There are many people who do not visit their dentist or hygienist regularly. Today, we all seem to be a lot more health conscious as well as aware. The online world has opened us up to, healthy eating blogs, fitness pages, and Facebook ‘juice’ advocates, need I go on? But in all of this, for some reason, dental health seems to fall way outside of this. The ironic thing is, not many people know about the impact that one has on the other. Poor oral health can lead to a variety of illnesses and diseases. So what exactly is the difference between a hygienist and a dentist?
A hygienist is all about preventative dental care, and the practice of caring for your teeth, which is completely individual and catered to you. This can be treatments, procedures, dental health techniques, info about products, lifestyle, diet and more. I mean, they’re not going to give you a healthy eating meal plan, but they can talk to you about sugary habits (delights) affecting your teeth.
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Your hygienist doesn’t just give you any clean, this is a deep clean, scale and polish which removes plaque and tartar (where the bad bacteria likes to hang) from your teeth. Your hygienist will also be able to remove some stains, making your teeth brighter and even whiter.
Your hygienist will have a chat with you about lots of things, such as your medical history, for example, if you have diabetes you will be more prone to gum disease. Diabetes and gum disease. He or she will also speak to you about lifestyle, your dental health regime, like how many times you brush your teeth a day. What type of products you use and so on. Don’t worry it’s not an interrogation, your hygienist is there to help you achieve the best oral care, as well as ways of maintaining it.
In some cases, your hygienist will also give you a protective treatment such as a
prophylaxis paste or a pit and fissure sealant.
This type of paste is a blend of cleaning and polishing elements, which contain sodium fluoride. Fluoride, in the correct doses, works as a protective sealant. It helps prevent tooth decay by protecting the tooth against acid as well as combating early forms of tooth decay.
A pit and fissure sealant is a safe and painless way to protect your teeth from decay. As the name suggests this colourless coating which is applied to the molars and premolars (biting teeth at the back of the mouth) acts as a shield that keeps food and bacteria out of the pits and grooves of teeth which are prone to decay.
Gum disease caused by bacteria can cause many different problems such as bleeding gums, painful gums, tissue loss, tooth loss and bone loss.
During your appointment, your hygienist will also be screening you for signs of oral cancer. Oral cancer is life threatening, however, if caught early, it can be easily treatable. If you smoke, you increase your chances of oral cancer.
Poor dental hygiene leads to a lot of bad bacteria harbouring in your mouth. This bad bacteria can actually make you ill. There is evidence that supports that poor oral hygiene can lead to the development of other diseases such as heart disease, respiratory diseases, stroke and more.
Bad bacteria causes bad breath which is also known as halitosis. Bacteria are living organisms that create gases, which can create a foul odour. Poor oral hygiene = a frenzy of bad bacteria in your mouth giving you bad breath, which can become chronic.
By visiting the hygienist, you can eliminate plaque and tartar, which are the main causes of gum diseases, which is the leading cause of tooth loss.
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The Brighton Implant Clinic was established in 2009, Hove, East Sussex. The award – winning clinic now spans over four sites in Hove, Brighton, Worthing, and Hailsham. Founder and principal dentist Dr Bruno Silva has created a clinic with state of the art facilities and equipment including its own dental laboratory. We provide personalised and affordable dental care, including dental implants and cosmetic dentistry solutions, with additional services such as sedative dentistry. Dr Silva advocates continuous professional development and this is why he has a highly skilled team of dentist, surgeons, and dental nurses. A smile can renew your confidence, lift your self-esteem, and make you feel more positive and that’s why we believe smiling is fundamental.