Most people are used to visiting their dentists every six months or so for their regular check-up. However, many will not even think about booking an appointment to see a dental hygienist unless their dentist suggests this as an option to deal with any dental issues they may be experiencing.
Despite what a lot of people think, you don’t need to get your dentist to refer you to a dental hygienist. You can book an appointment directly with them through your dental practice reception, just as you would book a routine check up with your dentist.
How can a dental hygienist help me?
Dental hygienists are specially trained to take care of your oral health, and they can also help you and your family to prevent many dental problems through education. Dental hygienists appointments will often take longer than your average dental check up done by your dentist. This will allow more time for the hygienist to talk with you, explain treatments, offer advice and answer your questions.
As gum disease is one of the leading causes for tooth loss in adults and senior citizens, your dental hygienist can offer a very supportive service. Gum disease is largely preventable, so by visiting a hygienist regularly, you can receive regular treatments to remove the plaque and calculus build-up that causes this disease. Your dental hygienist uses specialist cleaning equipment that removes this build-up far more effectively than you could ever do yourself at home with a toothbrush.
Your hygienist will also be able to explain any trouble areas that are present in your mouth, such as crowded teeth where food particles are prone to get stuck behind, and areas that need special attention with careful brushing or flossing.
Medical research has shown a link between poor oral health and other negative health issues. Many people don’t realise that there is a strong link between gum disease and heart disease, as well as with pregnancy complications and diabetes. Ongoing research is still uncovering new links even today.
But it’s not just your teeth and gums that your dental hygienist can help keep healthy! Hygienists are also trained to approach your health in a holistic manner, meaning they are qualified to offer you a whole range of diet and lifestyle advice to help you improve your overall health. Working together with your dental hygienist in this way can help you to prevent many issues, such as gum disease, tooth decay and oral cancer.
Confidence boosting effects
Having regular appointments with a dental hygienist can also give your mental health a positive boost. Having a clean and healthy mouth can give you the confidence to smile. A healthy smile can improve your appearance and feeling of well-being so that you can be relaxed and confident in the company of others. There will be no anxieties or worries about having to hide your smile away or take the attention away from yourself. You can let your personality shine through.
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*I don’t give medical advice, these are just thoughts and opinions. Please seek proper medical care if you have a problem*