We went live on Thursday 25th Jan and our lovely hygienist answered all the questions you put to them.  In case you missed it they have given you all the information below. Don’t forget to tune in for the next live DRA Talk show in February.

Tell me about whitening? Is it damaging my teeth? Gum?
When in-office or home whitening is done in a controlled environment by a dental professional or under the supervision of a dental professional, it is a simple and effective way to enhance the colour of natural teeth. Teeth whitening is like a facial for teeth. The gel used for whitening opens the pores of the enamel and breaks down the bonds of the stains in the enamel so that the teeth appear lighter. When done professionally there is no risk to the teeth or gums.

How do I know if I need 15 min whitening only or more?
Teeth are as individual to people as fingerprints are. Consultation with a dental professional is needed to determine what is suitable for each individual patient. The recommendation will also be dependent on the health of the teeth as well as the expected outcome of the patient.

What is the risk with a cheap tooth whitening kit I can buy on internet?
It is never advisable to use whitening products that are not supplied by a reputable dental professional. Cheap products may contain mild acids or be abrasive, which can damage the teeth, cause sensitivity and even gum recession. It is definitely better to see a dental professional for whitening. What may seem like a bargain could result in unnecessary costs to solve issues that may be caused by cheap whitening systems.

Where my bad breath is coming from?
Bad breath can have a few causes. The obvious such as food like garlic and onions and alcohol. However more severe cases of bad breath is caused by bacteria that produce sulfurous compounds that result in a very bad smell. Where exactly the problem lies should be determined by your dental professional. The most common cause of bad breath is poor dental hygiene. Other causes of bad breath can be cavities in the teeth or gum disease. Solutions for bad breath can be as simple as brushing twice a day, flossing and cleaning the tongue, along with a good professional hygiene session with a dental hygienist; to more complex solutions such as fillings or gum disease treatment. If you suffer from prolonged bad breath, a bad taste in your mouth or bleeding gums, it is advisable to book an appointment with your dental professional or hygienist as soon as possible.

What is a dental hygienist?
A Dental Hygienist is a licensed oral health care professional that is responsible for preventing and treating oral disease. Prevention is key to maintaining oral health which in turn maintains overall health.

Does an appointment with the dentists replace an appointment with the hygienist?
A Dentist and a Hygienist work as a team to provide a patient with comprehensive oral health care, therefore one will not replace the other.
Do I need X-ray to see the hygienist? This is patient specific, as in some cases X-rays are required in order to provide an accurate diagnosis for a dental hygiene treatment.

Shall I use toothpick or floss? Why?
Using a toothpick is not recommended for cleaning between the teeth as it may cause damage to the gums and teeth. There are many other options that are safe to use such as dental floss and interdental brushes.

Why shall I come every 3 months to the hygienists? Why not 6 months?
6 months appointment with Dental Hygienist is the best time to control the amount of bacterial deposit in our mouth to prevent gum and teeth diseases and it is highly recommended by WHO – World Health Organization.
The time for recall is very individual and can be from 3 to 4 months.
We all have harmful bacterial in our mouth. They can start to create hard deposit in less than 1 week if not removed from the gum line or from between the teeth. As longer we accumulate bacterial as more harmful they can be for our oral health.
By seeing your Dental Hygienist you control the plaque and tartar accumulation which is nothing else like bacterial deposit and you prevent gum infection, gingivitis, periodontitis, teeth demineralization, erosion, cavity.

Does the scale and polish damage my enamel?
The enamel is the hardest tissue in our body that is why it is really difficult to harm the teeth while doing professional scale and polish. Just to give you an idea how hard it is let’s compare it with diamond which is harder than enamel.
First of all the treatment is done by highly trained professionals with many years of experience. Second – the instruments which are used by Dental Hygienist are scientifically proved to be safe and efficient.