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Learn Why Hygiene Appointments Are so Important for Dental Health

Here at Southend Dental Care we encourage all our patients to see our hygienist at regular intervals, usually every six months. It can be a great idea to book an appointment at the same time as your regular check-up with our dentist in Southend, but if you prefer you can always book a stand-alone appointment with our hygienist as you don’t need to see a dentist first. Having a hygiene appointment leaves you with a beautifully clean mouth, but it’s also vital for your dental health and here is why.

dental-healthA Scale and Polish Removes Plaque and Tartar

During your hygiene appointment your teeth will be scaled and polished. Scaling is a process that uses special hand tools to scrape or scale it away all hardened plaque which is a substance called tartar. Plaque and tartar both consist of bacteria and if allowed to remain on your teeth they will produce toxins that inflame and infect your gums. By removing plaque and tartar, you have a much better chance of maintaining healthy teeth and gums, reducing your chance of developing gum disease. Once all the plaque and tartar have been removed, our hygienist will polish your teeth. This helps to smooth your teeth, making it harder for plaque bacteria to stick to them. It is also an extremely nice process as polishing can remove some surface stains and it is great for giving your smile that added sparkle.

Get Personalised Advice on How to Improve Your Brushing and Flossing

Dental education is an extremely important part of our practice and you will find your hygienist is full of lots of information on how you can easily improve your brushing and flossing routine at home. It’s easy to brush your teeth without really paying attention and as a result you may be regularly missing out certain areas, allowing tartar to build up. Our hygienist can point out these areas so you know where to concentrate your efforts when brushing. They can also chat to you about better brushing techniques and we know lots of people struggle to floss thoroughly. Often a quick demonstration can work wonders or we can also talk to you about using alternative tools such as interdental brushes. These are extremely small brushes that come in a variety of sizes and which can be inserted in between your teeth to clean these contact areas. They are easy to manipulate and can be a great choice for anyone who finds flossing tricky. Interdental brushes can also be very good for cleaning around dental appliances and dental implants.

Our hygienist is also the person to talk to if you would like any advice about other dental issues such as bad breath. They do liaise closely with our dentist in Southend and you will find our friendly dental team will go out of their way to ensure you get the best possible treatment and advice.

If you are overdue for a check-up with our dentist in Southend or if you’d just like to book a hygiene appointment then why not give us a call today on 01702 465000. You can also find lots of useful information about all our treatments including preventative dental care on our website at

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