A fully qualified hygienist to thoroughly examine your gums and soft tissues of your mouth
While our dentists can help keep your teeth healthy through regular check-ups and repair work, to really keep your mouth clean you should book regular appointments with a dental hygienist.
A hygienist is specially trained to clean and care for your teeth and gums to help you maintain great oral health and can also offer advice on how you can improve your dental hygiene at home.
Contact us today to book an appointment with one of our friendly hygienist and experience the benefit of cleaner teeth and a healthier mouth.
What does a dental hygienist do?
At Dental Solutions, you will receive care from a university qualified dental hygienist, who will examine your gums and soft tissues of your mouth, identifying any areas of concern.
Any plaque and tartar from around your teeth and under the gumline will be gently and meticulously removed, and any surface staining on your teeth will be polished off. You’ll then be shown how to brush and floss effectively so that you can manage and improve your own dental hygiene at home.
Contact our friendly dental hygienist today to find out more.
Why are healthy gums important for dental hygiene?
Research shows that the health of the mouth reflects your oral health and the overall health of the body. Conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and various cancers have been linked to gum disease. By reducing the bad bacteria in the mouth we can reduce the bacterial load in the bloodstream. This helps the immune system to concentrate its efforts on keeping the body healthy.
The good news is that regular treatment with your hygienist and dentist can help.
What is periodontal (gum) disease?
Plaque and tartar are the primary factors leading to the development and progression of gum disease (periodontal disease). Bacteria in the plaque produce toxins which irritate and infect the gum tissue causing inflammation.
Early gum disease (gingivitis) is a relatively mild infection of the gums.
- Gums that bleed when you floss or brush
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Bad breath
Severe gum disease (periodontitis) is a chronic infection of the gums and bone that is anchoring the teeth into your jaw. This often results in tooth loss. Signs include:
- All symptoms of gingivitis
- Gums receding away from the teeth
- Pus from under the gums
- A bad taste in your mouth
- Teeth that are tender to bite on
- Loose teeth
- Bad breath
How often should I visit the dental hygienist?
How often you need to visit the hygienist depends on how healthy your teeth and gums are. If you have good dental hygiene and your teeth are strong and healthy you should still book an appointment twice a year. Dental Solution’s very own dentists visit the hygienist twice yearly!
If you have previously had a tooth filling or you are suffering with gum disease, then you should book more regular appointments. Our hygienist will offer you advice on how often you should attend and what you can do at home to help make your teeth and gums healthier.
However clean your feel your teeth are, contact us today to have them assessed by our qualified hygienist and take the first step towards improved health.