Our dental hygienists are specially trained, working in conjunction with your dentist to keep your teeth in ultimate condition. With the assistance of your hygienist, you can keep your teeth and gums healthy at home. Ultimately the main goal of our hygienists is to remove plaque and advise patients on how to minimise its recurrence – keeping your smile looking its best.
Commonly Asked Questions
What does the hygienist do?
The hygienist will offer a plethora of information to aid you in your personal dental care. Our hygienists can consult your typical dietary norms and advise of any required changes to reduce damage to the teeth. Through their knowledge of dental health, the hygienist can offer advice to in turn slow down the process of decay. Our hygienists specialise in the care of gums and teeth and have greater time than the busy dentists themselves allowing for in-depth assessment of your oral health. Our hygienists will talk to you about diet whilst offering advice on tooth brushing, flossing and build confidence in your care regime.
Cleaning and scaling the teeth of plaque is a focal task for hygienists. Where at home it can be difficult to prevent the build-up of plaque, hygienist tools and techniques can discard of plaque and tarter before hardening into calculus.
What is plaque?
Plaque is a colourless or yellow biofilm. Which clings to the surface of the teeth. When left untouched, plaque bacteria can turn to tartar which leads to implications such as gingivitis, cavities or gum disease. The biofilm collects minerals from the saliva which cause it to harden, forming tartar which is much harder to remove.
What causes plaque?
Plaque is almost impossible to avoid with the modern diet causing a likeliness of plaque bacteria build-up. Plaque hides between teeth and under the gum line and is enhanced from starchy foods such as cake, fizzy drinks, and fruit.
Spotting the signs?
Plaque is often known to be a yellow colour, however often the substance is colourless and not visible to the naked eye. In this sense, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene consistently to reduce the tendencies of plaque. Plaque is almost impossible to avoid as most everyday foods can result in a build-up. We encourage regular observation of plaque to reduce accumulation.
Plaque disclosing tablets can be found in most drug stores and allow for plaque to be shown up. The tablets are generally a blue colour and stain the areas which require more brushing in order to remove plaque at home.
Key steps to a healthy mouth
Brushing regularly reduces plaque build-up, keeps your breath smelling fresh and eliminates bacteria. We recommend using an electric toothbrush at least twice a day for two minutes. Using a reputable fluoride toothpaste with anti-plaque benefits can also work towards a healthy mouth.
Floss, floss, and floss again: We know it’s that dreaded question “are you remembering to floss” but a toothbrush alone can’t reach every gap between your teeth. Flossing can remove the plaque hidden between and behind your teeth.
Using mouthwash helps kill bacteria and reduce the regrowth of plaque.
Regular visits to the hygienist and dentist are crucial in ensuring a healthy mouth. Adults who visit more regularly are less likely to have issues with bacteria build-up and gum issues.
To arrange your dental hygienist appointment, contact Glasgow Dentists today and guarantee your oral health.