The role of a Dental Hygienist is to promote good oral health care and the importance of it. By advising and demonstrating they will give you the knowledge on how to take care of your teeth and gums, maintaining good oral health, avoiding unnecessary dental treatment.
Although the role they play is mainly preventative, they do also provide treatment including cleaning, scaling, fissure sealants and Teeth Whitening.
Gum Disease happens when plaque is not removed from the teeth around the gum line. Plaque irritates the gums and if not removed will cause them to become sore, inflamed and bleed. If left untreated Gum Disease will escalate to Periodontal Disease causing the teeth to become loose. Eventually you will start to lose your teeth.
Simply brushing your teeth and flossing (or using interdental brushes) can prevent Gum Disease from occurring, but only if you are doing it correctly. Seeing a Hygienist will make sure you are using the correct technique to ensure your mouth stays Gum Disease free.
ORAL HEALTH MAINTENANCE
No matter if your teeth are perfectly straight, crooked or gappy you have to keep them clean to prevent problems from occurring. With so many oral hygiene implements available it’s hard to know which is best for you and what you should be using. A dental Hygienist can advise which oral hygiene aids to use and demonstrate on how to use them. She can also provide advice to those who find cleaning their teeth difficult.
Plaque is easily removed by brushing and flossing but if left to build up it turns to calculus, something that is impossible to remove yourself. The Hygienist can remove this for you and regular cleaning appointments will help your mouth stay fresh and healthy.
DIET AND SMOKING
If your diet mainly consists of sugary foods and drinks then this will have a big impact on the health of your teeth. Discussing your diet with the hygienist will help her understand your habits more and she can suggest healthier alternatives to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Smoking has major health implications as well as causing many problems with your teeth including staining, causing your mouth to become dry, increasing your risk of Gum Disease and many more. Stopping smoking will hugely benefit your mouth as well as your overall health.
Our Dental Hygienist Vicki is great with children. She will teach and encourage your child to brush their teeth and show them the importance of doing so. Also regular cleaning appointments will help protect your child’s teeth from caries and stop plaque from building up.
Children need guidance and encouragement when it comes to teeth as they can become lazy with cleaning but providing dental education early will set good hygiene habits for life.