What is dental hygiene?


Dental hygiene involves the practice of maintaining oral health through regular cleaning of teeth and gums. It helps prevent cavities, gingivitis, and other dental problems, while also promoting overall health and well-being.


How often should I have a dental hygiene appointment?


It is recommended to have a dental hygiene appointment every six months. However, this may vary depending on your oral health and personal needs. Your dental hygienist can help determine the best frequency for your appointments.

Hygiene therapy involves the professional cleaning of your teeth and gums to establish good oral health and give you a whiter smile. Also, it includes instructions on how to maintain good dental hygiene at home in order to keep your teeth free of plaque and illness.


How Does it Work?


We at Smile Hub are really delighted to clean your teeth utilizing a procedure known as guided biofilm therapy (GBT). For comfort, safety, and effectiveness in hygiene therapy, GBT is setting the standard. Because the technique is so delicate, it can be utilized on braces, implants, natural teeth, and composite and porcelain restorations.

What happens during a dental hygiene appointment?


During a dental hygiene appointment, your dental hygienist will examine your teeth and gums for signs of disease or other issues. They will also clean your teeth, removing plaque and tartar buildup. Your hygienist may also provide advice on proper oral hygiene practices and answer any questions you have about your dental health.


Is dental hygiene covered by insurance?


Most dental insurance plans cover preventive dental services, including dental hygiene appointments. However, it is important to check with your insurance provider to confirm your coverage and any associated costs.


What can I do to maintain good oral hygiene at home?


In addition to regular dental hygiene appointments, you can maintain good oral hygiene at home by brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, and using mouthwash if recommended by your dentist or dental hygienist. Eating a balanced diet and avoiding sugary or acidic foods and drinks can also help promote oral health.

What are some signs that I may need to schedule a dental hygiene appointment?


If you are experiencing tooth pain, gum swelling or bleeding, or bad breath, you may need to schedule a dental hygiene appointment. Other signs that you may need to see a dental hygienist include tooth sensitivity, loose teeth, or changes in the color or appearance of your teeth or gums.


How can I prepare for my dental hygiene appointment?


To prepare for your dental hygiene appointment, be sure to brush and floss your teeth as you normally would. If you have any medical conditions or are taking any medications, be sure to inform your dental hygienist. You should also bring a list of any questions or concerns you may have about your oral health.


Is dental hygiene safe during pregnancy?


Yes, dental hygiene is safe during pregnancy. In fact, it is important for pregnant women to maintain good oral hygiene to help prevent gum disease, which has been linked to preterm birth and low birth weight. However, it is important to inform your dental hygienist that you are pregnant so they can take any necessary precautions.


What should I do if I have dental anxiety?


If you have dental anxiety, you are not alone. Many people experience anxiety or fear when it comes to dental appointments. To help manage your anxiety, you can inform your dental hygienist of your concerns, listen to music or practice deep breathing during your appointment, or even consider sedation dentistry if appropriate for your situation. Your dental hygienist can work with you to find a solution that meets your needs.

What is periodontal disease?


Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that affects the tissues and bone supporting the teeth. It can lead to tooth loss and has been linked to other health issues, such as heart disease and diabetes. Symptoms of periodontal disease include red, swollen, or bleeding gums, bad breath, and a receding gum line.


How can periodontal disease be treated?


Treatment for periodontal disease depends on the severity of the condition. Mild cases may be treated with improved oral hygiene, such as more frequent dental cleanings and better brushing and flossing habits. More advanced cases may require scaling and root planing, which involves cleaning the root surfaces of the teeth and smoothing the tooth roots to help the gums reattach. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to repair damaged tissues or bone.


Can children benefit from dental hygiene appointments?


Yes, children can benefit from dental hygiene appointments. Regular dental checkups and cleanings can.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do i practice good oral hygiene?

In addition to twice daily teethbrushing with a soft toothbrush and flossing you can take your dental hygiene to the next level by:

  • Using dental products that contain fluoride
  • Limiting snacks that are high in sugar
  • Eating a balanced diet of fruit and vegetables
  • Avoiding tobacco

How often should I use mouthwash?

Cosmetic mouthwashes freshen your breath, maintain a healthy teeth colour and contain fluoride to help fight cavities. Therapeutic mouthwashes treat conditions such as gingivitis, tooth sensitivity and inflammation. Prescription mouthwashes contain chlorhexidine gluconate which kill bacteria that causes bleeding, inflammation and plaque biofilm formation.

Why are my gums bleeding?

Gums bleed when they are inflamed. This is due to plaque (a soft film of bacteria) being left on the teeth which causes inflammation called gingivitis and if not addressed can develop into gum disease. Over time, if not cleaned off through daily brushing and interdental cleaning, the plaque can turn into a hard deposits known as tartar or calculus. This requires professional scaling by your dentist to remove it.

It is important even if your gums bleed they are still brushed to keep the mouth clean otherwise the bacteria build up in the mouth will make gum inflammation worse. After a few days of thorough cleaning, your gums should begin to stop bleeding. You should call Smile Hub Dental Clinic on 01-5253888 or Book Online Now to arrange a dental check-up.

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