Dental hygiene sessions are an excellent way of keeping your teeth in tip top shape and reducing the risk of oral diseases. Our dedicated team of hygienists is here throughout the week, including early morning and late evenings up until 8pm to offer you flexible treatment times and a range of great services.
What happens when you see a hygienist?
Many patients are advised to see a hygienist because they have existing oral health problems, but you can also benefit from regular sessions if you have good oral health. If you have signs of gum disease, your dental hygienist will work with your dentist to bring the symptoms under control and help to reduce the risk of further problems. Intensive cleaning treatments are used to remove plaque and tartar from the gum line to prevent the spread of infection and they can also be used to polish the teeth and make your smile look glossy and healthy.
When you see a dental hygienist, the full session will be dedicated to teeth cleaning and this will involve a thorough cleaning of each individual tooth and the gum line. The aim of treatment is to rid your mouth from harmful bacteria and enable you to enjoy good oral health without any worries, such as tooth pain, abscesses, bleeding gums or staining.
Benefits of oral hygiene treatment
As well as removing harmful bacteria from the mouth, dental hygiene treatments also have benefits for your overall health and wellbeing. Gum disease has been linked to an increased risk of general health problems and poor oral health can also contribute to decreased self-esteem and low confidence levels. After a session with our amazing dental hygienists your mouth will feel lovely and fresh and your teeth will be shiny and sparkly.
Christmas is the perfect time of year to pop in for a cleaning treatment. The festive season is awash with special occasions and parties, so you want to look your best and you may be surprised what a difference a cleaning treatment can make; our hygienists use the latest techniques to produce an intensive clean, which will remove surface stains and give your teeth a beautiful healthy glow.
About cleaning treatments
Most people notice the difference in the look and feel of their teeth when they have been to the dentist; that ‘dentist clean’ feeling is unachievable at home and you will notice an even greater difference if you book in for a cleaning treatment. Cleaning treatments produce a very thorough clean and remove all traces of bacteria and plaque; your dental hygienist will also clean your gums, remove surface stains and give your teeth a good polish to leave your mouth feeling fresh and clean and your teeth looking healthy and radiant.
Cleaning treatments don’t just make your teeth look great, they also help to reduce your risk of decay and gum disease, which are very common dental problems. With Christmas just around the corner, now is the perfect time to give your teeth a thorough clean; your teeth will look gorgeous just in time for party season and you won’t have to worry about toothache or sore gums over the festive period.
Christmas is synonymous with eating too much and stocking up on sumptuous treats, but remember to take good care of your teeth this festive season; brush your teeth twice a day, avoid going crazy with sugary foods and try to stick to eating at mealtimes. If your teeth are feeling the effects of Christmas, booking a cleaning treatment at Dublin18 Dental Care near Monkstown in the New Year is a great idea!
Gum disease is one of the most common dental complaints and many adults will suffer from it at some point in their lifetime. Gum disease will not cause any serious long-term oral health problems if it is treated quickly; however, if gum disease is left untreated it can develop into more serious conditions. Dublin18 Dental Care is here to ensure patients from Foxrock and surrounding areas do not have to put up with this problem.
There are two main types of gum disease:
Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums caused by plaque (bacteria that builds up on teeth and around the gums). Gingivitis can develop if this plaque build-up is not removed.
Periodontitis occurs when gingivitis is left untreated. An excessive build-up of plaque will cause the gums to separate from the teeth, forming ‘pockets’ of space between the gum tissue and the tooth. Plaque and tartar (a hardened build up of plaque) can build-up in these pockets and prolonged inflammation can destroy the bone tissue that fixes the teeth in place, causing the teeth to become loose and even fall out.
The symptoms of gingivitis include:
- Red, swollen gums.
- Bleeding gums (noticeable when brushing and/or flossing).
The more serious symptoms associated with periodontitis include:
- Dark red/purple swollen gums.
- Bleeding gums.
- Bad breath.
- Receding gums.
- Sensitive teeth.
- Loose teeth and tooth loss.
How is gum disease treated?
Prevention is, of course, the best way to avoid gum disease and you can maintain good oral hygiene by brushing the teeth twice a day and flossing regularly. It is also important to make regular visits to your dentist. Smoking is also one of the biggest causes of plaque build-up, so it is highly recommended that you quit.
If you are diagnosed with gingivitis then your dentist may recommend that you see a dental hygienist. Hygienists assist in the treatment and prevention of oral health problems such as gum disease, and your hygienist will remove the plaque build-up from your teeth through a procedure called ‘scaling’. You may also be prescribed antibiotics or an antiseptic mouthwash. If you have developed periodontitis then more complicated procedures are required to remove the plaque and tartar from the roots of the teeth. In some cases surgery is required to either remove or strengthen teeth in cases of extensive bone loss.
If you are worried about gum disease make an appointment with Dublin18 Dental Care today.
Dental hygienists don’t just clean your teeth – they are there to check that your teeth and mouth are in good health and offer advice on the best products and techniques required to maintain good oral hygiene. Sometimes a hygienist may even offer you dietary advice if they believe that it will help you keep your teeth and gums healthy. Neglecting your oral hygiene can cause discolouration or staining of the teeth, gum disease (swollen, inflamed and bleeding gums) and even tooth loss.
Here are some of the things a dental hygienist can do for you.
Scaling and Polishing
By scaling and polishing your teeth, the hygienist at Dublin18 Dental Care serving Carrickmines removes plaque (a yellowish coloured substance that clings to your teeth caused by a build up of bacteria) and tartar (also known as calculus, plaque that has become hard and scaly over time). A dental cleaning helps makes your teeth both look and feel cleaner and will help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that helps to strengthen tooth enamel. It is applied to the surface of the teeth in the form of a gel, foam or varnish, to help prevent plaque from forming.
Dental sealants work in a similar way to fluoride application. A clear or tooth-coloured substance is applied to the teeth (mainly those at the back of the mouth) to form a protective layer that will ‘seal’ the surface of the tooth and make it smoother. This treatment helps prevent plaque build-up both on and around the teeth and protects them from decay.
Hygienists are there to give patients advice and guidance about the best ways that they can look after their teeth. First and foremost, a visit to the hygienist should be seen as a preventative step – hygienists have been specially trained to notice problems with your teeth and gums at an early stage in order to prevent them developing into more serious conditions.