Gum health is critical for tooth health and links to general health too. The role of a dental hygienist is to help you maintain healthy gums and to give your teeth an intensive clean.
Gum disease is the main cause of tooth loss in adults. It can happen at any age. Most adults will have some inflammation in their gums at some point in life. Gum disease is caused by the bacteria in plaque and tartar that builds up on the teeth. It causes inflammation and bleeding of the gums and if not treated will result in irreversible damage to the bone supporting the teeth. This can cause the teeth to become loose and may result in early tooth loss.
Gum health is critical for tooth health and links to general health too. Poor oral hygiene, smoking, diabetes, certain long term medications and family history are the most common risk factors for gum disease but early detection and treatment can significantly slow the progression of the disease.
The tell tale signs of gum disease are:
The role of a dental hygienist is to help you maintain healthy gums and to give your teeth an intensive clean. They will also show you how to take care of your teeth at home. A dental hygiene appointment will remove any stubborn tartar and plaque and improve the health of your gums. Most people benefit from seeing a hygienist every 6 months.