The Benefits of Seeing a Dental Hygienist

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Dental hygienists are specially trained to look after all aspects of oral health and play a big educational role to help prevent dental problems. Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults but is largely preventable. Visiting a hygienist regularly can help to prevent and treat gum disease by removing plaque and calculus with professional cleaning as well as teaching you techniques at home to maintain a clean mouth.

Research shows that poor oral health can have a negative effect on the whole body with recent studies showing links between gum disease and heart disease, diabetes and pregnancy complications, with more links being discovered to other diseases.

Hygienists are also trained holistically to give diet and lifestyle advice to prevent tooth decay, oral cancer and tooth wear.

Overall a clean and healthy mouth can help improve your appearance, confidence and most importantly your health. With new direct access rules, you can visit a hygienist without first having to see a dentist, so why not contact us today to see if we can help.

Do You Need to Floss?

The simple answer to this question is no – but you do need to clean between your teeth.

Cleaning between your teeth is vital. Plaque and bits of food can easily get stuck in the gaps between your teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach, and can lead to tooth decay or gum disease if not removed.

Flossing is one way that you can do this effectively at home, but it’s certainly not the only method available. If dental floss isn’t for you, try switching to dental tape, which can be easier to manipulate. Ask our dentists or hygienist to show you the correct technique. Alternatively, you can try using interdental brushes or an air or water flosser.

We recommend cleaning between your teeth at least once a day, either in the morning or preferably before you go to bed.

If your gums bleed or feel sensitive when you clean between your teeth, don’t be tempted to stop doing it. Regular flossing can actually improve your gum health, and with perseverance and correct technique, any bleeding should soon stop. If bleeding continues after routine cleaning for more than a couple of weeks, speak to us as soon as possible.

Once you’ve got the hang of it, cleaning between your teeth is easy, and can go a long way towards preventing future dental problems and gum disease.