I regularly visit my dentist, so why would I need to visit a Dental Hygienist?


Rather than just hoping that dental problems will never occur, regular visits to a dental hygienist can often prevent problems from starting in the first instance.


Good oral hygiene is important, not only for looks, but for general health also. Poor oral hygiene can lead to a variety of dental and medical problems such as gum disease, infection, bone and tooth loss, heart disease, strokes and more.


Regular check-ups and professional dental hygienist cleaning together with your own home dental care can help prevent these problems as well as keeping your breath fresh and improve your appearance.


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Top 7 Reasons for Visiting a Dental Hygienist

1. Prevent gum disease

Gum disease is one of the leading causes of

tooth loss in adults. If diagnosed in the early

stages gum disease (gingivitis) can be treated

and reversed by regular hygienist cleaning,

flossing daily and brushing twice a day.

If treatment is not received, a more serious and

advanced stage of gum disease, called Periodontitis may follow including the loss of bone that keeps your teeth in place.

2. Prevention of oral cancer

Information provided by the British Dental Health

Foundation suggests that more than 6000 people

will be diagnosed with mouth cancer this year in

the UK alone. When your Dental Hygienist cleans

your teeth they are also screening you for oral

cancer, which is highly curable if diagnosed early


3. Help maintain good physical health

Recent studies have linked heart attacks and strokes to gum disease, resulting from poor oral hygiene. Professional dental cleaning every 6 months (or 3 months for people who smoke) significantly helps to keep your teeth and gums healthy and reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes.

A clinical study* of 100,000 people showed that

those who regularly had professional teeth

cleaning (scale & polish) had a 24% lower risk of

heart disease and 13% lower risk of a stroke.

4. Detect dental problems early

Your hygienist will be able to detect any early

signs of problems with your teeth or gums. Early

detection of cavities, broken fillings and gum

disease are easily treated. However if these

problems go untreated other more evasive and

expensive treatment such as root canal, gum

surgery and the removal of teeth may become

the only treatment options available.

5. Prevent bad breath

Dental studies show that about 85% of people

with persistent bad breath (known as halitosis)

have a dental problem to blame for it. Gum

disease (gingivitis) is caused by the build up of

plaque which untreated can harden and

become Tartar in as little as 24 hours; it is

Tarter that causes bad breath. Once tartar has

formed on your teeth it can only be removed by

professional teeth cleaning (scale & polish).

6. Brighten up your smile

Your dental hygienist can remove most deep

staining caused by items such as tobacco,

coffee, tea and red wine. During your professional

cleaning, your hygienist will also polish

your teeth to a cosmetic shine, the result being

a whiter and brighter smile.

7. Advice on maintaining good oral health

Your dental hygienist will help to ensure you

are maintaining good oral health by visual

examination and comparing records from your

previous visits. If you are falling off track with

your oral hygiene they will help put you back

on the right path, including advice on your

home dental care and suitable products.

Last Updated on Dec132012

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