Why do I need to see a dental hygienist? I already see my dentist.
At Honour Health, dental hygiene appointments are right at the core of our preventative ethos.
It’s definitely important to keep seeing your dentist every six months, as they’ll be able to assess the health of your teeth and carry out any treatments – but it’s so important to make time for dental hygiene appointments too. A dental hygienist is specially trained to professionally clean your teeth and gums and to show you to keep your mouth healthy.
At a dedicated hygiene appointment, a dental hygienist can spend longer with you to thoroughly remove plaque that builds up on your teeth and to explain how you can stop it from returning. The quote ‘prevention is better than cure’ is the perfect description of what a dental hygienist does, because their key role is to help you prevent gum disease or tooth decay.
Each patient needs bespoke advice to suit their own oral hygiene needs. Whether you need a few tips on flossing, a recommendation for the best electric toothbrush to choose, advice on which toothpaste to buy, or an explanation of how interdental brushes work, then your hygienist is on hand to help. They can also talk to you about your diet, so if you’re worried that your food and drink habits might be damaging your teeth, ask your hygienist for advice.
At Honour Health, our hygienist uses a state of the art EMS Airflow hygiene system (see video above) for a professional clean.
What is the EMS Airflow hygiene system?
The EMS Airflow hygiene system is an innovative technique, which uses an advanced machine to fire a powerful jet of water, compressed air and fine powder particles at the teeth to quickly and effectively remove plaque and soft deposits. It’s faster than a traditional scale and polish – and it’s painless.
The hygiene appointment firstly consists of a thorough hand scale and ultrasonic deep clean to remove all the plaque and tartar build-up in your mouth and to clear any debris from around your teeth and under your gums. This first step is then followed by the Airflow treatment.
Nothing compares to Airflow for getting rid of plaque, as it’s the only dental hygiene system that cleans sub-gingivally (underneath the gum line) for a really thorough clean, to reveal a brighter, fresher smile. Despite its power to blast away plaque lurking underneath the gums, Airflow is a gentle, comfortable, non-invasive treatment and is ideal for anyone with sensitive teeth. It is also ideal for smokers, periodontal patients, dental implant patients and orthodontic patients. Unlike teeth whitening treatments, Airflow is suitable for those who have veneers, crowns and bridges.
If you’re a fan of tea, coffee or red wine, then you’ll be pleased to know that Airflow is also hugely effective for removing staining, revealing a brighter smile. No amount of brushing is going to lift staining from these drinks, but an Airflow session will blast those stains away in no time.
After the Airflow treatment, our hygienist will discuss dental hygiene techniques with you and offer mouth hygiene and diet advice to help you maintain that beautifully fresh, clean feeling for as long as possible.
How often should I see a dental hygienist?
We ask our patients to see our dental hygienist at least every six months to maintain clean, healthy teeth and gums. No matter how angelic you are with your oral hygiene routine, there will always be some hard to reach areas that a dental hygienist can clean better than you.
What are the costs involved with seeing a dental hygienist?
A private appointment with our hygienist costs £65, which includes the full Airflow treatment.
We’d really recommend that you join our Honour Health Club, as members receive either two or four free hygiene treatments per year as part of their monthly membership. Find out more about the Honour Health Club here.
If you’d prefer to pay privately on a ‘pay as you go’ basis, and would like to combine a private dental health assessment with a hygiene visit, you can opt for our ‘Honour Diamond Health’ combination package for £100.
If you’re thinking about having your teeth whitened, then book an Airflow treatment before beginning any teeth whitening process, as this will lift staining and help to achieve better results. We offer special packages called ‘Honour Platinum’ (which includes Airflow and home whitening for £300) and ‘Honour Platinum Zoom’ (which includes Airflow and Zoom teeth whitening for £555).
For anyone who is having orthodontic treatment such as Invisalign, then it is especially important to have regular Airflow treatments to thoroughly clean around any attachments, brackets or wires.
In a nutshell, there’s no better hygiene option than a professional Airflow treatment with a dental hygienist. Once you try it, you won’t look back – and your mouth will thank you for it!