What does a hygienist do?
Your dental hygienist is an essential member of your dental health team. A highly-trained dental professional, your hygienist is essential in the general maintenance of your mouth, teeth and gums, including:
- scale and cleans
- assessment and treatment of gum disease
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Oral hygiene at home
There are many things that you can do yourself for a life-long healthy smile and great oral hygiene. Here are our recommendations:
- Brush your teeth twice a day, before breakfast and last thing before going to bed
- Use fluoride toothpaste
- Floss once a day
- See your dentist for regular check-ups so that any early problems can be treated before major, expensive treatments are needed
- Don’t snack before bedtime. Food left on the teeth overnight is more likely to cause cavities
- Avoid foods and drinks that are high in sugar, especially soft drinks, sweet cereals, desserts, and sticky foods
Why is oral hygiene important
If you look after your oral hygiene you can help avoid problems such as:
- tooth decay
- gum disease
- serious problems with your general health
Tooth decay is the general name we give to the damage that is done when the bacteria that occurs naturally in your mouth create acid that erodes your tooth. This can lead to pain, infection and even the loss of the tooth.
If the bacteria are not cleaned and flossed away effectively, they produce acids which erode your tooth enamel over time, causing decay. Regular visits to your hygienist and dentist can help avoid this and catch any damage from decay before further treatment is needed.
Gum disease is an inflammation of the gum line that can also affect the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth if left untreated. There are three stages of gum disease — gingivitis, periodontitis and advanced periodontitis.
Gum disease can be painless, so it is important to keep an eye on symptoms such as bleeding or inflamed gums, bad breath, pain when chewing or loose teeth. Without regular visits to your dentist or hygienist, you may not know that you have gum disease until it’s in the more advanced stages. Once it is past the earliest stages, professional treatment from your dentist or hygienist is the only way to cure gum disease.
Healthy mouth, healthy body
There is a link between good oral hygiene and other health factors. You dentist can detect mouth cancer while it is still treatable. The health of your teeth and gums can also reduce the risk of suffering a stroke, heart disease, and cancer.
Make an appointment with our hygienist today.