When you come in for your check up with the dentist, whether this is every six months or every year, the hygienist works hand in hand to ensure that your oral health care is maintained.

There are so many benefits to seeing the hygienist as they are specifically trained to focus on the health of your gums. The gums are an essential supportive structure for our teeth and if gum disease occurs then this structure can be damaged, leading to loose teeth.

The hygienist assesses all of your gum tissues at the start of each appointment. Gums can become inflamed and swollen if the gum tissues are not in a healthy state. If your gums are irritated then they will be tender to touch and they may bleed. The hygienist will show you how you can prevent this from happening and remove hard deposits of tartar that build up on the teeth to give you a nice smooth surface to keep clean at home.

The hygienist will discuss your at-home oral hygiene routine and give you top tips and preventative advice tailored to you to keep your gums healthy for life, based on what will work for you!

It is much easier and cheaper to look after and maintain your own natural teeth rather than having tooth replacements which are preventable with good oral health care.

Mouthwash – Does it work? 

A lot of adverts from dental product companies will tell you that using mouthwash alone will clean in between your teeth and eliminate the need for flossing. In reality, the truth is that mouthwash is great to freshen your breath, but that’s about it! Mouthwash in no way takes the place of brushing and flossing.

Brushing and flossing are mechanical actions that remove harmful plaque (soft mass of sticky bacteria) from our mouths. Unfortunately mouthwash can only reach the surface of plaque and cannot effectively remove it like brushing and flossing can. However, in some specific cases we may recommend certain mouthwashes which have an antiseptic content to help treat mouth infections.

One of the best mouthwashes that you can use at home is a salt water mouth wash: you dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt into water.

Top Tip: If you are going to use a mouthwash, then make sure that it is alcohol free! Alcohol free mouthwashes are less drying – some studies have linked mouth washes containing alcohol to decreasing the production of saliva in the mouth and there have also been links to oral cancer.