Yes, our dentists are fully qualified in all aspects of oral hygiene and will give you an overview of your oral hygiene at your regular check-up; however, our hygienists have particular training in this area, meaning they can focus more on your individual needs. An appointment with your hygienist will ensure plaque and tartar are thoroughly removed from the teeth and will advise you on how to prevent plaque building up in the future.
Plaque is a sticky layer of bacteria that is continually forming on tooth surfaces and the gum line. Failing to remove plaque from tooth surfaces leads to it hardening and eventually becoming a substance known as tartar. Gum disease and tooth decay are caused by a build up of plaque and tartar in your mouth. Plaque can be brushed and flossed away but tartar bonds tightly to teeth and needs to be removed professionally. There are different factors that affect plaque and tartar such as: family history, smoking, age and diet. Together, they attack the teeth and gums making them vulnerable to disease and decay. The best way to control these problems is by using effective oral hygiene.
It is vital to maintain a rigorous oral hygiene and cleaning programme at home if you want to minimise any problems such as gum disease and decay. Whilst our hygienist will give you valuable guidance on how to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy at home, regular appointments with the hygienist at the surgery will ensure a professional level of oral health. This also gives us an opportunity to talk through your diet and general lifestyle choices and how you can optimise these to protect your teeth and gums.
During your initial appointment, we will assess the general condition of your oral health and be able to give you a clear idea of how regularly you should see your hygienist. For patients with good oral health, we would generally recommend seeing the hygienist twice a year. Whereas if you’ve had dental implants, or are at high risk for gum disease, we would recommend you visit us more frequently to ensure plaque is being kept under control effectively and that all tartar is removed.