As most adults will suffer from gum disease at some point during their lives, regular visits to the hygienist should be part of your oral health routine. Together with your dental check-ups, research has shown that routine hygiene visits can help you avoid tooth loss and gum disease. Good oral hygiene can also help people with diabetes to better control their blood sugar levels.
If plaque is left on teeth it can turn hard (known as tartar) and be impossible to remove at home. Tartar can irritate the gums and make effective cleaning impossible. This is the primary cause of gum disease, so being able to control plaque build up is crucial to keeping gums healthy.
Our dental hygienists work in synergy with our dentists to ensure that your mouth stays healthy and your teeth sparkly. As well as the expected ‘scale and polish’ to keep plaque at bay and remove superficial staining, our hygienists will advise you on the best ways and tools to use to keep your teeth and gums in top condition.
Our hygienists can also apply protective ‘fissure sealants’ on children’s teeth. This is a protective layer that is applied to the teeth like a paint coating; it is colourless, completely safe and the procedure is entirely painless. The fissure sealant prevents food and bacteria from getting stuck in the tiny grooves in the teeth, which is one of the main causes of decay. The application of fissure sealants is advisable for children’s whose parents have a history of caries and cavities. Your dentist can advise you if this treatment could be of benefit to your child.