Research shows that seven out of ten people do not visit the dentist or hygienist regularly. If you consider yourself to be one of them, then don’t worry; it’s never too late to start a good habit and keep it up. Visiting your hygienist regularly is paramount in maintaining good oral and overall health. Gum disease is one of the number one causes of tooth loss in the UK and studies have shown that regular hygiene visits can prevent this from happening.
At Avondale, we believe that prevention is better than cure which is why we always encourage our patients to visit our hygienist regularly. So, to convince you to pick up the phone and make that appointment, we have listed below the main benefits of visiting your dental hygienist or therapist:
- Removing the build-up of plaque and tartar – even though you brush your teeth really carefully, you are bound to miss some areas of plaque, mostly because you can’t get at them with your brush. After about 3 days, the plaque hardens into tartar, and this cannot be removed with a toothbrush. It needs to be scraped over with the hygienist’s special tools.
Removing all the areas of tartar that you have missed means that you no longer have patches that are giving off acids. If you leave these undisturbed, they will be leaching acids straight onto your tooth enamel and gums and will do so until the hygienist removes them.
- Removing staining – when the hygienist gets to have a go at your teeth, you will get any residual staining removed too. You emerge with cleaner, brighter teeth and will feel better about your smile.
- Education- the hygienist can also help spot areas where you can brush up on your cleaning techniques and give you tips on what brushes and flosses to use.
To make an appointment with our dental therapist at Avondale Dental Practice then please get in touch to organise a time to suit you.