To be able to smile without embarrassment, eat with ease and comfort, and live without pain is wonderful. To ensure you get this from your teeth, maintaining your dental well-being is vital. The best way to ensure your teeth stay this way is by visiting our oral health professionals on a regular basis. Oral hygiene examinations form an essential part of your healthy living regime and are just as important as dental appointments.
Our dental hygienists are specifically trained in looking after the health of your teeth and gums. Hygienists are educated alongside dentists for most of their training and are best placed to provide deep and thorough cleaning of the teeth and gums to prevent gum disease and decay. The purpose of your hygienist visits are to help;
- Reduce the risk of serious medical conditions
- Prevent gum recession, loose or drifting teeth
- Reduce tooth sensitivity
- Provide advice on proper brushing techniques to keep teeth clean whilst preventing damage
It’s important to emphasise that as well as enjoying fresher breath and keeping your gums in the pink, hygiene therapy may reduce the risk of developing several serious medical conditions, especially as research links gum disease to arthritis, heart disease, strokes, diabetes, degenerative illnesses and problems with pregnancy such as premature births and low birth-weight babies. Almost 90 per cent of us suffer from gum disease at some point in our lives but with good hygiene care the risks can be easily controlled.
You may have questions regarding hygienist appointments; for example what will happen at your appointment and why it is important to visit both the hygienist and dentist to ensure optimal oral health.
Do I have to see the dentist before my hygiene appointment?
No, changes to the rules now mean that you can see a hygienist as often as you like without needing to see a dentist first.
What kind of training do hygienists have?
Much of a dental hygienist’s and hygiene therapist’s training is alongside and to the same standard as a dentist. Like dentists, dental therapists strictly adhere to the GDC’s standards of dental care.
Does hygiene therapy hurt?
Our hygienists are incredibly gentle and will do their utmost to ensure that your treatment doesn’t hurt. If necessary they can apply topical anaesthetic to help numb sensitive areas. If your teeth have not been thoroughly cleaned before, there may be some discomfort but regular visits with us means your hygiene experience will become more positive.