Dental hygienists are specially trained to offer essential care. They are primarily concerned with preventive dental health and combatting gum disease, but also advising on how to keep our teeth and gums healthy.
Here we list some key reasons why attending regular check-ups with your hygienist is so important:
A regular check up with your hygienist offers the perfect opportunity to monitor your oral health by checking your teeth and gums. Following a brief and painless examination a hygienist will make you aware of any improvements that can be made to your oral hygiene routine, explaining the methods of cleaning your teeth that will help to keep them healthy.
Issues with the teeth can accumulate over a fairly short period of time, especially if a sudden change in health or diet occurs. Your hygienist will identify any problems with the build-up of tartar or issues with cavities and will advise of some key preventative measures to follow in order to stop potential issues getting worse.
Untreated gum disease can lead to long-term conditions such as tooth loss and periodontitis, but it can be prevented if early symptoms are identified. If you suffer from sensitive gums that bleed when you brush your teeth, or have a family history of gum disease, it is important to visit your hygienist so they can assess and identify early signs that treatment is required.
An essential part of any hygienist appointment is to make sure any previous dental work you have had done (such as an extraction, filling or dental implant) has healed properly and that there is no sign of infection. Your hygienist will examine the area around the treated tooth/teeth to make sure that previous treatment was successful and advise if any further corrective work is required.
If you would like to find out more about the importance of visiting a hygienist, or would like to book an appointment, please visit the Bath Street Dental Surgery website to find out more.