A healthy mouth every 3-6 months
Regular hygiene appointments to clean and polish your teeth are the cornerstones of any great smile and foundations of oral health. At Royal Arsenal Dentist, we offer high quality hygiene therapy sessions, we will care for your dental health in the most gentle, thorough and pleasant manner. . Our hygienists will give you advice on how you can take care of your oral hygiene at home, by explaining proper tooth brushing and flossing techniques.
Dental Hygienists role?
- Dental hygienists educate patients on relevant oral health topics such as
caring for your gums and teeth, dietary habits and health conditions.
- They work with your dentist to plan an oral health maintenance program, including assessment of your periodontal (gum) health, evaluation of
radio-graphs and review your medical history.
- They remove calculus deposits and stains from your teeth.
- They apply decay preventing agents and recommend products for home use.
Am I Suitable for Dental Hygiene? Yes, you are suitable for dental hygiene – and you will benefit a lot from following good dental hygiene practices on a regular basis! Good dental hygiene can give you cleaner teeth, fresher breath, and can prevent dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease.
Will I feel discomfort? A dental hygiene treatment is not usually painful, especially when carried out twice a year. Of course if you haven’t had a treatment for several years, the build up on your teeth and gums will be more difficult to remove, and you may have some temporary discomfort. If you find the treatment uncomfortable it is important that you discuss this with your hygienist as we have various techniques to minimize pain.
How often should you see a hygienist?
The answer to that question varies according to you – your level of oral hygiene, your genetic predisposition to decay or gum
disease and any other habits you may have.
As a general rule, the interval that is shown by studies to be optimal is:
- 6 Monthly – if you have perfect, un-restored, un-crowded dentition with no susceptibility to gum disease
- 4 Monthly – if your mouth has fillings or crowns or a history of any dental disease
- 2-3 Monthly – if you show high susceptibility due to dental disease. This could be due to; your dental history, genetics, dry mouth,
pregnancy, active orthodontics, or where teeth have been lost and replaced with implants or there are crowns, bridges or dentures present
What can I do to help the hygienist? You can do a great deal to help yourself and the hygienist, as you are in control of your mouth between visits to the practice.
Your hygienist will have shown you how to remove plaque with a toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
They will also have shown you how to clean between your teeth with inter-dental brushes, floss or tape.
There are many oral care products now available including specialist toothpastes, power or electric toothbrushes, and mouthwashes. Your hygienist will recommend those that are best for you.
We recommend you follow three simple steps to help keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion with a fluoride toothpaste.
Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks
Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.
Will it be expensive? Visiting a hygiene every six months for a dental assessment plays a vital role in prevention and any preventive care leads to savings. Costs vary according to the type of treatment and the length of your appointment, so make sure you talk to us before your treatment to discuss the costs.