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Dental Hygienists in Richmond- The Importance of a Thorough Appointment

20th April 2014




The Importance of Dental Hygiene


1. Prevent gum disease

Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults. If diagnosed in the early stages gum disease (gingivitis) can be treated and reversed by expert hygienist care

2. Detect Oral Cancer

When your Dental Hygienist cleans your teeth they are also screening you for oral cancer, which is highly curable if diagnosed early stages.

3. Help maintain good physical health

Recent studies have linked heart attacks and strokes to gum disease, resulting from poor oral hygiene. Professional dental cleaning every 6 months (or 3 months for people who smoke) significantly helps to keep your teeth and gums healthy and reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes.

A clinical study*of 100,000 people showed that those who regularly had professional teeth cleaning (scale & polish) had a 24% lower risk of heart disease and 13% lower risk of a stroke

4. Detect dental problems early

Your hygienist will be able to detect any early signs of problems with your teeth or gums.

5. Prevent bad breath

Dental studies show that about 85% of people with persistent bad breath (known as halitosis) have a dental problem to blame for it. Tarter that causes bad breath.

6. Brighten up your smile

Your dental hygienist can remove most deep staining caused by items such as tobacco,coffee, tea and red wine. During your professional cleaning, your hygienist will also polish your teeth to a cosmetic shine, the result being a whiter and brighter smile.

7. Advice on maintaining good oral health

Your dental hygienist will help to ensure you are maintaining good oral health by visual examination and comparing records from your previous visits. If you are falling off track with your oral hygiene they will help put you back on the right path, including advice on your home dental care and suitable product


Why our Appointments are 45mins or 1 hour

Speak to any hygienist and they will tell you it is impossible to carry out a thorough hygiene appointment in less than 45 mins? So why are there so many practises offering 20 mins or 30 mins appointments? The answer to this, you may need to figure out yourself!

At every visit, we will check for oral cancer, disclose your teeth and give you a plaque score (so you know how well you are really cleaning!).  The hygienists will thenh time showing you how to clean the bits you are missing, then thoroughly clean and polish your teeth. That takes us AS A MINIMUM 45 minutes to do properly. If there are diseased sites that need extra therapy, it will take one of the team ONE HOUR!

Here at the White House, our hygiene team are only interested in doing the job as thoroughly and as well as we can. We have three hygienists, all booked up for at least 2 months as a testimony to the fact that our clients are looking for the best, rather than the quickest and cheapest.


Which Hygienist?

Fitsum, Zarah or Sarah are all hugely experienced and expertly trained. They all have their own loyal followers and they all treat myself, my staff and  my  own family. Could I give a better recommendation? 🙂



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