It goes without saying ‘prevention is better than cure’ and this is certainly true in the case of dental care, which is why you should visit the dental hygienist regularly. Regular visits not only to the dentist but also the dental hygienist can often prevent problems from occurring to begin with.
Having great oral hygiene is not just for looks and self esteem, its important for your general health too.
Gum disease, infection, heart disease, strokes and many more health problems can occur through bad oral hygiene.
Not taking your oral hygiene seriously can lead to poor oral health, with problems such as gum disease, infection, heart disease, strokes and many more possible health problems.
Here are a few of the most important reasons why you should visit the hygienist
Prevention of gum disease – Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults. If caught early this can be treated and reversed through regular visits to the hygienist, flossing and brushing twice a day.
Prevention of oral cancer – The British Dental Health Foundation indicates that more than 6000 people a year will die from mouth cancer (in the UK). When a dental hygienist cleans your mouth they also screen you for oral cancer, which if caught early, is highly curable.
Helping to maintain good physical health – Clinical studies have shown that people who have their teeth cleaned professionally had a 24% lower risk of heart disease and a 13% lower risk of a stroke. Professional dental cleaning every six months can significantly help towards feeling physically better.
Prevention of bad breath – Many dental studies have shown that around 85% of people with bad breath have a dental problem as the result of it. A build up of plaque can quickly turn to tartar, it is tartar that causes bad breath. The tartar can only be properly removed by professional teeth cleaning.
What can I expect from my first appointment?
At JM Dental we treat every patient as an individual and your hygienist appointment will be no different. We will assess your gum health, carry out professional cleaning, advise on home care products, dietary advice and discuss any bad breath issues.
How long does an appointment take?
Normally between 30-60mins dependant upon your needs. At our Plymouth based dental clinic we take the time needed to get your treatment right.
Will the treatment hurt?
Treatment with the hygienist is usually pain free. However if you do feel any discomfort, the hygienist can use anaesthetic gels or local anaesthetic.
Do I need to see the dentist before seeing the hygienist?
Not at JM Dental, we offer a fast pass straight to the hygienist, meaning you can book an appointment whenever you like.
To learn more about any of our treatments please get in touch via our contact page or call 01752 222625 and speak with one of the team at our Plymouth clinic.