What does a hygienist do?
Dental hygienists show children and adults how to look after their gums and teeth and carry out procedures which will deep clean and protect the teeth and gums. The main priority for a dental hygienist is to save teeth, keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
Hygienists help prevent gum disease
Gum disease causes painful gums, bad breath, bleeding and worst of all, tooth loss. You cannot have healthy teeth unless you have healthy gums, as gums provide the foundation for your teeth. Gum disease is in most cases, treatable. A hygienist will treat gum disease but most importantly, hygienists will show you an oral hygiene routine to make sure you take good care of your teeth at home.
Hygienists can help stop your gums from bleeding
Bleeding gums is usually caused by the inflammation of your gums which is also an early sign of gum disease. If you see a hygienist as soon as you notice your gums bleeding regularly, then it can be reversed. A hygienist will clean around your teeth and under your gums to remove causes of inflammation. They may also suggest an appropriate toothpaste and mouthwash to help ease the inflammation.
Hygienists can help to prevent tooth loss
Gum disease is the leading cause of adult patients losing their teeth. In the later stages of gum disease, teeth become very painful, loose and often become infected. This can sometimes lead to no other option but to remove the teeth that have become painful and loose. Sometimes, teeth become so loose that they will eventually fall out without having to get them removed. A Hygienist’s priority is to improve the oral health of the patient, reducing the risk of further tooth loss.
Whiter teeth, preventing bad breath and improving self-esteem
Stains build up on your teeth and are a real struggle to remove just by brushing your teeth. Tea, coffee, wines, certain foods, fizzy drinks and smoking can all cause your teeth to stain a yellowy/brown colour. A Hygienist will attempt to remove stains and restore your teeth to their natural colour.
Visiting a hygienist canl also help prevent bad breath. An odour can be released by bacteria trapped under your gum line where only a hygienist can get to and clean properly.
Visiting a hygienist can really help your self-esteem as you will leave your appointment with cleaner, whiter teeth and you will also have a lot less chance of having bad breath. When your mouth feels clean and your teeth look whiter, it tends to make you feel better about yourself. The feeling of fresher breath can also make you feel better in social situations.
So, should I visit a Hygienist and how much does it cost?
We recommend that all adults that have good oral hygiene habits and a healthy mouth should visit a hygienist at least twice a year. Even though your oral hygiene may be to a very good standard, it is recommended that you visit a hygienist to get a professional clean so all plaque and stains can be removed from your teeth and from your gums.
At Dental Care Group, the charges for visiting a hygienist start from £49.00 depending on what practice you decide to book the appointment with. If you would like to view all our fees for the treatments we offer at Dental Care Group, please click here.