Your dentist may recommend that you see our private hygienist, but why is this?
A dental hygienist does so much more than clean your teeth! They are an integral part of the dental team. Even if you think you clean your teeth well, it is still possible to occasionally miss difficult to reach areas. The role of a dental hygienist is to work with the dentist, to spot the warning signs of gum disease, the dental hygienist is able to detect early gum disease and treat it effectively.
If you have gum disease, your gums may bleed when you brush your teeth and you may have bad breath. This early stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis. If gingivitis isn't treated, a condition called periodontitis can develop. This affects more tissues that support teeth and hold them in place. If periodontitis isn't treated, the bone in your jaw may be damaged and small spaces can open up between the gum and teeth. Your teeth can become loose and may eventually fall out.
The frequency of visits will vary as every patient has different needs. For example, a patient who has a healthy mouth may be recommended a regular visit of every six months, where as a patient with advanced gum disease may need more regular visits instead.