When you think of going to see your dental hygienist, what comes to mind?
Most people think of a teeth cleaning. One of the most important responsibilities of your hygienist is that they are checking the overall health of your mouth.
They do a thorough evaluation of teeth, gums, tongue and bone. Hygienists also take x-rays so they can check for any problems in places that are not easily visible, such as between teeth and under fillings and crowns. They educate about good nutrition and ways to keep your mouth healthy. The cleaning itself involves removing plaque and calculus above and below your gum line, followed by thoroughly polishing and flossing your teeth.
We recommend visiting your hygienist 2-4 times a year. They can help maintain your health and catch any issues before they become bothersome. In turn, this could help you save time and money.
October is National Dental Hygiene Month and our team wanted to share with you a few ways that you can help observe this special month with them:
- Brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes
- Floss at least once a day
- Change out your toothbrush every 3 months (more often if it is worn or after you have been sick)
- Use mouthwash once per day