Back in the old days, the rule used to be that you first had to visit a dentist, before you could be referred to a dental hygienist. However, things have luckily changed, and visiting your local dental hygienist is now easier than ever.
Our skilled team of professionals at Welling Dental has a friendly dental hygienist prepared to put you at ease, and ensure that everything is in proper working order inside your mouth.
It’s important that you visit your dental hygienist regularly, to keep disease at bay, and ensure everything is as it should be.
So how often should you visit a dental hygienist?
A dental hygienist needs you to schedule regular appointments, if they’re to make a worthwhile difference in your overall state of health. While the exact frequency of appointments will depend on your particular oral condition, a good rule of thumb is that you should visit your dental hygienist about once every six months, like you would a dentist, to make sure everything’s alright.
What are the benefits of a dental hygiene appointment?
One of the most well-known functions that a visit to the dental hygienist will fulfil is the professional teeth clean, also known as the scale and polish. And sure, you might be thinking to yourself, why would I need professional teeth cleaning when I can do that at home?
Well, that’s where you’re wrong. While it’s very important that you maintain a thorough oral health routine at home, it’s not usually enough to keep your teeth in the condition they need to be in, to thrive.
A professional tooth cleaning will get rid of the accumulation of tartar and plaque, the two leading causes of tooth decay that you can’t get rid of with a simple brush and floss.
What’s more, a professional dental hygienist will also teach you about better oral health practices, since it’s often not enough to just own a toothbrush and some Colgate. They will be able to educate you on the different types of brushes available, as well as advise you about buying a professional cleaning solution, or paste. They will also offer various tips on better health, through changing up your diet, and managing your nutrient intake. After all, there is a clear connection between what we eat and the state of our teeth, and more often than not, we fail to consider that when making alterations to our diet. Luckily, that’s what a dental hygienist is for – to keep such details in mind!
A dental hygienist will also clean your teeth, thus removing any stains from tobacco, alcohol or caffeine that may be blighting your smile, and weakening your self-confidence. In other words, the dental hygienist will look out for the overall beauty of your smile, both from the inside and out. This is why it’s important to keep regular dental hygiene appointments, and why we at Welling Dental recommend that you schedule your next appointment today.