Maintain healthy gums and great oral health

Hygiene appointments will help prevent gum disease and dental decay. While your oral care routine at home does most of the work when it comes to removing plaque from your teeth, a professional clean will help remove any build up. Hygienists are trained in cleaning away plaque and tartar deposits, protecting your smile from bacteria.

At Ash Villa Dental Practice, our dental hygienist can help you keep your gums healthy. Contact our practice in Sale to arrange an appointment.

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Our dental hygienist can clean your teeth, removing deposits and staining which regular brushing can’t. We can also teach you the basics of good oral hygiene, show you any areas you’re missing and how to clean effectively. Regular hygienist appointments can also help to stabilise gum disease and we often recommend three monthly visits if you are susceptible to this.

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Why are hygiene appointments important?

Your oral health depends on your gums. We are best placed to look after your gum health, preventing gum disease and removing any bacteria that is already irritating your gums. Gum disease, if left untreated, can cause gums to recede and can be a contributing factor to tooth loss. As gum disease also has links to health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, keeping your gums as healthy as possible will help your overall health as well.

The symptoms of gum disease are mild, so it is often overlooked. We carry out a check during the appointment to spot gum disease, putting us in a position to catch it before it can worsen.

Frequently asked questions
Will dental hygiene treatment hurt?

Often the anticipation of going to the dentist or dental hygienist is much worse than the actual visit. Listening to people with past bad dental experiences heightens anxiety. However, we aim to create a calm and relaxed environment. There can be an element of discomfort, and sometimes tooth sensitivity can be experienced. We will ensure you know what to expect before any treatment. We will also be guided by you and if you feel any pain, we will stop immediately to give you a break.

How often should I see the hygienist?

The length of time you should leave between your hygiene appointments will depend on your individual case and the condition of your teeth. Many patients book a hygiene visit alongside their dental check up, every six months, but we may advise you to come back more or less frequently than this if it suits your case.

What is gum disease?

If plaque builds up around the teeth and gum line, the gum tissues can become inflamed. The irritated gums often bleed while brushing, making them susceptible to the bacteria in the mouth. Swollen, red gums are often one of the first signs of the early stage of gum disease, known as gingivitis. Other symptoms include tooth sensitivity and bad breath. If left untreated, this gingivitis can progress to a more severe form of the condition, periodontitis. This isn’t reversible but is manageable with effective treatment.

What are the stages of gum disease?

The first stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, which can cause gums to separate from the teeth, creating pockets that can get infected. These pockets, over time, will deepen, the gums will continue to recede, and eventually, teeth can become loose and may have to be removed.

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