According to the Oral Health foundation  two in three (66%) of adults have visible plaque. We all know the importance of brushing and flossing, but even the most diligent brushers can’t get rid of all plaque. A visit to our dental hygienist in Ely would benefit you and your oral health greatly. But what exactly does a hygienist do, and why are regular appointments so crucial?

Why visit a dental hygienist?

Think of your dental hygienist as your partner in oral health. They go beyond the basic cleaning you do at home, providing a deeper clean and personalised advice to keep your smile bright and healthy. Here are just a few reasons to schedule an appointment in our dental practice in Ely.

Professional cleaning: Plaque and tartar buildup, even in small amounts, can lead to gum disease and cavities. Our hygienist uses specialised tools and techniques to remove these deposits, reaching areas you might miss with a toothbrush.

Gum disease prevention: Early gum disease, gingivitis, often shows no symptoms. Our hygienists can detect it during your routine cleaning and recommend treatment to prevent it from progressing into more serious periodontitis.

Oral cancer screening: During your appointment, our hygienists will also examine your mouth for signs of oral cancer. Early detection is key for successful treatment.

Personalised advice: Hygienists can assess your individual oral health needs and provide tailored flossing and brushing techniques, product recommendations, and dietary tips to optimise your at-home routine.

What happens at a hygiene appointment?

A typical hygiene appointment is painless and takes about 30-60 minutes. Here’s a basic rundown:

Medical history review: Our hygienists will discuss your medical history and any concerns you have.

Examination: They’ll examine your teeth and gums for signs of decay, gum disease, or oral cancer.

Cleaning: The hygienist will remove plaque and tartar buildup using ultrasonic scalers and hand instruments.

Flossing: They’ll floss your teeth to remove any remaining debris.

Fluoride treatment: In some cases, a fluoride treatment may be recommended to strengthen your tooth enamel and prevent cavities.

Personalised instruction: The hygienist will demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques and recommend products best suited for your needs.

Benefits of regular hygiene visits

Regular hygiene appointments are an investment in your overall health. Here are some of the many benefits:

  • Prevents cavities and gum disease: Removing plaque and tartar buildup is the best way to prevent these common dental problems.
  • Fresher breath: Regular cleanings eliminate bad breath-causing bacteria, leaving your mouth feeling minty fresh.
  • Boosts confidence: A healthy smile is a beautiful smile. Regular hygiene visits ensure you feel confident showing off your pearly whites.
  • Saves money: Early detection of cavities and gum disease prevents the need for more expensive treatments later.
  • Improves overall health: Research has shown a link between poor oral health and chronic health conditions like heart disease and diabetes.

Schedule your dental hygiene appointment today!

Ready to experience the benefits of a professional cleaning and personalised oral health advice? Contact us today to schedule an appointment with our friendly and experienced hygiene team on 01353 260 360. Remember, a healthy smile is just a visit away!

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