What happens at a hygienist appointment?
Hygienists offer a professional teeth cleaning service, a process called scaling and polishing. During the appointment your hygienist will carry out an initial dental hygiene examination. They will then:
• Scale your teeth to remove any plaque or tartar build-up in those areas brushing cannot reach
• Perform a clean and polish to remove any superficial stains on your teeth
• Offer tailored advice on how to maintain good dental health and demonstrate techniques you can use at home
Your hygienist will also provide advice about diet and preventing tooth decay. They can spot signs of gum disease and will refer you to a dentist or periodontist if they see anything that needs further treatment.
How often should I visit a hygienist?
It may be recommended by your dentist that you visit the hygienist regularly. The frequency of visits will be determined by your clinical needs but also by your own personal desire to have your teeth cleaned and polished regularly. Your dentist may also recommend that you see a hygienist for a thorough clean before beginning a complex dental treatment such as dental implants.
What are the benefits of visiting a hygienist?
Good oral hygiene is vital in eliminating gum disease and decay, which can eventually lead to tooth loss. Regular visits to a dental hygienist will ensure that hidden and difficult-to-reach plaque and tartar is removed from your teeth removing rough surfaces which contribute to build up of bacterial numbers, and improving the health of your teeth and gums.
Hygienists can also help you maintain brighter, whiter teeth. Scaling and polishing, as well as cosmetic treatments can remove surface stains, leaving you with a fresher, brighter smile.
Your hygienist can also provide advice on diet and how to care for your teeth and gums properly at home.