A visit to the hygienist should be a priority for your dental care, helping to prevent gum disease and show how best to keep your mouth healthy.

A Northwich hygienist will be tasked with cleaning your teeth during what’s often referred to as a scale and polish, removing tartar and plaque.

Between the hygienist, dentist and yourself, your care can be better coordinated and a plan put into place. Your hygienist will be able to advise you on aspects of diet, flossing, tooth cleaning, products and lifestyle.

Hygienists can provide fluoride treatment and varnishes, and apply fissure sealants. Fluoride can be a benefit for those with tooth decay, while anti-bacterial solutions are available that can help kill bacteria. With a dental prescription, many also undertake tooth whitening. For children, biting surfaces of the back teeth can be sealed. Most procedures will be painless, but speak to your Northwich hygienist if discomfort arises, as anaesthetic cream may be offered.

Most dental practices will have a hygienist on staff. Those that don’t will be able to refer patients, for instance to a local hygienist in Northwich. The procedures carried out in the role will also vary between practices, as will the prices, which is why a written quote prior to the work being undertaken is advised.

By removing the calculus build-up on your teeth and providing advice on oral health maintenance, the build-up of plaque and tartar should be reduced and thus the risk of gum disease should also be lessened. Your hygienist in Northwich will be specially trained and skilled and able to spend a longer period of time with you than a dentist to get your teeth clean and to provide important advice. A dental routine at home, supplemented by regular hygienist visits, is the best way to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible.