How often should you see a Hygienist
Did you know that the average person sees their dentist every other year? This is not enough for your oral health. You should be seeing your hygienist at least once every six months.
The job of dental professionals is to prevent and treat gum disease – which can lead to tooth loss and other serious complications if left untreated.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s time for an appointment with us: bleeding gums, bad breath, swollen or tender gums; red patches on the surface of the gums; sensitive teeth; loose teeth; persistent bad taste/smell from mouth even after brushing; or receding gum line.
What is the difference between a dental hygienist and a dentist?
A dentist would perform thorough examinations of each patient; diagnoses illnesses, abnormalities of structures in the mouth that could lead to diseases (like gingivitis) or provides treatment when necessary.
Dental hygienists focus primarily on the health of your teeth and gums. They can clean, examine for gum disease, teach you how to brush and floss more effectively, remove tartar build-up from beneath the gum line with scaler tools or other dental instruments, and put on fluoride treatments.
Dental hygiene emphasises the importance of brushing teeth and flossing regularly to prevent gum diseases and tooth decay – that is where its prevention aspect comes into play. Preventative care includes regular check-ups twice annually or as recommended by your dentist.
The importance of regular dental check-ups
Dental care may be one of the easiest ways to promote good health every day. Preventative dental visits can help reduce your risk for many different infections from the types of bacteria responsible for most gum and mouth infections around the world. In fact, periodontal disease (gum disease) is considered a risk factor for Type 2 diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and respiratory problems because it causes inflammation that contributes to plaque build-up in the body and infection elsewhere — often without any symptoms until serious damage is done. A routine dental visit helps identify these warning signs early on to detect issues before they become more serious.
Do I need to see a hygienist?
Yes, it’s recommended that you see a dental hygienist at least twice a year to do an “in-depth” cleaning. It takes just 15 minutes and will leave you with a healthier mouth for less than the cost of coffee.
The American Dental Association recommends regular teeth cleanings every six months because they remove plaque below the gum lines that your toothbrush can’t reach.
In fact, many studies have shown that people who receive professional teeth cleanings are four times more likely to avoid heart disease or stroke! Not only does it help keep you healthy now, but also as your body ages.
Getting professional teeth cleanings is one way to make sure our mouths stay in top shape into old age!
Why see a hygienist twice a year?
Dentists recommend that we go to see a hygienist twice yearly to keep our teeth and gums clean.
Routine dental examinations are used for diagnoses, prevention, and education because by knowing the state of your oral health, they will be able to troubleshoot any problems with your general health. Prevention is key in maintaining oral hygiene, which is why it’s so important for those who experience difficulty swallowing to have their tongues examined as well at each exam. Usually, other dental exams after correcting any previous issues or concerns can last from 15-30 minutes, depending on your medical history.
Seeing a hygienist twice a year is an important time to discuss changes in your mouth, hygiene habits and schedule, such as how often you clean your teeth or seek professional care.
Changes in our mouths are natural – we may have receding gum lines, food particles stuck between our teeth or plaque build-up on the surfaces of teeth. If left untreated for weeks or months at a time, these problems can cause decay (cavities) that can lead to tooth loss if not addressed by a dental professional with proper training and experience. Keep your smile healthy today! Go see your hygienist!
A list of benefits to seeing your Hygienist regularly.
A thorough cleaning session helps to remove the build-up of plaque and tartar above and below the gum line. It also breaks up the bacteria that cause bad breath. If we’re able to find cavities early enough, they can be prevented from progressing into much more serious problems that could lead to tooth extraction or a root canal treatment. Other benefits of seeing a hygienist are:
Lastly, regular professional cleanings allow you to catch any problem areas early on before they become problems! For example, if cavities begin forming between your teeth, those are easier and usually cheaper to fix when caught early on during routine visits!
What can I do in between dental visits to keep my mouth healthy?
The best advice I can give you is to brush at least twice a day, floss once a day (and if possible, use an electric toothbrush), eat a healthy diet, and drink enough water. Keeping your mouth clean will help remove the plaque build-up that causes diseases like gingivitis and periodontal disease. By keeping up on oral hygiene, the bacteria levels in your mouth will be kept low, which means less cavity-causing plaque in your teeth.
We hope this blog post has helped you learn the difference between a dental hygienist and a dentist, why regular check-ups are so important, how often to see your hygienist, and signs that it’s time for another visit. If any of these points have sparked your curiosity about what to expect from seeing your hygienist or if you’re wondering who should go first during an appointment – be sure to let us know in the comments below!