Here’s 5 essential reasons to see a dental hygienist
Posted by: Jodie Blades Diploma Level 3 in Dental Nursing
Medically reviewed by: Helen Carey Dip in Dental Hygiene and Therapy Lond 2009
A poor daily hygiene routine can contribute to gum disease, dental decay and bad breath.
We all know that we need to visit the dentist regularly, but then they tell you to see the dental hygienist. Why should you see the hygienist – and what do they actually do?
1. Healthy Gums
A poor daily dental hygiene routine can lead to gum disease – painful, bleeding gums, bad breath and if it’s left for too long, loose teeth. Prevention of all of this is our dental hygienists’ top priority. Gum disease is the biggest cause of tooth loss in adults but, if caught in time, it can be treated and stopped in its tracks, and can even be reversed.
How do I know if I am getting gum disease?
An early sign is spitting blood after brushing or flossing. We recommend that you brush and floss at least twice a day and have regular check-ups with both, your dentist and dental hygienist. The hygienist will scale and polish your teeth, removing any built-up plaque that you’ve repeatedly left behind. This is definitely something you can’t do at home.
But, I floss and brush regularly so everything should be fine?
Even if you have an excellent oral hygiene regime and you’re fanatical about it, you do still need to see a hygienist as everyone has hard to reach parts of their mouth that the hygienist has special tools to reach and can clean better than you can. Though, you may be put on a much longer recall if you’re ace at keeping your teeth clean.
2. Bad Breath
There are only a few things worse than having bad breath, and often – you’re the last to know about it, but a dental hygienist will be honest with you. Halitosis is typically caused by bacteria that are hiding under the gum line. Routine visits to the dental hygienist to remove the bacteria that’s causing it will help and she will also give you the tools and the know-how to keep it at bay at home.
3. A Whiter Smile
Some daily food and drink, as well as tobacco will, over time, stain your teeth. These are usually on the surface of your teeth and can be removed with professional scaling and polishing. brushing doesn’t wont cut it and some ‘whitening’ toothpastes can actually cause damage to your teeth, leaving them more prone to staining than before. But a dental hygienist can remove the stains and can even make your teeth whiter than they were before with treatments such a PROPHYpearls air polish.
4. Early Detection
Routine dental hygiene visits give you and your dentist an additional opportunity to monitor and maintain your teeth and your gums. As well as keeping your teeth sparkly clean your hygienist is also on the lookout for early signs of oral cancers, decay, fractures, loose fillings – hygiene appointments are an incredibly valuable asset to your overall dental health.
5. Great dental hygiene gives you confidence
A healthy, clean mouth and a great smile do wonders for your confidence, whether you’re talking to people, laughing with them and especially kissing them.
The very best thing about regular dental hygiene appointments is we will be able to give you the information you need, which if you are diligent in following, means you’ll have a wonderfully healthy mouth and may not need to see us that often.
Everybody’s recall is different but we recommend that you see a dental hygienist at least twice a year. If you haven’t seen one for a while, your mouth will thank you for booking an appointment today! With direct access you no longer need to see a dentist before you can see a dental hygienist – you can book online now.
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