Dental Hygiene is an important preventive dental care treatment. It is also known as scaling or dental cleaning. Any plaque and tartar build up can negatively impact the gum and result in much more serious and advanced problems with your gums and teeth.
At Olive Tree Dental we promise to always greet you with a friendly smile. Don’t put off going for a dental hygiene, even if you are a nervous patient, we will assign one of our practice clinicians to guide you through the course of treatment requirement until you are ready to proceed.
Remember detecting problems early can mean they’re easier to treat. Creating good habits such as flossing or using an interdental brush every day to remove food, debris and plaque lodged between your teeth can greatly reduce the risk of the following:
- Sensitive or bleeding around the gums – Healthy gum tissue shouldn’t bleed when you brush, floss or eat. If you notice any bleeding, there is a chance that you have some gingivitis (it’s a sign of gum disease).
- Tartar build up – It’s very common for tartar to build up in between your teeth. This hard substance must be removed by your dentist because, if it is left untreated, it can damage your teeth.
- Bad breath – If you haven’t flossed in a while, there is likely build up in-between your teeth. This can cause halitosis.
- Tooth Discoloration – Neglecting oral health care can make it more difficult to maintain a bright, white smile.
- Gum Disease – Gum disease causes the gums to pull away from your teeth. This leaves pockets of space for bacteria to grow, weakening your tooth structure. Eventually, gum disease leads to premature tooth loss.
Dental hygiene also forms part of treating gum disease and bad breath. If you have a bridge, denture, orthodontic treatment or any cosmetic treatment such dental implant, veneers etc. you will have specific hygiene needs that the hygienist will be able to assist you with.
Olive Tree Dental Hygiene FAQ
What does a hygienist actually do?
A hygienist is specially trained in the prevention and treatment of gum (periodontal) disease, which is a prime cause of adult tooth loss. Hygienists are there to provide you with simple advice for your day to day routing in order to maintain a good oral health regime.
What to expect during a hygiene appointment?
- Demonstrate effective tooth brushing techniques to enable you to remove plaque without causing tooth wear.
- Recommend the latest oral hygiene products and discuss your teeth routine.
- Offer advice on the best flosses to clean in-between teeth to avoid bits of food remaining.
- Treating and preventing periodontal disease.
- Discuss a detailed plan of periodontal disease prevention with patients, including the following:
- Oral hygiene tips.
- Removal of soft plaque and hard (calculus) deposits.
- Explain how daily habits can act as underlying factors that could contribute to periodontal disease e.g; smoking, diabetes & stress.
- Convey how periodontal disease could affect or complicate other health problems, eg; heart disease.
How we help our patients with the prevention of tooth decay (caries) and erosion by doing the following?
- Go through the reasons for tooth caries and erosion.
- Give advice on how to reduce sugary, acidic food and drink in your diet & explain the positive affects this can have long term.
- Advice on fluoride & mouthwash.
- How chewing sugar-free chewing gum may help.
- Help you to have a clean and healthy mouth by doing the following:
- Polish the teeth to remove food and drink stains.
- Help to change red and inflamed gums to a healthy pink.
- Stop gums from bleeding when brushing.
- Prevent teeth from becoming mobile and drifting.
- Prevent unpleasant tastes and bad breath by the accumulation of bacteria in the mouth.