Did you know you can visit Leeds City Dentalcare to see one of our hygienists, without the need to see Dr David Brown or another of our dentists? Of course we do hope to see you still for regular dental check-ups. The General Dental Council recently implemented new rules allowing this important change to the way patients receive dental care. If you are already a regular patient at our Leeds surgery then you’ll probably already be familiar with the high standard of care offered by our hygienists who are an essential part of the dental team.
Dental Hygienists Offer Great Preventative Dental Care
Visiting one of our hygienists at Leeds City Dentalcare is a great way to help gain and maintain a healthy mouth. Good dental hygiene will greatly help to reduce the risk of you developing any dental diseases such as gum disease or tooth decay, and will help your teeth to last for longer.
Your hygienist will scale and polish your teeth. This is a process that is familiar to many, and involves having the tartar removed from your teeth. Tartar consists of hardened plaque bacteria, and if left on the teeth is likely to irritate and inflame the gums as it produces toxins. Its removal will help ensure there is less risk of you developing gum disease.
If you do have any early signs of gum disease, a condition known as gingivitis, then our hygienist can offer you treatment and advice on how to cure this condition. One of the most noticeable signs of this condition is having gums that bleed when brushed or flossed, as healthy gums should never bleed. Quick action is essential to stop this disease in its tracks before it can progress into its more serious form which is called periodontal disease.
Your hygienist can offer you lots of useful advice on how to cure gingivitis. This is something that can be done simply by making sure you clean your teeth thoroughly, and that you floss once a day. However technique is very important, and this is when it can really help to have a professional assess your oral hygiene routine, as they will be able to identify any areas of weakness, and can work with you to improve it.
Improve your Brushing and Flossing Habits
It is all too easy to fall into bad habits when brushing and flossing, and to be unaware of areas that you may be missing. In addition, having great technique and using the right tools can help a lot. If you struggle with flossing there are a lot of different things to try to make this task easier. It is well worth discussing all these things with our hygienists when you visit our cosmetic dentistry Leeds, as they’ll be more than happy to demonstrate the correct and easiest way to floss, or to suggest alternative tools to try.
If you can’t get on with floss then there are alternative methods that can be very effective. These include soft picks that are made out of a rubber material. These are very easy to insert in between your teeth, and can be very good at removing food and plaque from the areas where the teeth contact each other. You could also try interdental brushes which are small wire brushes that come in a large variety of widths, and they work in much the same way as the soft picks. These will help to stimulate and massage your gum tissue, something that is very important in helping to prevent gum disease.