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6 Top Reasons to see a Dental Hygienist

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Medically reviewed by: Dr Shan Lam BDS (Bris) General and Cosmetic Dentist

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From early cancer diagnosis to fresh and health breath! Here are our top 6 reasons to visit a dental hygienist regularly.

by Holland Park Dental Centre on Dental Health  Dental Hygiene and General Dentistry

6 Reasons to see a Dental Hygienist

Your teeth and gums are not only a vital part of your overall health, they can also have a significant impact on your confidence. Visiting your dental hygienist regularly can offer a number of benefits that will leave you feeling confident, healthy and happy.

Still need convincing? Here are six top reasons to book your routine dental hygiene appointment:

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Dental Hygiene Reason 1: Prevent Gum Disease

As an adult you’re likely to have some degree of gum disease, which you may or may not be aware of! According to the NHS, almost half of 35 year olds are affected – with an appropriate, tailored maintenance regime, it is nothing to worry about. The trouble is, unless you are routinely monitored, gum disease tends to go undetected until it has progressed to periodontal disease. In most cases, a Helen our dental hygienist can offer you the right advice and treatment to eliminate the problem, helping you not just to maintain improved oral hygiene but also reduce the risk of tooth loss.

Dental Hygiene Reason 2: Keep your teeth for life!

With the help of frequent visits to a dental hygienist, more and more people are now keeping their original teeth for a lifetime, avoiding both the discomfort and costs associated with Periodontal treatments, extractions, fillings and replacements!

Dental Hygiene Reason 3: Catch Early Cancer Warnings

If you see your dental hygienist at a different interval to your dentist, it doubles your opportunity to catch early signs of oral cancers! As well as the basic examination of teeth and gums, a dental hygienist will also be able to conduct an oral cancer screening, looking for any early signs of this disease. Caught early, it is much more likely to be successfully treated. If you are a tobacco smoker or a big drinker, this is even more highly recommended!

Dental Hygiene Reason 4: Avoid Visits to the Dentist

If you don’t like the dentist, then visit the hygienist! It might sound like a contradiction of terms, but if you visit the hygienist regularly and maintain a meticulous oral hygiene regime at home you are far more likely to avoid needing to see the dentist for painful emergencies and costly ongoing treatment.

Just like an apple a day keeps the doctor away; a bi-annual hygienist keeps your teeth at their finest!


Dental Hygiene Reason 5: Fresh Breath

Let’s face it, every one of us has been conscious of our breath at one point or another. Whilst brushing your teeth regularly and using mouthwash will help to keep your breath fresh, it is sometimes not enough to keep you feeling confident throughout the day. If this sounds like you, you may be experiencing Halitosis. Luckily, a dental hygienist can give your teeth a regular deep clean and help you to avoid the problem.

Dental Hygiene Reason 6: Smile with confidence!

With your teeth in the best possible condition, you’ll be camera confident whatever the occasion. You’ll also be able to go about your daily business with a smile on your face, confident that your smile will not let you down. In conjunction with your own daily oral hygiene routine, a frequent visit to the hygienist will keep you free of the stains and the plaque and tartar deposits that inevitably build up and affect the appearance of your teeth.

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