To maintain healthy teeth and gums, it’s imperative to have a good oral hygiene routine. Part of that includes regular visits to the dental hygienist to perform a thorough clean and to check for any early signs of problems.
Hygiene therapy includes a full assessment of the health of your teeth and gums and then the gentle removal of stubborn plaque and tartar that may have built up around the teeth and below the gum line. This often happens despite assiduous home care, because there are areas that brushing and flossing alone can’t reach. Plaque and tartar, if left to their own devices, can cause significant problems associated with tooth decay and gum disease, so it’s extremely important to have them removed on a regular basis.
We are lucky to have highly-experienced dental hygienists as key members of the Buckingham House team, working alongside our dentists to provide the very best in oral health care. Not only do they give your teeth a deep clean, but they are also on hand to advise on every aspect of your oral health, including showing you how best to maintain your teeth in a clean and healthy state through effective brushing and flossing. Experienced in caring for patients with severe gum problems, such as gingivitis and periodontitis, they also routinely look after patients who have had extensive reconstructive work such as implants.
Yes, our dentists are fully qualified in all aspects of oral hygiene. However, hygienists undertake particular training in this area, meaning they focus on ensuring plaque and tartar are removed from the teeth and from below the gum line, where most damage is caused.
Following a rigorous cleaning programme at home is vital if you want to avoid dental hygiene problems. In addition, our hygienists will give you advice about how to clean your teeth and also about diet and general lifestyle.
Brush and floss your teeth twice daily, use a no-alcohol mouthwash and clean your tongue regularly to reduce the instances of bad breath. As a further measure, you should also avoid strongly-flavoured foods and reduce smoking and drinking alcohol.