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    • Chazolate
    • By Chazolate 16th Jul 10, 11:13 AM
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    How often should I visit a dental hygienist?
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    • 16th Jul 10, 11:13 AM
    How often should I visit a dental hygienist? 16th Jul 10 at 11:13 AM
    I decided a while ago to go to a private dentist, because I wanted to eventually find one that I would be comfortable having Invisalign with. The last visit I had with my NHS dentist I was told everything was fine. I visit the dentist every six months and on my first check-up I had quite a few fillings. On the second I had 2 more fillings and then I had to see the dental hygienist. I had never had my teeth scaled and polished before and I found it more painful than having a filling!

    I have just been for my third check-up and I need another filling and they have booked me in with the hygienist again. I was wondering how necessary it is for me to get this done every six months? I have been searching for information online about it and some people say too much scaling and polishing is bad for your teeth. However others say that it is important to get it done every time you visit the dentist. Any advice on this would be much appreciated. Thanks!
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    • Toothsmith
    • By Toothsmith 16th Jul 10, 12:08 PM
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    • 16th Jul 10, 12:08 PM
    Hygienist visits are less of a torture if you go regularly, and there is less stuff to clean off (So listen to what she's telling you about toothbrushing and interdental cleaning as well!! )

    Go as often as you are advised by the dentist/hygienist - they are the ones best placed to advise.
    How to find a dentist.
    1. Get recommendations from friends/family/neighbours/etc.
    2. Once you have a short-list, VISIT the practices - dont just phone. Go on the pretext of getting a Practice Leaflet.
    3. Assess the helpfulness of the staff and the level of the facilities.
    4. Only book initial appointment when you find a place you are happy with.
    • Chazolate
    • By Chazolate 16th Jul 10, 12:35 PM
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    • 16th Jul 10, 12:35 PM
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    • 16th Jul 10, 12:35 PM
    Thanks for your response. I was just checking they weren't doing it to get more money. Also now I know it’s going to be a regular thing I can save money by taking out insurance.
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  • Jokaty82
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    • 16th Jul 10, 12:39 PM
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    • 16th Jul 10, 12:39 PM
    I can help you on this one - as I have had and finished my Invisalign Treatment.

    Whilst I agree that its important to go regularly to the hygienist, once my private dentist had me there and committed to the Invisalign treatment I did find they wanted me to see the hygienist far more regularly than I can afford - at £80 a pop. Eventually I kept saying I couldnt afford it at the moment, would re-book blah blah blah! But they threatened to stop treatment. Invisalign isnt cheap, I paid thousands!

    What I will say is with it you do need to look after your teeth so much more, regular brushing and flossing and going to the hygienist.

    I went to the dentist before and only ever had one filling, after my invisalign I had toothache and suddenly needed root canal, which cost a fortune and was so painful.

    The thing was it had only been a couple of months since I was last there, this root canal seemed to happen very quickly!

    I am sure they were trying to get as much money out of me as possible.

    I have since changed dentists, my last check-up he said all my teeth were fine, and that I cleaned them very well x
    Is a sufferer of SAD, so don't blame me, blame the depressing English weather!!!

    • shandyclover
    • By shandyclover 16th Jul 10, 1:06 PM
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    • 16th Jul 10, 1:06 PM
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    • 16th Jul 10, 1:06 PM
    I lived and worked most of my adult life abroad - while I regularly saw the dentist, where i lived there was no such thing as a hygenist. Once back in UK, my first visit to the hygenist she was rather shocked I was 30 and had never seen a hygenist before. For the first year and a half I saw her every 6 mos as I suppose she had catch up work to do. Now I go perhaps once a year though my hubby is asked to come in every 3 mos as he seems to have more of a problem than I do. They do know what they are doing and will only ask you to come in if they think it is necessary.
    • brook2jack
    • By brook2jack 16th Jul 10, 1:16 PM
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    • 16th Jul 10, 1:16 PM
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    • 16th Jul 10, 1:16 PM
    If you are regularly having fillings and needing hygienist visits then you will have even more trouble once you start brace work.

    Inadaquate oral hygiene is the number one reason why people are turned down for braces because it is even more difficult to keep gums and teeth healthy with a brace (even invisilign,inman type) than without.

    Look at your diet and cleaning and get through at least a couple of check ups without having a filling before you even think of braces.

    Every dentist will have seen people who have nice straight teeth after two years of brace work , but loads of cavities and white spots because the oral care has not been sufficient.
    • Chazolate
    • By Chazolate 16th Jul 10, 1:16 PM
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    • 16th Jul 10, 1:16 PM
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    • 16th Jul 10, 1:16 PM
    Thank you both for the info! I was told that invisalign would improve my teeth as I would be brushing more than the usual twice a day. May I ask if you needed a retainer afterwards? I am told I will have to wear one at night, but I didn't get round to asking about the cost of that. I am trying to save up for Invisalign so I can pay for it in full. Were you happy with the outcome?
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    • brook2jack
    • By brook2jack 16th Jul 10, 1:19 PM
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    • 16th Jul 10, 1:19 PM
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    • 16th Jul 10, 1:19 PM
    See my post above, but be aware recent research shows that you may have to wear a retainer at nights for life to maintain results.

    For invisilign this is normally the last aligner so there is no extra charge unyil the aligner breaks or wears out.
    • Chazolate
    • By Chazolate 16th Jul 10, 1:21 PM
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    • 16th Jul 10, 1:21 PM
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    • 16th Jul 10, 1:21 PM
    Hi. I am not sure what I am doing wrong my dentist suggested more fluoride. The hygienist didnít speak to me about anything. I know that I am cleaning them enough perhaps I need to floss, because my diet is pretty good.
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    • brook2jack
    • By brook2jack 16th Jul 10, 1:27 PM
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    Diet will be a problem because you are having fillings regularly.Yes you have to floss but you need to change your diet.

    You will get decay if you have something sweet to eat or drink more than three times a day.

    What do you drink,do you have sugar in tea ,coffee,do you drink fruit juice,fruit teas?

    What do you eat between meals, do you eat/drink anything before bed at night?

    Are you on any medications that might give you a dry mouth?

    Do a diet sheet with everything you eat and drink for three normal days and discuss it with your dentist.

    Unless you get the decay under control braces will be a health nightmare.
    • coldstreamalways
    • By coldstreamalways 16th Jul 10, 5:01 PM
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    So depressing to see someone who has cost the NHS thousands of pounds in orthodontic treatment (not you OP but the general population), who now needs fillings in their back teeth because they didn't clean the bands properly, has flaking off enamel because of demineralisation around the brackets because they couldn't stop eating sweets and drinking sugar. They look far worse than they would have done if they had had no braces at all and listened to the diet advice.
    • Apollonia
    • By Apollonia 16th Jul 10, 5:15 PM
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    Hi. I am not sure what I am doing wrong my dentist suggested more fluoride. The hygienist didnít speak to me about anything. I know that I am cleaning them enough perhaps I need to floss, because my diet is pretty good.
    Originally posted by Chazolate

    Try using plaque disclosing tablets to see how well you are really brushing.
    The tablets are widely available in supermarkets or chemists and easy to use but it is best to use them at night as the dye will also give you a blue tongue for a few hours!

    You might find that once the plaque is visible you need to be spending more time with the toothbrush.
    Please note I said "more time" , and not"scrub harder" !! Gentle brushing + at least 2 minutes brushing time is more effective than scrubbing as hard and as fast as possible.
  • glowgirl
    I used to have gum problems and see my hygenist every three months just to make sure everything is ok
    Thank you for this site Martin
    The time for change has come
    Good luck for the future
    • Chazolate
    • By Chazolate 16th Jul 10, 6:02 PM
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    Thanks everyone for the advice. I don’t drink tea, coffee or fizzy drinks. I have a glass of fruit juice a day, flavoured water or cordial. I rarely snack and have three meals a day mostly plain meals pasta, rice, fish, chicken, veg ect. However when I was younger I used to eat a lot of ice-cream and have fizzy drinks I guess that wasn’t a good start for my teeth. I will try and talk to my dentist about it as he has never brought it up before.
    The plaque disclosing tablets are a great idea. It would be nice to know where I’m going wrong!
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    • brook2jack
    • By brook2jack 16th Jul 10, 6:12 PM
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    You are fine to eat and drink sweet things with your meals thats not a problem.It's inbetween times you need to watch out.

    However what are your flavoured waters flavoured with.. are they and your cordials sugar free? Low sugar just means instead of eg 3 spoons of sugar in each glass there is 1 spoon that's still going to cause a problem.

    If you are having fillings now it's your diet now that's the problem, not what you ate in the past.
  • brighthair
    I go every 6 - 12 months, at the same time as a check up, I just book a double appointment as my dentist is in a different county!
    • Chazolate
    • By Chazolate 16th Jul 10, 6:40 PM
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    I will definitely go after my 6 month check-ups when my dentist tells me to then.
    Last edited by Chazolate; 19-07-2010 at 9:58 AM.
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    • Toothsmith
    • By Toothsmith 16th Jul 10, 9:07 PM
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    I'd try an optician whilst you're at it as well!

    Your font is getting bigger and bigger!
    How to find a dentist.
    1. Get recommendations from friends/family/neighbours/etc.
    2. Once you have a short-list, VISIT the practices - dont just phone. Go on the pretext of getting a Practice Leaflet.
    3. Assess the helpfulness of the staff and the level of the facilities.
    4. Only book initial appointment when you find a place you are happy with.
    • Torry Quine
    • By Torry Quine 16th Jul 10, 9:11 PM
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    I have never seen or been asked to see a hygienist. If needed my dentist gives me a scrape and polish.
  • poppyolivia
    I have never seen or been asked to see a hygienist. If needed my dentist gives me a scrape and polish.
    Originally posted by Torry Quine
    same here..my friends go every 6 months etc to the hygienist..I phoned for an appointment and I was asked if i was allowed annual appointments? (I got a scale and polish with having my brace off last year)...she went away and said I can have a dental check up and take it from there????(this I do every 6 months without a doubt).....I thought you could phone and get one!..I am 34 and had 3 scale and polishes (that I can remember)
    Last edited by poppyolivia; 17-07-2010 at 8:31 AM.
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