When you visit our team in the dental office, you’ll also meet our registered dental hygienists.
Dental hygienists focus on preventive dentistry. They evaluate your oral and overall health and detect any potential problems. As your dentist, they help ensure that you get to keep your teeth in good shape for the long term.
Apart from removing stains and plaque on your teeth, your dental hygienist will also take x-rays. They can apply agents such as dental sealants to prevent cavities from developing again, as well as administering sedation for dentistry such as nitrous oxide.
Our registered dental hygienists can perform laser therapy, along with regular scaling and root planning, to improve the health of your gums. If you need dental fillings, your hygienist can also apply this for you.
Most importantly, if you have concerns about oral hygiene, your hygienist can assist you. They can educate you on proper dental care habits and the preventive routine you should practice at home and pass on to your loved ones.
Here are some tips and tricks for you to use in your daily routine:
Brushing your teeth is important, but are you doing it properly? Brushing technique is sometimes overlooked. Using back and forth, up and down motions with your bristles at a 45-degree angle from your gums, will allow you to get the most out of your brushing experience. The recommended time spent on brushing your teeth is at least two minutes, twice a day. Try and find a toothbrush that has a smaller head with finer bristles to reach every area of your mouth, including the back of your molars where food debris can hide.
Make sure not to use a toothbrush that is past its prime. A regularly used toothbrush should only last a few months. You might be missing out on the best clean possible if your bristles are frayed and the brush stem is stained.
Brushing not only cleans your teeth but it also shakes up and loosens debris in your mouth so the floss can get in between easier to remove plaque. In general, flossing is considered to be more important than brushing, due to all the plaque that flossing can remove from in-between your teeth. Make sure to use a fresh area of your floss every few crevices! Using the same small area on your string of floss is a mistake many people make when flossing their teeth. Using the same string area can positionally just move debris from one tooth to the other. Use the floss to rub against your teeth in a “C” shape, wrapping around each tooth.
Lots of toothbrushes these days have a rigid tongue scraper on the other side of the brush head. Scraping your tongue can get rid of left-over debris and bacteria in your mouth that can leave you with bad breath and potential for cavities.
Seeing your dentist and hygienist regularly will help prevent the need for costly dental treatments in the future. Schedule your dental visit today!