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You’ve probably heard of a hygienist, but perhaps you’re not sure how the services a hygienist offers is different to that of a dentist? Perhaps you are aware that you should have regular appointments with the hygienist in Worthing, but would prefer to see a dentist instead, mainly because you understand the role of the dentist, and the title for you holds more gravitas.
We’ve put this post together to help you understand what it is your hygienist actually does, as well as the detrimental effects on your teeth and gums than missing an appointment with him or her can have.

Our hygienist at Down House Dental Practice is, along with you, in charge of maintaining the health of your teeth and gums. It is your job to ensure you brush your teeth well, twice-daily, using a fluoride toothpaste. It’s your hygienist’s job to remove the food deposits that you have inevitably missed when you brushed your teeth. Your hygienist will examine your teeth, remove the soft deposits by hand and scrape away harder deposits, tartar, plaque and stains. Your session will conclude with a polish, which will leave your teeth looking brighter, whiter and cleaner.

consequences of missing a hygiene appointmentIf your hygienist didn’t perform this vital task every few months, even with the best will in the world, it’s very likely that the remains of the meals you have eaten will stay on your teeth. Let’s have a look at the consequences of this:

  1. Tooth decay – Tooth decay is caused by sugar eating away at your tooth enamel. Have you eaten anything with sugar in it today, and if you have, can you be sure you got rid of it all when you brushed your teeth? Untreated tooth decay leads to cavities, resulting in you having a filling.
  2. Gum disease – Symptoms of gum disease in the early stages are red, swollen gums which bleed. Have you ever noticed blood in your spit after brushing? If so, you could have mild gum disease. If left untreated, gun disease been associated with heart disease, strokes and diabetes. It occurs when tartar along the gumline is allowed to remain on your teeth without being removed.
  3. Tooth loss – When dental problems escalate, they can result in you losing a tooth. Often, the problems that lead to your tooth loss could have been avoided by visiting the hygienist. Your hygienist will be looking for warning signs in your teeth, with a view to providing remedying action before a dental problem gets out of hand, leading to you having a gap in your smile.
  4. Depression – The more you smile, the happier you feel. There is research to back this up. If you’re hiding a smile because you feel embarrassed about your fillings, your red, sore looking gums or your lack of teeth, you could be setting yourself up for about of depression.

Why not let our hygienist here in Steyning help you maintain your tooth health and happiness? If you are long overdue a visit, please give us a call and we’ll fit you in as a matter of priority. Please get in touch to make the first appointment.

Why Choose Down House Dental Practice for Dental Hygiene Services?

1

Expert Hygienists

Our skilled and experienced hygienists provide top-notch care and preventive advice.
2

Comprehensive Cleanings

We offer thorough dental cleanings, removing plaque and tartar for optimal oral health.
3

Personalised Care

Tailored hygiene plans address your unique needs and goals.
4

Advanced Technology

We use state-of-the-art equipment for efficient and comfortable cleanings.
5

Affordability

Enjoy quality dental hygiene services starting from just £72.
6

Convenience

Conveniently schedule hygiene appointments to fit your busy lifestyle.
Down House Dental Practice - Dentist in Steyning Sussex

What Our Patients Say

Kevin Morris
Kevin Morris
2024-02-22
Clare with her team provided a dental filling experience that was explained very well and performed professionally with courtesy and understanding.
Graham Cooper
Graham Cooper
2024-02-16
Dr Ali was very good with giving me advice about my tretment for a broken tooth. I would recommend him as a dentist.
Penny Greenfield
Penny Greenfield
2024-02-15
There's always a warm welcome from all staff at Down House Dental Practice. I've been a patient for many years. My present dentist is gentle and most reassuring. I've had a few different treatments and nothing is too much trouble. After a particularly difficult session i had a call from Claire (dentist) to see how I was. Both Claire and her nurse, Catherine are professional and sympathetic and I know I'm in very safe hands. Not forgetting Tesh, the hygienist who is always so efficient and gives great advice and care. Thank you Down House Surgery, you are a great team.
Al and Pam Turner
Al and Pam Turner
2024-02-14
Excellent work by my dentist, Ali Noori.
JEAN HAMMOND
JEAN HAMMOND
2024-02-14
Very happy with this practice. Tesh is a brilliant hygienist & a lovely person
Valerie Holden
Valerie Holden
2024-02-14
All the staff are amazingly friendly . They always make you feel at ease by explaining what is going to happen. A lovely dentist practice highly recommended
Kate Gover
Kate Gover
2024-02-07
Clare is an excellent dentist: incredibly friendly, highly professional and very kind. I can highly recommend her.
Adrian Ridley
Adrian Ridley
2024-02-06
Very efficient service with professional and friendly staff. They ane always brilliant with our children who are registered with this practice. They explain everything clearly and put them at ease. Highly recommend and wish we could be registered as NHS patients too! 😊
mark Trickey
mark Trickey
2024-02-06
Why use the NHS when you can use the best. Teeth are a precious commodity and Down House Dental Practice is worth every penny. I lost a gold crown the other day. On a Sunday. Refitted within 48 hours.
Emma Cripps
Emma Cripps
2024-02-02
Friendly professional and they allow ESA dogs in

How to Find Us in Steyning, Sussex

We are conveniently located at 📍17 Church Street, Steyning, West Sussex BN44 3YB📍You can access our expert dental services by car or by  public transportation with ease.

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consequences of missing a hygiene appointment