Did you know that bacteria can build up beneath your gums, out of reach of your toothbrush and floss? Left alone, this bacteria can form into a hard mineral covering around the teeth and gums called calculus. Bacteria and calculus create a bad smell and taste in the mouth. This build-up in bacteria can lead to gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontist, which left untreated can cause you to lose teeth. It is important to be seen by a hygienist regularly (at least every 6-12 months) to keep on top of your oral health, alongside regular brushing and flossing.
Why see a dental hygienist?
What does a dental hygienist do?
Dental hygienists focus on the health of your gums and your at-home dental care. They use specialised tools to clean away bacteria and calculus build-up around the teeth and under the gums. Dental hygienists take a preventative approach, instructing you on changes to make to your lifestyle and at-home dental care to improve or maintain dental health. This can include taking measurements of your gums and consulting with you on your daily habits. Think of seeing the dental hygienist like servicing your car: when done regularly it can help prevent problems from occurring and helps keep everything in working order.