The one person who can help your teeth - and it's not a dentist

While you may be great at keeping your regular dentist appointment, how long has it been since you've seen a dental hygienist?

Your first question may be: what do they do differently to my dentist? Well, teeth cleaning in particular is a dental hygienists' area of expertise.

"On average, dental hygienists clock over 600 hours learning the clinical skills for cleaning and maintaining your pearly whites….making them the champions of your oral health," Tabitha Acret, Leading Dental Hygienist, says. 

Tabitha shares five of the top teeth problems that a dental hygienist can help you sort out:

Bleeding gums

"Although traces of blood while brushing your teeth might not look serious, bleeding gums are a sign of inflammation and/or infection.

"If you’re experiencing bleeding gums this is not something you should ignore. Book in to see your dental hygienist to discuss what has caused the bleeding and how to best treat your condition."

Bad breath

"If you’re constantly popping mints or chewing gum to cover up bad breath, visit your dental hygienist to discover what’s causing your unpleasant breath.

"Bad breath can sometimes be caused by bacteria in your mouth. Your dental hygienist will assess your home oral care and the health of your gums to determine the best cause of action to get you smelling like roses in no time."

Healthy smiles

"When your gums are healthy and pink your teeth look whiter. This is why it’s crucial to have regular cleans by your local dental hygienist.

"New dental technology now provides patients with a completely non-contact form of dental cleaning. A jet of warm water, fine powder, and air, called the AIRFLOW Dental Spa, replace painful scratching and nails scraping like noise on the blackboard."

Reflux

"If you experience reflux on a regular basis it is important that you not only see your doctor to address the cause of the issue, but you should also book in to see your dentist and dental hygienist.

"Reflux can cause erosion to your teeth leading to sensitivity, pain, and loss of tooth structure. Your dental hygienist can talk to you about products to help with the sensitivity and your dentist can assess if your teeth will need any protective interventions.

Discoloured teeth

"If your teeth have stains from tea, coffee, red wine or tobacco a visit to your dental hygienist for a thorough to help make your teeth look brighter again." 

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