What is dental hygiene?
Dental hygiene treatment is delivered by a dental hygienist who will help to remove any plaque from your teeth as well as cleaning your teeth with special equipment and pastes – also known as scaling and polishing. An important role of a dental hygienist is to show you how to look after your teeth so they remain free from plaque.
If you have a bridge, denture, orthodontic treatment or a dental implant you will have specific hygiene needs that the hygienist will be able to assist you with too. Regular hygiene appointments are recommended to help keep your mouth clean and healthy.
How dental hygiene helps..
Dental hygiene at Hitchin Dental also forms part of treating gum disease and bad breath. Our dental hygienists will advise you on the best brushing technique and give you tips on flossing and using interdental brushes.
If you suffer from bad breath, it may be due to poor dental hygiene. Without regular brushing and flossing, bacteria and bits of food can get trapped in between your teeth, which release an unpleasant odour after some time. Bad breath may also be exacerbated by smoking and consuming certain foods.
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When did you last see a dental hygienist?
Maintaining good dental hygiene is of vital importance for everyone and often a dental hygienist will spot the early signs of oral health problems and give you the guidance and appropriate treatment to resolve the situation in partnership with your dentist. If you are considering professional teeth whitening, you are advised that a dental hygiene visit is necessary prior to treatment.