A guide to why you need your hygienist
I’ve been cleaning teeth for 5 years now and a question I often get is “If I brush my teeth twice a day and floss every night like you say, then why do I have to show up here?” I understand why that might be a concern. What could a hygienist possibly do that you cannot do at home with your own toothbrush, toothpaste and floss? Well let’s just say that exact question puts a smile on my face.
There is a lot we can do. Not only does a hygienist clean teeth- we care for your all around oral health. We do an oral cancer screening, check for decay not easily seen (or felt) in the mouth, check bone levels and gum health. Seeing a hygienist on a regular basis allows the patient to take preventative approach to oral needs rather than a reactive approach. Preventative measures include x-rays, oral cancer screening, cleaning and an exam from Dr. Zollinger.
A toothbrush does a great job cleaning the surface of your teeth. The floss cleans well between the teeth. When plaque and saliva calcify it becomes tartar build up. That’s that hard stuff we scrape at. That is the tough stuff your brush and floss do not stand a chance against. Tartar build up must be mechanically removed. Gum disease is also painless. Most adults who have gum disease did not know until told so by their hygienist. Gum disease can lead to tender gums and eventually tooth loss.
Maintaining a healthy mouth is teamwork. If you do your part at home and see your hygienist regularly you can avoid serious dental problems. Plus, wouldn’t it be nice for your own peace of mind?? Stop in today!!Annie