There’s far more to good oral health and hygiene than a white smile and fresh breath. Poor oral health and undetected oral diseases can have a real, and sometimes significant, effect on your overall health and your quality of life.
A hygiene therapist plays an important part in promoting good dental health, carrying out in-practice services, checks and treatments and offering advice for at-home oral hygiene care.
Anyone – you don’t have to be a The Whyte House patient. Under Direct Access arrangements, anyone can see our hygiene therapist.
You don’t have to see a dentist first and you don’t need a dental prescription.
She will carry out a thorough scale, clean and polish to remove plaque and tartar.
Plaque is a film of bacteria that develops naturally on the teeth. When it first forms it is soft, but within 48 hours it starts to harden to form tartar which is difficult to remove. If left, plaque and tartar can lead to dental decay and gum disease – the number one cause of adult tooth loss. The disease has also been linked to heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis.
Brushing and flossing can help, but once plaque and tartar have formed, they are often too hard and too firmly attached to be removed with a toothbrush.
A professional scale, clean and polish will do the job without harming the teeth. During the four-stage process, a deep debridement will remove plaque and tartar, before an interdental peroxyl flush cleans between the teeth. They are then polished before the process is completed with interdental stain removal to clean away staining, from things like red wine, coffee, tea and, if you smoke, cigarettes.
An appointment with our dental therapist, costs £50. It includes a thorough scale, clean and polish.
Generally, every six months, but everyone’s teeth are different. It depends on individual needs, and your dentist or dental therapist can advise you on this.
As part of our commitment to improving awareness of the importance of good oral hygiene, we’re always happy to share advice and tips on how you can care for your mouth, teeth and gums at home.
Hannah can also give advice on how to stop smoking, which not only leads to bad breath and staining, but can increase the risk of gum disease and oral cancer.
It couldn’t be easier. Just call The Whyte House on 01392 877494 and we can arrange a day and time. Remember, anyone can see our dental therapist under Direct Access arrangements you don’t need to be a Whyte House patient, you don’t need a referral from a dentist and you don’t need a dental prescription.