When your dentist suggests a dental hygiene appointment, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re not doing a good enough job of cleaning your teeth at home. In fact, even dentists and hygienists need these appointments, too! The fact of the matter is, there are lots of nooks and crannies within our mouths and it is difficult to clean every single one of them. All of us will have some plaque build up somewhere within our mouths – it’s perfectly normal – and this is where the expertise of a dental hygienist comes in.
Although it happens to all of us at some point, plaque build up is something we want to avoid, because it can lead to gum disease and infection, which if not treated can cause tooth loss. This is something that we can all agree that we’d like to avoid, and is completely preventable with a mixture of a good home care regime, regular dental check ups and hygiene appointments!
What happens at a dental hygiene appointment?
At your appointment your hygienist will first of all have a good look in your mouth to see where any build up might be and they will also check your gum health, too. In order to remove any plaque deposits, they will use special tools called scalers. Often, they will use a mixture of both ultrasonic (electric) as well as hand scalers in order to do a really thorough job. Once this is done, your hygienist will apply a special, slightly gritty paste with an electric handpiece, which will polish your teeth leaving them sparkling clean.
We now have an advanced airflow machine also in the practice, which gives a really gleaming result for patients whose teeth need that bit extra. It is also proven to reduce subsequent plaque build up: ask your dentist for more details.
Dental hygiene appointments are nothing to worry about and you shouldn’t experience any pain or discomfort. If you’d like to find out more about this or any of our dental treatments, give us a call on 01565 633034.