It’s important to see a hygienist and have your teeth professionally cleaned to prevent gum disease from developing and affecting your smile.

Regularly visiting a hygienist will not only help you maintain healthy teeth and gums, but also protect your overall wellbeing. Poor gum health has been linked to more serious conditions such as heart disease, respiratory infections, diabetes and dementia.

What do hygiene appointments involve?

Hygiene appointments are designed around assessing and treating gum disease, so the first step is to check for signs of the condition. Following this examination, your hygienist will carry out a scale and polish – a thorough clean that removes tartar and plaque from the tooth surfaces and around the gum line. This is especially effective as they can reach areas that you can’t with a toothbrush.

The clean will leave your teeth smooth and clean, plus it will also remove some stains. Once the polish is finished, your hygienist will provide advice on how to keep your gums bacteria-free.

How often do I need to see a hygienist?

For most people, seeing a hygienist every six months is a suitable interval to keep on top of their oral hygiene. If you have a family history of gum issues, more frequent visits may be necessary as your immune system may be more reactive than most people. How often you need to visit a hygienist completely depends on your case as every mouth is different. Your hygienist will advise on the best time to visit next after seeing you.