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Dental Hygienist services in Lichfield
At Asquith dental we care about the long term health of your teeth and gums. We think it’s really important to consider dental hygiene appointments and here’s why.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease is inflammation of the gum caused by plaque and calculus. Calculus is the hardened for of plaque which was originally a thin layer of film covering the teeth. If it remains for a prolonged period of time it will progress further beneath the gum through pockets formed between the tooth and gum, as well as leading to gum recession. Cavities (holes) may form as a result of plaque/tartar deposits leading also to bad breath! If left untreated it can lead to bone loss resulting in the tooth/teeth becoming mobile, a condition known as periodontitis.
Who suffers from gum disease?
Anyone can suffer from this disease however the extent of the disease varies from person to person. Factors such as smoking, prescription drugs or poor brushing technique have an influence too. Hard brushing also leads to gum issues. These issues will be discussed in your meeting with the hygienist who will also monitor your oral hygiene and provide personal guidance.
What can a dental hygienist do for me?
The hygienist’s duty is to treat gum disease with scaling using an ultrasonic scaler, polishing, root planing (which may be under local anaesthetic) to remove calculus and applying medication.
The hygienist will:
- Explain correct flossing
- Brushing techniques
- inter-dental cleaning
- dietary advice
The hygienist will advise on how to prevent:
- Bad breath
- Red or swollen gums
- Tender or bleeding gums
- Pain on chewing
- Loose teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Receding gums leading to the appearance of long teeth
Research has proven that regular visits to the hygienist reduces risks of long term dental diseases.
“But the dentist usually polishes my teeth!”
The dental hygienist may spend 20-30 minutes thoroughly cleaning and scaling your teeth unlike the few minutes spent by the dentist. With a detailed discussion of your teeth and regular visits, gum disease will be controlled.
How often should I visit a hygienist?
The frequency of attendance is determined by the degree of gum disease which will be explained by the hygienist.
What if I have been diagnosed with advanced gum disease?
In such cases, root planing or gum surgery may be necessary performed by the dentist or a periodontist specialist although regular dental hygiene treatments are necessary to stabilise the gum disease.
How much is the cost with hygienist?
20-30 minutes at £49.
Does a scale and polish hurt?
The use of ultrasonic scaling technology provides a pain-free, simple, fast and effective clean. Patients with a fear of maybe experiencing pain are welcome to ask for their gums to be numbed using topical anaesthetic (cream applied to gums).