It can be very difficult for the general public to judge whether or not they are getting a good standard of service from their dental office. The general rule of thumb is to judge the quality of service by the amount of time and care taken, and to remember that a good dentist takes a great deal of care to select staff who are well trained, and who are able to deliver an extremely high standard of care. You can rest assured that all our staff are excellent and will give you the very best possible care.
Our dental hygienist will probably begin by examining your mouth and asking you if you have noticed any problems such as bleeding gums when you brush your teeth. They will use a periodontal probe which is gently inserted in between the guns and teeth to measure the depth of the crevices and will record the results for comparison next time. This is an important part of the procedure as they are checking to see if you have any early signs of gum disease which is one of the biggest causes of tooth loss, and deepening crevices will indicate a problem.
Once they have completed their examination then they will begin cleaning your teeth by using a special instrument to scrape away all the tartar on your teeth and just below the gum line. It’s necessary for this to be removed as it can cause gum disease and dental decay.
It may feel as if the hygienist is scraping quite hard and your mouth might feel a little sore afterwards if you need to have a lot of plaque removed, but this effect is temporary. They will also floss in between your teeth to remove any debris. When they have finished scraping or scaling your teeth then they will polish them for you. This leaves the teeth feeling beautifully smooth and clean, and can help to remove surface stains that are caused by smoking and drinking red wine and coffee. If they have noticed that you are missing certain areas during your oral hygiene routine then they can demonstrate the best way to brush effectively, and also how to use floss correctly.
There is definitely an art to flossing well so please ask questions if you want to improve your technique.
After your teeth have been professionally cleaned they should feel smoother and look brighter and your breath will probably fresher. You should leave our dental office feeling that any dental concerns have been addressed and that you are confident about your oral hygiene routine.
It’s important to have your teeth cleaned professionally at regular intervals as it’s a very effective way of helping to prevent dental problems. It’s likely that we will recommend that you get your teeth cleaned at six monthly intervals but some patients may be recommended to attend more frequently.
These can include people who have other medical problems that make them susceptible to gum disease, and groups at risk include pregnant women, or people whose teeth are extremely crowded which makes them difficult to clean effectively at home, or people who suffer from diabetes or other diseases that lower their resistance to gum disease.