Dental hygienists are responsible for helping patients maintain their oral health by providing preventive dental health measures, treating gum disease and promoting good oral health practice. A hygienist carries out detailed measurements to assess the health of the supporting bone and gum around the teeth. They carry out treatment direct to patients or under prescription from a dentist. A Hygienist will look after your preventive care, cleaning and oral hygiene need, this includes performing professional cleaning of your teeth by removing plaque and calculus, assessment of your gum health and provide you with helpful oral hygiene information to slow the progress of gum disease, if present.
Gum disease can have an impact on your general health, severe forms of untreated gum disease can increase the risk of developing heart disease. This condition can also make it harder to control or increase complications of diabetes. A regular professional clean from the hygienist will make it easier for you to maintain a healthy mouth in between visits and help prevent dental diseases. Depending on your good oral hygiene habits it is usually advised to see the hygienist at least twice a year. Some patients might be more susceptible to gum disease which will require more visits to the hygienist.
Combining regular hygienist appointments with your own home care is the best way to maintain a healthy mouth, keep your teeth strong and give you fresher breath. Neglecting your gums can lead to poor gum health, which can lead to tooth loss and other systemic problems.
Booking hygienist appointments for your children will help their teeth stay clean and help to educate them on the best way to brush. A great way to reduce tooth decay is to limit the amount of sugar in your diet, as well as the amount of times you eat throughout the day.
Periodontal disease is commonly called gum disease. It refers to the process whereby the structures that hold your teeth in place are gradually lost due a disease process caused by the interaction of the body’s own immune system and plaque bacteria on the teeth. Periodontal disease can happen slowly over time or in certain individuals it can happen very quickly. The end result of gum disease is loose teeth which can become infected and painful or even fall out. Factors which can make you more likely to experience gum disease are smoking, poor oral hygiene or diabetes, however it can also happen it individuals who have none of these risk factors.
Gum disease is triggered by plaque bacteria on the teeth therefore if you can keep your teeth and gums clear of plaque then you should not be affected by gum disease. The best way to do this is by brushing two times daily for two minutes followed by cleaning in between your teeth with floss or inter-dental cleaning brushes or aids. Brushing your teeth with a manual or electric toothbrush only cleans two thirds of the surface area. Gum disease generally starts in between teeth where cleaning has not been adequate.
You should also see your dentist every 6 months for a checkup where he will check your gums. If they feel there is plaque or calculus (this is the name for plaque which has calcified onto the teeth) then they may recommend a scale and polish. Patients who exhibit signs of gum disease or build up on their teeth will be encouraged to see the hygienist. Some patients may only see the hygienist every six months whilst others may benefit from attending every three months.
Stopping smoking is essential for the successful treatment of gum disease.
HYGIENIST, GDC – 247625
Matia completed her dual qualification in Dental Hygiene and Therapy from King’s College Hospital. Her passion is providing the most up to date high quality care to all her patients, ensuring that their full oral health care is individually tailored to their needs, using the most up to date evidence based dentistry.
Matia will look after your preventative care which includes performing professional cleaning of your teeth and providing you with helpful oral hygiene information to maintain healthy gums and teeth between visits. She has worked in a variety of clinical environments, prior to becoming a Dental Hygienist and Therapist, Matia was a practising Qualified Dental Nurse for six years.
Determined to push forward in her career she then progressed to becoming an Oral Health Promoter, which involved travelling to schools and other institutes to deliver oral health advice to groups of all ages which she greatly enjoyed.Read More