What is dental hygiene and why is it important?
Dental hygiene is concerned with the health of your teeth, gums, mouth and can even extend to your throat. Maintaining good dental hygiene is critical, as poor oral hygiene can lead to embarrassing and potentially serious conditions.
Poor oral hygiene can cause:
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Visible buildup of plaque and tartar
- Stained teeth
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Tooth sensitivity
- Tooth decay
- Loose teeth and even tooth loss
- Dental abscesses
These symptoms can interfere with your social life and daily activities, making it difficult to eat or speak and making you self-conscious about your smile. One of the more serious concerns is the effect poor dental health can have on your overall health.
Dental Hygiene and Gum Disease
A poorly-maintained mouth can be a bacterial breeding ground and, if you neglect or ignore your oral hygiene, it can lead to gum disease (also known as periodontal disease or periodontitis). Bacteria associated with periodontitis can enter the bloodstream via bleeding gums and has been linked to the following conditions:
- Heart disease
- Generalised inflammation
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Lung disease
How can we help?
In addition to following a thorough oral health regimen at home, including brushing twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing at least once daily, it’s important to visit the dental hygienist on a regular basis. Our professional hygienists are specially trained to not only give your teeth and gums a much more thorough clean than you can achieve at home, but also to spot early warning signs of more serious developments such as periodontitis and even oral cancer.
Specifically, we will:
- Review your past medical and dental history
- Assess the current health of your mouth and surrounding tissue
- Provide treatment using the latest technology, including comfort aids such as numbing or acupuncture (link to nervous patients page)
- Provide you with oral health education and product recommendations
- Send you home with a tailored treatment plan to maintain your oral health
- Recommend specialist treatment where necessary
Another advantage of visiting one of our eight hygienists at The Dental Surgery is that we use the latest AirFlow technology, which uses a fine stream of air mixed with water and fine powder to polish your teeth and remove stains and plaque / biofilm. AirFlow provides a gentler and more effective clean than traditional scale and polish treatments and can reach farther under the gum line.
In addition to treating gum disease and giving your teeth a thorough clean, a dental hygiene visit at The Dental Surgery is a great way to prepare your teeth for whitening, or to maintain your whiter smile after you’ve had it done. Sessions with the hygienist are also recommended during orthodontic treatment and following restorative treatments such as implants, or the placement of crowns and bridges, that require special hygiene care.
Direct Access Dental Hygiene Appointments
Due to changes in legislation, you are now able to book an appointment directly with one of our hygienists without having to see a dentist first. Please remember, however, that seeing one of our hygienists is not a substitute for a regular dentist check-up.
Book a consultation
At The Dental Surgery we work with you on an individual basis and budget to tailor your specific requirements. Give us a call today to discuss arrange a consultation in which we can discuss the best options for you, or alternatively complete the form on this page and a member of our team will be in touch to arrange your consultation.