Why is Dental Hygiene Important?

Dental Hygiene

All dental check-ups and hygienist visits are covered under our dental insurance policies.  So maintaining good oral health is important and can also protect you from gum issues and tooth decay.  With dental insurance, prevention is always better than cure and our policies are designed to support you with your oral health care.

So what is dental hygiene and why is it important?

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What happens at a hygienist appointment?

The main purpose for a visit to a dental hygienist is for a professional teeth cleaning service for a scale  and polish clean.  This also includes a full dental hygiene check up.  During your scale and polish your hygienist with:

  • Scale your teeth to remove any plaque or tartar build-up in those areas brushing cannot reach

  • Perform a clean and polish to remove any superficial stains on your teeth

  • Offer tailored advice on how to maintain good dental health and demonstrate techniques you can use at home

Your hygienist will be looking out for any signs of tooth decay and will be able to provide you with dietary advice and how to prevent tooth decay.  If they see any dental issues, they will refer to you a dentist if you need any futher treatment.

Good oral hygiene is vital in eliminating gum disease and decay, which can eventually lead to tooth loss. Regular visits to a dental hygienist will ensure that hidden and difficult-to-reach plaque and tartar is removed from your teeth removing rough surfaces which contribute to build up of bacterial numbers, and improving the health of your teeth and gums.

How often do you need to visit a dental hygienist?

Your dentist will be able to recommend to you how often you should visit a dental hygienist.  The frequency will depend on your dental condition and how often you would like to have your teeth polished.  

Regular visits are recommended to preserve your oral health, which can also maintain your overall health.

How can I look after my oral health?

As well as regular visits to the dental hygienist, maintaining a good at home oral healthcare routine is important.  Make sure you clean and floss your teeth regularly.

  • Don’t forget to floss or use an interdental brush before you brush your teeth

  • Don’t wet your toothbrush before you apply toothpaste

  • Two is the magic number. Brush for two minutes, twice a day

  • Brush in circular motions with a manual toothbrush. If you use an electric toothbrush, let the brush do the work

  • Avoid brushing backwards and forwards

  • Make sure you brush every tooth

  • Brush your tongue to get rid of bacteria and bad breath

  • Don’t rinse your mouth after brushing- it’ll wash away the fluoride

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