer. Gum disease usually develops without any pain, so most people aren’t aware of it, however most adults in the UK do have some form of gum disease (it is more common as we get older). Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, so identifying and treating it as soon as possible will really help you to keep your natural smile.
Why should I take gum disease seriously?
If it is untreated for a long time, it can be difficult to get gum disease under control. There are two main types of gum disease – periodontitis and gingivitis. Gingivitis can cause bad breath and bleeding when brushing, and can lead to the more serious type of gum disease, periodontitis. This is when the tissues that support and hold the teeth in place become infected, causing damage to the jaw bone and ultimately, loss of the tooth or teeth.
Let’s get started!
Our team would urge everyone to please not feel embarrassed about anything you are experiencing when it comes to your oral health, or if you are not sure how to clean your teeth properly. Many adults have never been shown how to clean or floss correctly. Once you start to attend hygiene therapy appointments you will receive the support you need to achieve a healthy mouth and will learn the best ways to look after your teeth and gums at home. Every mouth is different.