Why you need to see a Dental Hygienist?
Do your gums bleed when you brush your teeth? Do you ever feel like you have bad breath or an unpleasant taste in your mouth? These symptoms are indicators of gum disease.
The fact is that many people neglect their gums, and without healthy gums perfectly good teeth can be lost. It's not generally known that after 40 years of age, more teeth are lost through gum disease than through decay. These days most people intend to keep their natural teeth for life; however, without healthy gums, dentures (false teeth) are the likely long term eventuality. Duxton Dental is often asked the following questions about dental hygienists.
Q. What is a dental hygienist?
A. A dental hygienist is a dental professional who works together with the dentist and specializes in the detection and prevention of gum disease and tooth decay and the treatment of gum disease.
Q. What is the difference between a dentist and a dental hygienist?
A. A dental hygienist is employed by a dentist to maintain healthy gums and teeth in order to maintain an overall healthy mouth. Hygienists generally have 2-3 years university education in order to specialize only in the area of gum care. A dentist on the other hand does not receive the same training.
Q. Why do I need to see a dental hygienist?
A. If you are not regularly seeing a dental hygienist your gums will not be as healthy as they should be and you will have a build up of plaque (soft deposits) and tartar (hard deposits) on your teeth. A hygienist is a specialist in removing these deposits, maintaining healthy gums and educating you to maintain a good standard of dental health, so it is important you visit a hygienist on a regular basis.
Q. What will the dental hygienist do at my appointment?
A. At your hygiene appointment the hygienist will examine your teeth and gums for signs of disease and assess the severity of the disease. She will assess how much plaque and tartar you have on your teeth and under your gums. She will remove the tartar, as well as any stains and left over plaque that remains by polishing your teeth. When the deposits are completely removed, she will educate you on how to maintain healthy teeth and gums.
Gum disease and incorrect tooth brushing techniques can also lead to gum recession. Gum recession can cause painful sensitivity from exposed root surfaces. Regular visits to Duxton Dental's dental hygienist will prevent this by helping you maintain healthy gums and encouraging correct tooth brushing and flossing techniques. In addition to maintaining healthy gums, correct brushing and flossing techniques also reduce the occurrence of tooth decay and promotes general well being.
Often patients are aware that there is something wrong in their mouth but are unsure of what to do. This was the case with the lady that wrote the following letter:
"It had been a very long time between dental visits! So when my mouth became an absolute mess due to suspected gum disease my girlfriend referred me to Duxton Dental and their hygienist. The presentation of the practice and the friendliness of the staff impressed me. The hygienist and her chair-side assistant made my appointment as easy as possible with fun and gentle care. The results were immediate, the pain was gone and a week later I was back to my normal self and a lot more aware of my teeth and gums! I now have an ongoing maintenance programme." Keri Sutton
Another common cause of gum problems is pregnancy, as hormonal changes exaggerate any existing gum disease. A Duxton Dental patient recently wrote this letter about her experience:
"During my third pregnancy I noticed that my gums had deteriorated and were causing me great pain when brushing. After one visit to Duxton Dentals hygienist the difference was amazing. No more swollen gums, bleeding or pain when cleaning my teeth!" Amanda Cherry
Positive feed back like this and patients referring their friends to us is one of the greatest compliments Duxton Dental can receive. So whether you are having symptoms of gum disease or your goal is to maintain your gums and teeth in good health for life, the greatest advantage you can give yourself as far as achieving this is to book yourself in to see a dental hygienist and make dental hygiene a part of your lifestyle.