Put simply, plaque and tartar are the root cause of tooth loss. When you neglect your regular brushing and flossing, 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. Plaque can be controlled by daily brushing and regular visits to your hygienist.
Maintaining a rigorous cleaning programme at home is vital if you want to minimise hygienist appointments. Our hygienist will give you advice and tips not only about how to clean your teeth, but also about diet and general lifestyle.
Not usually, though if your gums are very sensitive the hygienist can use anaesthetic gel to alleviate any discomfort.
We generally recommend seeing the hygienist twice a year, though if you’ve had dental implants or tooth restorations, we may need to see you more frequently to ensure your prosthetic teeth are being properly maintained. If you have a history of gum disease then you may be advised to attend quarterly.