Our hygienist’s key aim is to prevent and treat gum disease, which is now one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults.
Regular visits to your hygienist puts you in the best position for detecting any oral health problems before they become symptomatic or require treatment.
Benefits of seeing a hygienist are:
An appointment with your local Tavistock hygienist will involve an initial oral hygiene check up, followed by a ‘scaling’ procedure.
This is where any build up of harmful plaque and tartar is carefully and gently removed from the surface of your teeth and around the gum line using scalers and curettes, which are specially designed tools to check scrape away soft deposits. Hand-held mirrors help your hygienist to spot those missed areas and pinpoint plaque build up.
Following a good clean and analysis of overall gum health, they will give your teeth a shine and polish with a gentle, quiet air polisher to remove any superficial stains. In cases where there is decay, a hygienist may apply fluoride or an antibacterial gel.
Prevention is better than cure, and identifying early signs of tooth decay or gum inflammation enables your practitioner to address the problem swiftly.
As well as a thorough scale and polish, your dental hygienist will also provide a complete check of your overall oral health. Your Tavistock hygienist will get to know you and provide you with tailored, individual advice on how to maintain the best oral health, from diet to dental care.Back to General Dentistry
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