Dental hygiene

The purpose of dental hygiene is to prevent tooth decay and gingivitis (incipient periodontitis). In practice, this is best achieved by removing tartar and plaque deposits in combination with the adoption of an appropriate brushing technique. In addition to reducing the risk of tooth decay and periodontitis, a lower level of bacteria in the mouth also reduces the risk of other diseases, not only in the oral cavity (bacteria that spread through the blood can settle on heart valves; patients with heart defects or a weakened immune system are particularly at risk).

Treatment by a dental hygienist is only carried out on the recommendation of a dentist. This often happens before planned more extensive treatments, the result of which could be compromised by poor dental health or incorrect hygiene habits.

How is the treatment done?

As part of the initial examination, the dental hygienist will want to know if you have any particular problems, whether you have been having regular check-ups and, last but not least, the method and instruments you use to brush your teeth. Part of the treatment is the removal of tartar from the area above the gums. In addition, a special powder is used in a sandblasting procedure (called air flow) to remove the remains of tartar and pigments caused by smoking or frequent consumption of coffee, wine or other foods. The treatment of periodontitis also involves deep cleaning under the gums. An important part of the initial treatment is assistance from the dental hygienist in selecting suitable interdental brushes and teaching the correct cleaning technique.

The length of the treatment depends almost entirely on the condition of the patient's teeth and gums. Typically, the initial treatment lasts 75 minutes and the check-up lasts 60 minutes. However, it is often necessary to repeat the control treatment procedure several times.