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Prevention & hygiene

Hygienist in Leeds: your smile’s secret weapon

Keep your smile looking, feeling (and smelling!) fresh

We get it – cleaning your teeth for two minutes can feel like a lifetime when you’re rushing to get out the door or desperate to go to bed. And that’s before flossing and mouthwash have even been mentioned. But when bleeding gums, bad breath and yellow staining come into play, you know you need to step up your game. And that’s where we come in!

Our Leeds hygienist will not only give your teeth the professional deep-clean they need every few months to remove stains, plaque and tartar; they will also use their highly-trained powers of persuasion to convince you to take charge of your oral hygiene, once and for all.


Air-Flow cleaning in LS18

Air-Flow is, quite simply, your hygienist’s secret weapon in the battle against plaque and tartar. Unlike a regular ‘scrape and polish’, the Air-Flow device combines compressed air with powder and water to gently and painlessly buff away at your teeth – lifting stains, reaching areas the toothbrush misses, and leaving teeth looking and feeling fabulous. Air-Flow is ideal for removing deep-set stains and as a preparation for a professional whitening treatment, or a filling.


Targeting the causes of dental problems

The healthiest smiles come about when patient, dentist and hygienist work together. While your dentist will treat issues as they arise, the hygienist will ensure teeth remain free of plaque – the root cause of most dental problems. Neglected plaque eventually hardens to form tartar, which makes it even more difficult to clean effectively – putting you at a higher risk of cavities and receding gums.

At Horsforth Dental, the hygienist will recommend the products and techniques best suited to you, and is qualified to offer advice on nutrition and quitting smoking, too.



Why is it so important to brush and floss daily?

Plaque and tartar are the key contributors to gum disease and tooth decay. When you let your regular brushing and flossing slide, a film of bacteria – plaque – builds up around the gum line. Caused by the food that remains on your teeth after eating, plaque eventually hardens to become tartar. Together, they attack the tooth enamel, making gums and teeth vulnerable to disease and decay.

Why is oral health important?

Oral health allows you to keep your natural teeth for as long as possible – if not for ever! Simple cleaning techniques will not only ensure you smile confidently throughout your life, but will prevent the need for costly and invasive treatment in the future. But oral health isn’t just about holding on to a healthy smile in the long term. There’s a proven connection between oral health and general health; poor oral health is linked to Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.

What can I do to prevent oral hygiene problems?

Maintaining a rigorous cleaning programme at home is vital if you want to minimise hygienist appointments. Our hygienist will give you advice and tips not only about how to clean your teeth, but also about diet and general lifestyle.

Can the hygienist cure my bad breath?

In most cases, yes! Bad breath is usually eliminated with the help of a robust, tailored hygiene routine. If your bad breath is persistent despite this, we’ll recommend you see your GP.

How often should I see my hygienist?

If you have good oral health, we generally recommend seeing the hygienist twice a year. If you’ve had dental implants or tooth restorations, you may be required to visit more frequently to ensure plaque is not compromising your prosthetic teeth.

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