Dental hygiene appointments are often overlooked and substituted with dentist appointments – in actual fact, you should be visiting your hygienist in addition to visiting the dentist as each play different roles in your oral health and hygiene routine.
The benefit of regular oral hygiene appointments
According to the NHS, most adults in the UK have gum disease to some degree and most people experience it at least once. Gum disease is caused by a build up of plaque and tartar on your teeth – this then irritates your gums overtime. Unfortunately, this type of surface staining cannot be removed through brushing alone and requires a very simple procedure known as a scale and polish. This is carried out by your dental hygienist and Dentistry IQ has described it as the ‘most undervalued appointment in a practice’.
Preventing gum disease
Your dental hygienist plays a significant role in your oral hygiene and in helping to prevent gum disease. They will take a detailed look at your oral health history in order to advise you on how often you should be visiting the hygienist.
Scale and polish
A scale and polish appointment allows patients to have a fresh start where their smile is concerned, removing unhealthy-looking layers of plaque and tartar that coat tooth enamel. This bespoke hygiene treatment involves polishing your teeth with an Airflow system that will give you a healthier and brighter-looking smile.
Oral hygiene and fresh breath
Many people who suffer from bad breath do so as a result of poor oral hygiene. Three in ten Britons admit to brushing their teeth just once a day and Brits are more likely to brush in the morning (87%) than in the evening (72%), resulting in offering bacteria the chance to feast on leftover food and mouth acid in the night. Here at Keppel Dentistry our hygienist Janina can offer patients dietary advice and will be happy to discuss the effects of any lifestyle habits such as drinking alcohol and smoking.
If you would like more information about hygienist appointments at Keppel Dentistry, please do not hesitate to contact us.