There is now increasing evidence of a link between gum disease and general health which includes heart disease, strokes, Alzheimer’s, kidney disease and diabetes.
Dental hygienists are experts in teaching you how to look after your teeth and gums. They can discuss your diet, suggest ways to improve and maintain your oral health, and advise you on smoking cessation, a habit which has been proven to be very damaging to teeth and gums.
What is the role of a Dental Hygienist?
- Removal of calculus (tartar) from teeth. This is a technique called scaling and polishing, and is achieved using hand instruments and ultrasonic.
- Treatment of gum disease (gingivitis or periodontal disease). This is caused by plaque, which is a sticky biofilm of bacteria. If left untreated, the gums can bleed and swell and it ultimately results in tooth loss.
- Teaching good oral hygiene techniques, individually tailored to the patient’s needs.
- Leaves you with a clean, fresh feeling
- Can help prevent bad breath
- Regular visits help keep your teeth and gums healthy
- Prevents gum disease getting worse
- Educates you on effectively looking after your teeth and gums at home