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Maintaining your excellent dental health

Good oral hygiene is a vital part of maintaining excellent overall oral health. At Stourbridge Dental & Implant Clinic, we believe in preventive care, helping you look after your healthy teeth now to avoid potentially costly problems in the future.

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Why do I need to visit the hygienist?

Hygiene appointments will help prevent gum disease and dental decay. Our hygienists are highly trained and experienced in professionally cleaning your teeth, building on your oral hygiene routine at home and removing excess plaque and tartar from areas hard to reach with brushing alone.

Your hygienist is best placed to look after your gum health, removing any bacteria that could turn into dental cavities and disease. If untreated, gum disease can cause inflammation, pain, receding gums and eventually tooth loss. We can spot this early and take measures to stop it from worsening, keeping your mouth healthy.

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What happens during a hygiene appointment?

We begin by asking if you have spotted any issues since your last appointment and giving you a chance to talk about anything that is concerning you. We examine your teeth and gums, checking for signs of decay and gum disease.

The main part of the appointment is a thorough professional clean, sometimes called a scale and polish. We remove plaque and tartar from your mouth, including in the hard to reach areas, and polish your teeth, leaving them feeling smoother, cleaner and brighter.

We give tips and advice on how to care for your teeth and gums at home, including the most effective way to brush, and demonstrate how to use interdental tools so you can maintain your good oral health.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is gum disease?

    If plaque is allowed to build up, the gums can become inflamed and irritated, often bleeding when you brush. This is one of the first signs of gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease. You may also experience swollen red gums, tenderness and bad breath. Gingivitis can be reversed by removing stubborn plaque and tartar from the gum line. If left untreated, the surrounding bone begins to recede, creating pockets between the gum and tooth and allowing plaque to build up on the tooth root. This can eventually lead to tooth loss if not controlled. This stage of gum disease is known as periodontitis and it cannot be reversed, but can be managed with more extensive treatment.

  • How often do I need to see the hygienist?

    The length of time between appointments varies depending on each individual patient. Your dentist and hygienist will be able to give you an idea of how often you should make an appointment to keep your oral health in top condition.

  • Does hygiene treatment hurt?

    There can be an element of discomfort during a hygiene appointment, but often the anticipation is much worse than the actual treatment. We create a calm environment, helping you to relax before and during your appointment, and let you know what to expect before we begin.

  • Will the hygienist be able to whiten my teeth?

    The aim of a hygiene appointment isn’t to whiten teeth, but you may find your teeth appear whiter and brighter once they have been professionally cleaned. If you are interested in whitening treatment, please talk to us about your options.

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