Dental Hygiene

Scale and Polish and Gum Disease Prevention

Good dental hygiene is at the core of excellent dental health and the role of the hygienist is one of the most important here at All Saints Green Dental Clinic in Norwich.

Regular attendance for appointments with our dentists and hygienists is very important if you want to keep your oral health in the best possible condition throughout your life.

The role of the dental hygienist

Our hygienists are highly skilled and experienced when it comes to the health of your mouth and particularly your gums. They are trained to identify early signs of gum disease and to treat it alongside guidance from our dentists.

When you visit our hygienists, typically every six months although this can vary, you will receive a thorough examination of your gums and also a treatment known and a “scale and polish”.

The scale and polish is designed to remove build-up of plaque and tartar from your teeth and gum-line, a residue that builds up progressively even if you brush diligently at home. Plaque contains harmful bacteria which attack your gums, eventually leading to gum disease. Tartar forms when plaque isn’t removed and gets harder to the point where it cannot be removed by brushing and flossing at home.

Dental education

Our hygienists also provide comprehensive dental education including how to brush and floss effectively, how your diet can affect your oral health and more.

If you listen to them carefully and act on their advice, you’ll be well on the way to gaining and then maintaining excellent oral health.

 Gum Disease

One of the primary roles of the hygienist is to help you avoid gum disease and if you are unfortunate enough to get it, to provide appropriate treatment.

Gum disease is dangerous and whilst it can be reversed if caught early, a stage often known as mild gingivitis; where it progresses to a more serious condition known as periodontitis, it can be much harder to treat. Periodontitis causes bad breath, bleeding and can even lead to tooth loss if allowed to progress, so you must seek help quickly.

Signs of gum disease include:

  • Swollen, sore or bleeding gums (but this does not always happen)
  • Bad breath
  • Wobbly teeth
  • Tooth loss where disease is allowed to progress

Although you will likely spot these symptoms yourself, our hygienist will spot them before you do which is why your regular checks with us are vital.

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If you are looking to maintain a healthy mouth and need an experienced dental hygienist in Norwich, please contact the team at All Saints Green Dental Clinic to book your appointment on 01603 623 936.

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