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Importance of dental hygiene by our dentist


When most patients hear the words ‘dental hygiene’ they think of things such as brushing their teeth, flossing and of course, avoiding sugar to keep their teeth and gums healthy.

But what if we were to tell you that there is more to it than that? Granted, all of these things are important factors, but when it comes to maintaining a high level of oral hygiene, a professional hand can be invaluable. Specifically, annual trips to see a hygienist.

At Buttercup 7 Day Dental, our dentist in Glasgow can attest to the importance of annual trips to see our hygienist. These sophisticated dental professionals can not only help you to keep your smile whiter and healthier, but altogether they have helped save more smiles than we can calculate.

Here, our dentist in Glasgow highlights 5 key reasons why you should book yourself in to see our hygienist today. So, read on and enjoy!

Healthier gums

While teeth are of key concern to our dentist in Glasgow, keeping your gums healthy and happy is our hygienist’s top priority.

You may think that adults losing their teeth is mainly due to tooth decay, but by and large it is due to untreated gum disease. So a key reason you should book yourself in to see our hygienist is linked to removing plaque and bacteria beneath the gum line which can lead to periodontal disease.

And if you have gum disease, our hygienist will be able to catch it and reverse it using a scale and polish. This can be maintained of course by prescribing mouthwash and toothpaste that eliminate bacteria.

Better breath

We can all remember someone who had rather offensive breath.

And if you have concerns that your breath has taken on a rather unique odour, it may be time to book yourself in for an appointment to see our team. In most cases, bad breath or halitosis is caused by excessive amounts of bacteria in the mouth, which when they reach a certain number begin omitting offensive odours.

And while you may think brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash will be enough to get rid of this, it is simply not always the case and you will need the help of our hygienist to get rid of that strong smell.

Whiter smile

Regular visits to see our hygienist do not only result in healthier teeth and gums, but they also result in you having a whiter smile.

Remember, our hygienists may have the emphasis on your gums, but they are also trained to remove staining caused by tobacco, coffee and other foods and drinks. So by visiting our hygienist once a year, you can ensure that you maintain a whiter smile without the need for dental whitening.

Cancer screening

All hygienists are also trained to spot signs of oral cancer, which can be life saving if caught early enough.

If either a member of our general dental team or our hygienist spots a lump, bump or discolouration that they are concerned about, we will refer you to a specialist for further testing.

Treatment plans

And finally, our hygienist will have an active say in any treatment plans to get your dental health back on track. This may involve things such as a scale and polish, regular deep cleans or even other treatments such as root canals, all to make your smile as healthy as it can be.

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