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Hygiene and Prevention

Professional hygienist visits in Swindon

Clean. Monitor. Prevent.

Here at Eurodental, our dentists work closely with our Swindon hygienists as part of our mission to keep patients healthy and to prevent dental problems from occurring. Our hygienists are at the front line of dental health, keeping your teeth and gums in top condition by preventing plaque and tartar from causing cavities and gum disease. They use a two-pronged approach to achieve this: the practical, which involves carrying out a professional deep-clean, or scale and polish; and the educational, making sure patients’ diets and lifestyles aren’t impacting negatively on their oral health.

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An ongoing process

We strongly advise our patients here at Eurodental to establish a routine of regular hygiene visits. While your dentist will be able to identify and treat dental problems as they arise, your hygienist can prevent those problems from occurring in the first place. A regular hygiene appointment will allow the hygienist to clean your teeth in places brushing can’t reach, and to ensure you’re armed with the most up-to-date knowledge and techniques for maintaining your oral hygiene at home in between hygienist visits.

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What do I need to know about plaque and tartar?

Plaque and tartar are the key contributors to gum disease and tooth decay. The root cause of gum disease and tooth decay is bad oral hygiene – when you let your regular brushing and flossing slide, a film of bacteria – plaque – builds up around the gum line. Caused by the food that remains on your teeth after eating, plaque eventually hardens to become tartar. Together, they attack the tooth enamel, making gums and teeth vulnerable to disease and decay.

Does it hurt to get a scale and polish?

Not usually, though if your gums are very sensitive the hygienist can use anaesthetic gel to alleviate any discomfort.

How often should I see my hygienist?

If you have good oral health, we generally recommend seeing the hygienist twice a year. If you’ve had dental implants or tooth restorations, you may be required to visit more frequently to ensure plaque is being kept under control effectively around your prosthetic restorations.