Remember when you were a kid, and your parents would nag you about cleaning your teeth before bed? Well, thanks to them, that was your first experience of good oral hygiene.
But what happened when you grew up? Did you keep up the good work, or did you often make do with a quick brush and mouthwash, because you were busy?
With all the goodwill in the world it’s easy to take shortcuts sometimes, and unfortunately, the cost of doing that can be great later in life.
But with the correct care your teeth and gums should last you a lifetime.
The importance of oral hygiene is not new – indeed, American dentists were onto it by the late 1800s, with one Irene Newman becoming the first recognised dental hygienist.
Since then the role of dental hygienists has become increasingly important in dental clinics world-wide and it is a very skilled profession.
Qualified dental hygienists are trained in a variety of procedures, such as scaling and polishing teeth, but they also play a key role in educating patients about the importance of plaque control, gum disease, oral hygiene, nutrition and the prevention of dental diseases.
The dental hygienist will explain the difference between plaque and tartar, and why it is so important to remove both.
Left unattended these nasty, but completely natural substances will breed bacteria, leading to cavities, gum disease and bad breath.
A fully qualified hygienist can also assist the dentist with other treatments and services, such as taking impressions and x-rays. They can also instruct on the process of teeth whitening.
Dental hygienists in Australia are highly qualified and must be registered with the Dental Board of Australia.
Our dental hygienists use the latest, state-of-the-art equipment to care for our patients’ teeth and gums. The main instrument used is an ultrasonic. This is followed by a polish using a slightly gritty paste to leave your teeth feeling smooth and clean. There are various methods to make a scale and polish more comfortable, and our hygienists are skilled to ensure your treatment is personalised and positive.
If you are serious about caring for your teeth and gums, it makes sense to not only visit your dentist regularly, but also to choose a dental clinic that incorporates an oral hygiene centre.
That way, your appointments can be combined to save time and ensure you are receiving the best possible care.
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