Why is Dental Hygiene important?
- Build up of bad bacteria is one of the primary reasons for developing cavities and gum issues which are the biggest causes of tooth loss in adults.
- This emphasises the importance of maintaining a good oral hygiene routine.
- If gum disease is left untreated, it can lead to sore, swollen and bleeding gums, not to mention bad breath. Your overall health is also affected by your oral health, with gum disease being linked to heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
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What does the Hygienist do?
Hygienists are oral health professionals who are responsible for preventing and treating oral diseases. They perform an overall assessment of your oral health and hygiene:
- Record indices, recognise and monitor disease
- Disturb the bacterial flora in your mouth by performing scaling and deep cleaning and therefore reduce the number of harmful bacteria which could potentially cause cavities and gum disease
- Monitor gum disease by using current indices
- Monitor plaque levels in your mouth and provide oral hygiene advice
- Develop a home care plan for individual patients to maintain oral health
- Provide a prophylaxis which will include finishing and polishing restorations
- Perform non-surgical gum therapy including scaling, comprehensive root surface debridement which may involve the use of local anesthetic
- Give specific preventative advice including: nutritional guidance, smoking cessation etc
- Provide dental health education on a one-to-one basis or in a group situation
- Administer local anesthetic.