What is a dental hygienist?
Dental hygiene refers to keeping your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy. Your oral health is important because it is closely linked to your general health.
A dental hygienist works closely with your dentist to maintain and enhance your oral health. Whilst your dentist will focus on all aspects of dentistry, a dental hygienist focuses specifically on keeping your mouth and gums clean. In doing so, a dental hygienist can help prevent, as well as treat, problems like gum disease, tooth decay, and cavities.
At The Cosmetic Dental Gallery in Battersea, our dental hygienists see hundreds of patients from Wandsworth, Clapham, Stockwell, Battersea, Brixton, and throughout London.
What do dental hygienists do?
Dental hygienists at The Cosmetic Dental Gallery in Battersea work on a preventative approach. They spend a lot of their time working with patients to prevent tooth decay and gum disease from forming. In the UK, gum disease remains the prime reason why people lose their teeth.
Gum disease can be difficult to identify, with some patients not showing any symptoms until it has firmly taken hold. The first stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis. Patients may notice bleeding or sore gums.
A dental hygienist can work with you to treat gingivitis. But if it is left untreated, gingivitis can develop into the more serious form of gum disease known as periodontitis. Periodontitis often needs antibiotics along with a thorough clean of your mouth and a personalised treatment plan from a dental hygienist. If periodontitis is not dealt with, then your teeth are at risk of becoming loose, failing or decaying.
Regular check and hygiene clean
Patients usually visit a dental hygienist every 6 to 12 months. During this visit, the dental hygienist will check on the health and cleanliness of your mouth.
This visit usually includes a traditional scale and polish clean. Your dental hygienist will gently scrape at your teeth to remove plaque. If plaque builds up on your teeth, it hardens and is known as tartar. This is much harder to get rid of and can only be achieved by a dental hygienist or dental professional.
Your dental hygienist then finishes off your clean with a polish. Your teeth will look and feel noticeably different.
Many patients from Battersea, Clapham, Brixton, Wandsworth, Stockwell and throughout London are now choosing to get an Airflow dental clean. This deep clean is much more thorough and leaves a real difference to the way your teeth look and feel.
If you suffer from bad breath, your dental hygienist can help treat this and give advice about how to prevent halitosis from occurring again.
General hygiene advice
Dental hygienists give lots of advice about how to best keep your mouth and teeth clean.
If you have a certain problem, for example, if your teeth are crooked or overcrowded and you notice that staining is affecting your teeth, your dental hygienist can help show you how to deal with this.
Other advice may include how to keep dental braces clean or how to maintain restorations such as dental implants or veneers. Dental hygienists can give advice about flossing and using interdental brushes too.
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Why choose The Cosmetic Dental Gallery in Battersea for dental hygiene?
Interest free finance to help you manage the cost more affordably
Flexible opening hours at the Battersea dental practice with late evening and weekend appointments to fit around your other commitments
A friendly professional team who will see you through the process
A state-of-the-art dental practice with a relaxing environment
5-star Google rating from other London patients
Everyone at the practice are welcoming, friendly and extremely professional. The practice is equipped with new technology which ensures that you get the best treatment available. You are given multiple options and a specific treatment plan is made for you so you know what to expect. I have had a great experience here and highly recommend it.
Great experience with Dr. Tej and the entire team! Great addition to the area which until now lacked such quality dentistry.
Best Treatment Plans & Aftercare
I recently visited the practise for my composite bonding treatment. I was very nervous for the result but Dr Tej and the staff made me feel very comfortable. Dr Tej took so much care in perfecting my smile, as if my teeth were an art piece! I am so happy with the result, I used to be afraid to show my teeth whilst smiling and now I get so many compliments for having a beautiful smile! And to add to this, Dr Tej ensured that not only did my smile look amazing, but offered me genuine advice on the best treatment plans and aftercare, as well as making sure I didn’t experience any pain or discomfort!