We often make resolutions at the start of the year that relate to our physical health and fitness, but what about our oral health? As we pass the half-way mark through the year we thought this was the perfect opportunity to checkin and talk about the benefits of regular hygiene visits.
So, what is a Dental Hygienist?
A Hygienist’s role in a dental team predominately involves:
- Providing our patients with the best oral health information
- Applying preventive methods to support total dental health and the control of oral disease
A qualified Hygienist’s role focuses on the age-old belief that prevention is better than cure, and they work closely with your dentist to provide a holistic approach to your oral health. A visit may involve:
- An in-chair deep clean and scale
- An oral examination of the oral supporting structure, including a review of gum, tongue and tissue health
- Checking the condition of any existing dental work, such as fillings or crowns
- Checking your bite
- Administering fluoride therapy
- Taking X-rays
- Taking mouth impressions for mouth guards, retainers, crowns or invisalign.
Why regular dental hygiene visits are so important
In the interest of maintaining healthy and happy teeth and gums, we recommend that our patients visit us twice per calendar year for a dental checkup and clean. ‘Why?’ you may ask. Here’s just some of the benefits:
- Reduced risk of cavities and gum disease
- Keeps plaque buildup at bay
- Prevents halitosis (bad breath)
- Treat and repair gum recession and prevent further damage
- Control of bacterial build up
- Avoid tooth loss
At Mills Road your Dental Hygienist will help educate you on the benefits of maintaining your dental hygiene, and will take the time to work with you to assess your unique dental needs.
Most complications with teeth and gums can be avoided when spotted early, and will spare you from costly procedures.
This blog page has been fact-checked by Dentist Dr Aran Moorthy.