The importance of dental hygiene appointments

03 / 09 / 2022

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Why you should see a dental hygienist ?

When visiting your practice for a routine check-up, you may be wondering why your dentist has advised you to book an appointment with a hygienist. There are many reasons you should see a dental hygienist alongside your routine check-up. 

We’ve put together this guide on everything you need to know about dental hygiene appointments and why they are important.

What is a dental hygienist ?

A dental hygienist aims to prevent common oral health issues such as gum disease, tooth decay and the build-up of plaque. 

Did you know that over 27% of British adults only visit the dentist when they notice a problem? Here at Priors Hall Dental, our hygienists provide valuable oral health advice. We can help to identify any potential issues and advise on preventative treatment methods that will help you maintain your beautiful smile. 

Although visiting our practice in Corby is essential to keeping up with your oral health, we understand the importance of having a good dental routine at home. If you are unsure about how to best take care of your oral hygiene, our hygienists can offer you advice that is tailored to your health. We can show you how to brush accurately and reach all areas of your mouth.

Why might I need to see a dental hygienist?

Seeing a dental hygienist is vital to taking care of your oral health. Our hygienists can provide you with the skills you need to look after your teeth in the best possible way. They will also professionally clean your teeth.

Did you know that it is possible to have gum disease without noticeable symptoms? You may not even know that something isn’t right with your oral health until you visit our practice. Our experienced team can help to identify the signs that you may not recognise. We can create an ongoing treatment plan that can address any issues before they become too severe.

You do not need a referral to see a dental hygienist but your dentist may recommend a hygiene appointment as part of your treatment plan. 

The benefits of seeing a dental hygienist

There are many benefits to visiting a dental hygienist, such as:

A professional teeth cleaning

Our hygiene therapists will perform an initial oral health assessment and then clean those hard-to-reach areas. We will work to remove any plaque build-up that can’t be removed simply at home. Plaque is constantly forming in your mouth and if it isn’t brushed away, it will harden to a substance called tartar that can only be removed by a professional. 

We aim to prevent oral health issues before they arise or become too severe to treat. Our hygienists will provide you with everything you need to maintain healthy teeth and gums. We will show you the best way to take care of your teeth at home and everything you can do yourself to prevent gum disease.


If you are showing signs of gum disease, our dental hygienists will provide you with a tailored treatment plan. Although gum disease is irreversible, we can treat it to prevent further damage to your oral health. 

Increasing your confidence

Booking an appointment with one of our friendly dental hygienists will increase your confidence. Whether this is by removing surface stains, treating an ongoing issue or getting to the root cause of bad breath, you will leave our practice feeling satisfied with the end result.

Advice and guidance

Noticed something about your oral health that feels unusual? A dental hygienist will be able to take a look and offer their advice on the dental concern. They will then be able to offer you guidance on the best way to treat the issue. If you are experiencing any signs of gum disease or something just doesn’t feel right, speaking to one of our dental hygienists is the best place to start. 

We can also offer advice on smoking and how to stop. As smoking is a leading cause of gum disease, oral cancer and teeth staining, we will advise you to stop if it is vital to your health.

When to see a dental hygienist ?

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should make sure to book an appointment with one of our dental hygienists.

  • Bleeding gums
  • Tartar on your teeth
  • Swollen gums
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Dry mouth
  • Lack of confidence in your smile
  • Bad breath

Our friendly dental hygienists will take the time to understand your issue and then establish the best course of treatment for your health. To learn more about why you should visit one of our dental hygienists, please click here.

Book your dental hygiene appointment today

We recommend paying a visit to our practice for a dental hygiene appointment every six months, or twice a year, to maintain excellent oral health.

Book your dental hygiene appointment and work towards the whiter and brighter smile that you’ve always dreamed of. Call our friendly practice in Corby today on 01536 214 144. We look forward to hearing from you.

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