Dental Hygienist in Clapham
The importance of regular hygiene visits
At the Confidental Clinic in Clapham, we always emphasise the importance of good oral health care for our patients, believing that preventative care is better than needing treatment, whether that be a simple filling, or a more advanced procedure such as replacing lost teeth.
A very important part of good oral health is ensuring that regular visits are paid to the dental hygienist who plays a key role in helping patients to keep their teeth and gums in good condition.
We are fortunate to have at our practice, a very popular hygienist, Lauren Bennett, who, in addition to offering patients teeth whitening and some minor restorative dentistry, is friendly, welcoming and adept at helping patients to understand key areas of oral health care and help keep problems, such as gum disease, at bay.
Keeping gum disease at bay
Perhaps the key role played by a hygienist is in the prevention and treatment of gum disease. It is not a particularly well known fact amongst patients, that gum disease is actually responsible for more tooth loss than dental decay. Because of this, many people do not clean their teeth well enough and gingivitis and periodontitis can then create problems.
Even those who do clean their teeth well can suffer from gum disease though. There are many areas that are virtually impossible to reach using a toothbrush and even with the use of dental floss or interdental brushes, gum disease can still occur. This is where a hygienist can really help.
By performing a treatment known as a scale and polish, hidden areas can be cleaned of built up tartar, which is a hardened form of bacteria that increases the risk of gum disease. This is a minor procedure and is not performed using anaesthetic. Many patients also report improved whiteness and reduced staining of their teeth following this treatment.
Perhaps the most important role of our Clapham based hygienist though, is in the field of education. By listening to, and understanding each patient, Lauren is able to help them to improve their home cleaning and general care of their teeth and gums. Lifestyle choices, such as smoking, may also be discussed where it impacts on oral health, and help and advice offered where changes are needed.
Hygienist visits should be regular and ongoing, very often every six months unless more frequent visits are recommended. This may be the case with, for example, diabetics, who are at a higher risk of gum disease problems than the general public.
So if you are searching for an experienced and friendly hygienist in the Clapham area, why not call us at Confidental Clinic to make an appointment?