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dental hygiene treatmentWhat do dental hygienists do?

Dental hygienists like the ones that work at Camden Practice in London are an important part in helping people care for their teeth and are responsible for a lot of preventative dental treatment, cleaning teeth to minimise the risk of gum disease developing.

What kind of treatments will the dental hygienist carry out?

Dental hygienists can take dental x-rays and might also carry out some teeth whitening treatments, but most commonly the work that they do is the scale and polish. This is done to get rid of the plaque build up on your teeth that can lead to gum disease if it is not controlled. They will also show you how best to care for your teeth to prevent problems in the future.

Can Dental Hygienist Services help in long-term dental health?

In fact the training of all dental hygienists is all about the health of our teeth. Although not every dental surgery will have a hygienist, most do these days, and those hygienists will often see patients independently in direct access as well as seeing them as referrals from the practice dentist.

How often should we see the Hygienist?

Normally dental hygienist appointments will be given before or at the time of a dental check up. It might be more frequent if necessary.

Why Doesn’t the Dentist do this work?

A lot of dentists in London do carry out this kind of work but more and more are coming to realise the advantage of having a hygienist who is specially trained in this kind of preventative dentistry.

Do Hygienist Treatments Hurt?

Polish and scale treatments should not hurt but if there is some discomfort or pain then the hygienists will have anaesthetic gels that can be used to make sure that the treatment is comfortable.

Direct Access

Are you overdue a visit to your dentist? Is that because what you want really is a thorough clean and some advice and you don’t need to see the dentist for that? Well now new legislation will allow you to see your hygienist direct. There will be some treatments that they cannot do, like tooth whitening and some practices may still want you to see the dentist first, but more and more you will be able to make a booking direct with your hygienist for a clean and take advantage of the advice they have on caring for your teeth.

Oral Hygiene FAQs

Why tooth decays occur?

There’re both beneficial and harmful bacteria in our mouth. The harmful bacteria feed on the food particles trapped between the teeth, converting them to acid in the process. This acid wears away the outer enamel covering of the teeth. This leads to tooth decay and if the dental condition is left untreated, you not only experience pain and suffering but may also suffer from tooth loss. Properly brush and floss your teeth every day, maintain oral hygiene and visit your dentist routinely to avoid tooth decay.

Which oral health problems are most common?

Gum diseases or infections and cavities in the teeth are the most common oral health problems among all age groups. However, both these problems can be avoided by maintaining sound oral hygiene every day.

I’ve heard about dry mouth. Why does it occur and how can I help myself?

Dry mouth is a typical oral health condition that is caused by reduced secretion of saliva. Saliva plays a crucial role in keeping the mouth free from the harmful bacteria. It also helps washing away food particles trapped in between the teeth. Factors like blood sugar, advanced age, heavy smoking and even certain medications reduce saliva secretion in the mouth. If you’re facing the problem of your mouth going dry, keep sipping water at regular intervals. You also need to consult a dentist right away.

How often do I need to visit a dentist?

If you’ve healthy teeth and gums, an annual visit to the dentist’s office is enough. If you have average oral health, like most people, schedule an appointment after every six months. If you suffer from specific dental conditions, then you need to visit your dentist more frequently.

How often do I need to replace toothbrush?

Usually, the life of a toothbrush lasts for 3 months. Thus, you need to change your toothbrush after every 12 weeks. However, if the bristles get worn out or start looking frayed, just get a new one immediately.

What are the common symptoms of oral cancer?

In most cases of oral cancer, some whitish or reddish spots appear in the mouth at first. These spots are so tiny that they often go unnoticed. Gradually, the spots spread throughout the mouth and the lips. Early detection and timely launching of the treatment prove effective in curing such cases. At Camden High Street Dental Practice, we have state-of-the-art oral cancer screening facility to detect the disease in its initial stages.