Most people know that good dental hygiene is important to your oral health – but did you know it helps to protect your general health, too? At Trinity Dental in Rothwell we believe the services of a hygienist should be as easily accessible as possible. That’s why we offer on-demand, walk-in dental hygiene appointments to all of our patients.
The General Dental Council (GDC) recently changed the rules regarding dental hygiene appointments, meaning that you can now see a hygienist without the need for a dentist’s prescription.
At these appointments, the hygienist will perform a professional tooth clean, removing common stains, calculus and plaque deposits. Your hygienist will also help you to improve your home cleaning routine to ensure that you avoid a build-up of dental plaque in the future. You will need to complete a medical history questionnaire before treatment, so make sure you leave enough time to do this before your appointment.
A hygienist does not carry out a full dental health examination or offer diagnosis beyond their scope of practice, but will refer you to one of our dentists if they spot any areas of concern.
Dental hygiene and general health
Plaque is bad news, and not just for the appearance of your teeth. It causes both tooth decay and gum disease, which are leading causes of tooth loss – which can have serious implications for your ability to eat a healthy diet, risking a range of general health problems.
Gum disease has also been linked to a wide range of serious health concerns, ranging from heart and lung disease to rheumatoid arthritis and strokes. Therefore, it is best avoided.
Rothwell hygiene options
There are three levels of dental hygiene treatment available at our Rothwell clinic. These are:
This is the basic hygiene option, designed to ensure you have fresh breath and a healthy, attractive smile. We recommend a professional tooth clean every six months.
This is a cosmetic procedure using the Airflow air polishing system to remove stains and brighten up your smile. After air polishing a luxury polishing treatment is performed to complete your smile makeover.
Regular Refresh and Shine
This is the perfect way to boost your Regular Refresh to Diamond level, and is great for teeth that are easily stained.