Most people lose their teeth due to gum disease rather than dental decay. It is sad that simple preventable conditions lead to undesired loss of teeth. Enrolling the services of a good dental hygienist will go a long way in keeping the tooth decay aloof. They will save your teeth by preventing and treating gum disease and periodontal disease.
What is a dental hygienist?
The NHS describes a dental hygienist as an oral health professional that cleans teeth and examines patients for signs of oral disease such as gingivitis. They also provide preventive dental care by advising you on the best way to take care of your teeth.
What services does a dental hygienist provide?
Dental hygienists offer a host of dental hygiene and cleaning services. These services include, but are not limited to:
- Removing tartar, stains and plaque from teeth.
- Assessing the patient’s oral health and reporting his or her findings to the dentist.
- Taking and developing dental X-rays or scans
- Applying sealants and fluorides to help protect teeth from bacterial attacks.
- Educating the patients about oral hygiene and the various techniques employed such as how to brush and floss correctly.
Our dental hygienist is the leading oral health educator advising you on the best oral health practices you can follow to prevent gum and periodontal diseases.
Hygiene treatments and services at Angel Smile London
Upon booking a first session with us, our expert dental hygienist will examine your teeth and recommend the ideal treatment required to prevent the advancement of the plaque accumulation. Our service sessions include:
Basic Dental Hygiene Visit
Our professional hygienist will carry out a professional scaling and polishing of teeth. This procedure allows for the removal of plaque and tartar deposits. It contributes to your overall oral health ensuring that you have healthy teeth and gums.
Advanced hygiene, stain removal with airflow
In this procedure, the dental hygienist uses ultrasonic and manual instruments to remove all tartar that has built up around the teeth and gums. It is followed by an advanced level polish that is known as Airflow. Airflow is a combination of a stream of air, water and natural salt particles (natrium bicarbonate.)
It is a very effective method that can perfectly reach interdental areas, gum margins and inaccessible areas notorious for hiding bacteria and plaque. Most clients come out feeling refreshed after the quick, painless and safe procedure.
Deep scaling (Gingivitis Treatment Under Local Anaesthesia)
After a thorough oral examination with our dentist, they may prescribe a deeper scaling of your teeth and gums. This allows the oral hygienist to reach the bacteria and deposits that are underneath the gums. The method is applied where it is deemed that your teeth are susceptible to periodontal diseases.
Laser-assisted classical periodontal therapy
This method is used as a supportive technique in conjunction with the classical procedure of gum treatment. The laser periodontal treatment is used to disinfect and further eliminate bacteria after plaque removal. It helps gums achieve a state of health through its non-invasive and anti-inflammatory effects.
Localised antimicrobial therapy
This is a focus retreatment program that is recommended by our dentist to address non-responding areas after periodontal disease treatment. It is also used to reach persistent pockets of plaque. It is usually recommended after an initial treatment with laser and mechanical therapy hasn’t brought the desired results.
Why Oral Health matters
The human body is a complex system of interlinked organs that are connected in various ways. Research has shown a link between periodontal diseases and conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity and other health issues. Bad oral health will not only affect your teeth but also have an effect on the general health of your body.
Good oral health gets rid of bad breath that is common in poor dental hygiene. This offers a confidence boost that allows you to talk and engage freely with your friends and family.
Best ways to prevent bad oral health and diseases
Gum disease has become fairly common in the UK. It is characterised with inflammation and swelling of the gums that may be accompanied by bleeding. The NHS has established a campaign to teach methods of gum disease prevention through dental hygienists to improve oral health all across the country.
Here are some tips to prevent gum diseases you can easily implement:
- Regular brushing and flossing of teeth – at least twice daily
- Avoid cigarettes which stain your teeth
- Increase your daily intake of vitamin C and D and calcium
- Regular dental check-ups for cleaning and polishing
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet for strong, healthy gums and teeth
Are you looking for dental hygienist services in the UK or London? Come to our Angel Smile N1 dental clinic for an initial consultation about the excellent and individual dental hygienist services we offer.