Think Visiting a Hygienist is a Waste of Time?


5 advantages of having a more thorough clean

In dentistry, as in most things, prevention is better than cure.

When you brush, floss and rinse your teeth twice a day, you are removing bacteria and plaque, that if left unchecked could result in gum disease, tooth decay and even abscesses. Yikes!

However, many people believe that a simple brush, floss and twice-annual check-up is enough to keep dental misfortune at bay, but in many cases, it isn’t.

If you are one of the many people who has slightly misaligned teeth, have gaps in your smile or have problems with overcrowding, then it is likely that you may need a bit of help to keep your mouth in top shape. And of course, if you have a family history of gum disease, or have diabetes, then it is essential to keep your mouth as healthy as possible.

While your dentist in Harley Street can help with the basics of oral hygiene, if you have any of the aforementioned problems, then it is worth booking an appointment with a hygienist. Different from a regular dental practitioner, a hygienist can remove plaque below the gum line, check for signs of decay and will perform many other checks to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy.

But why should you attend regular hygienist meetings? Are there any noticeable advantages?

Prevents bad breath

A common issue seen by both your dentist and your hygienist is bad breath.

Typically caused by plaque accumulation in difficult to reach areas, a visit to your hygienist will remove plaque, tartar and will leave you with healthier, better-smelling breath. What’s not to like about that?


Similar to the point above, another reason for regular visits to both your dentist and your hygienist is to get a professional level clean.

A professional-level clean will remove stains, such as red wine, coffee and other tannin based products from your enamel and will even allow your hygienist to clean any white fillings you have. Perfect!

Early issue detection

As mentioned before, it is best to keep dental issues at bay and your hygienist will be trained to identify any minor issues that could become serious if left untreated. This will save you money too, as dental issues are easier and cheaper to treat if caught early. Great stuff!

Periodontal health

With the biggest cause of tooth loss in adults being gum disease, it is important to ensure that your gums are as healthy as possible.

Your hygienist will be able to help you maintain good gum health by performing routine cleans, suggesting medicated mouthwash or toothpaste where applicable and by suggesting lifestyle changes that will help to keep your gums in top shape.

Whiter teeth!

And finally, one of the best reasons to visit your hygienist is for the confidence boost.

Post-appointment, you will have a whiter, healthier smile that is free from plaque, tartar and any other unsightly stains or marks. So, remember to visit your hygienist regularly for supreme oral health.

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