Totally Smiles is committed to providing exceptional dental care to all Australians, and that often begins with maintaining good dental habits. Our hygienists will advise you on the latest techniques for caring for your teeth and gums and will help you develop a daily routine to keep your oral health at the highest standards.
What does a hygienist do?
Your dental hygienist and oral health therapist are essential members of your dental health team. They are specialists in the general maintenance of your mouth, teeth and gums, including:
- scale and cleans
- assessment and treatment of gum disease
From your first visit, our dedicated team will spend time discussing your oral hygiene needs, recommending products, and developing a personal program to keep your teeth and gums healthy for life.
Oral hygiene at home
There are many things that you can do yourself for a life-long healthy smile and great oral hygiene. Here are our recommendations:
- Brush your teeth twice a day, after breakfast and before going to bed.
- Use fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss twice a day.
- See your dentist for regular check-ups so that any early problems can be treated before major, expensive treatments are needed.
- Don’t snack before bedtime. Food left on the teeth overnight is more likely to cause cavities.
- Avoid foods and drinks that are high in sugar, especially soft drinks, sweet cereal, desserts, and sticky foods.
Why is oral hygiene important?
If you look after your oral hygiene you can help avoid problems such as:
- tooth decay
- gum disease
- serious problems with your general health
Tooth decay is the general name we give the damage that is done when the bacteria that occur naturally in your mouth create acid that erodes your tooth. This can lead to pain, infection, and even the loss of the tooth.
If the bacteria are not cleaned and flossed away effectively, they produce acids that erode your tooth enamel over time, causing decay. Regular visits to your hygienist and dentist can help avoid this and catch any damage from decay before further treatment is needed.
Gum disease is an inflammation of the gum line that can also affect the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth if left untreated. There are three stages of gum disease: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis.
Gum disease can be painless, so it is important to keep an eye on symptoms such as bleeding or inflamed gums, bad breath, pain when chewing, or loose teeth. Without regular visits to your dentist or hygienist, you may not know that you have gum disease until it’s in the more advanced stages. Once it is past the earliest stages, professional treatment from your dentist or hygienist is the only way to cure gum disease.
Healthy mouth, healthy body
There is a link between good oral hygiene and other health factors. Oral cancer may be detected while it is still treatable. The health of your teeth and gums can also reduce the risk of suffering a stroke, heart disease, and cancer.
We would rather help you avoid issues with your health than treat them; this is why, at Totally Smiles, we are passionate about prevention and educating Australians on how to take control of their oral health.
Contact your local Totally Smiles practice today to book your hygienist appointment, or book an appointment online now.