Maintaining a healthy smile requires a combination of being disciplined about brushing and flossing, eating the right foods, avoiding adverse lifestyle factors such as smoking and excessively drinking alcohol and of course, regular dental check-ups and hygienist appointments. However, the latter is often overlooked, with over a third of adults in the UK having never visited the dental hygienist’s chair.
A hygienist possesses a niche set of skills in treating gum disease and whilst your dentist can perform a basic scale and polish treatment, the hygienist’s methods in this area are more thorough and targeted at gum health in order to prevent tooth loss. Scaling refers to the process of using a special hand tool to remove hardened plaque (also known as tartar) which cannot be removed through brushing alone. Some degree of plaque is inevitable as it is near-on impossible to reach every single area of your mouth where bacteria can build up. With this in mind, even if you believe your teeth to be in perfectly good health, a regular scale and polish is essential in preventing minor signs of gum disease to manifest into severe chronic gum disease, known as periodontal disease, which is the biggest case of tooth loss in over-40s. The ‘polish aspect of treatment involves smoothening your teeth in order to make it more difficult for plaque and bacteria to stick to them – it also gives your teeth an added sparkle.
Personalised advice to help improve your oral hygiene routine
Your dental hygienist plays a significant educational role where oral hygiene is concerned and understands that every patient is different. They can demonstrate the correct way of brushing and flossing correctly and though this may sound like something you can easily read up on, in many cases the structure of a person’s teeth will be a factor in how they need to do this. Indeed the type of brush and floss you use can also differ depending on the health and structure of your teeth – your hygienist can advise here also. Regular hygienist appointments can also help to combat bad breath and identify the cause of this. It may simply be that you require advice on the types of foods to avoid in order to curb this or an underlying medical problem could be at play.
If you would like more information about our specialist hygienist treatments here at Lander, please contact us or pop in and visit us here in Truro to talk to our friendly reception team.