Good dental hygiene practices begin at home. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day as a minimum.
Make an appointment twice a year for a dental check-up and a visit to the hygienist for a professional cleaning.
What does a hygienist do besides clean my teeth?
A dental hygienist provides one of the most important aspects of dentistry — preventative care. Having a professional cleaning at least twice a year can significantly enhance your oral hygiene.
A dental hygienist is also an educator. They can answer questions and teach you how to care for your teeth and gums properly.
What should I expect during my hygiene appointment?
Your hygienist will first examine your teeth and gums for signs of decay or gum disease. They will also investigate for any build-up of plaque or tartar, particularly in hard-to-reach areas you might miss while brushing.
Your hygienist will perform a scale and polish. They remove any stubborn bacterial deposits from the surface of your teeth and around your gum lining, reducing your risk of complications.