You may refer to your dental hygiene appointments as “just a cleaning.” The truth is, there is so much more than just teeth cleaning that occurs during these visits. Your “cleaning” appointment is really an oral health appointment that treats and prevents disease.
Good oral health is a collaborative and continuous effort. Seeing your dental hygienist and keeping up with your home care routine is the key to optimal oral health.
A healthy mouth is a healthy body.
Periodontal disease has been linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and some cancers. Your dental hygienist performs several assessments to check for periodontal and gum diseases.
Hygienist clean your teeth with a combination of hand and ultrasonic instruments. Your hygienist will disrupt and remove harmful bacteria above and below the gums that contributes to tooth decay and gum disease.
Have you ever felt overwhelmed at a drug store when looking at the dental section?
Your dental hygienist will educate on your oral health, make a recommendation on areas that require attention within your mouth, and suggest dental products related to your specific needs.
Dental polishing removing surface staining and makes the tooth shinny and smooth.
Fluoride is a mineral that helps prevent cavities and can repair teeth in the very early, microscopic stages of the disease. Fluoride is administered in the dental office by: Varnish, gel or a rinse. Your hygienist will recommend fluoride based on your specific needs.
If you have deep grooves in your teeth and you constantly feel food getting stuck on the surface of your teeth. Your hygienist will assess the tooth and recommend sealants if your toothbrush cannot clean the grooves properly.
Oral cancer screening may be the best way to detect oral cancer early. Dental hygienists screen for oral cancer as part of every dental hygiene appointment, regardless of age, and educate clients about risk factors and how to detect potential problems.