Dental hygiene treatment includes professionally cleaning the teeth for the patient. This is usually called scaling, polishing and is recommended every 6 months. However, perhaps our most important role is showing the patient the best way to keep the teeth free of plaque.
Dental hygiene treatment is delivered by a specially trained dental hygienist who will, amongst other things, help to remove any hard-to-reach plaque from your teeth that may have built up over time.
Here is what you can expect from a hygiene appointment:
Your teeth and gums will be assessed to determine the amount of plaque removal required and any associated risk factors will be explained.
Your teeth will be professionally cleaned with special equipment and pastes. This process is also known as ‘scaling and polishing’.
The hygienist’s role is to then show you how to look after your teeth so that they remain plaque-free in the future. You will be advised on the best tooth brushing technique and given tips on flossing and using interdental brushes.
Dental hygiene at our practice also functions preventatively to treat gum disease and bad breath. If you have a bridge, denture, orthodontic treatment or a dental implant you may have specific hygiene needs that the hygienist will be able to assist you with.
It is recommended that you come in for regular hygiene appointments to ensure your mouth stays clean and healthy.
Benefits of Visiting the Dental Hygienist
Helps to minimise the risk of tooth loss.
Reduces the risk of developing tooth decay and the associated need for fillings.
Provides you with fresh, minty breath and helps with avoiding bad breath in the future.