What does a hygienist do?
The role of the hygienist is to ensure that your gums are as healthy as possible through regular dental cleaning. They will also provide oral health advice and education on the best ways to keep your teeth clean.
Gum disease (or gingivitis) is caused by the accumulation of plaque and calculus (tartar) around the teeth and gums. The first sign of gum disease is bleeding from the gums when you brush your teeth. When left untreated, this can progress to advanced gum disease (or periodontitis), which can result in loosening of the teeth.
Our hygienists will help prevent the progress of gum disease by thorough dental cleaning.
Tips for a healthy mouth
Our hygienist will show you how to remove plaque with a toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. They will also show you how to clean between your teeth with ‘interdental’ brushes, floss or tape.
There are many oral care products you can get, including specialist toothpastes, electric or ‘power’ toothbrushes, and mouthwashes. Our hygienist will recommend those that are best for you.
We recommend that you follow three simple steps to help keep your teeth and gums healthy:
- Brush your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day, with a fluoride toothpaste.
- Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks.
- Visit your dental team regularly, as often as they recommend.
Cutting down the amount of sugar in your diet, and the number of times that you eat during the day, can help to reduce decay. Our hygienist can help you by looking at your decay problem and your diet, and by making some recommendations for you to consider.
for 10 minutes after meals can also help to prevent tooth decay. Chewing gum makes your mouth produce more saliva, which cancels out the acid produced in your mouth after drinking and eating.
Contact us to book your dental hygienist appointment.