How often should I see a dental hygienist?

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Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BOH (Melb)

When did you last have your teeth professionally cleaned? Have you let your dental hygiene appointment slip, just like that long-overdue haircut or massage? 

You receive a reminder that your teeth cleaning appointment is due. A flash of panic strikes: When was the last time I flossed? Was I supposed to replace my toothbrush? Have I been cleaning my back teeth as well as I was shown to? 

Have no fear, your dental hygienist is here. 

Professional teeth cleaning can be as therapeutic for you as seeing a therapist. Once you lie back with your feet up, the truth comes out and you can rest easy knowing your dental hygiene secrets are safe. You leave with a sense of wellbeing and there has been no judgement about your flossing habits or the state of your toothbrush. The only concern is for your dental health. 

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So how often should you see a dental hygienist? At Smile Solutions, the ideal frequency for you will be determined by your hygienist’s assessment of the current state of your teeth and gums. The examination involves checking for stain build-up, the extent of tartar or calculus deposits, and the presence of plaque. Staining levels can vary depending on whether you smoke, your diet and the type of bacteria present. Calculus deposits can increase according to the mineral content of the saliva and whether you have appliances such as braces, plates, grinding splints or dentures. The amount of plaque present can increase according to the types of foods you consume and how much water you drink. 

In an ideal scenario, where all factors are controlled, standard dental hygiene recall is done every six months. This enables a healthy mouth to remain healthy and free of any pain or problems. 

With any increase in the presence of stain, calculus or plaque, professional hygiene maintenance needs to be more frequent, with a three- or four-monthly visit recommended. Should you experience a serious gum problem or active infection, weekly review or referral to one of our periodontists (gum specialists) can be arranged for you. 

The purpose of a regular dental hygiene recall is to provide you with constant and lifelong dental support and to prevent serious conditions such as gingivitis and periodontitis, both of which affect the gums. Throughout the ebbs and flows of life, teeth occasionally show signs of stress and gums occasionally show signs of inflammation. We understand this all too well. Good dental hygiene is so important as it can affect your overall health, and we hygienists are trained with this in mind. We look forward to seeing you at your next recall. 

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