A service to smile about
With the last year being what it was, it is no surprise that a number of people are increasingly turning to the help of their dentist in Nottingham to restore their smiles to full health and help increase their inner confidence.
Having teeth that are clearly crooked, stained, chipped or missing entirely can eventually take its toll on the self-esteem and confidence of anyone.
However, rather than ignoring a worsening dental state (which more often than not leads to further problems developing), it is advised that anybody who feels they have put off seeing a dentist for some time should reach out to one today and request a consultation.
What can a dentist do to help me?
When people consider what a dentist does, they usually only think about dental services in a ‘responsive’ way – which is to say dealing with a dental issue after it has developed.
However, what many people are unaware of is the treatment and care that a dentist can provide in a ‘preventative’ way. This is usually carried out by a dental hygienist and can be a great way of restoring a patient’s dental wellbeing to full health after a period of neglect.
Anyone who believes that they may have neglected or lessened their dental routine over the last year should consider seeking out the help of a dental hygienist to get their smile back to its former glory.
What can a dental hygienist do?
A dental hygienist is dentists who have special interests and skills in preventative dental treatments. These are dental treatments that aim to prevent problems such as decay or gum disease – before they have a chance to develop.
One of the ways that a dental hygienist achieves this is through a two-stage dental deep-clean process which is called a ‘scale and polish’.
What is a scale and polish?
Many people feel that, in order to get healthy-looking, clean teeth, they have to opt for cosmetic dentistry treatment such as tooth whitening. However, in truth, it is possible to achieve similar results to cosmetic dentistry treatments – without using cosmetic means.
A scale and polish is one of the most regularly carried out preventative dental treatments and can have a lasting positive impact on both how a patient’s teeth look, and their overall dental health.
Typically, the scale and polish procedure goes as follows:
- Firstly the dental hygienist uses a dental ultrasound scraper to remove any and all buildups of tartar, plaque and bacteria throughout the patient’s mouth – paying special attention to the gaps between teeth where the plaque is common.
- Next, the dental hygienist then uses a specialist polishing tool to clean and buffer every tooth within the patient’s mouth. This polishing gets rid of any surface layer staining, discolouration and marks – and picks up any residual bacteria from the ‘scrape’. Following this stage in the process, the treatment is complete and the patient can start enjoying their healthier smile.
If you are interested in seeking out a scale and polish or a similar preventative dental treatment then you should take immediate action.
The longer you wait to seek treatment, the more treatment you’ll eventually need, so take control today, and reach out to a trusted local dental provider to arrange a one-to-one consultation.