Most people understand that regular dental check-ups are important to help keep their mouth healthy but very few think that a visit to a dental hygienist is beneficial. In this article, we’ll take a look at the reasons why you should be visiting a dental hygienist as part of your dental hygiene routine and why it is beneficial.
Preventing bad breath
As their name suggests, a dental hygienist can help you improve your dental hygiene and give you advice, guidance and support for helping you improve your dental care. With an estimated 1 in 4 people suffering from bad breath on a regular basis, halitosis is something your dental hygienist can help you conquer. Bad breath is normally caused by a build-up of bacteria under the gum line, meaning it can be hard to get rid of without the right tools and knowledge.
A dental hygienist will help find the cause of your halitosis and through routine visits help to rid you of your bad breath while providing you with the tools you need to keep it at bay.
Whiter teeth are often seen as a sign of great dental hygiene. Tobacco, red wine, coffee, tea and our daily food choices can all cause staining of our teeth which brushing alone won’t be able to remove. Regular visits to your dental hygienist can help remove this staining with a professional scale and polish that won’t damage your teeth, unlike some whitening toothpaste.
Early problem detection
Your dental hygienist is trained to spot problems that could affect your oral health. As well as keeping your teeth clean, your hygienist will also monitor your teeth and gums looking out for signs of any potential problems. From loose fillings and fractures to the early signs of gum problems or decay. Dental problems are generally much easier and cheaper to treat when they are caught in the early stages so frequent hygienist appointments can help improve your overall dental health.
Did you know that the biggest cause of tooth loss in adults is gum disease? The health of our gums is an important part of good oral hygiene and one that most people are unaware of. Flossing and brushing regularly can help prevent gum disease but even the most comprehensive dental health routine it is still possible to suffer from gum problems. Common signs that you may have a problem that needs a hygienist visit include blood after brushing or flossing, bad breath or sore gums.
Using special tools, a hygienist will reach parts of your mouth and gums that you won’t be able to clean yourself. As well as helping to clean your mouth more thoroughly, a dental hygienist will also provide guidance on how to professionally clean your teeth and gums.
Boost in confidence
There’s nothing like the feeling of a clean mouth. Following a visit to your hygienist, your teeth will be visibly whiter and will feel much smoother in your mouth. This can help give you a real confidence boost and make you want to show off your smile. Whether just talking with people, laughing or smiling you’ll be more confident that you have a healthy, clean mouth.