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Visiting a dental hygienist for your own periodontal health is a very important thing. In that case, having ideas on dental hygiene and periodontal health should be your first priority in order to avoid any dental problems.

Periodontal gum disease related problems can sometimes be present with a variety of symptoms which includes swollen and red gums, bleeding while flossing or brushing, halitosis or bad breath, loosening or in other cases spacing of teeth, and the other common mouth changes.

In most cases, most periodontal gum diseases are normally silent. This means that the symptoms may not be actually evident until some significant changes occur. Some people may have periodontal gum disease or gingivitis without experiencing any type of symptoms.

Why visit a dental hygienist?

The primary role of the dental hygienist is to help you prevent or treat gum disease prior to developing tooth decay.

At your initial visit, a dental hygienist normally conducts a thorough examination in order to assess the health of your gums by using a certain instrument to chart and measure the exact depth of any available “pockets” around each and every tooth and more so to assess the bleeding levels from the gums.

Once the examination is over, the hygienist will also conduct a professional cleaning treatment catered to your specific needs like polishing and scaling your teeth or root planing under local anaesthetic. Also the dental hygienist will discuss solutions and develop a plan or routine to help prevent any type of tooth decay, gum disease, reduce any gum/tooth sensitivity and how to keep your mouth and teeth clean.

A dental hygienist will also advise you on important procedures tailored specifically to your own needs and at the same time demonstrate how you should carry them out in an effective manner. They can also recommend some of the most suitable and recommended products for you to buy in order to carry out some of these procedures. Some of these important procedures include:

  • Cleaning around your braces, crowns, implants and bridges.
  • Cleaning between your teeth using interdental brushes or floss.
  • Tooth brushing by use of electric or manual toothbrush.


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