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The job of the dental hygienist is to professionally clean your teeth, ensuring that your mouth is fresh, healthy and free from tartar. Even with the best brushing routine at home it is impossible to stop the gradual build-up of plaque on your teeth- which continues daily. Without the regular removal of this tartar layer you are at a higher risk of developing gum disease.
Although some signs of gum disease can be quite obvious other people may show no signs at all. If left untreated the gum irritation can lead to long-term problems including bone recession and tooth loss.
Combined with a good oral hygiene routine- brushing and cleaning between teeth twice a day- regular trips to the hygienist in between dental appointments are the best way of ensuring that your teeth stay healthy and strong.
A Hygienist offers the following services:
- To professionally deep clean and polish your teeth (otherwise known as scaling and polishing). This helps to remove any plaque build-up, greatly reducing your chances of developing gum disease.
- To educate patients on their oral health – including tips for keeping their mouth, teeth and gums healthy in the long-term.
- To help keep breath fresh and prevent the development of any gum disease.
- To help prevent the need for more involved treatments in the future.
- To spot the early signs and changes in your mouth that could indicate cancer and other dental diseases.
A dental therapist is also fully qualified to undertake routine dental treatments on behalf of the dentist. These include oral assessments, fillings, x-rays and impressions. They can also apply fissure sealants and fluoride treatments if required.
If you have children, a hygienist appointment is a great opportunity for their teeth to be fully checked whilst also allowing them to learn the best ways of looking after their teeth as they grow up.
Remember that your diet plays a considerable part in your dental health. Limit your consumption of sugary food and drink and try to avoid snacking on items throughout the day.
Children’s Dentistry – including sealants
The future health of our mouth starts early- and the education of our children at a young age is key. A positive introduction to dentistry will help them in a number of ways. Building a good understanding about the importance of their diet and encouraging them to take responsibility for their own oral care is imperative in helping them maintain healthy teeth and gums in adulthood.
It is recommended that children should go to the dentist with their parents as soon as possible. You should take them regularly for check-ups with the dentist. This will let them get used to the noises, smells and surroundings and prepare them for future visits. The earlier these visits start, the more relaxed the child will be.
Our specially trained Dental Hygienists and Therapists work closely with each child to take care of their teeth and develop good long lasting habits for the future.
Our dedicated Hygienists and Therapists can provide comprehensive oral health advice and treatment for our younger patients which includes:
- Age appropriate tooth brushing technique, including the use of floss and the benefits of fluoride.
- Diet analysis.
- The professional cleaning of teeth (scaling and polishing of teeth) – which helps prevent the development of tooth decay and gum disease.
- Monitoring and screening procedures to ensure teeth, gums and jaws are healthy and developing in the correct way.
- The placement of fissure sealants to vulnerable teeth and the application of fluoride varnish to prevent decay.
- Dental X-rays as required.
- Fillings in baby teeth and adult teeth.
Our aim is to motivate our patients – both young and old – to develop good oral health practices. We are always happy to discuss your oral health with you and your child giving advice on diet and tooth cleaning to help you and your family look after your teeth in the best possible way.
We aim to make appointments with your child relaxing and fun yet informative. We hope that they leave us with a positive memory and that they look forward to their next visit.
How to look after your child’s teeth between check-ups:
- As soon as possible, encourage young children to brush their teeth twice a day. This will help them recognise it as an important part of their daily routine. They will require supervision up to around 7-8 years of age.
- Regular check-ups are also important so that teeth can be checked and any plaque build-up removed.
- Be aware of your child’s diet. Avoid too much sugar which can be found in fizzy drinks, fruit juice and squash. Instead encourage them to drink milk or water. Limit sweets and chocolates.
- Your health visitor can advise you on the use of dummies and bottles which should be avoided after around 12 months of age.
- If you are concerned about your child’s teeth being crooked then speak to us. Many young children and teenagers require orthodontic treatment to correct misalignments and improve appearance. This most commonly takes place between 9 and 14 years of age.
- Even if you are nervous about visiting the dentist try to keep this hidden from your child to avoid passing on any fears.
Call us today to arrange an appointment for your child, or for more information on how to look after your child’s teeth.