Most people know that they should brush and floss their teeth daily to maintain good oral hygiene, so why do we need to see a dental hygienist? Well, it’s simple really: there are areas in our mouths that we can’t see or reach, so there will always be areas needing professional attention.
A bacterial film known as plaque builds up continuously in our mouths due to the bacteria that live there 24/7. The purpose of brushing is to remove this plaque. If we miss some areas, the minerals in the saliva calcify the plaque and the result is something called calculus.
The area in which we most commonly see calculus is around the lower front teeth, where it presents as a yellow/cream-coloured build-up. But calculus does not discriminate: it can form on all teeth, above and below the gums. You can’t remove calculus with your toothbrush or floss, which is why you need to see a dental professional. They have the skills and equipment to remove calculus successfully.
What is the difference between a dentist and a hygienist when it comes to cleaning teeth? There really isn’t a difference, as both have been trained at university to do this. At Smile Solutions, the cleaning treatment is usually completed by hygienist so that your dentist can focus on looking after your preventive and restorative needs. Our multidisciplinary approach allows multiple members of the dental team to be working with you to achieve the best result for you.
We recommend that you see a dental hygienist for routine cleaning appointments every 6 months. Apart from maintaining optimum oral hygiene, this will prevent any gum disease and allow us to check for decay or other oral diseases.
For your next dental hygiene appointment call our friendly team at Smile Solutions on 13 13 96.