A dental hygienist is a specially trained professional who works with your dentist to provide specialist care to help maintain your oral health and prevent decay. They will work with you to ensure your teeth and gums are kept healthy and fresh through a mixture of treatment at the practice and advice and guidance on how you can keep up the good work at home.
Prevention is better than cure. Gum disease can be detected and treated in its very early stages by careful monitoring and regular examinations by the dental hygienist. Your dental hygienist is highly skilled in removing the hard deposits, tartar or calculus and stains, and in cases where more advanced gum disease has developed, can help maintain gum health by removing the sticky film that harmful bacteria thrive in below the gum line, out of reach of the toothbrush.
Another important role of the hygienist is to work with you to show you the best way to keep your teeth free of plaque. Plaque is a sticky coating that forms constantly on your teeth and can lead to dental decay.
Your hygienist will also give you advice on your diet, recommend and provide help on other preventive measures like giving up smoking. They will also show you how to clean between your teeth with interdental brushes, floss or tape. Regular visits and advice will help build your confidence in keeping your mouth healthy and drastically reduce the chances of you suffering from dental problems like decay in the future.
Your hygienist will recommend the oral care products that are best for you.
Of course, from a patient’s perspective, the best thing about visiting your hygienist is that after your visit, your teeth can feel clean and fresh and you feel fantastic!