What is a Dental Hygienist?

Dental hygienists play an important part in your dental health care. They have a preventive approach, and are key in treating gum disease. They show you the best home care routines, and this helps to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

What happens during a Dental Hygiene check-up?

At your appointment, Natalie, your hygienist will:

assess your brushing effectiveness, and guide you with this. She will also carefully remove the hard deposits of tartar (or ‘calculus’) that build up on the teeth. This is known as scaling.

Polishing paste can be used to remove some surface stains caused by everyday food and drinks such as tea, coffee, red wine and tobacco. However, it is difficult to remove all stains.

The most impact that your hygiene visit can have is by ensuring that your ‘at home’ brushing technique is good. It is the soft plaque that causes most damage to our gums and this must be tackled every day. Our dental hygienist, Natalie, will show you how to remove plaque with a toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, most effectively. She will also demonstrate how to clean between your teeth with ‘interdental’ brushes, floss or tape. Everyone’s mouth is different and the gaps between the teeth can be very different too, so this advice needs to be tailored to you and your mouth. Plaque that gets trapped in awkward or difficult to get to spaces needs to be regularly removed at your hygiene visit.

There are also many oral care products you can use, including specialist toothpastes, electric toothbrushes, and mouthwashes. Natalie will recommend those that are best for you.

A regular visit with Natalie, helps to keep you motivated to keep your gums healthy for life! As we know, our gums hold our teeth in place, so with healthy, strong gums, our teeth last longer too!

Call today on, 0161 456 8716, to make a hygiene appointment with Natalie and start your journey to healthier, stronger gums!