The benefits of visiting the Dental Hygienist
A dental hygienist is specially trained in the prevention and treatment of gum (periodontal) disease, which is the main cause of adult tooth loss. They will also provide advice on all aspects of oral health.
Oral hygiene advice
Demonstrate effective tooth brushing technique to remove plaque without causing tooth wear and receding gums.
Discuss the latest oral hygiene products.
Advice on the best aid to clean inbetween teeth.
Treating and preventing periodontal disease
Detailed explanation of periodontal disease.
Oral hygiene instruction.
Removal of plaque and hard (calculus) deposits.
Discuss secondary factors that cause periodontal disease, for example smoking and diabetes.
Discuss how periodontal disease could affect or complicate other health problems, for example heart disease.
Prevention of tooth decay (caries) and erosion
Discuss in detail the reasons for tooth decay and erosion.
Give diet advice on how to reduce sugary and acidic food and drink.
Advice on fluoride and apply fluoride varnishes to help remineralise early signs of tooth caries.
Help you to have a clean and healthy mouth.
Polish the teeth to remove food and drink stain.
Help to change red and inflamed gums to a healthy pink.
Stop gums from bleeding when brushing.
Prevent teeth from becoming mobile and drifting.
Prevent unpleasant tastes and bad breath by the damaging bacteria in the mouth.