What can Dental Hygienist do for you?
Think of them as trainers for your gums, they will offer you advice and knowledge on how best to look after your gums, professionally cleaning your teeth by removing plaque and tartar (usually called a ‘scale and polish’). However, perhaps their most important role is showing you the best way to keep your teeth free of plaque. The hygienist will work with your dental team to give you the care that is tailored to your needs.
Although genetics play a certain role in whether or not you get cavities, regular brushing and preventative dental care help keep your teeth and gums healthy.
To make sure you’re doing all you can, follow a few basic rules:
- Eat healthy and avoid sugary snacks
- Don’t use tobacco products
- Rinse your mouth out after meals or chew sugar-free gum
- Brush at least twice a day
- Floss your teeth
- Visit dentist regularly
The health of your teeth influence your overall health.
Poor oral hygiene can lead to health problems, including:
- - Oral and facial pain:This pain may be largely due to infection of the gums that support the teeth and can lead to tooth loss. Gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease. Periodontitis, which is more severe, can occur when gingivitis is left untreated and can result in major, irreversible damage to the soft tissue and bone structure of the teeth.
- - Problems with the heart and other major organs:Mouth infections can affect major organs. The heart and heart valves can become inflamed by bacterial endocarditis, a condition that affects people with heart disease or anyone with damaged heart tissue.
- - Digestion problems:Digestion begins with physical and chemical processes in the mouth, and problems here can lead to intestinal failure, irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive disorders.
You should see your dentist if you experience pain, bleeding gums, swelling, both inside and outside the mouth, tenderness, blisters and ulcers that don’t heal, or noticeable changes in colour or texture of the soft tissues. These could all be indications of a serious, or potentially serious condition, such as mouth cancer or chronic gum disease.
A dental hygienist can help you navigate the journey to a healthy oral life, after all prevention is always better than a cure!