Dentists rely on highly trained dental hygienists to provide a crucial aspect of patient care – maintaining oral hygiene. Hygienists are also concerned with preventive measures so educate patients in the benefits of keeping teeth and gums clean. Apart from your teeth, unhealthy gums are often a cause of tooth decay and other diseases of the mouth.

The essential daily duties of the hygienist in the dental practice include giving patients a thorough and professional teeth cleaning. This is sometimes referred to as ’scaling and polishing’ and will involve the removal of plaque from teeth surfaces and the gum area around the roots. A hygienist will also explain to patients the best way to counter plaque build-up through regular brushing, and highlight the need to employ techniques, such as flossing and the use of interdental tools

As your food intake plays such a vital part in oral health, the hygienist will provide advice about the effects of excess sugar. Above all, they will give an in-depth and all-around picture of the optimum methods of combating tooth decay.

What are the results of good dental hygiene?

  • Clean and debris-free teeth.
  • Pink gums that do not hurt or bleed while brushing or flossing.
  • A mouth free from regular episodes of bad breath.
  • Prevent the formation of plaque,  the sticky film of bacteria that forms on the hard surfaces of teeth. 
  • Improve the quality of life by preserving speech and eating functions, teeth will last longer, prevents bad breath.

 

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