The benefits of seeing a dental hygienist
With the right advice and guidance, some oral diseases, and gum disease in particular are thought to be preventable.
We likewise know that if our dental health and wellness remains in good condition then we are most likely to have great general wellness also, as the two are very much connected.
The role of preventing dental disease from progressing is practised by dentists, however dental hygienists play the biggest role in prevention.
Dental hygienists are educated to inform as well as treat people, so they can help in the following ways:
- Provide dietary guidance
- Apply fluoride gels and sealants (if necessary)
- Teach correct toothbrush techniques
- Provide more thorough teeth cleaning
- Recommend any interdental cleaning methods
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Gum disease can lead to tooth loss
It is very important to keep your gums healthy, as they help to anchor the teeth in the jaw; looking after your gums is just as important as looking after your teeth. Red and swollen gums that bleed when you brush them could be a sign of gum disease, also known as gingivitis.
When gingivitis is left untreated it can develop further into a type of infection known as periodontitis, which affects the entire area surrounding the tooth. Eventually this kind of infection can lead to tooth loss and may require invasive procedures to replace the missing tooth. If untreated, periodontitis will lead to tooth loss.
It is recommended that you visit the dentist and dental hygienist at least every six months, and more often if you have problems with your teeth or gums.
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