The role of the hygienist is to educate, motivate and demonstrate the most effective cleaning techniques to help stabilise and prevent the advancement of periodontal (gum) disease. The hygienist will also educate our young patients in dental health so there is less need for dental treatment in the next generation, promoting a conservative approach by prevention.
All restorative work both simple and complex including crowns, bridges and veneers need to be maintained and the hygienist will work with the patient to teach the most effective way to ensure the longevity of the patient's investment.
It is also beneficial to have hygiene advice pre and post implant placement, so that the patient is clear on the importance of a good daily cleaning regime to prevent bone loss around the implant to help in its long-term preservation.
Also, during orthodontic treatment, regular hygiene visits will help to prevent problems during the course of treatment as poor oral health can lead to gums swelling and growing over braces (brackets) causing the removal of the brace.
Also, research has shown that inflamed gums (bleeding gums) allow detrimental bacteria to enter the bloodstream from the mouth and this may have links to heart problems. Good plaque removal is essential to help reduce or stop bleeding gums and therefore minimising this risk.