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Keeping your smile healthy with regular hygiene appointments

While your dentist fixes problems, the hygienist tackles their source, working at the front line of dental health to keep the causes of tooth decay and gum disease – plaque and tartar – at bay. If you’re a patient at Greygables, we’ll encourage you to see our hygienist at least twice a year so that your teeth and gums can benefit from a professional deep-clean (scale and polish), removing plaque and tartar from the areas that brushing often misses.

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The hygienist is also qualified to offer tailored advice on ways you can maintain a healthy smile and banish bad breath – from the latest cleaning tips, techniques and products to help with lifestyle changes such as diet and smoking. With regular visits to your hygienist at Greygables, you’ll reduce your likelihood of needing invasive dental work in the future.

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AirFlow in East Kilbride

If you’re looking for Airflow in East Kilbride, Greygables will be delighted to help. This high-tech cleaning system provides an enhanced alternative to a traditional scale and polish, using a stream of air mixed with water and fine powder to polish your teeth and remove stains and plaque or biofilm. AirFlow is both gentler and more effective than a scale and polish and can reach further under the gum line.

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In addition to treating gum disease and giving your teeth a thorough clean, AirFlow at Greygables is a great way to prepare patients for teeth whitening or to maintain the whiteness of your smile long after you’ve invested in a whitening treatment. Your dentist may also recommend AirFlow cleaning if you’ve had restorations or dental implants – all of which require careful monitoring of oral hygiene. AirFlow is also great for anyone who wears braces, enabling us to clean more effectively during treatment, and restore your enamel to full health afterwards.

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Why oral health matters

We all know that a healthy smile works wonders for our confidence. But with mounting evidence pointing to a link between oral health and general health, maintaining your teeth and gums could be the key to long-term quality of life. Poor oral hygiene is believed to be linked with a host of chronic health problems, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers – so it really does pay to follow a simple yet robust cleaning routine at home, and to eat a healthy, balanced diet.

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FAQs

What should I know about plaque and tartar?

Plaque and tartar are the key contributors to gum disease and tooth decay. The root cause of gum disease and tooth decay is bad oral hygiene – when you let your regular brushing and flossing slide, a film of bacteria – plaque – builds up around the gum line. Plaque eventually hardens to become tartar and together they attack the tooth enamel, making gums and teeth vulnerable to disease and decay.

Can I do anything to prevent oral hygiene problems occurring?

Yes! Follow our top tips for enjoying great oral hygiene at home:

  • Brush for two minutes, twice a day – it might feel like a lot, but it’s the proven time you need to remove plaque effectively.
  • Floss or use interdental brushes daily to remove food and plaque caught between your teeth. Don’t let it fester!
  • Eat a balanced diet – it’s not just good for your weight, but your teeth and gums too. Incorporate lots of leafy green veg, packed with tooth-strengthening vitamins and a natural teeth cleaner in the form of fibre.
  • Watch what you drink – fizzy drinks provide a double hit of sugar and acid, which attacks your enamel, making teeth look yellow and eventually wear, which makes them vulnerable to cavities. Water is always best!

How can I cure my bad breath?

Bad breath is one of the most common reasons people visit the dentist, and it can usually be cured via your hygienist, who will put in place a tailored plan to help get rid of it for good. The hygienist will refer you to your dentist if the cause of your bad breath requires more in-depth treatment.

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 being kept under control effectively around your prosthetic restorations.