Dental hygienists play a vital role in dental health care and are mainly concerned with the health of your mouth.
They are trained to provide oral health care to patients.
Hygiene cleaning and checkup will help to improve your dental health. A healthy and clean mouth gives you a fresh breath and will help to improve your confidence. Dental Hygienists are also trained to recognise other dental conditions and refer to other health care professional if there are symptoms of other diseases .
Apart from other clinical responsibilities, Dental Hygienists also promote oral healthcare in patients by motivating and encouraging them to practice a healthy dental regime along with providing diet advice.
The following are the areas where dental hygienist provide help:
1) Prevention – Gum recession is a process when your gum tissue starts to pull back, exposing tooth root. Gum recession is a common dental problem. Most people don’t know they have gum recession because it occurs gradually. It causes pockets or gaps between the teeth and gum line, making it easy for disease-causing bacteria to build up. Other gum disease includes bleeding gums, painful gums, bad breath, and loose teeth. Gum disease can be stopped, treated and even reversed if caught in its early stages. Your hygienist will not only treat and prevent gum disease, but will coach you to prevent it yourself at home with a better oral hygiene regime.
2 ) No More Bad Breath – Bad breath or halitosis is usually caused by dental problem. It can also be made worse by the types of foods you eat and other unhealthy lifestyle habits. Bad breath is a very common reason for people seeking dental care. The odour can be released by bacteria from under the gum line, which only a dental professional can clean. A regular appointment with dental hygienist helps to clear the Tatar and bacteria from teeth, reducing the embarrassment of bad breath.
3) A Beautiful Smile – Brushing alone cannot make your teeth stainless. These stains are often the result of tea, coffee, tobacco, red wine or other dietary factors. Your hygienist has many ways of removing these stains to restore your teeth to their natural whiteness.
4) No More Bleeding Gums – Bleeding gums or seeing blood when you spit after brushing is a sign of gum inflammation. This can be an early sign of gum disease. If caught early by your hygienist, it is usually reversible. Your hygienist knows all the secrets to prevent gum bleeding by thoroughly cleaning hard deposits off your teeth and around your gums, then showing you how to prevent it from building up in the future.
5) Detection of Oral Cancer – Mouth cancer can happen anywhere in the mouth- on the tongue, lips, inside the cheeks, tonsils, gums and salivary glands. When you have a dental hygiene appointment, our professional hygienist will also screen you for oral cancer. Oral cancer is highly curable if detected early. Your hygienist will give you advice on risk factors for oral cancer and how to reduce them. Risk factors include smoking, alcohol and infection with Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).
At Highgate dental practice we offer hygienist appointments for regular check-ups. You can book your appointment by calling us on 0208 341 1555 or visit our website http://www.highgatedentalcentre.co.uk/ to book online.