According to research, 7 out of 10 people do not visit their dental hygienist regularly. This can be due to a number of factors. Modern life getting busier, fear, procrastination or maybe you’re unsure of why visiting your hygienist would have any benefit. Why go to them, when you’ve seen your dentist?
Avoiding appointments with a hygienist can have drastic effects on your teeth.
- Tooth Decay: As sugar eats away at the enamel in your teeth, they become weaker. This can lead to teeth breaking and you needing fillings.
- Tooth Loss: If oral problems escalate then this could result in you losing a tooth. Very often, these problems start off quite small and can be dealt with quickly. But due to not seeing our dental hygienist, they have grown into something unavoidable.
- Gum Disease: Many people forget that it isn’t just our teeth that you need to look after. If tartar from your teeth stay on your gums and are not removed during cleaning, this can leave your gums red, swollen and bleeding. Gum disease can become very serious and it has been linked to diabetes and heart disease.
Regular Cleaning for Oral Health
Regular brushing and flossing are essential for oral health, but our dental hygienist at Down House Dental Practice in Steyning goes the extra mile. They target those hard-to-reach spots and provide preventive dental care. This includes professional cleaning, dietary advice, and tips for quitting smoking, as smoking can harm your teeth in various ways, including staining and gum disease.
Thorough Assessment and Disclosure
During your appointment, especially if it’s your first, our dental hygienist will review your medical history and any medications you’re taking. They’ll inquire about your brushing habits, diet, and the times you brush. Honesty is crucial as it helps the hygienist recommend the best diet for your dental health.
A full examination of your teeth and gums is conducted to assess tartar, plaque buildup, enamel health, and tooth gap measurements. Larger gaps can trap food and contribute to dental issues. Following the exam, a thorough scaling removes all plaque and tartar, akin to a deep clean that eliminates harmful bacteria. Your teeth are then polished, making plaque easier to remove during brushing and keeping them stain-free.
Preventing Serious Issues
Regular dental hygienist visits may appear unnecessary, but they prevent potentially serious problems. It’s recommended to see your dental hygienist twice a year, ensuring your teeth stay healthy. Early detection and intervention by your hygienist can stop dental issues from escalating. Prioritize your oral health to enjoy a confident smile for years to come.