Feature in Local Women Magazine – September 2021.
Ulster Tatler speaks to Joanne Knox, Pure Dental Hygiene Company director and principle hygienist on how to keep a healthy smile.
A Coleraine-based dental hygienist is leading the way in providing direct access to this specialist service for the public
Originally posted on: dentistry.co.uk
Frequently Asked Questions:
I am registered with a dentist, but can I book in with your hygienist?
Dentistry has changed and developed a lot over the years and especially now, when chair space in dental practices is at a premium, due to the covid regulations and fallow times.
Your dentist may no longer be able to provide hygiene services within their practices.
You are no longer obligated to see the hygienist in the same practice as your dentist.
If you pay privately to see a hygienist you have the freedom to choose where you go and who you see.
How often should I see a hygienist?
Every 3 - 6 months.
Does getting your teeth cleaned hurt?
Dentistry has developed over the years and there’s really no need for you to experience pain and discomfort.
The majority people don’t need any means of pain relief whilst getting treatment , on the other hand some patients with very tender gums or sensitive teeth due to recession my benefit from some local anaesthetic or numbing gel.
We will do whatever is necessary to make your appointment as pleasant and as pain free as possible.
Do I really need to Floss?
No matter how good you are with your tooth brush, you will never get effectively in-between your teeth, and avoiding those areas means your missing 60% of teeth surfaces.
So yes some level of interdental cleaning is essential!! Although that doesn’t have to be floss, it could be inter dental brushes or a water flosser.
At you hygiene appointment the hygienist will customise a oral care regime specific to your needs, manual dexterity and motivation.
How can I make my teeth whiter?
Depending on the reason your teeth are darker we can assess what the best approach for your to get the best results.
If your a smoker or keen coffee drinker your staining may be external (this is called extrinsic staining )so its important we remove that first…. The air flow jet polish is excellent for this…
If after that you feel your teeth are still on the yellow side then professional bleaching your teeth is the next option to consider