Dental hygienists are trained to focus on treating gum disease and preventative dental care. They will thoroughly scale your teeth to remove any plaque and calculus and will advise you on the best oral hygiene routine to use in between visits. They will also advise on lifestyle factors that can affect your teeth and gums. The hygienist helps to ensure that you keep your natural teeth as healthy as possible for as long as possible.
There are a number of benefits to seeing the hygienist and they include:
- Demonstrations on effective tooth brushing techniques to remove plaque without causing tooth wear and receding gums
- Discussions on the latest oral hygiene products to help improve your oral health
- Advice on the best aids to clean in-between teeth in those areas that brushing alone misses
- Explanation of gum disease causes and treatments
- Removal of plaque and hard calculus deposits
- Discussion on the secondary factors that cause gum disease, for example smoking and diabetes
- Discussion on how gum disease could affect or complicate other health problems, for example heart disease
- Prevention of tooth decay and erosion
- Diet advice on how to reduce sugary and acidic food and drink
- Advice on fluoride and application of fluoride varnishes to help re-mineralise early signs of tooth caries
- Polishing the teeth to remove food and drink stain
- Helping to change red and inflamed gums to a healthy pink
- Stopping gums from bleeding when brushing
- Preventing teeth from becoming mobile and drifting
- Preventing unpleasant tastes and bad breath caused by the damaging bacteria in the mouth
Alongside visits to the hygienist, there are three key steps to keeping your teeth and gums healthy
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste and use interdental brushes daily to clean between your teeth where brushing misses.
- Cut down on how often you have sugary food and drink
- Visit your dental team for regular routine appointments
All of this will help you to achieve a brighter and healthier smile.