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Hygienist

At Hopvine House Dental Practice, dental hygiene is at the heart of our preventive care provisions, and we encourage all our patients to visit the dental hygienist regularly

WHY IS DENTAL HYGIENE SO IMPORTANT?

Dental hygiene is much more than simply brushing your teeth twice a day – although this is, of course, absolutely crucial. Our experienced and highly informed Hygienist at Hopvine House  Dental Practice knows that taking care of your dental hygiene is the starting point of where your oral health is based.

As well as keeping the teeth looking sparkling clean, good dental hygiene can help prevent tooth decay from occurring and is central to the prevention of gum disease.

WHAT IS GUM DISEASE?

Commonly known as gingivitis, reversible gum disease is extremely common and is in fact one of the leading diseases in Europe. Irreversible gum disease (periodontitis) is the most common cause of tooth loss. It has also been linked to wider health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s. The good news is that it is highly preventable and treatable, especially with regular visits to a dental hygienist. Our professional hygienist at the practice is central to the fight against periodontal disease and are on the frontlines of preventing, diagnosing, and in some cases, treating the disease.  In some cases the hygienist may prescribe x rays/radiographs to determine extent/severity and prognosis of disease.

 WHAT ARE SOME SYMPTOMS OF GUM DISEASE?

Some of the symptoms associated with gum disease include inflamed gums, receding and/or bleeding gums, increased sensitivity, and pain when brushing your teeth. Fortunately, regular dental hygiene appointments mean that we would be able to spot the signs of gum disease before you experience any of these symptoms.

WHAT HAPPENS AT A DENTAL HYGIENE APPOINTMENT?

An appointment with our gentle and highly skilled dental hygienist will involve a consultation regarding your at-home oral health routine. During this, they may well offer advice on how and where you can improve in this routine, as well as tailoring your routine according to your specific health needs. The Hygienist will then assess your gums and the supporting structures of your teeth before providing a full and thorough clean, including stain removal.

WILL MY HYGIENE APPOINTMENT BE PAINFUL?

EMS Airflow releases a mixture of warm water, air, and a special cleansing powder that cleans the teeth quickly and effectively. It is a timesaving, highly efficient method that delivers satisfactory results with minimal discomfort, as the instruments make very little contact with the teeth.

WATCH EMS AIRFLOW IN ACTION

 

The full Guided Biofilm Therapy® process:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1) Assessment & infection control
2) Disclose – make biofilm visible
3) Motivate – teach & raise awareness
4) Airflow -remove biofilm, stains, early calculus

5) Perioflow – removes biofilm under the gum
6) Piezon – remove any remaining calculus
7) Check – smile! Check no remaining biofilm
8) Recall – schedule recall frequency

 

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