"More than just a clean"
If you take good care of your teeth, you'll probably spend less time at our practice getting fillings and more time with our hygienist. And even though most patients usually refer to this as a cleaining, it's important you realise that oral hygiene appointments routinely include the following services.
Assessment: This means examination of your teeth and gums to find decay, cavity-detecting radiographs, and an assessment of your gum tissue. Our hygienist also looks at your biting, chewing, and swallowing patterns, reviews your medical history, and reassesses your overall treatment, evaluating areas such as cosmetic enhancements for your smile.
Preventive: This could mean screening for oral cancer, checking blood pressure, and applying fluoride and pit and fissure sealants. The hygienist also cleans and scales teeth to remove plaque, tartar, and surface stains, and polishes fillings and crowns.
Educational: This could include brushing and flossing instruction, nutrition counselling, explanations of dental treatments, and answers to questions about future treatment such as orthodontics and periodontal therapy.
So there's no such thing as 'just a cleaning'. And remember... no matter how much we can do for your teeth, the most important part is what you do for your teeth at home. Hygiene services begin at our practice, but they must always be followed by proper and regular brushing and flossing and a healthy eating regime. If you need some home care tips, ask your hygienist at your next appointment.