Dental Hygienist in Stoke On Trent

Our dental hygienists in our Stoke on Trent clinic provide a wide range of hygiene therapy including scale and polish, teeth cleaning, stain removal, gum disease treatment and much more. Our services are available to all and you do not have to be registered with our dentists to access the dental hygienist.

At Kidsgrove Dental & Implant Centre, we believe that prevention is better than intervention, therefore we would recommend that all patients should visit the dental hygienist and have a scale and polish every 6 months. This will help to prevent the buildup of staining and tartar .

During each visit, the dental hygienist monitors the health of your gums and provide advice on how to prevent future problems. The dental hygienist removes tartar, which is a hardened form of plaque and polish your teeth to remove the stains and smooth away any rough areas to reduce plaque buildup.

Plaque is produced constantly on the surfaces of teeth and this contains bacteria, which can cause tooth decay as well as gum disease. Usually we remove this by daily brushing and flossing, however sometimes, we may not remove this entirely and this hardens to form tartar. When tartar builds up, this usually cannot be removed by brushing therefore regular visits to the dentists is required to remove this.

We have access to an AIR-FLOW and this sprays a polishing powder at high pressure to help remove stubborn stains and is fantastic for removing tea/coffee/nicotine stains.

Q1) WHAT DOES THE DENTAL HYGIENIST DO DURING A SCALE AND POLISH?

A) During a scale and polish visit, the dental hygienist will check the health of your gums first. The scale and polish will involve a deep clean around your teeth and gums using special equipment. The aim is to remove plaque and tartar, which is contaminated with gum bacteria. The dental hygienist will finish off using pumice to polish away stains and any rough bits left behind for a super smooth finish.

Q2) My gums keep bleeding when I’m brushing, what should I do?

A) If your gums bleed during brushing then there is a high chance you will have gum disease. We would always recommend that you brush and floss twice daily to minimise plaque. If this does not help, then there might be tartar under the gums or between your teeth and you will require a deep clean to remove this. We would need to remove this tartar to allow the gums to heal normally. Healthy gums should not bleed during brushing!

Q3) I have been suffering from sensitivity, why is that?

A) There are many reasons why teeth can become sensitive and the commonest reason is gum recession caused by overbrushing. If this is the case, we would recommend less pressure during brushing and for 2-3 minutes. Over-the-counter sensitive toothpaste may be used to reduce the sensitivity.

Gum disease can also cause bone loss around your teeth, which may cause sensitivity. If you suffer from sensitivity, you should always have this assessed by your dentist to assess the cause.

The dental hygienist may apply some fluoride varnish to your teeth, which may reduce sensitivity.

Q4) What are the signs and symptoms of gum disease?

A) Initially you may get swollen gums that bleed during brushing. You may have constant bad breath and you may complain of sensitivity. Gum disease at a late stage usually presents with mobility and your teeth may become loose.

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