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Looking after your oral health

Hygiene

The best way to maintain healthy teeth and gums is the easiest way!

As they say, ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’ and that’s especially true when it comes to the health of your teeth.

In fact, one of the easiest, most effective (and cheapest!) ways to maintain a healthy smile throughout your lifetime is by having a good oral health routine, including regular visits to a dental hygienist.

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Plaque means business

Even if you brush your teeth regularly, plaque will still build up over time. And if this build up goes untreated your teeth will decay, causing a foul odour and eventually tooth loss. Your gums can also become infected and inflamed (gingivitis).

It’s also worth noting that nearly 90% of adults will experience gum disease at least once in their lifetime so if you have restorations like veneers, crowns, fillings, implants or dentures, regular hygiene appointments are even more crucial to protect your smile.

Is it time to see our hygienist?

If you are currently experiencing any of the following symptoms you should book an appointment immediately:

Dentist northern ireland A taste of blood or other peculiar tastes in your mouth

Dentist northern ireland Swollen, bruised or tender areas of gum, especially in between your teeth

Dentist northern ireland Blood in your mouth, or on your teeth, especially on awakening

Dentist northern ireland Areas around your teeth where it is difficult or painful to remove food

Dentist northern ireland Loose teeth

Dentist northern ireland Teeth changing position or drifting out of alignment

Dentist northern ireland Swelling or any discharge such as pus on or around your gums

Dentist northern ireland Increased sensitivity to temperature change

Dentist northern ireland Receding gums

Dentist in Bangor, Newtownards Northern Ireland
Dentist in Bangor, Newtownards Northern Ireland
There are many benefits to regular hygienist visits including:

Dentist northern ireland The prevention of gum disease

Dentist northern ireland A whiter, more dazzling smile

Dentist northern ireland Reduction of bad breath i.e. Halitosis

Dentist northern ireland Early detection of oral cancer

Dentist northern ireland Prevent tooth loss from gum disease

Dentist northern ireland Detection of other diseases including heart disease, diabetes and respiratory problems

Over time your teeth will naturally begin to lose their lustre and become stained from everyday living- especially if you smoke and drink tea, coffee and/or red wine.

In the past, dental hygienists would traditionally use scalers and abrasive pastes which could be uncomfortable for the patient and even make it easier for stains to build up again.

The air polishing technique, however, uses a controlled jet of air, water and a fine powder polish to remove plaque, stains and soft deposits. It’s far more effective, efficient and comfortable than the old scale and polish technique.

Best of all it’s incredibly safe and can be used in areas where veneers, bridges, crowns, implants and orthodontics are present.

Air polishing not only gives your teeth a cleaner look and feel but it’s perfect for people with sensitive teeth. With the air polishing treatment there is no direct contact with your teeth, nor is there any uncomfortable heat or vibrations. Also, the microparticles in the cleaning powder can fill dentine tubules and reduce any tooth sensitivity you might already have.


The air polishing treatment is also very effective at removing surface stains on your teeth. Because of its ‘jet’ action, this technique is over three times faster at removing plaque and stains compared to the more traditional methods. So that means less time in our hygienist’s chair and fewer visits to our practice for stain removal.

Maintenance is key

We’ve said it before but it’s worth mentioning again: regular dental and hygiene visits are essential to achieving and maintaining a beautiful smile with strong, healthy teeth. We also recommend visiting our hygienist every six months, but it can vary depending on your individual circumstances. Your dentist will discuss your personalised oral health routine during your visit.

Seeing a hygienist is easier than ever

At Castlebawn Dental Practice we offer a direct access service to make it easier than ever to see our hygienist. Direct access means our hygienist can carry out a full scope of services, except tooth whitening, without you needing to see a dentist first.

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