Dental Hygiene and why it is So Important for Your Smile

Here at Confidental, we suggest all our patients have regular appointments with our hygiene team. Our hygienists are all highly trained and work closely with our dentists to help you maintain great dental health at all times. You will also find them very easy to talk to, so please feel free to ask any questions you might have about your dental health because patient education is an important part of our practice.

How Our Hygienists Can Help Improve Your Home Oral Care

Do you find it tricky to floss? Perhaps you routinely miss out areas when you brush your teeth? These are things our hygienists can help you with. We know lots of people do not enjoy flossing, but it is essential for healthy teeth and gums. The purpose of flossing is to remove plaque and food debris from in between your teeth where it can become trapped, increasing your risk of developing common dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. Being shown how to floss properly can make it so much easier. If you have limited dexterity or really cannot get on with dental floss, we can show you how to use other tools including interdental brushes and soft picks, or even water or air flossers to keep your teeth clean. The main thing to do is to find a method you feel happy to use each day, as there is a saying that you should only floss the teeth you want to keep!

Why Are Regular Professional Cleanings So Important for Dental Health?

Every day, a layer of bacteria build up on your teeth in a sticky layer called a plaque biofilm. Most of this biofilm is removed through regular brushing and flossing, but it is almost inevitable that you will miss out certain areas, allowing the biofilm to harden into calculus, a slightly yellowish looking substance that tends to build up just around your gum line and in between teeth. Calculus is very hard and can only be removed during a professional cleaning. The bacteria within calculus produce toxins that will infect your gums. Your body will try to fight this infection, resulting in inflammation in your gums. If the infection and inflammation is allowed to progress, it can lead to gum disease, a serious condition that can cause tooth loss and can even affect your general health. Regularly removing calculus, combined with good oral care at home is an easy way to keep your gums in great condition. It is also a really nice way to ensure you have fresh breath.

Will Hygiene Appointments Make My Gums Bleed?

Heathy gums will not bleed, but if you have noticed your gums bleed slightly when you brush or floss, then it is possible they will bleed a bit during your hygiene appointment. This is because bleeding is a sign of gum infection or gum disease and a hygiene appointment will help clear up this infection by removing tartar.

Is It Uncomfortable?

Provided your teeth and gums are healthy, hygiene appointment shouldn’t feel uncomfortable. If you have the early signs of gum disease where your gums are already slightly sore and swollen and bleed easily, then it’s possible you may feel some mild discomfort during a hygiene appointment. Please don’t worry as if it’s too uncomfortable then we can provide you with something to numb the areas being treated. We certainly won’t inflict pain on you. If it has been quite some time since you had a hygiene appointment and if you have a significant buildup of calculus or tartar, then you may need a more in-depth hygiene appointment or it could be that we will need to see you for a course of treatment to help restore gum health. This is something we can discuss with you during your initial appointment at our dental clinic.

How Much Will It Cost?

A private hygiene appointment is very reasonably priced, costing from just £49. It’s great value as you will get a comprehensive clean from one of our qualified and highly experienced hygienists. A hygiene appointment is an excellent way to get that ‘just been to the dentist’ feeling of having a super clean mouth and as your teeth are carefully polished at the end of the treatment, it’s a nice way to put a bit of extra sparkle into your smile.

Are There Weekend and Late-Night Appointments Available?

We fully recognise that it isn’t easy to book appointments during office hours which is why we do offer late evening and weekend appointments. We want to make sure you have easy access to great dental care at times convenient for you.

Do I Need to See a Dentist First?

The law was changed a few years ago so now you don’t need to see a dentist prior to seeing a hygienist. All our hygienists liaise very closely with our dentists and they will certainly talk to you if they feel you could benefit from a dental checkup. You can contact us at any time to just book a hygiene appointment, but it can be easiest and will save you time to book a hygiene appointment at the same time as your regular six monthly check-up.

Will a Hygiene Appointment Treat My Gum Disease?

A hygiene appointment can be used to treat mild symptoms of gum disease or gingivitis, but it may not be enough for more advanced signs of gum disease and where the condition has progressed into what’s called periodontal disease. Gingivitis only affects the gum tissues and a hygiene appointment can be highly effective at removing calculus causing the infection. Periodontal disease is far more serious, affecting not only the gums, but also the structures supporting your teeth which include connective tissues and bone. By this stage your gums may have receded exposing your tooth roots and more extensive treatment will be required to help control the infection. Advanced gum disease also creates gum or periodontal pockets or spaces in between your teeth and gums which can harbour infection. When the disease has progressed to this stage, treatment is needed to help shrink the gum pockets by removing bacteria, so your gums begin to fit more tightly around your teeth as they gradually become healthier and stronger and more able to fight the infection. To do this, your dentist may recommend a scaling and root planing treatment. In some ways this is quite similar to a normal hygiene treatment, but it will deep clean your gums as well as any exposed tooth root surfaces.

If you have any more questions about hygiene appointments, or if you are ready to book, then please contact us.

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