Keeping your teeth clean on your own can only work to a certain extent. There may be times when the issues you face cannot be tackled by better brushing or more regular flossing. Practicing dental hygiene at home is of utter importance in ensuring that your teeth do not suffer from complications such as cavities or tooth decay. To avoid such situations, it is important to go for regular checkups to a dental hygienist who will clean your teeth professionally.
Daily brushing and flossing can definitely help you keep your teeth healthy. However, in order to prevent dental disease and issues from occurring, a dental hygiene checkup is required. If you visit your dentist regularly, issues can be noticed and diagnosed early on, which reduces overall treatment costs and any pain that could of occurred as dental problems progress.
Why do I need to have hygiene checkups?
Daily hygiene routines are efficient in keeping away detrimental effects to your teeth. Daily brushing will help remove some of the plaque that forms on your teeth from leftover food particles, which sit on your teeth (particularly from foods high in starch and sugar).
However plaque can build up and as this happens, it gets harder and harder to remove. A tough substance called tartar or calculus (calcified plaque) will form on your teeth eventually and this cannot be removed through conventional brushing. A visit to the dental hygienist is required to have the plaque removed using dental procedures such as scaling and polishing with professional dental tools.
Recommended daily oral hygiene
Practicing a regular oral hygiene routine is vital in keeping your mouth and teeth healthy. This is what is recommend on a daily basis:
- Brush at least twice a day for at least two minutes each time. Do not brush too hard or too fast. A regular paced brushing routine used on all teeth is ideal
- Regular flossing at least once a day is required to remove any food particles stuck in between the teeth. Flossing too hard can cause gums to bleed (gums bleeding can also be a sign of gum disease)
Who are dental hygienists?
Dental hygienists are professionals who are trained in the art of dental hygiene. At your dental visit, dental hygienists will clean your teeth and remove any plaque deposits using the appropriate instruments. The hygienist will also show you how to care for your teeth properly with brushing and flossing. If additional care is required, the hygienist will recommend certain tools you can purchase to use in your daily dental hygiene routine.
Dental hygienists help educate patients regarding how to care for and prevent cavities, how to control bad breath and how to avoid oral hygiene issues such as gum disease.
How much will a hygiene visit cost me?
Each hygiene visit will cost £55. However, we do offer a gold/silver membership plan that includes both the hygiene visits (as well as other benefits), that makes it a more cost effective and affordable treatment plan at £14.00 a month (silver £168 per year) and £19.00 a month (gold £228 per year – which includes free teeth whitening, normally costing £350).
If you would like to book your hygiene appointment please call do not hesitate to call us today.