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Hygiene

Experience personalised Hygiene Therapy at Duke Street Dental Centre, where our skilled professionals go beyond routine cleanings to provide meticulous care for your oral well-being. With a focus on preventing gum disease and promoting overall dental health, our treatments aim to leave you with a refreshed and confident smile. Discover a unique approach to oral care at Duke Street Dental Centre.

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The Importance of Hygiene Appointments

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.

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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.

What happens during a hygiene appointment?

As well as a refreshing deep clean, our hygienist will tailor a home maintenance regime for you to continue in the comfort of your home to improve your oral health, using interdental cleaning aids, as demonstrated by your hygienist at your appointment. Our hygienists offer airpolishing and tooth whitening.

Gum disease/periodontitis is a leading cause of tooth loss in the UK which is why prevention is always better than intervention.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost of a dental hygiene appointment in Brighton?

The cost of a dental hygiene appointment in Brighton at Duke Street Dental Clinic starts from £75. The fee varies depending on the actual services provided. Patients are advised to inquire about fees and discuss payment options with us in advance.

What does a dental hygienist do?

Dental hygienists play a crucial role in preventive oral care. They focus on maintaining and improving oral health by providing services such as teeth cleaning, scaling, and root planing. Additionally, they educate patients on proper oral hygiene practices and offer guidance on preventing dental issues.

How often should I see a dental hygienist?

The frequency of dental hygiene visits depends on individual oral health needs. Generally, biannual visits are recommended, but individuals with specific concerns or conditions may require more frequent appointments. A dental hygienist can assess and recommend an appropriate schedule based on your oral health.

Can a dental hygienist diagnose dental issues?

While dental hygienists can identify signs of oral health issues, they do not diagnose conditions. They collaborate with dentists, referring patients for further evaluation when necessary. Regular hygiene appointments help in early detection and prevention of dental problems.

Is seeing a dental hygienist different from seeing a dentist?

Yes, the roles differ. Dentists diagnose and treat dental issues, including surgeries and restorations. Dental hygienists focus on preventive care, performing cleanings, educating on oral hygiene, and assisting in identifying potential concerns.

What are the benefits of regular dental hygiene appointments?

Regular dental hygiene appointments offer numerous benefits, including the prevention of gum disease, cavities, and bad breath. Cleanings remove plaque and tartar, enhancing oral health, while professional guidance helps patients maintain optimal oral hygiene practices at home.

Do dental hygienists clean and polish teeth?

Yes, one of the primary tasks of dental hygienists is cleaning and polishing teeth. This process involves removing plaque and tartar, followed by polishing to achieve a smooth surface and prevent future buildup.

Can a dental hygienist apply fluoride treatments?

Yes, dental hygienists can apply fluoride treatments as part of preventive care. Fluoride helps strengthen tooth enamel, reducing the risk of cavities. The application is a quick and painless process during a hygiene appointment.

How can a dental hygienist help with bad breath?

Dental hygienists address bad breath by identifying its underlying causes, such as gum disease or poor oral hygiene. They offer personalised recommendations for improving oral care practices and may recommend products to maintain fresh breath.

Is it painful to undergo a dental hygiene session?

Dental hygiene sessions are typically not painful. Some individuals may experience mild discomfort or sensitivity during certain procedures, but dental hygienists prioritise patient comfort and use techniques to minimise any discomfort.

Can a dental hygienist remove teeth stains?

Yes, dental hygienists can effectively remove surface stains during teeth cleanings. For deeper stains, they may provide recommendations for teeth-whitening products or procedures.

Can a dental hygienist spot signs of oral cancer?

Dental hygienists can identify abnormal oral conditions, but they do not diagnose oral cancer. They play a vital role in early detection by observing and referring patients for further evaluation if necessary.

How does smoking or tobacco use affect dental hygiene?

Smoking and tobacco use can significantly impact dental hygiene, leading to issues such as gum disease, tooth discolouration, and increased risk of oral cancer. Dental hygienists provide guidance on managing the oral health consequences of tobacco use.

Can a dental hygienist help with teeth sensitivity?

Yes, dental hygienists can provide guidance on managing teeth sensitivity. They may recommend desensitising toothpaste, fluoride treatments, and adjustments to oral care practices to alleviate discomfort.

What is the recommended age for a child's first dental hygiene visit?

A child’s first dental hygiene visit is recommended around the age of one or when the first tooth erupts. Early visits help establish good oral hygiene habits and monitor oral development.

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