Why Have a Dental Hygienist Check-up?
Dental hygienists are specially trained to work as part of the dental team, to give care to patients.
Regular visits to our dental hygienist here in Ipswich will ensure that hidden and difficult to reach plaque and tartar is removed from your teeth, killing mouth bacteria, and, in some cases, removing surface stains to leave you with a fresher, brighter and all-round healthier mouth.
Oral health treatments
Regular hygienist scale and polish treatments will help to prevent gum (periodontal) disease, bleeding gums and tooth decay. Our hygienist will also provide advice on diet and how to prevent future tooth decay. If you are already suffering from gum (periodontal) disease, bleeding gums or bad breath (halitosis), you will need a course of treatments from our hygienist.
Symptoms of gum disease include:
- Bad breath that won’t go away
- Red or swollen gums
- Tender or bleeding gums
- Painful chewing
- Loose teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Receding gums or longer appearing teeth
Using advanced screening methods, our highly trained Ipswich hygienists can determine the level of infection (gum disease) in your mouth. Advice and education on how to achieve good gum health and prevent further periodontal problems.
Brushing your teeth
Bright, healthy teeth are clean teeth, so regular and individually adapted tooth-brushing is important. Use fluoride toothpaste and brush gently but thoroughly for as long as is needed to clean your teeth thoroughly without causing harm to your gums or your teeth. This helps to stop the build-up of plaque. Plaque is a sticky, bacterial film like a carpet of bacteria on our teeth surfaces. This forms constantly on our teeth. If it’s not kept in check, it causes cavities and gum disease, and can harden into tartar. None of which is conducive to a healthy smile! So, keep your plaque under control with regular brushing – and don’t forget to change your toothbrush regularly. A fresh brush will clean your teeth effectively without causing damage to the surrounding tissues. Applying the correct amount of pressure is also important. Too much pressure will simply wear off your tooth enamel and damage your gums.
How often should you visit the hygienist?
If you have good oral hygiene habits and a healthy mouth, your dentist and dental hygienist will probably suggest professional teeth cleaning at least twice a year. Some patients who are more susceptible to gum disease should see a hygienist more often.