The hygienist is a very important member of the dental team.
She is a specially trained professional whose role is to aid the prevention of dental disease. Her role involves the treatment and prevention of gum disease (Periodontal disease) and the prevention of cavities in adults and children.
One of her main roles is in the maintenance of healthy gums in individuals who have had periodontal problems in the past.
She can also place fissure sealants in the biting surfaces of back teeth in children to help prevent decay in newly erupted teeth.
She is a great help when it comes to changing brushing habits.
Patients are encouraged to use interproximal brushes, electric brushes and other aids to help improve gum health.
Gum disease describes swelling, soreness or infection of the tissues supporting the teeth. There are two main forms of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontal disease.
Sealants are a safe and painless way or protecting your children’s teeth from decay. A sealant is a protective plastic coating, which is applied to the biting surfaces of the back teeth. The sealant forms a hard shield that keeps food and bacteria from getting into the tiny grooves in the teeth and causing decay.
Flossing removes plaque and food particles from between your teeth and under the gumline, areas a toothbrush can’t reach. Your dentist or hygienist can show you proper flossing techniques.
Over the course of a day, food and debris get lodged in between your teeth, and in any gaps you may have. If left, this debris can cause dental decay and gum disease. Removing food debris with an interdental brush will help keep your breath fresh. Cleaning in between your teeth makes sure that you are cleaning your mouth as thoroughly as possible.
Tongue cleansing is a quick and efficient way to help achieve and sustain a healthy, fresh mouth.
Recent scientific evidence has validated the need to practise regular tongue cleansing to help reduce harmful bacteria in the mouth.