If you’ve never visited a dental hygienist before, you may be wondering what to expect. With a focus on the prevention of gum disease, our fully trained dental professionals will make sure your smile stays bright.
Before you arrive
It’s important that you go through your normal dental hygiene routine at home before you arrive. Cleaning your teeth thoroughly ensures that your dental hygienist won’t need to spend time removing debris before your teeth are examined and professionally cleaned.
Your dental and medical history
This is an essential part of your appointment because it allows us to ensure safe care. You’ll be asked about your dental and medical history and your daily dental hygiene routine. You’ll also be asked about habits that can have an impact on your teeth including smoking and alcohol consumption.
A thorough examination
Before your dental hygienist begins work on any treatment, they’ll check your gums, your tooth enamel and the build-up of plaque and tartar on your teeth. That gives them a detailed picture of your oral health so they can tailor your treatments to your needs.
A professional deep clean
Your dental hygienist will usually perform a deep clean known as a scale and polish. No matter how well you look after your teeth and gums, bacteria can build up over time. The scaling process removes the plaque and tartar that can help bacteria to form and speed up tooth decay.
Then your teeth will be polished giving them a smooth surface that prevents the formation of bacteria. Regular visits to the dental hygienist can help to prevent the need for more expensive treatments like tooth whitening.
Advice and aftercare
Using their expert knowledge and insight, your hygienist will follow up with advice on brushing and flossing techniques and the best ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy. This could involve smoking cessation or dietary advice to keep your teeth looking good.
Now you know what to expect, why not book an appointment with our dental hygienist in London today.