Orpington Dental Hygienist
Your dentist will include an examination of your gums during the routine dental check-up.
Gum disease affects 80% of adults and more than half of all teenagers. It’s the biggest cause of tooth loss and is linked to heart disease, bacterial lung infections, diabetes, premature births and strokes. New research also suggestions there may be a link to dementia.
Preventing dental disease is the most important part of what we do in partnership with you. By minimising and managing dental disease we extend the lifetime of your teeth, help you to avoid pain and discomfort, and reduce the likelihood of any unexpected dental bills.
Our hygienists are dental professionals who trained to the highest standard so you can expect to receive hygiene care that is second to none. They will undertake a thorough cleaning of your teeth and gums, removing any plaque and tartar that has built up in those difficult to reach places. After a session with Terrie or Lauren you will feel and see a real difference in your teeth.
Both are friendly, gentle and understanding. They have lots of experience assisting patients who are nervous of the dentist or who have had bad hygiene experiences in the past.
Your dentist works in conjunction with our hygienists and will prescribe hygiene visits based on your gum health score – something you should become familiar with!
Common Dental Hygienist questions
What kind of training do hygienists have?
Dental hygienists are professionally trained much in the same way and to the same standard as a dentist. Like dentists, dental hygienists and therapists strictly adhere to the GDC’s standards of dental care.
I’d like to have whiter teeth but do I have to have tooth whitening?
No. You can maintain cleaner teeth with regular hygiene visits. We do offer air polishing, which gently rids the teeth of deep staining caused by smoking, curries, red wine, coffee and age, returning them to their natural colour. This might be all you need to give your smile a boost. Ask for a shade test next time you visit and we can advise the best option from there.
Why are my gums bleeding?
Bleeding gums are a sign of dental disease and should not be ignored. They bleed when they become irritated and inflamed due to plaque (a soft film of bacteria) being left on the teeth. Plaque causes inflammation of the gums, which is called gingivitis. If left untreated this then becomes gum disease.
Do I need to clean between my teeth interdentally?
Most definitely. Whilst brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes is recommended, it isn’t enough to reach all the surfaces of the teeth. By flossing and using interdental brushes daily as recommended you are ensuring that any plaque and food trapped between the teeth is removed and therefore the chances of dental disease developing is minimised.