How does a dental hygienist help

To put it simply, there are areas in our mouth that we alone cannot reach with our toothbrush and floss. Whilst this doesn’t mean you’re not practicing good oral hygiene, it is still important to see a professional to get these hard to reach areas looked after.

When we miss plaque during teeth brushing, the plaque calcifies and results in calculus. This is most commonly seen around the lower front teeth and it cannot be removed with a regular toothbrush or floss. This is the main reason you should see a dental hygienist every 6 months in order to get this removed successfully.

Whilst a dentist and dental hygienist are both trained in cleaning, a hygienist specialises in doing so, so your dentist has more time to focus on looking after your preventative and restorative needs. Seeing a dental hygienist regularly will prevent the risk of gum disease.