Did you know that a dental hygienist can do a lot more than just scale and polish your teeth? Hygienists are specially trained professionals who are able to prevent and treat gum disease as well as provide dental advice based on your dental hygiene. In this blog, we’ll take a look at the 7 reasons why you should book in a regular visit to your dental hygienist as well as your dentist.
1. Stop bleeding gums
Bleeding gums are often a sign of inflamed gums and could be an early sign of gum disease. Your hygienist can help remove the deposits of hard plaque from your teeth and gums and showing you the correct way to brush your teeth to stop this from reoccurring.
2. Prevent bad breath
Do you suffer from bad breath which no amount of brushing or mouth washing seems to be able to cure? Bad breath is primarily caused by pockets of bacteria under your gumline which only a professional hygienist will be able to remove. Not only can a dental hygienist help cure your bad breath, but they can help restore your confidence.
3. Get a whiter smile
It’s no secret that over time your teeth become stained from the foods you eat and the beverages you drink. And while there are many kinds of toothpaste on the market that can help, none of these is as effective as a visit to the hygienist.
4. Spot signs of cancer
During your appointment with your hygienist they will carry out a full examination of your mouth and one of the things they will do is screen you for oral cancer. The good news is that most types of oral cancer are highly treatable with early detection. Your hygienist will also be able to advise you on how to reduce your risk factors of developing oral cancer e.g. smoking and alcohol.
5. Prevent tooth loss
Gum disease is one of the biggest causes for adults when it comes to tooth loss. Your hygienist will work with you to keep your gums in perfect condition and stop your teeth from becoming loose, painful and infected.
6. Give your teeth a thorough clean
Even if you have the best oral health routine you will still benefit from a trip to the hygienist. They will be able to give your teeth a deep clean and reach all those places where toothbrushes just can’t get to. With extensive training and the right tools, they can remove hidden tartar and plaque leaving your teeth noticeably cleaner.
7. Improve sensitivity
There are many reasons for a sudden increase in tooth sensitivity, but your hygienist will be able to get to the root of the problem. From gum recession to tooth wear from acidic fruit, a trip to the hygienist will help reduce tooth sensitivity and provide diet advice and brushing tips to help keep your teeth in the best health possible.