Regular check-ups and visits to a hygienist are necessary and are the basis of a comprehensive dental care plan. At Amsel and Wilkins in Banbury, we strongly believe that prevention is better than cure and recommend visiting the dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings.
Regular visits ensure that problems are caught early on and treated rather easily, instead of evolving into more complex problems where drastic and costly solutions are often required. Our experienced hygienists are highly qualified and are able to spot any problems between your routine check-ups and cleanings.
What does a hygienist’s clean and polish involve?
A clean and polish treatment, also known as scale and polishing, involves a hygienist who will clean your teeth professionally above and below the gum line. A hygienist’s job is to prevent and treat gum disease, but can also demonstrate you the best ways to keep your teeth and gums free of plaque. Plaque is a deposit that sticks to your teeth when bacteria mixes with food and saliva. If not removed properly, plaque can cause gum disease, bleeding gums, gum shrinkage and ultimately tooth loss.
During your clean and polish session, your hygienist will use special equipment to loosen plaque and wash away the debris from your mouth. Traditional scales are ideal for removing smaller deposits between teeth. Once plaque deposits are removed, your hygienist will smoothen the surface of your teeth, followed by a polish. A special paste will be applied on your teeth, giving them a shiny and healthy appearance. As a final touch, your hygienist may apply fluoride in order to prevent further decay. Fluoride is good at providing extra strength and minerals to the teeth.
Is it painful?
Our dental hygienists are expertly trained and will care for your teeth and gums gently and professionally. Generally, a hygienist’s clean and polish is not a painful procedure. With that said, if you have sensitive teeth or feel any form of discomfort or pain, then we can provide special sedation.
How can I take good care of my teeth?
As much as having your teeth professionally cleaned regularly, it is really important to establish a good oral hygiene routine at home. Your hygienist in Banbury will show you how to care for your mouth using a toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste, floss and inter-dental brushes. This way you can look after your teeth and gums and home between dental visits.