A hygienist can clean plaque and tartar from your teeth and gums, helping to prevent gum disease. Clean and healthy gums mean your teeth will last longer.
Regularly visiting a hygienist will help you maintain healthy teeth and gums, as well as protecting your overall well-being because poor gum health has been linked to more serious conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes.
What does a hygiene appointment involve?
During a hygiene appointment, the health of your teeth and gums will be assessed. Your hygienist will chart any signs of gum disease. If you have a serious case of periodontitis, the more destructive stage of the disease, you may need to be referred to a periodontist.
Your hygienist will provide a thorough clean that removes any plaque and tartar build-up. Scaling (removing tartar) also makes it easier to keep teeth clean as there is no longer a rough surface to attract more plaque. This deep clean will be finished off with a polish to leave teeth shiny and smooth.
If you have signs of gum disease, you will need a deeper clean that involves cleaning under the gum line. For this, you may need the area numbed to avoid discomfort.
Hygienists also offer helpful hygiene advice and demonstrate how to keep your teeth clean and plaque-free with toothbrushes, interdental brushes and floss.