Our Hygiene department is the foundation of our clinic at Pearl Dental and is the backbone of your Oral Health.
The build-up of plaque and tartar on your teeth is constant, and can lead to both tooth decay and gum disease. Gum disease is the biggest single cause of tooth loss. Regular visits to our hygienist are the best way to make sure your teeth are kept healthy and clean and that you keep your teeth! Brushing and flossing are essential but bacteria will always escape even the best brushers amongst us.
Our hygienists remove the hard tartar which builds up on your teeth similar to scale inside a kettle. You cannot remove it by brushing, and trapped food, plaque and tartar harbour millions of bacteria that can cause decay and gum disease. They will remove all of that, together with external stains from coffee, tea, cigarettes, red wine etc.
Our hygienists all provide thorough cleanings in a gentle and caring way. Furthermore they are here to answer any questions you may have about your oral health and show you how to best maintain a healthy smile and prevent tooth decay and gum disease. We try to convey to our patients the importance of regular check-ups and cleanings, as prevention is always our main objective.
How often you should attend and the type of hygiene treatment required will be decided by your dentist and hygienist, based on your individual needs after a thorough personal assessment. The more conscientious you are at home the less you will need to visit the hygienists, although typically most people benefit from having a hygiene appointment at least every six months.
In addition to cleaning your teeth, our hygienist will advise you how best to maintain that wonderful clean feeling at home; what techniques to use and which oral health products are best suited to you.