Visiting your dentist for regular checkups is often considered to be adequate when it comes to maintaining good oral health. But you might not be aware that visiting a hygienist is just as important, and for good reason. If you’ve not been to a hygienist before, or if you’re on the fence about whether or not to pay a hygienist a visit, then the following reasons should sway your decision. Here are nine reasons to visit a dental hygienist today:

1. It will remove tough stains that usually build up over time

We eat and drink at least three times a day and the average person’s diet is a varied one. So it’s no surprise that our teeth will become stained over time. Some of the food and drink that can do this includes: red wine, coffee, fruit juices, berries, beetroot, curries and more. Our teeth will naturally build up plaque over time and so it’s recommended that you visit a dental hygienist at least every six months. A deep clean will remove those tough stains from the teeth, restoring your smile to a whiter, cleaner one.

2. It will help to ensure there aren’t any other issues with regards to oral health

Dental hygienists are highly-qualified, and so they’ll be able to spot other issues with regards to your oral health, including issues like gum disease, abscesses and other problems. This means that you’ll be able to book yourself in to visit your dentist to have those issues rectified or completely mitigated before they get out of hand. Not only will you leave the hygienist with a clean, whiter smile, but you’ll also experience exceptional health benefits as well as aesthetic advantages.

3. You’ll receive first-hand advice from the professionals

All too often, we receive advice from friends and family about how we should be looking after our teeth and gums, but it’s often second or even third-hand. If you visit a hygienist, much like when visiting your dentist, you’ll be given first-hand, reliable, reputable advice regarding the looking after of your pearly whites.

You won’t have to second guess anything they have told you as you know they’re fully-trained and experienced in the field. Visiting a hygienist regularly gives people the peace of mind and confidence they need to be able to look after their teeth and gums, competently, at home.

4. It can mitigate bleeding gums & tooth loss

Inflamed gums often indicate gum disease. It usually comes hand-in-hand with bleeding and, in the most severe cases, tooth loss. By making sure that your teeth are as clean as they possibly can be, you’ll be able to prevent gum disease completely. This is because bacteria sits in the plaque that forms on the teeth and, as we’ve already touched upon, a hygienist will be able to remove all of the dirt and debris on and in between your teeth.

Healthy gums will be pink and firm, with some colour pigmentation here and there. If your gums are red, sore and/or bleeding, then you should seek professional dental help. The experts at Quorn Dental Practice and Implant Clinic will be able to help with specialist periodontal procedures, specifically designed to treat gum disease.

5. It will help to prevent bad breath

A hygienist appointment, especially if you have regular ones, will be able to keep bad breath at bay. If you suffer from bad breath, then you might find that, regardless of the amount of brushing you do, it doesn’t go away. This is because bad breath is caused by small pockets of bacteria that will, usually, sit under the gumline.

Only a hygienist will be able to eradicate these from your mouth. There are several causes for bad breath, but only one treatment – a hygienist appointment. Some of the reasons why you might be experiencing bad breath includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Certain foods
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Smoking
  • Gum disease
  • Digestive problems
  • Dry mouth
  • Alcohol
  • Dentures that haven’t been cleaned
  • Food impaction
  • Faulty or improper restorations
  • Excessive bacterial growth on the tongue

6. Your smile will be whiter

We’ve already mentioned that your teeth can become stained by certain foods and no amount of brushing will be able to change that. The only way that you will be able to restore your smile back to a healthy, whiter, confident one is by visiting a hygienist and continuing to make appointments with them regularly. If, however, you wish to have your teeth whitened properly, with the help of a specialist treatment, then the experts at Quorn Dental Practice and Implant Clinic will be able to perform teeth whitening procedures for you by way of cosmetic dentistry.

7. You’ll experience a thorough clean

When you visit a hygienist, they’ll be able to get into all the nooks and crannies that you will fail to reach, even with two minutes of brushing with an electric toothbrush, mouthwash and even flossing. As they clean your teeth, tongue and other parts of your mouth, you’ll never experience a cleaner, fresher finish. It’s definitely not something you’ll be able to achieve at home. If you want to have a clean, fresh mouth like never before, then visit your dental hygienist today.

8. It can improve any sensitivity issues you might have

Having sensitive teeth can be debilitating for many people. It can stop you from enjoying some of your favourite foods and it can also end up impacting your social life. By having a hygienist appointment booked every six months, you’ll likely see signs of improvement when it comes to sensitivity. If you thought your days of biting into ice lollies were over, then think again if you choose to go to the hygienist regularly. This is also something that you can control by way of eating the right things and brushing your teeth thoroughly at home.

9. It’s an excellent way of maintaining good oral hygiene

As already said, a hygienist will be able to make your mouth look and feel brand new. You’ll never experience a cleaner, fresher mouth after visiting the dental hygienist. As they can get into places you can’t, you’ll find it even easier to maintain good oral hygiene, especially at home. Specialist treatment, combined with professional, first-hand advice, is the perfect recipe to ensure that good oral hygiene is maintained throughout the rest of your life.

Quorn Dental Practice and Implant Clinic are pleased to provide specialist dental treatments to customers throughout Loughborough and the surrounding areas. Whether you’re looking to have endodontic treatment or orthodontic work under their specialised care services, or if you are looking to have dental implants, bridges, veneers and more, then look to Quorn Dental Practice and Implant Clinic for help. Get in touch with them today for all of your dentistry needs, including emergency appointments and routine checkups.