Updated: Mar 18
If you’ve ever been tempted to skip your six monthly dental hygienist visits, read on. There’s a range of very good reasons to maintain regular appointments. Everything from improving your own dental maintenance to preserving your teeth and maintaining good overall health is grounded in good oral care.
Dental hygienists are specialists trained to work as part of a dental team. At Cambridge Dental our hygienist plays an important role in preventative dental health and treating gum disease. However, it’s very rare to feel the effects of poor oral care until it’s too late. So let’s outline specifically why visiting a hygienist can dramatically improve your dental health and wellbeing.
1. Retain all your teeth by preventing gum disease
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the Western world. Regular trips to the hygienist will keep gum disease and subsequent bone loss at bay by removing deposits of hard plaque from teeth and gums. Gum disease is highly preventable but in its early stages there is no pain, no obvious bleeding and the teeth are not loose yet. So it’s only with regular maintenance that you’ll know you’re on top of it.
2. Prevent other serious disease
Poor dental hygiene can lead to more serious health problems including heart disease, diabetes and respiratory difficulties. By maintaining healthy teeth and gums you’ll help keep your whole system healthy and disease free. Maintaining healthy teeth and gums is a lifelong commitment to overall good health.
3. Instill a good daily dental routine
Prevention is always better than cure. A trip to a hygienist will reveal whether you're treating your teeth as well as you can and how you can do better. Advice on everything from the right toothbrush, to flossing techniques will be covered. This will ensure you’re maintaining good oral health in between visits to your dental hygienist.
4. Prevent bad breath
Bacteria trapped between teeth or below the gum line can contribute to bad breath. A visit to the hygienist can eradicate this and also provide techniques for effective brushing to reduce bacteria buildup on the teeth, gums and tongue.
5. Remove stains for whiter healthier looking teeth
There’s an obvious aesthetic aspect to a healthy mouth. You’ll want to keep all of your teeth looking healthy and white as much as possible. A hygienist will remove stains built up over time from coffee, tea and wine so that you keep a healthy looking smile.
6. Save money in the long run
Yes that’s right. Money spent on regular appointments with a dental hygienist will save you on dental costs in the long run. The cost of replacing a lost tooth is substantial, not to mention the discomfort of treatment. If you want to keep your teeth for life, you’ll need to invest in them.
7. Advice on diet
A poor diet can contribute to gum disease and tooth decay. Food high in sugar and starch increases the production of acids that can erode and weaken the tooth’s outer layer of enamel. Eventually, these acids can cause tooth decay. Your dental hygienist will be able to give you expert advice regarding good nutrition and the impact that a poor diet can have on oral health.
8. Regular professional monitoring
As noted above, there are often no obvious signs to a patient that they have gum disease until it’s too late. Regular monitoring by a hygienist is the only way to detect it.
It’s clear that preventative care through regular hygienist visits is an important factor in maintaining good oral health. Our dental hygienists are specifically trained to recognise and manage gum disease and other oral health issues.
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