You clean your teeth twice a day, brush and clean interdentally. You have even mastered spitting out your toothpaste but not rinsing it away with water (which we recommend ensuring the fluoride in the toothpaste is given the longest possible time to work).
Why would you therefore need an appointment with the hygienist?
In this month’s blog we look at the reasons you shouldn’t miss your hygienist clean.
1. Remove plaque and tartar build up
No matter how well you clean your teeth, over time there will be some degree of plaque and tartar build up from the natural bacteria and minerals in saliva. If left this can increase your risk of developing gum disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss in the UK.
2. Gives teeth some TLC
The hygienist will be able to focus on those hard to reach areas such as your molars and wisdom teeth. They can also clean around fixed dental retainers and dental implants to ensure that your mouth stays healthy for as long as possible.
3. Treatment is pain free
Appointments with the hygienist are made to be as comfortable as possible and should not be painful. Should you experience any discomfort the hygienist can use numbing creams or local anaesthetic to ease this.
4. A confidence boost
The immediate benefits of having your teeth cleaned by the hygienist is that it can give you a little boost you may need prior to a party, interview or important Valentine date! After a professional clean, you will have teeth that feel cleaner, a brighter smile and fresher breath.
5. Prevents gum disease
Most adults will have some degree of gum disease at some point in their life. Gum disease is brought about by the build up of bacteria. Regular hygienist appointments help to remove the plaque and calculus that provide the perfect place for bacteria to multiply.
Gum disease is also linked to problems such as heart disease, diabetes and pregnancy complications, so regular hygienist appointments can help to prevent the onset of bigger future concerns. A little time invested now, can prevent major future problems.
6. Get tailored oral hygiene advice
With such a variety of dental products available in the shops it is very difficult to know what to use to give you the best results. The hygienist is able to recommend the best toothbrushes, toothpastes, interdental brushes and more to ensure you maintain your oral health in between appointments.
The hygienist will be able to advise you on how often you will need to attend based on the health of your teeth and gums, this can vary from every three months to yearly.
For more information on improving your oral health, do not hesitate to book an appointment for a consultation with one of our highly trained hygienists. They will be able to fully assess your needs and provide you with a treatment plan to best suit your requirements. Call today on 01255 220322 to book your appointment.