Dental Hygiene Advice
What do dental hygienists do?
Our dental hygienists assist our dentists in treating patients. As the name suggests they give great advice on dental hygiene and can also undertake some clinical procedures such as thorough teeth cleanings and they’re often the ones who will treat you for issues like gingivitis. If you have gum disease, your dentist may suggest that you see our hygienist for a teeth cleaning regularly to speed up the healing process and to prevent the infection recurring.
Do I need to get my teeth cleaned regularly?
If you brush your teeth twice a day, floss regularly, use mouthwash, don’t drink sugary drinks and don’t smoke, and your oral health is good then no, you probably don’t need to have your teeth regularly cleaned. However if, like most of us, you forget to floss and like the taste of sugar, then it is recommended you have your teeth cleaned at least every six months when you go for your check up. Plaque and bacteria often find a home in the grooves and dips on the chewing surfaces of your teeth. These are hard to reach areas and can benefit from professional cleaning. Visiting the dental hygienist at Station Square Dental and having your teeth cleaned is a preventative measure and can end up saving you money and most importantly of all, pain.
How often should I have a dental check-up?
The general advice is every six months, but different people need different care so this can vary. When you come to Station Square Dental for your check-up, we will give you a personalised recommendation for how often you should see our hygienist. We’ll give you honest advice, so if you have perfectly healthy strong teeth, we may tell you not to worry for a while. However, if you come for a treatment, especially anything periodontal, our dentists might recommend getting your teeth cleaned every few months, even every month if you have gum disease.
Dental hygiene advice
When caring for your teeth at home, you should bear in mind the following advice:
- Brush your teeth twice a day, morning and night. It should take a couple of minutes to do thoroughly.
- Food gets trapped in the gaps between your teeth, so daily flossing can catch the things your toothbrush can’t.
- It is generally good practice to replace your toothbrush (or toothbrush head, if you use an electric one) every three months. If it is frayed or damaged, you may need to change it sooner.
- Always brush your tongue, or even better, use a tongue scraper.
Make an appointment with a hygienist at Station Square Dental today if you need advice. You can ask anything you are unsure of, get advice on the best products to use for sparkling, healthy teeth, as well as a thorough teeth cleaning to get your started.