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Dental hygiene treatment at Bridgford Dental Practice in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire includes professionally cleaning of the teeth for the patient. This is usually called scaling and polishing. However, perhaps our most important role is showing the patient the best way to keep the teeth free of plaque.

  • Extensive hygiene advice
  • Bad breath freshening
  • Tooth decay and gum disease avoidance

Your Hygienist Team

Our detail-orientated hygienists will be responsible for cleaning and examining your teeth thoroughly to provide you with optimal dental health.  They will also provide you with helpful tips and advice on maintaining good oral health.

  • Explain procedures clearly, in a way that is easy to understand
  • Efficient, effective working practises
  • Latest techniques and technologies

Dental hygiene at Bridgford Dental

A visit to the dental hygienist is an important part of maintaining good oral health. By working closely with your dentist and hygienist, you can ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy and strong for years to come.

Bad breath is a very common problem and there are many different causes. Persistent bad breath is usually caused by the smelly gases released by the bacteria that coat your teeth and gums. However, strong foods like garlic and onions can add to the problem. Smoking is also one of the main causes of bad breath, along with certain illnesses such as nasal and stomach conditions. Plus, bits of food that get caught between the teeth and on the tongue will rot and can sometimes cause an unpleasant smell. So correct and regular brushing is very important to keep your breath smelling fresh.

The bacteria on our teeth and gums (plaque) also cause gum disease and dental decay. If you see your dentist regularly this will not only help prevent bad breath but will also let the dentist look for and treat these problems.

What to expect during your hygiene treatment

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The hygienist will review your medical history, assess your oral health, and discuss any concerns you may have.

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They may also take X-rays or scans to identify any underlying issues that may need to be addressed.

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Specialised tools used to remove plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth and gums.

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Teeth polishing to remove any surface stains and provide a smooth, clean surface.

Common Hygiene Questions

How does a hygienist prevent gum disease?

Your hygienist will ensure you’re utilising proper oral hygiene practices, including twice-daily brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash. Plaque and tartar buildup in your teeth, that can lead to gum disease, will be removed. They will also perform a thorough exam to check for any signs of gum disease, such as bleeding or inflammation. If gum disease is detected, your hygienist will work with the dentist to develop a treatment plan, which may include deep cleaning, scaling and root planing, or medication.

How does a hygienist treat bad breath?

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can be quite an embarrassing problem for many people. The first step in treating bad breath is identifying the cause. Your hygienist will examine your mouth to check for any signs of gum disease, tooth decay, or other dental issues. If any problems are found, your hygienist will recommend a treatment plan to address them. In addition to treating any underlying dental problems, your hygienist will also professionally clean your teeth and gums to remove any bacteria or plaque that may be causing bad breath.

Are hygiene procedures painful?

While some patients may experience slight discomfort during hygiene procedures, they are generally not painful. The dental hygienist or dentist will use specialised tools and techniques to minimise discomfort and ensure that the procedure is as comfortable as possible.

How often should I visit a hygienist?

Generally, it is recommended to visit a dental hygienist every six months for a routine cleaning and check-up. Some people may need to visit more frequently due to specific dental issues or a history of gum disease. On the other hand, individuals with excellent oral health may only need to visit once a year.

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