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Dental Hygiene

Whilst there is plenty you can do at home to prevent tooth decay and keep you smile dazzling, a visit to the dentist for a professional clean is recommended at least twice a year. In between visits to your dental hygienist, it’s important to maintain good practice when it comes to taking care of your teeth. 
Plaque is a problem we all have to deal with, but it doesn’t have to become a big issue with daily brushing and flossing. Limiting sugary snacks and taking in vitamins and minerals are other good ways you can prevent the yellow build up from ruining your teeth. Sometimes plaque and tartar can hide between the teeth as well; the best way to deal with this is to floss regularly – at least once a day,

As professionals recommend, it’s best to attend an appointment with a dental hygienist once every six months for a thorough clean, this will help remove any build up that you can’t reach yourself, and you might pick up some advice on how to improve your oral hygiene routine. A dental hygiene appointment begins with an overall assessment of the patient’s condition, mainly by examining their mouth, but in some cases by referring to their medical history to see what progress has been made. The hygienist will then decide on what treatment is necessary and plan what procedures should be undertaken. This could be as little as a good clean, but could progress to a recommendation to the dentist, if they are not qualified to carry out more invasive treatment. Put simply, it is the dentist’s job to deal with tooth and gum conditions that may arise, whereas the hygienist is employed at an earlier stage to stop these problems from occurring. If a patient hasn’t visited the surgery for a long time, it’s not usually possible for the hygienist to clean up the problems unaided, more often than not, several different procedures are carried out before a deep cleanse can be performed.

Typically, a treatment for dental hygiene means simple procedures such as scaling and polishing teeth – which helps prevent gum disease, applying sealants and temporary coats, and removing plaque. Other duties include; applying antibacterial agents – which fight against decay, administering local anaesthetic with a dentist’s approval, and taking the occasional x-ray. Whilst their responsibilities may not stretch to those of a qualified dental nurse, the advice and information given by a dental hygienist is very valuable. If you’re not sure how to go about maintaining good oral cleanliness, it’s worth your while taking some pointers from your hygienist. They are well versed in the anatomy of the human mouth, as well as diet and nutrition, dental radiography, orthodontics, and the prevention of oral diseases. The main aim with dental hygiene is to equip the patient with the best knowledge to keep themselves disease free and aware of the issues that can occur with a lax oral hygiene routine, in order to prevent them suffering problems down the line.